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Tips For Quieting A Noisy Garage Door

by Clinton Stone

Although garage doors aren't known for being silent, they don't have to be excessively noisy, either. If your home has a garage and the garage door has become a nuisance in its noisy operation, you don't necessarily have to just live with it. Understanding what makes a garage door noisy and what you can do about it may allow you to quiet things down. Here are some things you should know.

What Are Some Common Causes Of Garage Door Noise?

Worn or damaged garage door components can often lead to noisier operation. Stand inside your garage with the door closed so that you can examine the entire structure. Look for any signs of broken, worn, or damaged parts that need to be replaced. Also, check all of the bolts and screws to be sure everything is properly tightened.

Poor lubrication can cause friction, which may lead to noise. Lubricate all of the moving parts, rollers, gears, and other components. Add lubricant to the hinges and to the weather stripping on the perimeter of the door. This helps everything roll, slide, and move properly without binding.

Worn rollers can lead to a lot of noise. When the rollers are worn or damaged, they won't roll in the track. Instead, they'll slide along the track due to binding. The sliding can cause a lot of friction noise. You can eliminate this by replacing the rollers in the assembly. If you do, opt for quieter rollers, like nylon or nylon-coated steel.

Chain-driven garage door openers are naturally noisy because of the components. You may notice a significant difference in ambient noise just by eliminating the chain drive and replacing it with a rubber belt system for the door.

Vibration transfer is another common nuisance for garage door noise. When the vibration transfers through the structure, it can be noisy. Invest in vibration isolation to install between the garage door opener and the brackets that it mounts on. The vibration isolation system dampens that vibration so that it doesn't transfer to the structure.

What Other Options Are There?

If you've tried all of these things and your garage door still isn't quiet enough, you may need to replace the door itself. Your garage door construction can actually contribute to its noise transfer. To minimize noise from the door itself, invest in an insulated garage door that's made with a polyurethane core. Polyurethane dampens vibration and noise easily, minimizing the noise generated by the door itself.

You don't have to resign yourself to an obnoxious garage door. Talk with your garage door technician, such as Dorsey Garage Doors, about other options to quiet the system down.