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Shhhh- Tips To Quiet Down Your Noisy Garage Door

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Tired of getting startled or even awoken by a noisy garage door? If your door seems to be banging each time it is shut, it might be in need of some minor repairs. Don't struggle with a noisy garage door any longer; put an end to the noise with these tips:

Is the ground level? A very common reason for your garage door to be noisy when it closes is your garage floor; is it level? Concrete floors are porous and could heave and shift over time in some climates, which will make your garage door uneven, un-level, and noisy. Talk with contractors about repairing or resurfacing your garage floor if this is the case.

Replace the door's seal.  An easy fix for some noisy garage doors is to replace the seal that runs along the bottom of your door. If there are any signs of splitting, cracking, or damage, this might be responsible for the noise each time the door is closed. Replacing the door's seal will also keep water and debris from getting inside the door, which can cause further damage over time.  

Replace the door's stripping. Use inexpensive foam weather-stripping to pad the door and quiet the sound when your garage door is shut. Cut the strips to fit the width of the door, and use the sticky backing to secure it in place. This will help to quiet the door and protect your garage floor as well.  

Create a buffer. When all else fails, you may need to get creative. You may make your own buffer out of an old rubber hose that will quiet the door by creating a buffer between it and the floor of your garage. Salvage a length of hose that is approximately the same size as the width of your garage door; use these tips to turn it into a buffer to slide on your door:

  • Cut down the length of the hose, only on one side, so that you can open the hose up to slide over the edge of your door.
  • Slip the hose over the lip of your garage door along the side the touches the garage floor.
  • Repeat this until the hose is snugly in place over the entire bottom-edge of the door. This will add a protective layer between the door and the floor each time the door is closed.

For more information, contact Callahan Door and Window or a similar company.

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9 August 2016