So your garage door is making quite a bit of noise and you don’t know what to do? It’s even more frustrating when your bedroom is located over your garage and you’re woken up late at night. Here are some ways you can reduce garage door noise.
Factors that cause noise and potential solutions
- Worn out rollers: we often forget that rollers should roll in the tracks and not slide. This can be a major source of noise. To correct this situation, there are quieter rollers made of nylon (black without ball bearings) or steel rollers covered in rigid nylon (white with 11 ball bearings) that are more solid and stronger.
- Chain-drive door openers are much noisier than openers with a rubber belt drive (reinforced with steel). Choose this type of door opener if you need a new one.
- Often the sound and vibrations of a door opener are transferred to the garage structure. If you don’t want to change your opener, there are vibration isolators which are placed between the door opener housing and the metal hanger brackets holding it to the ceiling. These isolators act like mufflers do on a car. It is important as well, not to attach the metal brackets holding the tracks of the door opener directly to the roof trusses.
What more can you do yourself to reduce this noise?
- When your door is closed, take a good look to see if there are parts that seem broken, very worn or loose. As needed, tighten any nuts or bolts.
- Lubricate all metal parts that come in contact with another metal part, meaning hinges and the spring system. Use a petroleum-based lubricant.
- Lubricate, as well, the perimeter weatherstripping. Use a silicone-based lubricant for this.
- Refer to the garage door or door opener manufacturer’s maintenance guide
A garage door technician can do it all for you.
- You can’t find the time or you aren’t the most accomplished handyman?
- A garage door specialist knows how to quiet a garage door and can do it for you. Many provide an annual “tune-up” program, just like you have with your car.
If you decide to change your garage door…
- Remember that the door construction has something to do with garage door noise.
- A non-insulated door is much noisier than an insulated sandwich-type door.
- By choosing polyurethane insulation, it not only adheres to the walls of the door, thus increasing rigidity, but is an excellent sound insulator.
Contact a garage door specialist in your area. They are professionals who have worked with garage doors for many years and know them inside and out. They’ve seen all kinds and are more than able to suggest what can be done so you can get a good night’s sleep!