We have all been there. The moment we realize the familiar hum, squeak, or grinding of your garage door is actually super obnoxious. Many times we get used to the noises our garage door makes. We may even appreciate it as a heads up that someone has just arrived home.

The noises your garage door makes, however, aren’t always good for it and can be a bit embarrassing when you have company over and they ask what that awful sound was.

So what is it that contributes to the noises your garage door is making? Is there a way to stop it? Is there such a thing as a silent garage door?

As experts in garage doors and garage door openers in Ohio, we have the answers to all these questions and more. Let’s look at what could be contributing to the noises your garage door is making.

The Garage Door Opener

Your first thought would probably be to blame the garage door opener, which certainly is a possible culprit for the sounds you have been hearing. This is common in chain driven garage door opening systems. As chains get loose they rub against different parts or even make a more jerky and noisy opening process.

Getting the chains tightened and freshened up could help eliminate the sound. You could also consider switching to a garage door opening system that used a belt instead of a chain.

Rollers, Hinges, And Springs

Your garage door is made up of multiple little parts that each do their own job and carry a significant load. As these pieces experience wear and tear and even rust and decay they aren’t going to be able to operate as smoothly as when they were new.

This causes pieces to grind together or get caught or stuck, which leads to additional noise as they struggle to do their part in opening and closing your garage. In many cases, lubrication, cleaning, and replacing of single worn out parts can help keep your garage door quiet.

The Track

The track of your garage door is the path that the rollers follow each time you open and close your garage door. There is quite a bit of friction that can happen at this part of the process. If your track is dirty, rusty, sticky, or filled with debris, it could get noisy.

Taking the time to clean and grease your tracks with oil can definitely prevent them from getting too loud.

The Garage Door

Your garage door itself could actually be the cause of all the commotion. Most garage doors are steel which reflect a lot of noise. Insulated garage doors tend to be quieter as they absorb the noise better.

If you are looking for a solution to your noisy garage door, give us a call at Springfield Overhead Door and our team of professionals would be happy to help you get to the bottom of what is causing the noise. We will have you well on your way to achieving a quiet garage door that won’t wake the neighbors.