The rollers and hinges are critical parts of sectional garage doors. Now, if you add the significance of garage door maintenance to that, you’ve got yourself two pretty good reasons for inspecting these parts often.
We often talk about garage door tracks and rollers and the importance of their maintenance. And it’s true. These parts go hand in hand and hence it’s crucial that they are maintained on a regular basis. But the rollers are also connected to the hinges and hinges are also found between the panels. And so maintaining them often is a must.
The importance of these garage door parts
The garage door rollers must sit in the tracks but must also be properly connected to the hinges in order to take the door up and down. Imagine what will happen if the bolts securing the rollers or the hinges are loosened up. And don’t forget that hinges are also found at the center of the door. If they become damaged (and they will one day), there will be tiny gaps between the panels. Or the door will not move as it should. Sometimes, problems are limited to noises. So when you hear loud noises that have nothing to do with the garage door opener, they most likely come from the hinges and rollers.
Why garage door rollers and hinges wear?
They are usually made of steel. And since they are exposed to elements, they wear. The garage door hinges and rollers will eventually rust. And when they do, they will become noisy. Even if you own nylon rollers, their stem will still be made of steel. They might make no noise when they move in the garage door tracks but they can still get loosened up too. All in all, maintenance can spare you from a number of problems.
What is important to do to maintain garage door hinges and rollers?
One of the things these parts need is regularly lubrication maintenance. Lubricating is always part of preventive services. Lubes give rollers the chance to slide up and down the tracks without making noises. They also eliminate hinge noises and keep them from sticking.
And one more thing: with regular lubrication, corrosion is avoided. That’s because the oils stick on the surface of the component and act as a protective layer against elements.
It’s also important to check their bolts. The fasteners keep parts secure at their position and thus prevent them from vibrating. When parts are loosened up, the door vibrates too and the noise will not be your only problem. Vibrating garage doors might not move all the way down and up and will become damaged prematurely. So, you need to make sure that these parts are fastened well and the door is balanced and performs as it should.
Is it time for garage door hinges or rollers replacement?
With regular garage door service, you are given a chance to take a closer look at the condition of parts. In the case of parts like hinges and rollers, which are subject to possible corrosion, you have the opportunity to check the condition and decide if it’s time to replace them or not. Yes, this is something you can do as you open the door. No doubt. But who pays attention when in a hurry to go! And it’s not only a matter of checking whether or not it’s time for garage door rollers replacement or hinges replacement – although it’s in your best interest to replace them both together. It’s also a matter of preventing premature wear and take care of these parts, which are essential to the safe and noiseless operation of garage doors.