Is the noise of your garage door making you crazy? If you can hear the sound of your garage door opening and closing, you know just what a pain it can be. If you just put the kids down for nap, and someone decides to come home and open the garage door, the grinding may very well wake up the child. The same is true if you are trying to get to sleep at night in a family member comes home. Nobody likes a noisy garage door.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do about it.
Reducing garage door noise
Is the hardware old and on its last legs? Do you have an older garage door? The garage door opener itself might be old, which could cause a problem. It is generally a good idea to invest in one that is newer and quieter. Over time, the bolts can start to come loose. When this happens, it can cause quite a bit of rattle. Every time the garage door goes up or comes down it can sound like a train is rolling through the house.
If the door is not insulated properly, this can also cause more noise. Doors made of three pieces, older steel rollers that have worn out, and outdated springs could also be the cause of the noise.
When you are buying a new door, there are a few things you should look for. First, getting a door opener that makes use of a rubber belt is a good idea. You can also get a door opener that is a one‑piece trolley system for pulling the door. When it comes to the hardware, sandwich‑type doors that have three layers are usually very strong and transfer much less noise. One layer is still followed by a layer of insulation and then another of steel.
Hardware systems that have anchor plates welded to the tracks are generally going to be hardier and cause less noise. Steel rollers with ball bearings covered in nylon tend to be quiet as well. Instead of using an extension type of system, a torsion type spring system is better. This tends to be safer and due to the placement on the door, it tends to transfer less noise.
Of course you should also make sure that you keep the system maintained properly. This can do a good job of reducing noise that stems from the springs.
The garage location
In some cases, the location of the garage can be a factor in the level of noise you experience as well. One common example is a garage that is located below the main portion of the house. Quite often, the garage is made of concrete. The rooms that are directly above the garage will therefore experience a large amount of noise, as the concrete below will act as something of an echo chamber. If the room above has hardwood flooring, this noise can be even worse.
One of the methods to help deal with this is to put down carpeting over the hardwood. You can also put insulation on the ceiling of the garage. Of course, this will depend on the amount of space you have in the garage and whether or not you really want to cover the beautiful floor. You may want to think about getting a new garage door that is inherently quieter and adding some simple insulation around the garage, which can help to dampen the sound. When you do this, you may also want to install noise isolators, which can help reduce the sound. This can work well with many different types of garages.
Remember to maintain your garage
Even when you have a brand‑new garage door and when you take pains to make sure the transmission of sound is limited, you need to make sure you maintain the door. Let’s look at some of the most important and simple maintenance that you can do on your garage door to keep it in good shape and to make sure it stays as quiet as possible.
At least two times each year, you should do the following. Perform a visual check on the door and all the hardware. Look for anything that appears out of place. Look for bolts and screws that may be loose and tighten them.
Those who have door openers should pull on the emergency record. This will allow them to operate the garage door manually and can give them a good idea if there are any issues. It should be possible to lift the door with relative ease with a single hand. Most of the time, the resistance of the door when pulling up on it is between eight and ten pounds. If the door feels as though it is more than this, there is a problem. It means that the system, particularly the springs, is not doing the right amount of work.
Please keep in mind that you cannot take care of the springs on your own. This is a job best left to professionals, so phone a specialist right away.
Make sure that you lubricate all the components of the door. The steel parts of the would need metal lubricant, while the PVC parts of the door, such as the weather stripping on the frame, need silicone‑based lubricant.
Of course, you might not have the time to take care of all this. Fortunately, we are here to help. We can give your garage door a checkup and take care of its needs.
No matter your needs, whether it’s a new door opener, or just maintenance, schedule a service call online or contact us at 519-842-6747. Click here to get a free quote, or click here to start by building your perfect garage door!