This Lubricant Should Never Be Used on Garage Doors

Don’t Use WD-40 on Your Garage Door!

A quick tip for all garage owners around the world: don’t use WD-40 for garage door lubrication. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a lubricant. It’s actually a solvent. It will strip out every last bit of oil, leaving full on metal-to-metal contact.

Initially, this might provide improved door functioning, but that would only be due to the cleaning quality of the solvent. Over time, it will actually degrade your garage door parts.

You CAN use it to clean parts like rails if you want. White lithium grease and silicone are two of the best choices and offer superior lubricating qualities. Just be sure you’re lubricating the correct parts and don’t overdo it!

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Best Garage Door Springs: Torsion or Extension?

The spring on your garage door serves the important function of acting as a counterweight Without it, you most likely wouldn’t be able to lift the heavy door on your own. Garage extension springs cost less than torsion but come with many downsides. For starters, extension springs are rated for 10,000 cycles which translate to an average lifespan of 7 to 14 years, if you use the door a few times a day. Torsion springs can last as long as 50,000 cycles, meaning they may outlast you! Not only that, but torsion springs have better safety profiles, produce less wear on your opener, and reduce the risk of a door off track. For these reasons, we always recommend all new doors be installed with torsion springs.