A quality garage door is something that you should be proud
of; these doors make up a big portion of your home’s curb appeal, after all!
With all of the current styles and materials of doors available these days,
it’s becoming easier to grab the attention of your neighbors with your garage
door’s design. A noisy garage door, however, grabs the attention of others in a
less positive way.
Noisy garage doors are a common problem for many homeowners.
Whether you hear rattles, squeaks or shrieks, it can be tough to tell if these
sounds are an indicator of incoming repairs. There a few reasons your doors are
making noises, all of which indicate that something is wrong to varying
- Bent tracks are a common culprit for noisy
doors. The tracks are the railings that guide your door open and closed. When
they’re bent, this makes rubbing noises that can wake up a whole street! You
can tell if your tracks are bent when you notice loose screws along the rails.
- Speaking of loose screws, loose parts overall
are sources for garage door commotion. The garage door’s rollers, hinges,
chain, nuts and bolts are all things that can loosen up when not maintained.
The resulting effect comes in the form of loud rattling or vibrating sounds.
- A lack of lubrication is another cause for a
loud garage door. Much of the hardware of your garage doors relies on
well-lubricated parts that contribute to smooth ride open and closed. Without
lubrication, added strain is put on the opener, resulting in uncomfortable
squeaking and grinding noises.
The good news is that many of the above issues are
preventable and fixable through proper garage door maintenance. It’s
recommended that you hire a professional garage door service to inspect your
garage door at least once a year. As one of the largest, most-used moving parts
of your home, it’s important to make sure that everything is working correctly.
Maintenance is great for the consumer, because your technician can address
small issues on the spot and prevent further problems from developing. This
saves you money on expensive repairs and time spent waiting on your door to
As far as some simple steps you can take on your own, we’re
happy to share a few tips to make your garage door a bit quieter:
- Do an inspection of your garage door’s rollers
(the parts of the door that guide it down the track). If your rollers are worn,
damaged, or not spinning, you’ll need to order some new ones as a replacement.
- Consider purchasing a new garage door opener.
How long have you had your current opener? As time goes by, openers become worn
and noisier the more they are used. A new opener can cut down on the noise and
make for a smoother ride for your garage doors!
- Lubricate the metal parts of your garage door
system. The rollers, hinges, tracks and springs all require
lubricant to work their best. Make sure to pick out a lubricant intended for
garage door metals and apply it sparingly to cut down on noise.