A noisy garage door can be a real nuisance much less, annoying. It could wake everybody in the house when you come home late. You would be lucky if the waking doesn’t include your neighbors.
There are a number of reasons why garage doors become noisy. There are striking sounds it makes as well—rattling, squeaking, shrieking—or all of them, whenever you open or close it. To save you from complaining neighbors and family members, consider these effective tips for a quiet garage door.
Use Nylon Rollers
Worn-out garage door rollers can create noise, especially if your rollers are made of metal and they roll on metal tracks. If you see that your rollers are worn-out, you can replace them with nylon rollers that don’t need as much maintenance as their metal counterparts. They don’t also need to be lubricated regularly and most of all they can contribute much to a quiet garage door.
Even if nylon rollers are more pricey, it will be worth the noise reduction you will receive. Be sure to switch out all your garage door rollers if you choose to replace rollers with nylon ones.
One useful tip for a quiet garage door is to lubricate generously. A lack of lubricant on several different parts of your garage door system can cause a noisy garage door. Just make sure that you use the right type of lubricant for each specific part.
Springs and hinges, along with other metal parts that run against other metal parts should be lubricated with a petroleum-based lubricant. The weatherstripping, on the other hand, should be lubricated with a silicone-based lubricant. The base of the tracks should likewise be sprayed with lubricant.
The recommended frequency of lubrication for all needed garage door parts to keep them functional and quiet is twice a year. For more specific parts of the garage door that needs lubricating and to make your garage door quieter, you should:
- Grease the inside of the tracks, the metal rollers, and pulleys
- Apply some lubricant to the top of the spring until it flows down to the base
- Lubricate the hinges between the panels
- If you have a garage door opener chain, lubricate it as well. Test if it easily slides around the gears
- Make sure that you spray lubricants around and on the metal parts of our garage door
Tighten Loose Bolts and Nuts
You don’t need overtightening. You just need everything snug on your garage door. Use a socket wrench or adjustable wrench to tighten all nuts and bolts on your garage door including the tracks.
Since loose screws are the most common culprit of a noisy garage door, this is a valuable tip to shush the noise from your garage door system. It is common and natural that nuts and bolts loosen due to the vibrations that come from the frequent opening and closing of your garage door.
As you tighten loose screws, you may also want to check the garage door opener chain since it can create a lot of noise when it’s loose. Tighten it as well, if needed.
Replace the Hinges
Hinges that are worn out will also make noise. Inspect if there is a hole in the hinge where the roller stem is located or where it meets the hinge bracket, including all other hinges. Replace all hinges with oblong-shaped holes.
Inspect and Replace the Insulation Strip
Check the insulation strip below your garage door. A loud bang when the door closes or a feeling of coldness when you enter your garage is a sign that the insulation strip is missing. If this happens, purchase a new strip that’s at least 16 feet long to replace your old one.
Since insulation strips shrink over time, do not cut it down to the exact length of your garage door. Leave enough extra stripping so that it will exactly fit when it shrinks over time.
More Buffers for a More Quiet Garage Door
Buffers like pieces of rubber can reduce the noise that is coming from your garage door. Pisces of rubber between the bolts and the door or to the end of the garage door opener’s frame can help absorb vibrations.
When to Call a professional
Hire a professional to fix your garage door system if you are still experiencing noise that persists despite following the tips for a quiet garage door. They can do a full check-up on your garage door system and do the necessary fixes.