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Garage Door Noise When Closing

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A loud garage door can be concerning, annoying, and sometimes even embarrassing! Sometimes a noisy garage door is an easy fix, and a new noise doesn’t necessarily mean that your garage door is on the verge of breaking. It’s important to know the difference between the noises, though, and know when to call in the garage door professionals.

The trick with new noises is to discover the cause early and get it sorted out as soon as possible.

Garage Door Noise Reduction

The best way to ensure that garage door noises are kept to a minimum is to regularly service your garage door through professionals. There are, however, simple tricks you can do yourself if the issues are minor. Be sure that you are keeping yourself and your fingers safe, as DIY maintenance on garage doors can sometimes be risky, especially if you aren’t careful!  

  • Keep the garage door tracks clear by removing cobwebs and dust regularly
  • Keep your tracks lubricated using simple lubricant spray like Q20 or Tool-in-a-Can
  • Safeguard against water damage which could cause swelling, and subsequent friction
  • Ensure that you care for your garage door motor sufficiently
  • Keep your garage doors clean. Wooden garage doors may need to be oiled occasionally, while aluminium garage doors can be wiped down with a damp cloth.

Garage Door Making Noise?

Here are some examples of what they could mean.

Squeaking

Squeaking usually indicates additional friction. In this instance, you can try to locate the place of the sound and apply your lubrication spray. You can thoroughly lubricate the rollers and tracks by applying lubricant to the bottom of the door, in between the panels, and around the frame of the garage door.

Grinding

Worn-out rollers or tracks may produce a grinding sound after a while. Grinding is generally more severe than squeaking, because it means that something is being worn down with movement of the door. If lubricant doesn’t work in this case, you may need to get a professional to replace your rollers, tracks, or hinges. Never replace garage door parts on your own; you may cause more damage and end up having a bigger issue on your hands.

Rattling

There are many small components that hold your garage door together and connect the motor. With movement, and over time, your hinges, nuts, and bolts will become loose and start making a noise with the vibration of your door. This is quite a quick fix; using a screwdriver or a wrench, you can simply tighten these up! For more complex parts of the garage door (like the motor or springs), it’s best to leave these to the professionals.

For garage door repairs, parts, and installation, Adams Doors has you covered! Give us a call if you are in need of a repair or service.

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