How To Lubricate A Garage Door

Your Guide to Lubricating Your Garage Door

Garage doors are like the unsung heroes of our homes, dutifully opening and closing day in and day out. Yet, like any hardworking door, they require a little TLC to keep them in top-notch condition. One of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your garage door is through regular lubrication. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to ensure your garage door glides effortlessly for years to come.

Why Lubricate? Before we dive into the how, let's quickly address the why. Lubricating your garage door is essential for several reasons. First and foremost, it reduces friction between moving parts, minimizing wear and tear and extending the lifespan of your door. Additionally, lubrication helps to prevent rust and corrosion, especially in areas with high humidity or salt exposure.

When to Lubricate: Ideally, you should lubricate your garage door every six months. However, if you notice any signs of stiffness or squeaking, it's best to address them promptly with a lubrication session.

What You'll Need: Gathering the right supplies is the first step to success. Here's what you'll need:

  • Silicone-based lubricant or garage door lubricant spray
  • Clean rag or cloth
  • Stepladder (if necessary)
  • Safety glasses (optional)

Now, let's get down to business. Follow these steps to lubricate your garage door effectively:

  1. Inspect the Tracks: Start by visually inspecting the tracks for any debris or buildup. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or grime that may impede the door's movement.
  2. Apply Lubricant to the Rollers: Next, apply a small amount of lubricant to each roller. Be sure to use a silicone-based lubricant or a garage door lubricant spray specifically formulated for this purpose. Avoid using grease or oil-based lubricants, as they can attract dirt and cause more harm than good.
  3. Lubricate the Hinges: Move on to lubricating the hinges, applying a generous amount of lubricant to each pivot point. This will ensure smooth operation and reduce strain on the hinges.
  4. Don't Forget the Springs: While extension springs typically don't require lubrication, torsion springs can benefit from a light coating of lubricant. Exercise caution when lubricating springs, as they are under tension and can be dangerous if mishandled.
  5. Test the Door: Once you've lubricated all the necessary parts, manually open and close the garage door a few times to distribute the lubricant evenly. Listen for any unusual sounds or resistance, which may indicate areas that require further attention.
  6. Clean Up: Finally, use a clean rag or cloth to wipe away any excess lubricant from the tracks and other surfaces. This will help prevent dirt and debris from sticking to the lubricant and causing buildup over time.

With these simple steps, you can keep your garage door operating smoothly for years to come. Remember to schedule regular maintenance checks and lubrication sessions to keep your door in tip-top shape. Your garage door will thank you with years of reliable service.

Can I paint my garage door? Yes!

Ask Ramirez: Can I paint my garage door? (Yes, you can!)

Your garage door is a significant contributor to your home's curb appeal. Over time, wear and tear, exposure to the elements, or simply changing tastes may lead you to consider giving your garage door a fresh new look. One common question that homeowners often ask is, "Can you paint a garage door?" Our answer is, "Yes, but with some caveats." There are several important factors to consider before you dive into the painting process.

Material of the Garage Door: The material of your garage door will play a significant role in determining whether it can be painted and the type of paint that should be used. The most common garage door materials include:

  • Steel: Steel garage doors are typically factory-finished with a durable coating, but they can be painted if properly prepared.
  • Wood: Wooden garage doors are highly paintable and offer endless color options. However, they require regular maintenance to prevent warping, rotting, or fading.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum garage doors are lightweight and resistant to rust, making them suitable for painting with the right preparation.
  • Vinyl: While vinyl garage doors are not as easily paintable as other materials, certain types of paint and primers can adhere to vinyl surfaces.

Preparation: Proper preparation is key to achieving a smooth and long-lasting paint finish on your garage door. This may include:

  • Cleaning the surface thoroughly to remove dirt, grease, and other contaminants.
  • Sanding or priming the surface to create a suitable base for the paint to adhere to.
  • Repairing any cracks, dents, or imperfections in the garage door surface.

Paint Selection: Choosing the right type of paint for your garage door is crucial for achieving a professional-looking finish that will withstand the elements. Consider factors such as:

  • Exterior-grade paint: Select a high-quality exterior paint specifically formulated for outdoor use to ensure durability and weather resistance.
  • Finish: Opt for a finish that complements your home's exterior aesthetic, such as satin, semi-gloss, or high-gloss.
  • Color: Take into account your home's architectural style, landscaping, and surrounding elements when selecting a paint color for your garage door.

Application: Follow the manufacturer's instructions for mixing and applying the paint to ensure optimal results. Use a high-quality paintbrush or roller for smooth and even coverage, and apply multiple thin coats rather than a single thick coat to prevent drips and runs.

Painting your garage door can be a rewarding DIY project that adds value and curb appeal to your home. By considering the material of your garage door, properly preparing the surface, selecting the right paint, and following proper application techniques, you can achieve a beautiful and long-lasting finish that enhances the overall appearance of your home's exterior. If you're unsure about tackling the project yourself, we recommend hiring a professional painter to ensure the best results.

How To Replace Your Damaged Garage Door Bottom Seal

Fixing a Broken Seal at the Bottom of Your Garage Door: A Step-by-Step Guide

The seal at the bottom of your garage door serves a vital purpose in keeping out dust, debris, pests, and water from entering your garage. Over time, this seal can become worn, cracked, or damaged, compromising its effectiveness. Fortunately, repairing a broken seal is a relatively simple and cost-effective task that can be done with just a few tools and some basic DIY know-how.

