Garage Door Lubricant: What’s Its Purpose?

Heading home after a long day of work decreases your stress levels instantly—at least until you hear that sound again. You know which sound. The sounds your garage door makes is a symphony of screeching, groaning, and banging that ruins your day and angers the rest of your family.

Don’t learn to live with this unpleasant noise just because you think there’s no other choice, there’s still hope for your sanity. Garage doors make these noises because they’re in need of lubrication.

Lubrication Is Key to Garage Door Health 

Of course, the mysterious orchestra of noises that your garage door is producing isn’t just about annoying sounds, it’s a bigger indication of problems that are going unattended. Multiple parts of your garage door require frequent lubricating. This makes sense because your garage door is one of the biggest moving parts of your home. Its springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks all need regular maintenance every few months to stay functioning smoothly. Lubrication processes for garage doors vary depending on your garage door’s configuration, but generally, you’ll want to tackle the big problem in the following order:

Tracks: Start by cleaning the tracks with a rag to eliminate the build-up that is interfering with your garage door’s gentle glide. Don’t lubricate the tracks, just ensure that they are clean so your door can function properly. 

Springs: Spray down your garage door’s torsion springs that lift your garage door every day. Again, you’ll only want to lubricate them just enough so that they move better. Avoid over-lubing your springs so that no extra lubrication drips out. 

Hinges: Lubricate your door’s steel hinges at their pivot points, but don’t do this to plastic ones. Plastic does not need any lubrication, as this will only cause your hinges to break down over time. 

Rollers: If your rollers have nylon wheels that touch the track, be sure to only lubricate the bearings without getting any lubricant on the nylon itself. Rollers that are made of pure metal don’t require as much precision but make sure to wipe away any excess lubricant to prevent it from dripping all over your garage floor or from spilling onto your car. 

Locks: Does your key stick to your lock? Is your lock becoming difficult to open or close? Remember to give your lock a good shot of lubricant, too. Don’t forget to pour lubricant into the tumbler, as well as the other moving parts. 

Once all of your garage door’s parts are properly lubricated, lift your door and close it several times to even out the lubricant’s distribution. If you still hear those obnoxious noises from your door, follow those sounds to determine if you simply missed lubricating a moving part. There’s a possibility that a more substantial correction might be needed. 

If you’ve determined that the problem your garage door is experiencing goes beyond lubricating your door, you’ll need to hire a garage door repairman to assess the problem. The Garage Door Man is ready to help you find out what’s wrong with your garage door. No matter what the emergency or time of day, our garage door experts have the tools and knowledge that are required to repair garage doors. 

   

Why Is My Garage Door Squeaky?

Garage doors keep your garage safe from nature’s elements and intruders, but they can quickly become a burden if they’re experiencing issues. These doors produce extreme vibrations when they open, which results in loud, disturbing sounds. Although your family may be too nice to confront you about those unpleasant noises, your neighbors will be fed up by now, and they might not be as kind about it. Allow your family and neighbors to have a good night’s sleep by checking if your garage door is experiencing any of the following issues. 

Faulty Springs, Hinges, and Rollers

Garage doors will become noisy and squeaky when the rollers and hinges of your garage door become old and defective. The more that these crucial parts wear down, the more of a squeaky sound you’ll hear from your door. Loose hardware also creates an irritating sound because as nuts and bolts loosen, they begin to create extra vibrations when opening and closing garage doors. Make it a point to routinely tighten all the bolts and screws and fix faulty springs on your garage door as part of your maintenance routine. 

Types of Garage Door Openers

Belt drives, screw drives, and chain drives are the most common garage door openers. Of these kinds of door openers, screw drives and chain drives are undeniably the loudest ones. During the first few years of use, screw drives and chain drives will be just dandy for your garage door. After a few months, however, these drives can become a nuisance. If you care about your own sanity and the sanity of your family, consider using belt drives. These drives are the quietest option available.

Worn Metal Rollers and Poor Lubrication

It’s highly recommended for you to properly lube all the moving parts of your garage door at least two times a year. A small amount of garage door lube will go a long way, and the lube will help prevent those unpleasant and destructive garage door vibrations when you’re opening and closing your garage door. Aside from poor lubrication, tired metal rollers become worn out and noisy over extended periods of use. It’s in your best interest to replace metal rollers with nylon ones, as these will help with noise reduction. 

