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  • Noisy Garage Door Driving you to Become Unhinged?

  • 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 degrees:

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 work.

    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.

    To learn more about proper garage door maintenance, contact us here at A-1 Door Company today!