Let's walk through the steps to repair the broken seal at the bottom of your garage door, restoring both functionality and protection to your garage space.

Step 1: Assess the Damage Start by examining the bottom seal of your garage door to assess the extent of the damage. Look for signs of wear, cracking, tearing, or missing sections. Determine whether the seal can be repaired or if it needs to be completely replaced.

Step 2: Gather the Necessary Materials and Tools To repair the broken seal, you'll need the following materials and tools:

  • Replacement seal (available at most hardware or home improvement stores)
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Soap and water (for cleaning)
  • Adhesive (such as weatherproof sealant or double-sided tape)
  • Measuring tape

Step 3: Remove the Old Seal Using a utility knife or scissors, carefully cut away any damaged or worn sections of the old seal. Be sure to remove all debris and clean the area thoroughly with soap and water to ensure proper adhesion for the new seal.

Step 4: Measure and Cut the Replacement Seal Measure the width of your garage door opening to determine the length of the replacement seal needed. Use a measuring tape to get an accurate measurement, and then cut the replacement seal to the appropriate length using scissors or a utility knife.

Step 5: Install the New Seal Apply a thin bead of adhesive along the bottom edge of the garage door where the seal will be attached. Position the replacement seal along the bottom of the door, ensuring that it is centered and aligned properly. Press firmly to adhere the seal to the door, making sure it forms a tight seal against the ground.

Step 6: Allow the Adhesive to Cure Allow the adhesive to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions before testing the garage door. This will ensure that the seal is securely attached and will provide effective protection against drafts and moisture.

Step 7: Test the Garage Door Once the adhesive has fully cured, test the garage door to ensure that it opens and closes smoothly without any obstruction from the new seal. Check for any gaps or areas where the seal may not be making proper contact with the ground, and make adjustments as needed.

By following the steps outlined in this guide and using the right materials and tools, you can restore the integrity of your garage door seal and keep your garage space clean, dry, and pest-free. Don't want to DIY? Give the team at Ramirez Custom Overhead Door a call.

How To Prevent Rust On Your Garage Door

Do you have rust on your garage door? If so, it’s a sure sign of corrosion and a sign it’s time to either replace your garage door or the parts that are rusted. 

Typically, rust on garage doors and parts is caused by a few things. An older garage door made from aluminum or steel might rust over time as it gets exposed to water, dirt, and snow. Another cause is simply having a dirty garage door. Since soil can contain high pH levels and traps water and oxygen, the dirt can accelerate rust growth. Rain, humidity, and even salt used for clearing snow can also contribute to a rusty garage door.

How to prevent rust on your garage door

  • Clean your garage door on a regular basis. Make sure you use a gentle detergent or soap and water. Use caution when cleaning around the garage door springs.
  • Apply silicone lubricant to the garage door’s joints, springs and pulleys twice a year. This will help your garage door work quietly and smoothly as well as help keep rust at bay.
  • Wipe and dry your garage door after it rains or snows.

Worried about rust on your garage door? The team at Ramirez Overhead Door can help with garage door service, repair or help you choose a new garage door.

Ask Ramirez: What can I do about water in my garage?

Water in your garage? Here's why that's a problem and what to do about it

Has this ever happened to you? You go out to the garage after a rainstorm, only to discover it's flooded with water. If so, you're not alone. Water can cause serious damage to garages, which is why its important to protect yours from the elements.

Common issues from water in the garage  

Cost: Water damage to the garage can add up. Not only can it lead to increased insurance premiums (which over time can accumulate and be costly) but you'll also have to pay for repairs - which can include anything from flooring and subflooring to electrical. And yes, even the garage door itself might need to be repaired or replaced.

You'll also need to factor in the cost of replacing anything of value you've stored in the garage that sustains water damage. Whether it's a bike or tools, replacing these important items can really add up.

Structural damage: If you notice discoloration or erosion in your garage after rain, you could have structural damage that will need to be addressed. This type of damage is particularly common in older garages. Without the necessary repairs, the structural damage could lead to a garage that's simply unsafe to use.

Mold and mildew: Standing or accumulated water can cause mold and mildew in the garage. If you notice a stale or musty smell, there's a good chance that you have mold in the area. Not only can this lead to structural issues, but it can cause health issues if not treated.

How to prevent water damage in the garage

Check your garage sealing. One of the most common reasons garages sustain water damage is because of faulty seals. Check your garage door for any gaps where the ground and door should meet. Look for light coming through around the garage door and check for water after it rains. If you notice signs of water entry, apply weatherstripping or contact a garage door professional to replace the seals. Never replace seals on your own!

Add ventilation. All garages need appropriate ventilation. Make sure your garage windows are sealed and working, install a fan system, or place a dehumidifier in the garage to prevent mold and mildew.

Have a drainage system. Like ventilation, your garage should also have a working drainage system. Rainwater needs to drain away from the garage and home, so check your drain and catch system for clogs and consider adding extra drainage if needed.

Check the roof. If the garage and garage door look fine and you can't find the reason water is entering the garage on the ground, look up. There's a chance you have a leak in the roof. We recommend checking the roof every few months and removing any debris such as branches and leaves which can lead to roof damage.

Worried about water in your garage? Let the team at Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors know. We can inspect your garage, identify the problem, and make the necessary repairs.