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Why Is My Garage Door So Noisy?

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Over time, garage doors age, and their various components wear out. Worn garage door parts can result in annoying noises that can be a cause for concern for you and your neighbors. Regular maintenance can help you detect worn or faulty garage door parts and allow for early repairs.

The following are some common causes of a noisy garage door and possible solutions.  

Loose Fasteners

The garage door is the largest moving part of your house. With time, the constant opening and closing can cause the bolts, nuts, and screws on the garage door to come loose, resulting in squeaky noises and annoying vibrations.

To eliminate the noise, inspect your garage door and simply fasten any loose screws. Experts recommend lubricating the various moving parts of the garage door at least two times a year to minimize the noise and improve service life.

Aged Rollers

Worn metallic garage door rollers can produce an alarming noise as they glide over the door's metal track. As you open and close the garage door, look out for broken or sloping rollers.

Ask a professional garage door contractor to replace worn metallic rollers with nylon rollers. Nylon rollers produce less noise as they move along the garage door's metal track.

Standard garage doors require six rollers on each side of the track. Even if just one or two rollers seem faulty, consider replacing all the rollers at once to truly reduce the noise and ensure optimal performance of your garage door.

Worn Insulation Strip

The insulation strip at the bottom of your garage door may be worn, resulting in a distinct banging noise when you close the door. Other than the noise, a missing or worn insulation strip can also let cold air into your garage.  

You can solve both problems by replacing the insulation strip. Consider asking your garage door contractor to replace a worn insulation strip for you. The contractor will know the length of the insulation strip your door needs and will consider factors such as shrinkage when cutting and installing the strip.

Misaligned Locking Bar

Garage door locks are most common in doors that do not have an opener. However, some homeowners with automatic garage doors choose to install an extra lock that works with the opener, for added reinforcement.

A misaligned lock bar on an automatic garage door can knock against the track and result in a grinding noise. Fixing this problem would require opening the leader brackets on the garage door, aligning the guides accordingly, and then putting the lock brackets back together.

Faulty Door Springs

Springs play an important role in balancing a weighty garage door. When the springs are in good working condition, your garage door will open and close effortlessly.

However, a broken spring will cause the garage door to come down fast and bang loudly against the floor. Not only is this type of noise startling, but a faulty spring can cause serious injury.

If your garage door springs are producing a squeaky sound or the noise is more ominous, like the door pounding violently onto the garage floor, call your garage door contractor immediately. No matter how subtle the noise from the springs might seem, never attempt to fix a faulty garage door spring on your own.

Factors such as rust, age, and normal wear and tear can result in a noisy door. Fortunately, a professional garage door contractor can repair many of these problems, allowing you to enjoy a quieter door.

If you are looking for garage door repairs for a noisy door, call the experts at Door Mart Garage Doors in California.