Do You Have To Live With A Noisy Garage Door?


 In the past, a noisy garage was not that big of a deal. Most garages were detached. As more homes were built with an attached garage, the noise became more noticeable and unbearable. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to possibly muffle loud noises coming from your garage. Here are a few suggestions.

Inspect and Replace the Rollers

As your garage door opens and closes, the rollers can start to experience wear and tear. When this occurs, the door will become noisier. Sometimes, the problem is solved by applying a silicone- or metal-based lubricant to the rollers. If your rollers appear to be in good condition, the lubricant should help.

However, if the rollers are worn, it is time for some new ones. Before buying the same rollers that are currently installed on your garage door opener, talk to your installer. He or she might recommend switching to a different type to decrease the level of noise. For instance, switching from metal to nylon often results in a quieter opening and closing.

Move the Opener

The garage door opener hums as the door is opened and closed. The humming produces a vibration that travels up the mounts and to the ceiling above. If you there is a bedroom above the garage or the living room next to it, this noise can start to be unbearable over time.

Replacing the garage door opener could help, but there is a far more affordable option to help with the humming. You could have the opener moved. It does not necessarily have to nestle directly below the ceiling. You could suspend it using a bungee cord or other supportive apparatus. Doing this will prevent the vibrations from traveling to the ceiling.

Upgrade Your Garage Door Opener

If suspending the opener does not sound appealing or if it is time for a new opener, you can use this time to upgrade the one that you have. Some garage door openers are quieter than others and an upgrade could make it almost unnoticeable.

For instance, if you have a chain-driven garage door opener, the movement of the chain can produce heavy vibrations that trigger loud noises. Switching to a belt-driven garage door opener can resolve this issue. The belt-driven opener glides and does not cause the level of vibrations that the chain-drive opener does.

Talk to your garage door contractor to learn of other ways you can muffle the noises coming from the garage.


26 August 2017

Your Garage Doesn't Have To Be Your Security Weak Link

I'm Megan Moore. I have always been very security-conscious ever since I woke up to find an intruder rummaging through my belongings in my living room. I never wanted this to happen again, so I purchased a state-of-the-art security system. But despite the security measures that I put in place, my home was still burglarized. The problem was with my garage door. Somehow, a burglar was able to get the code to the garage door opener. I realized that my garage was my weak link and I set out to learn everything I could about garage doors and garage door security.