Garage doors often squeak, rattle, and creak. Do you have any idea what might cause these awful sounds? And what would you do if your garage door became noisy? One thing we recommend is to pay attention. Most people assume that some garage door noises are expected and pay little or no attention. Let us warn you. Sometimes, noises hide big problems.
Where there’s a garage door noise, there’s a garage door problem
It sounds funny but the noise your garage door makes often reveals the culprit. There’s no denying that some noises are normal. After all, chain drive garage door openers make a lot of noise. Don’t they? So, when we are talking about noises, we are actually talking about noises out of the ordinary. There are vibrating, squeaking, squealing, rumbling, scraping, and rubbing noises – just to name a few. The sound changes based on which part of the garage door is problematic. And so, it’s not always easy to detect if the noise comes from the garage door springs, the opener, the rollers, the tracks, or the hinges. But let us assure you that these are the usual suspects and so the problem is always serious.
Regular lubrication is important for the garage door longevity
When the garage doors are not lubricated, they make noises. That’s the first reason for annoying noises and it makes absolute sense. Doesn’t it? If the garage door parts don’t have the layer of lubricants to make their movement smoother, they rub on each other and make noises. This might seem as a minor problem, but it’s pretty serious. Why? Because the lubricants not only make the garage door movement smoother, but also provide protection to the parts. When the garage door rollers are not lubed, they make noise because they slide on the steel tracks. Steel over steel makes noise, but also results to damage. And so, you might need to replace the damaged garage door tracks or any other part earlier than expected. That’s a hassle and an expense.
Loose garage door fasteners are a major problem
Garage doors make loud noises when some fasteners are loose. Screws, bolts, and nuts have one job to do. That’s to keep other parts (tracks, springs, hinges, etc.) in place. If the fasteners are not tightened, the other parts start to shake. This is not funny at all. The garage door might get jammed and the opener may shake over your head – you get the picture. Your safety will be at stake.
Noises are signs of wear and tear
Garage doors and openers tend to become a lot noisier as they get older. There’s a tendency to avoid garage door repairs unless something is really urgent when people start planning a replacement project. And so, the steel rollers become noisy due to wear. Rusty hinges and corroded steel parts become loud too. The greatest fear comes from the springs. As they get older, they get noisier. Why? Because they become rusty too. It’s important that the springs are lubricated periodically too. After all, they are made of steel and so are prone to corrosion. The bad news is that when the coils of the springs become rusty, they are easy to break. And truth be told, who wants to deal with a broken spring?
How to eliminate garage door noises and thus dangers?
- Pay attention to all noises and try to figure out where they come from.
- Lubricate the garage door from time to time.
- Make sure all the fasteners are tightened.
- Replace the rusty garage door parts.
- Don’t neglect professional garage door maintenance.