6 Tips for a Quiet Garage Door

You get yourself and your family ready for the day and head out to the garage to load up the car. Before heading out for the day, you lock up the house and open the garage door. Unfortunately, you don’t own a quiet garage door. 

There it is again.

That loud and obnoxious noise that comes from the garage door. Your phone calls are put on pause, conversations with your family turn into multiple questions asking, “What?” And all the animals from your home pets to the wild ones outside seem to scurry in fear.

Aside from the inconvenience it causes to conversations, loud garage doors also become a menace when there’s someone sleeping upstairs or in the house. This is especially true when you have young children trying to take naps but need to open the garage. You’re tired of your loud garage door for these reasons and other reasons as well. 

If you’re in need of a quiet garage door, then you’ll want to follow these tips given below!

1. Switch Out the Rollers

Good garage door rollers will roll inside of the tracks. When the rollers become worn out, they begin to slide in the tracks rather than roll. Once this happens, they create a bit of noise. 

If you have metal rollers in metal tracks, then this can be another source of loud noise. The best thing to do is to inspect your garage door. Look to see what kind of rollers you have and if they’re worn out or not. 

To reduce noise from garage door rollers, you can replace them with nylon rollers. Nylon rollers don’t require as much maintenance as the metal ones do. You won’t need to worry about lubricating them, and they reduce noise levels.

When switching out your rollers, be sure to switch all of them out. The price of the rollers is worth the noise reduction you’ll receive. This is a task that you can do yourself without much hassle, or hire the professionals to do in a couple of hours.

2. Lubricate the System 

Another cause of a noisy garage door is the lack of lubricant. Your garage door has several different parts on it that require good lubricant. Just be sure to use the right type of lubricant for the specific kind of parts.

For example, all metal parts that run against other metal parts should be lubricated with a petroleum-based lubricant. These parts include the springs and hinges. The weatherstripping should be lubricated with a silicone-based lubricant. 

Be sure to spray lubricant in the base of the track as well. Apply lubricant to all needed garage parts twice a year to keep them moving as they should.  

3. Tighten Loose Bolts 

With your garage door closed, take a few minutes to inspect it for any broken, weakened, or loose parts. All bolts, nuts, and screws should be tightened if needed. Keep in mind that while tightening loose parts, you want to make it secure, but not too tight to cause damage. 

If there were any loose parts, tightening them should make your garage door a lot less noisy. 

4. Replace the Insulation Strip

Check the insulation strip on the bottom of the garage door. Is it worn down? Is it missing?

Without the strip, not only will cold or hot air find its way into your garage, but there will also be a loud banging noise each and every time you close your garage door. Purchase a new strip that’s at least 16ft long and replace your old one. 

Be sure not to cut it down in length until you have it completely place on your door. Also, keep in mind that this type of stripping will shrink over time, so don’t cut it down to fit the garage door exactly. Leave enough extra stripping for it to shrink and still fit your garage door. 

5. Switch Out the Springs

If you notice that your garage door is hitting the ground a lot harder than it should, then you might need to switch out the springs. The best way to correct the springs on your garage door is to contact the professionals. However, some homeowners are able to complete this task on their own as well.

Springs that aren’t switched out, fixed, or installed correctly could lead to spring failure and major damage. After having a professional come out and get the job done for you, remember to lubricate the springs twice a year to keep them in good shape. 

6. Purchase a New Door

If you’ve done these correctional tasks in the past and haven’t had any luck reducing noise from your garage door, then it might be time to replace yours. Sometimes systems become so old that there’s no real fix other than replacement. How old is your garage door?

When you’re ready to replace your garage door, consider purchasing an ultra quiet garage door opener. Do your research and find a garage door opener that seems to best fit your budget and needs. Having a garage door opener that’s made specifically to reduce noise is one of the best ways to say goodbye to loud garage doors.

Do You Have a Quiet Garage Door?

Does your home have a quiet garage door or loud one? After reading through this guide, we hope you’ve found a way to take a once loud garage door and transform it into a quiet one. Luckily, many of these steps are inexpensive and could make a huge difference in the noise level. 

Start at the basics and work your way up!

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