Garage door roller maintenance basics

Garage door roller maintenance basics

Quick, what is the largest moving part of a home? If you answered garage door, you nailed it. Not all homes have automatic garage doors, of course (or garages for that matter), but that enormous portal is a heavy, hard-working component in many people’s lives. A typical garage door runs through its open and close cycles well over a thousand times every year, granting entrance and exit for vehicles, bikes, skateboards and all manner of other wheeled equipment; as well as securing it all safely from inclement weather and intruders of nefarious intent.

Keep it clean

But your garage door protector cannot do its job without regular maintenance. And your door will let you know it’s in trouble by announcing its plight with screeches, wails, groans, and bangs like something from a B horror movie. Left neglected, moisture and rust and excessive grime builds up and critical parts can break or fail to operate properly, stopping the door in its tracks.

Love thy rollers

Speaking of tracks, a garage door travels on sets of rollers traveling on sturdy tracks that guide the door in the proper up and down direction while keeping it in place. For this to happen, everything needs to be clean and well-lubricated, especially the rollers.

Some garage door rollers are made of metal and other from nylon. In either case, start by cleaning each roller thoroughly with a rag. Then it’s time for lube. Metal rollers are not finicky about being doused with a little extra lubricant but don’t use so much it creates puddles. Nylon rollers require more precise application and be sure to target only the bearings and wipe off any that gets on the nylon. Pro tip: DON’T use WD-40 or similar on any garage door part. Those products remove rust and grease but don’t adequately lubricate. Silicone spray or lithium grease are your go-to choices for garage door lube.

Other important parts to pay lubricating attention to include:

  • Clean the tracks to get rid of any dirt and grime that will muck up your door’s smooth journey. Lube isn’t necessary on the tracks but they do better when clean.
  • The door’s torsion springs carry a tremendous load by doing the heavy lifting in pulling the door up and letting it down multiple times a day.
  • Don’t forget the door’s hinges at the panels, which also work hard to ensure a smooth door flow.

When in doubt with any significant garage door maintenance or repair, count on an experienced professional.