You know how it happens – you’re tired, lying in bed, and just about ready to go off to sleep, when your garage door opens and then closes. Someone else in your family has come home, and created noise. You probably wonder how in the world your garage door, which always worked perfectly before, could wake you up like that.
So, how are you going to correct this problem and get the rest you need? You’ll have to find the source of the problem and correct it. It could be any number of things.
Noisy Garage Door Opener
If your garage door opener is old (20 or more years), then chances are it’s going to be noisy. You might have to replace it with a new one that will be quieter.
- If your garage door opener is chain-operated, then it can become noisy over time. Also, if you have a garage door opener that is comprised of a number of pieces, then it’s possible that bolts and screws have become loose. Over time, this can happen, and it can make for a fair bit of noise.
Non-Insulated Garage Door
If your garage door is just made out of steel sides, without any insulation in between, then it could be very noisy. You might consider replacing it with an insulated door.
Worn Rollers or Track Bolts
If the door’s tracks are bolted together, then chances are that the bolts will loosen over time, and this can result in noise. Also, if the steel rollers that operate the door become worn to the point where they no longer roll smoothly in the tracks, this can also lead to noise.
Noise can also occur in the springs. And it doesn’t much matter if the springs are torsion or extension – if they aren’t doing their job, which is essentially to serve as a counterweight to the door, then you can end up with noise.
What You Need
To fix noise, chances are that you will need to replace your doors with sandwich doors, which are created using two layers of steel with a layer of insulation in between. You might also require a hardware systemthat features anchor plates welded to tracks in order to reduce the noise. Finally, you could consider a torsion spring system that you would install over your garage door. This could also work to alleviate a lot of the noise that could be occurring in the springs.
Also, consider the location of your garage. You might be surprised at how much noise you can end up with if you have a concrete garage that is located in the basement of your house – it can actually work as an echo chamber. And it gets even worse if the floor above the garage is made of hardwood. One solution can be to install carpet over the floor above the garage, or at least to use an area rug.
Another solution is to install mineral wool. This is a semi-rigid compound that works to provide sound insulation between the floor above and the space below. If this doesn’t work, then chances are that you are simply going to have to ask other people that you live with to stop using the garage during certain hours. It’s not a perfect solution, but it might be the only one that works.
Look After Maintenance
If you have done everything else that makes sense, then there is still one thing left to do. Make sure that you lubricate your garage door every six months. Often, poor lubrication leads to undesirable noise. If you’ve done everything else that seems sensible, and you’re still getting too much noise, it could just be that your garage door isn’t properly lubricated.
If all else fails, you can contact a pro. It doesn’t matter if you need a new garage door, maintenance service, or repairs to your garage door opener, we can help. You can click here to get a free quote, or click here to start by building your perfect garage door! You can also call us at 705-721-7909.