Nobody likes a noisy, rumbling garage door, especially in the late evenings. The grumble of your garage door can be disruptive, and the unpleasant sound can get on your nerves. While you’ve endured it in the past, it’s now unbearable and you’re ready to do something about it.
But as you stare at that annoying garage door, you may wonder where to begin and what kind of work your garage door will need. Below, we’ll address what areas of your garage door system may need maintenance so you can finally attain that quiet garage.
1. The Garage Door Opener
If you have a chain-driven garage door opener, your problem may lie there. Over time, the chain in the garage door opener can get loose, and every time the door opens, the chains clang against other components, creating quite a bit of noise.
Loose chains can also jerk the garage door open, causing the rollers to constantly hit the track on their way up and down. Hire a professional to tighten up the chain so your garage will open and close more smoothly.
On the other hand, you may want to get an entirely new garage door opener. Tightening the chain can solve your noise issue for a time, but consider swapping your current garage door opener with a belt-driven one. Belt-driven garage door openers are much quieter than their chain-driven cousins.
2. The Rollers
Every now and then, the rollers need a little lubrication for smooth operation and noise reduction. But if lubrication doesn’t solve the issue, your rollers could be too damaged or worn. After being used constantly over the years, they can wear down or bend a little, resulting in a rattling sound as they move up and down the track. So, be sure to replace any aged or beat-up rollers.
If you currently have steel rollers, trade them out for nylon rollers. Nylon rollers are much quieter, and they also require less lubrication than their steel counterparts.
3. The Hinges
Like rollers, hinges also need to be lubricated occasionally. But over time, hinges can also wear down, contributing to a noisy garage door and other issues. You’ll often see metal filings and silvery dust as signs of wear around the hinge.
If the hole where the pin connects to the hinge is oblong instead of round, get the hinge replaced immediately. Also, if you notice any cracks or breaks in the hinge, get it swapped with a new one right away. Leaving it this way will not only lead to noisy operation, but it can also prevent the garage door from opening and closing properly.
4. The Nuts and Bolts
Loose nuts will rattle every time the door opens and closes. To properly secure the nuts, the bolts will need to be tightened appropriately. But they shouldn’t be tightened too much-if they’re screwed in too tightly, bolts on the garage door can pierce the door skin on the other side of the door.
5. The Springs
You can cut some of the noise by lubricating the springs as well. If you have a regular spring system, replace it with a torsion spring system. These springs sit at the top of the door, and they are often quieter than a traditional spring system. Take note that springs should only be handled by a professional since the parts are under powerful tension and can easily cause injury if not handled properly.
6. The Track
Like all the other metal components, the track should be properly lubricated with oil. And if they’re damaged or misaligned, they can create noise as the rollers struggle to move along them. Have a specialist inspect your track to ensure everything works well and make repairs if necessary.
7. The Door
Your actual garage door can also contribute to the noise. Door insulation helps minimize noise, so if your door isn’t insulated, consider replacing your door entirely with an updated, insulated one.
However, if you’re not fond of completely changing out your door, you can apply insulation to the interior of your garage door. Polyurethane insulation is a great choice as it minimizes noise, increases the stiffness of your door, and also provides effective insulation for your home.
Noisy garage doors can be a nuisance, and that noise is often a product of age or lack of maintenance. Don’t just deal with the disruption every time the door opens and closes. Call a garage door specialist to get the work done properly and safely.
When you’re ready to silence your loud garage door, contact AAA Garage Door. We can inspect your door and detect the cause of all the noise. Our capable team is fully prepared to repair or install whatever you need, and if you need to replace any components, we also offer high-quality products.