Crooked Garage Doors

Is your garage door starting to look lopsided? Imbalanced garage doors are a common issue for homeowners, and they are unforgivingly loud and become feeble over time. This means that a wobbly garage door will become a safety hazard for you, your family, and your pets. Attempt to manually open and close your garage door by lifting the emergency cord. An unbalanced garage door becomes sluggish, making it difficult to open and close. Over time, the door will become too heavy for the opener to even move at all, and you’ll be stuck with a stubborn door that won’t budge. Worst of all, an imbalanced garage door will cause the door opener to fail prematurely, or for a cable string to snap. 

Don’t wait another day to act for the sake of you, your family, and your garage. Call our specialists at The Garage Door Man today if you’re tired of your garage door causing a scene. We offer 24-hour emergency services and repairs, so we will work with your schedule. 

   

3 Garage Summer Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your garage isn’t at the top of your summer bucket list, and it’s not on your mind either, be honest. Although cleaning your garage isn’t the most exciting task, you need to routinely upkeep your garage for it to remain habitable.

Deep cleaning your garage twice a year will prevent a myriad of issues from occurring, and the summer is the opportune season to act. Here are three garage maintenance tips to consider. 

1. Your Garage Door Matters

At the top of your garage maintenance checklist should be taking care of your garage door. This is especially important because garage doors are often the first part of a garage to experience problems. Your garage door can last up to 20 years, but for it to remain reliable, you’ll have to ensure that your garage door is in good standing. Not only does a clean garage door free of rust look presentable, but it is in your best interest to make sure that your garage door is kept. A sturdy garage door is a healthy garage door, thereby decreasing your risk of a serious accident.

One of the first signs of your garage door withering down is if it makes squeaky noises when you open and close your garage. Your garage door starts to wear down each time you open and close your garage because garage doors roughly slide up and down when in motion. Fortunately, you can fix several of your garage door’s problems by using lubrication. Additionally, you need to make sure that your garage door is balanced. A lopsided garage door will place strain on your garage door opener. One of the most under looked parts of your garage door is the weather-stripping seal. This is the component at the bottom of your garage door that keeps nature’s elements out of your garage. Inspect your weather-stripping seal to ensure that it is free of cracks. 

2. Your Garage’s Appearance Matters

When doing your garage’s summer cleaning, take a close look at the garage floor. Your garage floor is the base of your garage, and it is essential that your floor be free of cracks to prevent foundation problems. Your garage’s concrete floor takes a beating each day when you park your car over it, slam large storage boxes on it, and set your tools down. Immediately take care of any floor cracks forming to prevent them from expanding. 

The simplest way to maintain your garage’s floor clean is to mop it. For more stubborn stains such as spilled oil, use dry dishwasher detergent. Allow the detergent to sit on the stain for about an hour. Use boiling water over the area, then scrub the stained area with force. 

3. Your Garage’s Environment Matters

The summer is the optimal time for bugs and pests to invite themselves into your home. To keep the number of pests in your garage at a minimum, make sure that every area of your garage is sealed, and don’t leave your garage door opened for extended periods of time. If you own a pet, keep your pet’s kibble in a resealable bag. Clean up any kibble left on the garage floor. Don’t forget about the corners of your garage. You’ll want to use a broom to sweep off spider webs that accumulate and hide in the crevices of your walls. 

Remember the weather-stripping seal mentioned above? The strip’s condition matters so that bugs don’t slide into your garage due to a broken seal. Make sure that you clean up any puddles of water inside and outside of your garage so that mosquitoes don’t nest their eggs inside the water. 

Simple seasonal maintenance will keep your garage in top shape. Summer is the time to invite guests over and to work on personal projects, so take care of your garage. By inspecting your garage from top to bottom each summer, you are making less work for yourself in the long run while increasing your home’s value. 

   

Cleaning Out and Organizing Your Garage

Do you feel comfortable showing off your garage to your visitors? If you don’t feel confident opening your garage door for your neighborhood to see, you’re not alone. Only 11% of Americans feel satisfied with their garage and wouldn’t change a thing about it according to a survey by the Wall Street Journal.

