Over time garage doors can start to make an incredible noise. Not only is it annoying, it can lead you to think that you’ve got something seriously wrong with your garage door. More often than not, a noisy garage door doesn’t actually indicate a bigger underlying problem, but something fairly cosmetic. Still, it’s better to go ahead and get the noise gone if possible for your own peace of mind.
1. Tighten bolts and screws
Unplug the power before you start tightening bolts and screws. Check the door track for broken or loose screws and fasteners, tightening or replacing if needed.
2. Insulate your garage door
Homeowners often opt for non-insulated steel garage doors out of a concern for cost. Unfortunately, non-insulated doors are often noisier than insulated doors. You don’t have to go to the expense of replacing the door though, you can purchase Styrofoam insulation panels and attach them to do the door yourself. This can often solve a noisy garage door problem.
3. Check garage door struts
The long aluminum rails that go across the width of a garage door are called struts. Over time these can need tweaking in order to improve the garage door performance and reduce noise. If your garage door doesn’t have struts, you can call your garage door service provider to see about installing them.
4. Replace garage door rollers
The steel or plastic rollers that are a part of many garage doors can wear out over time and cause a great deal of noise and vibration. Nylon rollers are quieter and more durable than any other option.
5. Lubricate moving parts
Garage doors are in consistent motion. Over time these moving parts need lubrication in order to function more effectively and quietly. Don’t reach for the WD40 though as it will dry out these parts. Instead, look for a garage door lubricant that’s specially formulated for this purpose. Lubricate the pulleys, the tracks, the rollers, the hinges, and the springs. Not only will lubrication cut down on the noise – it will also lengthen the life of your garage door.
A little DIY garage door maintenance can go a long way in helping you to have fewer problems with your garage doors. Quieter garage doors are possible!
If all these tips fail and you decided to replace your squeaky garage door with a new one, check out this list of reputable garage door companies. They specialize in replacing residential and commercial overhead garage doors.