When your garage door opens, does it sound like a dragon is yawning or you have an army of mice squeaking? Whether the door is grinding or squeaking, it needs attention for a couple of reasons. First, it could be a sign that something’s wrong with the door. Second, these sounds are extremely annoying for you and anyone who might be in earshot. Thankfully, it isn’t too hard to fix many of the problems that could be causing the noise. Here are some tips to help
Simple Tips for a Quieter Garage Door
Check the garage door’s nuts and bolts to see if they are all nice and tight. If they aren’t then it can cause extra vibration, which means it causes more noise. By going through and tightening them, you can make the noise go away in many cases. However, that might not always do the trick.
You may also need to check the rollers. When you open and close the door, pay specific attention to the rollers. You may see a problem, or hear a problem. Rollers can wear down over time, and that causes them to squeak. If you note that the rollers are no longer in good shape, then you might want to consider replacing them. Make sure you measure them before you do. However, if they still appear to be in decent condition, but they are still squeaking, a little bit of grease added to them should help quiet them down.
The springs could also be the cause of the noise. Garage doors have different types of springs that could need replacing. The extension springs are above the tracks above the door. You will see them on both sides of the doors. Some garage doors have torsion springs. You should never try to replace or remove these springs on your own. They are under a great amount of pressure, and they are dangerous. Instead of trying to replace the torsion springs on your own, you should have a professional handle it for you.
It could also be the hinges that are causing the problem. As with all parts of a door, the hinges will wear down over time. The hinges could be causing the noise whenever the door opens and closes. Check the hinges to see if it appears that they need a replacement.
Is It Still Too Loud?
If you’ve taken these steps and found that the garage still seems too loud, it could simply be the reverberation of the opening and closing seeming loud in the garage. Some choose to insulate the tracks with rubber to help cut down on the noise.
If you need a garage door repair, or a replacement, you will want to make sure that you get in touch with us soon. We can help make your garage door work perfectly and quiet enough that it won’t wake the dead.