All mechanical parts need to be well-oiled for them to move well, including your garage door. There are two things you need to know when lubricating your garage door. 1) Never use all-purpose grease; and 2) How to apply lubricant correctly.
Why Can’t I Use Grease On My Garage Door?
Most people reach for anything that's available to lubricate their garage door if it is making a terrible noise. They will use motorcycle chain lube, axle grease or any kind of oil, even vegetable oil. The fact is that every lubricant is meant for a specific purpose. It is therefore best to use the right lubricant for the right job.
The reason grease is such as bad idea is that in cold weather, it can become gummy, and therefore won’t do the job you thought it would. It also attracts dirt and dust, and a build-up of this stuff will prevent your garage door from operating smoothly and efficiently.
It is also best to avoid all-purpose grease because it may be one of those that are nuclear options. These are lubricants that have a chemical level that is so high that they are not good for the environment. They may also have components like rust inhibitor that you may not need.
Why Does My Garage Door Need Lube?
The main purpose of a lubricant is to reduce the heat, wear and friction on moving parts of machinery and mechanical equipment, such as garage door tracks. Others prevent or dissolve rust, displace the water that can cause rust or simply remove dirt. To choose the best lubricant for your overhead door, consider what the door is made of and the kind of maintenance that it needs.
The main element of every lubricant is the base oil, which can be mineral or it can be a vegetable oil made from lanolin, soy or synthetic polymer. Lubricants are then modified with additives that make one suitable for one job rather than another.
Is penetration oil best for a garage door?
It is best to use a lubricant that is made specifically for your garage door. Penetration oil is ideal because it will keep the parts well lubricated so that the door will open and close with no problems. It is quite thin and has rust-killing properties. Its thin consistency means that it will get into every nook and cranny of your garage door.
Penetration oil also works very well if you need to loosen a bolt that is stuck or a spark plug that is frozen. It works on rust by softening it and will also free heat-seized threads. There are different brands of it. Good brands come as a solid, microscopic synthetic lubricant rather than a graphite particles with Cerflon. Silicone-based lubricant is also good for garage door tracks and springs.
Willow Creek Overhead Door is a leading overhead door company in Amarillo, Texas. If you have a question about your garage or overhead door, owner Tony Hall can point you in the right direction if you wish to fix the problem yourself. Or he can do it for you at an affordable price. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today for any of your garage door needs.