Do you leave for work every day and roll your eyes each time you open your garage door? Maybe it keeps making that same noise, but you have no idea how to fix it. Perhaps your neighbors have complained to you, or you have woken up sleeping family members inside the house. It sounds like you are ready to figure out how to keep your garage door from making noise.
Tighten Any Screws
The first tip is to ensure all bolts and screws are tightened. This can be such an easy fix that won’t cost a thing. Having each nut and bolt tightened will reduce the noise that happens each time you open the garage door. It’s common for screws to get looser over time because they move whenever the garage is opened.
Replace Worn Hinges
There may be a hinge that needs to be replaced that you may not even realize. A very worn-out hinge will cause noise, especially if there are holes in it. One great change is to switch your current hinge out for a steel one. This kind does not need to be oiled.
If you have not applied lubricant in a while, that is probably the answer you are looking for. Make sure you are only using lubricant on items that is made for metal. A good oil is 10W-30. The process is simple: you put the oil on, and then wipe off any excess with a rag.
Many people will think grease is okay to use, but it isn’t. This can cause more noise. Lubricant should be applied to the springs, tracks, pulley, hinges, and most other areas. This will help to not only make your garage door last longer but will also help it to be quieter.
Check The Chain
The chain is an important item to check within your garage door. If it is loose, this will cause the door to make noise. If it does seem loose, simply tighten it. If you are unsure how to do that, simply follow the manual you received with the garage door. If you’ve lost the manual, simply search for the make and model online – many manuals have been digitized.
Align The Tracks
Are your tracks aligned properly? If not, the door will not roll smoothly. If your garage door is jumping around while rolling, this will cause a lot of noise.
Add Noise Insulation
If you are looking for a quiet refuge, noise insulators can be added to stop some of the noise. These are rubber and have two screws to attach to the opening mechanism and cause less vibration between each of the parts. These can be purchased from many garage door specialists.
We hope this helps you have a quieter garage door, so you can come in and out of your home more easily. If your garage door is still making noise after you try these tips, it may be time to call an expert. Give us a call today to learn more.