Most people put effort into making their home interior to look spotless and picture-perfect, but the garage remains the room most often forgotten. Your garage doesn’t have to be an abandoned, dark storage room. Restore life into your garage by decluttering and developing better organization habits both for your own good, as well as the longevity of your garage. 

The issue isn’t a lack of space in your garage. Garages are usually the biggest room in a house, but they are also the room least attended to. The problem begins when you become disorganized because then clutter accumulates. Declutter your garage by doing the following: 

  • Garage sale: Part ways with your unused items by allowing someone else to give them a second life. 
  • Donating: Take your old belongings to your local thrift store. The objects you want to get rid of can go to others who are in need. This not only helps your garage be free of dusty items, but you’re also helping others.
  • Creating zones: Separate your garage into multiple parts. Create a zone to store your gardening tools, sporting goods, car parts, storage boxes, and all your other material items. You can even designate space for you to do your hobbies in.
  • Using wall space: Effectively use your wall space by attaching shelves and modular hooks to your walls for vertical storage. 

Having a cluttered garage can not only feel embarrassing, but it also creates safety hazards such as: 

  • Rodents such as rats and field mice claiming your garage as their new home
  • Pesky bugs such as spiders, cockroaches, and termites invading your space
  • Fires that could be detrimental to the rest of your home and your family’s safety
  • Slipping on chords that are scattered on your floor

Cleaning out your garage isn’t only for aesthetic purposes; it’s a necessity in order to live a safe, comfortable life. 

Your garage has the potential to be repurposed into a fitness room, a recreational area, a living space for your pet, and to become a habitable room in general. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to only be once a year–show those bugs who’s boss by taking ownership of your garage. Make the most out of your garage by maximizing your storage space today. 

4 Common Garage Door Problems

It always seems to happen on your busiest days or those with the most extreme weather. You come home from work to find that you can’t get your garage door to open.

Or it’s time to mow your lawn and the garage door sticks halfway up the track.

Perhaps you’ve been trying to ignore the grinding and crunching sounds when your garage door operates. What can you do?

Issues with garage doors are normal, even if they are rare, and Garage Door Man is ready to help you. 

Whether your garage door is decades old, or brand new, you should learn how to identify the common garage door problems so that you can be prepared in the event that your garage door stops working for you on the most inconvenient day of your year. 

1. Dead Batteries

You wouldn’t believe how often we get a call about a broken garage door, only to find that the transmitter batteries are dead. Save yourself the embarrassment by checking the batteries first. Buy a backup battery for your transmitter and keep it in your vehicle, so that the very first time your transmitter fails to work you can replace the batteries immediately.

2. Sensor Problems

The sensors at the base of your garage door, or “photo eyes,” communicate to the garage door mechanism whenever there are obstacles in the way of the garage door’s path. Sensors are small and lightweight, so they can easily be bumped or kicked out of alignment. In addition, they can accumulate dust and other debris over the lens. These issues are easily fixed. You can adjust the sensors to be back in alignment with pliers or manually. You can carefully clean the lens with a microfiber cloth, taking care to avoid scratching the lens. If you find there are still issues with your sensor (the garage door will come up but won’t come down) then it’s time to call Garage Door Man for repairs.

3. Track Issues

When your garage door is working but doesn’t quite feel right, it’s usually due to an issue with the rolling track on which your garage door glides. This can be due to obstruction, rust, bending, gaps, or other structural issues. Depending on what is blocking your garage door from sliding smoothly up and down the track you might try lubricant, cleaning, reshaping, or possibly replacing the tracks of the garage door. Our experts at Garage Door Man can advise.

4. Springs & Cables Broken

If your garage door comes crashing down or hits the garage loudly when it closes, you may have broken or outlived your tension springs or suspension cables. These help to hold the garage door as it runs along the track and difficulty raising or lowering the garage door could be due to these springs or cables, which can be easy to repair or replace, even by yourself.

 

At the first sign of garage door problems, call Garage Door Man for your repair, replacement, remodel, and garage consultation needs.