One well-known feature of automatic garage doors is that they make a lot of noise when they are operated. They creak and squeak and let the neighbors know how late you stayed out. There are options to help you minimize the sound your garage door make and help you become the favored neighbor on the street. Be sure to contact our team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair for all your garage door opener questions.
Choosing the Right System
One of the main culprits of a loud system is the type of drive your garage door opener has. If you are looking to buy a new opener and noise is your biggest concern, a belt drive is a great option. The rubber belt used to raise and lower the garage door takes away some of the noise caused by the metal on metal of a chain-driven opener system.
Another drive option to combat noise is the screw drive. It uses a threaded screw to move the trolley. Because this drive maintains constant contact with the trolley it produces less noise from vibrations.
Chain, belt, and screw drives all have their pros and cons. When choosing which drive will help you find the peace you also need to keep in mind how heavy your garage door is, whether a drive will work best in your climate and the overall cost of buying the system.
Working With What You Got
If you already have a noisy garage door and you are not ready to replace the whole system, there are some things you can do to try and diminish some of the noise your system makes. One of the reasons once quiet systems start to make noise is they are not being properly maintained.
Lubricating the moving parts, especially the ones where metal meets metal, can go a long way to quieting the noise. Make sure you are using the correct lithium-based lubricant. WD-40 is not going to work for this and can make things worse over time.
You will also want to check for any loose parts on your system. Anything loose is going to vibrate and vibration means noise. The chain on a chain drive can loosen over time as well and require adjustment.
Adding insulation to your garage door panels may also reduce the noise the door makes as it operates. If you have steel rollers you switching them out for nylon rollers is another way to reduce the noise from friction.
To Sum It All Up
When it comes to noise, the type of drive your garage door system has mattered. If you have a noisy system and are ready to replace it, many options on the market that can help with that issue. You can also take the steps above to reduce the noise of your existing system.
Proper maintenance will go a long way to keeping your system running quietly and many companies offer annual maintenance programs. A professional can also look at your system over with an experienced eye to see noise-causing issues you might have missed.
We Can Help
If you are losing sleep or waking the neighbors, let the team at Garage Door Repair help. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose a new garage door opener system or let you know what your current system needs to run in tip-top shape. Call us at any time.