A garage door can create a loud, rumbling sound that can wake up the whole house. If your garage has sounded like this for some time, you may assume that this is inevitable. However, your garage door is likely this loud because of problems that you can actually fix, giving your home some peace and quiet.
Chances are that there is some part of your garage that needs to be lubricated. Parts that you must keep lubricated include
Be sure to lubricate these parts with a lubricant that is only designed for metal. Do not lubricate the metal parts using grease.
Replace Rollers And Tighten Nuts
Loud noises can be a sign of a much more serious problem. You may have worn out rollers that need to be replaced. In addition to replacing old rollers, you can use quieter rollers that are made using nylon. Also, check all of the nuts and bolts to make sure they do not need to be tightened.
Insulate The Opener
If the noise is mostly coming from the garage door opener, you can muffle this sound by adding rubber padding. Remove the motor from its location, mounted to a wall. Then, place a rubber pad behind the mounting bracket. Finally, hang the motor from the rubber pad using mounting straps. Test the garage door opener and it should be much quieter. If you are concerned about making a mistake, contact a garage door specialist and ask if he or she has a similar solution.
If you want to make your garage door extra quiet, place vibration isolators between the opener brackets and the door opener housing. When doing this, make sure that you do not attach the metal brackets that hold the garage door opener tracks directly to the roof trusses.
Buy A Quieter Garage Door
When it is time to replace your garage door, make sure that you replace it with the rubber belt drive. These are much quieter than the chain-drive openers.
Adding polyurethane insulation to the door will not only reduce the noise created by the door but will also increase rigidity and will act as a thermal insulator. Sandwich-type doors are insulated and are much quieter than non-insulated doors. Each of these methods can make your garage door almost silent. But it is always best to have your garage door modified by a skilled garage door technician who can perfect your door the first time.
For more information or assistance with your garage doors, consider contacting companies like Callahan Door and Window.