If the sound made by opening your garage door makes your family wake up with a start, wondering if a thunderstorm has just started, then you need to take steps to quieten your garage door.
Even if you have completely soundproofed your garage your garage door can still cause problems as most garage doors are installed with very little thought for noise reduction. Thankfully there is a lot you can do to make them quieter.
Here are 9 tips that will transform your garage door from a giant noise machine into a smooth, silent hatch:
Garage door insulation is commonly done to keep heat in when the garage is being used more like a regular room such as a music room or a gym.
However insulating your garage door is one of the most important things you can do to help make it quieter.
Most garage doors are made from steel, aluminum or vinyl. None of these does a great job of deadening vibrations, in fact an uninsulated garage door can act like a big drum, significantly amplifying any vibration that travels through it.
Increasing the R-value (heat resistance) of your garage door by fitting insulation will quieten your door significantly when it opens and closes.
There are three types of insulation that are used for insulating garage doors:
Take the foam board insulation and use polyurethane glue to stick it to the inside of your garage door, covering as much surface area as possible.
Over time garage doors can become very rattly, constant opening and closing can slowly cause nuts and bolts to loosen.
Have a good look over your garage door for any loose nuts, bolts or screws and ensure that they are thoroughly tightened up to prevent avoidable rattling sounds and help your door move more smoothly.
It is a good idea to lubricate your garage door every year to minimise wear and tear, keep it running smoothly and minimise noise.
To lubricate your door buy a lithium-based oil, WD-40 isn't designed for garage doors and normal oils drip more than purpose made garage door oil and are also more likely to collect build-ups of dirt and dust.
Once you have got your oil, apply it to each of the following areas:
Having done all this your garage door will no operate a bit more smoothly and quietly. Doing these every year will help prolong the life of your garage door.
Automatic garage door openers make driving your car into your garage a much simpler job. However not all garage door openers are created equal, particularly when it comes to noise levels.
Chain driven garage door openers make far more noise than their belt-driven counterparts. Some older models also use AC powered engines which are noisier than more modern DC powered engines.
Switching your old noisy garage door opener for a purpose made quiet garage door opener will make a big difference to the overall quietness of your garage door.
Whether you have a purpose-made quiet garage door opener or not your garage door opener will benefit from being fitted to a garage door silencer.
Even the quietest garage door openers create vibrations when in operation. Because they are bolted directly to the ceiling the vibrations travels straight into your ceiling joists and into the floor above, disturbing whoever is in there.
A garage door silencer work by decoupling your automatic garage door opener from your ceiling thereby significantly dampening vibrations and using up sound energy before it gets into the upstairs room.
They are relatively easy to fit (it just requires some drilling and bolting) however you will have to detach your door opening machine to fit one so if you are not comfortable doing this then consult a professional.
Your garage door rollers are one of the main culprits when it comes to noise, the sound they make rolling up the frame is often responsible for the bulk of your garage door's noise.
An easy (and low cost) way of reducing this is to switch your wheel for nylon covered wheels, these are much quieter because they are softer so create far less noise.
Replacing your rollers will differ depending on how your door is built however for the majority of doors you simply need to remove the brackets which hold the rollers, pull the roller out and swap it over - check out this video for a walkthrough on how exactly to do it.
A word of warning if you are thinking of doing this yourself - garage door springs can be very dangerous so please be extremely careful when handling them. We do recommend you ask a professional to swap your springs for you, however if you wish to do it yourself here is what you need to do:
Remove The Existing Extension Springs:
Install The Torsion Springs:
As previously mentioned this is a potentially dangerous and difficult job so if you're not 100% confident then hire someone to do it, if you are keen on doing it then check out these detailed step by step instructions at naturalhandyman.com.
Garage door noise is often blamed on the opening mechanisms, be that the rollers, automatic door openers or just door rattling however the noise your garage door makes when it closes can be just as noisy, if not more so, than when it is being opened.
Implementing all of the steps above will make your door quieter to close however an additional step you can make to make it even more quiet is to replace your garage door seals with ones that fit well and have plenty of padding. This will prevent your door from slamming shut and making a ton of noise.
Check out our article on how to seal a garage door for information on how to fit a garage door bottom seal.
Garage door side seals are often forgotten but they are just as important as bottom seals, replacing these can also help make your door close more softly and avoid a slamming noise.
We hope these tips have proven to be useful to you in your quest to quieten your garage door.
A noisy garage door can be a big problem in homes where people sleep above the garage and someone has to leave in the early hours, hopefully these tips will help you silence your garage door and make whoever sleeps upstairs much happier!