Finding Better Garage Doors

5 Issues That Could Lead To A Noisy Garage Door

Noisy residential doors, such as the garage door, can be more than just an inconvenience for you and others in your home. Left to its own devices, it can cause enough of a racket to disturb your neighbors, as well. A noisy garage door can also be a sign of future problems you'll have to deal with later on. The following gets to the heart of your garage door's noise problem, along with some tips on how to quiet the clamor its causing.

Loose Hardware

A typical garage door opens and closes 2 to 4 times a day. That adds up to a lot of movement on your garage door's part. Said movement also causes vibration throughout the garage door hardware. Over time, those vibrations can cause bolts, screws and other fasteners to back out of position, allowing hinges, tracks and other hardware to come loose and cause noise.

It's a good idea to periodically check each and every fastener, making sure they're all snuggly tightened in place. To reduce vibrations in the future, you can add isolating rubber washers to each fastener, especially those that are particularly vulnerable to being undone by vibrations.

Rust and Corrosion

A rusted or corroded garage door component can cause plenty of unwanted noise. A rusted hinge or spring can creak and moan due to the high amount of metal-on-metal contact between moving parts. Frequent lubrication is usually the best way to protect against rust and corrosion formation. If the part has already rusted, it's usually a good idea to replace it with a newer part to reduce noise.

Garage Door Spring Fatigue

A garage door spring may start to creak, pop and chatter as it reaches the end of its useful life. This is due to the cumulative forces exerted on the spring causing the metal to experience fatigue, not only weakening the metal itself but also causing it to make noise as it expands and contracts. Although a little lubrication will temporarily quiet your springs, it's a better idea to have your garage door contractor replace them as soon as possible.

Accidental Hardware Damage

Garage door noises can also be caused by accidental damage done to your garage door's hardware. If you've recently bumped, bent, or otherwise damaged any garage door component, you should have your garage door contractor take a look and determine if any repairs need to be made.

Noisy Garage Door Opener

A noisy garage door can sometimes be the work of a noisy garage door opener. It's not unusual for automatic openers to make noise due to lax upkeep, defects or other mechanical issues. You should have your garage door contractor take a careful look at your garage door opener and determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.