Why Is My Garage Door Squeaky?

Garage doors keep your garage safe from nature’s elements and intruders, but they can quickly become a burden if they’re experiencing issues. These doors produce extreme vibrations when they open, which results in loud, disturbing sounds. Although your family may be too nice to confront you about those unpleasant noises, your neighbors will be fed up by now, and they might not be as kind about it. Allow your family and neighbors to have a good night’s sleep by checking if your garage door is experiencing any of the following issues. 

Faulty Springs, Hinges, and Rollers

Garage doors will become noisy and squeaky when the rollers and hinges of your garage door become old and defective. The more that these crucial parts wear down, the more of a squeaky sound you’ll hear from your door. Loose hardware also creates an irritating sound because as nuts and bolts loosen, they begin to create extra vibrations when opening and closing garage doors. Make it a point to routinely tighten all the bolts and screws and fix faulty springs on your garage door as part of your maintenance routine. 

Types of Garage Door Openers

Belt drives, screw drives, and chain drives are the most common garage door openers. Of these kinds of door openers, screw drives and chain drives are undeniably the loudest ones. During the first few years of use, screw drives and chain drives will be just dandy for your garage door. After a few months, however, these drives can become a nuisance. If you care about your own sanity and the sanity of your family, consider using belt drives. These drives are the quietest option available.

Worn Metal Rollers and Poor Lubrication

It’s highly recommended for you to properly lube all the moving parts of your garage door at least two times a year. A small amount of garage door lube will go a long way, and the lube will help prevent those unpleasant and destructive garage door vibrations when you’re opening and closing your garage door. Aside from poor lubrication, tired metal rollers become worn out and noisy over extended periods of use. It’s in your best interest to replace metal rollers with nylon ones, as these will help with noise reduction. 

Crooked Garage Doors

Is your garage door starting to look lopsided? Imbalanced garage doors are a common issue for homeowners, and they are unforgivingly loud and become feeble over time. This means that a wobbly garage door will become a safety hazard for you, your family, and your pets. Attempt to manually open and close your garage door by lifting the emergency cord. An unbalanced garage door becomes sluggish, making it difficult to open and close. Over time, the door will become too heavy for the opener to even move at all, and you’ll be stuck with a stubborn door that won’t budge. Worst of all, an imbalanced garage door will cause the door opener to fail prematurely, or for a cable string to snap. 

Don’t wait another day to act for the sake of you, your family, and your garage. Call our specialists at The Garage Door Man today if you’re tired of your garage door causing a scene. We offer 24-hour emergency services and repairs, so we will work with your schedule. 

   

3 Garage Summer Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your garage isn’t at the top of your summer bucket list, and it’s not on your mind either, be honest. Although cleaning your garage isn’t the most exciting task, you need to routinely upkeep your garage for it to remain habitable.

Deep cleaning your garage twice a year will prevent a myriad of issues from occurring, and the summer is the opportune season to act. Here are three garage maintenance tips to consider. 

1. Your Garage Door Matters

At the top of your garage maintenance checklist should be taking care of your garage door. This is especially important because garage doors are often the first part of a garage to experience problems. Your garage door can last up to 20 years, but for it to remain reliable, you’ll have to ensure that your garage door is in good standing. Not only does a clean garage door free of rust look presentable, but it is in your best interest to make sure that your garage door is kept. A sturdy garage door is a healthy garage door, thereby decreasing your risk of a serious accident.

One of the first signs of your garage door withering down is if it makes squeaky noises when you open and close your garage. Your garage door starts to wear down each time you open and close your garage because garage doors roughly slide up and down when in motion. Fortunately, you can fix several of your garage door’s problems by using lubrication. Additionally, you need to make sure that your garage door is balanced. A lopsided garage door will place strain on your garage door opener. One of the most under looked parts of your garage door is the weather-stripping seal. This is the component at the bottom of your garage door that keeps nature’s elements out of your garage. Inspect your weather-stripping seal to ensure that it is free of cracks. 

2. Your Garage’s Appearance Matters

When doing your garage’s summer cleaning, take a close look at the garage floor. Your garage floor is the base of your garage, and it is essential that your floor be free of cracks to prevent foundation problems. Your garage’s concrete floor takes a beating each day when you park your car over it, slam large storage boxes on it, and set your tools down. Immediately take care of any floor cracks forming to prevent them from expanding. 

The simplest way to maintain your garage’s floor clean is to mop it. For more stubborn stains such as spilled oil, use dry dishwasher detergent. Allow the detergent to sit on the stain for about an hour. Use boiling water over the area, then scrub the stained area with force. 

3. Your Garage’s Environment Matters

The summer is the optimal time for bugs and pests to invite themselves into your home. To keep the number of pests in your garage at a minimum, make sure that every area of your garage is sealed, and don’t leave your garage door opened for extended periods of time. If you own a pet, keep your pet’s kibble in a resealable bag. Clean up any kibble left on the garage floor. Don’t forget about the corners of your garage. You’ll want to use a broom to sweep off spider webs that accumulate and hide in the crevices of your walls. 

Remember the weather-stripping seal mentioned above? The strip’s condition matters so that bugs don’t slide into your garage due to a broken seal. Make sure that you clean up any puddles of water inside and outside of your garage so that mosquitoes don’t nest their eggs inside the water. 

Simple seasonal maintenance will keep your garage in top shape. Summer is the time to invite guests over and to work on personal projects, so take care of your garage. By inspecting your garage from top to bottom each summer, you are making less work for yourself in the long run while increasing your home’s value. 

   

Cleaning Out and Organizing Your Garage

Do you feel comfortable showing off your garage to your visitors? If you don’t feel confident opening your garage door for your neighborhood to see, you’re not alone. Only 11% of Americans feel satisfied with their garage and wouldn’t change a thing about it according to a survey by the Wall Street Journal.

Most people put effort into making their home interior to look spotless and picture-perfect, but the garage remains the room most often forgotten. Your garage doesn’t have to be an abandoned, dark storage room. Restore life into your garage by decluttering and developing better organization habits both for your own good, as well as the longevity of your garage. 

The issue isn’t a lack of space in your garage. Garages are usually the biggest room in a house, but they are also the room least attended to. The problem begins when you become disorganized because then clutter accumulates. Declutter your garage by doing the following: 

  • Garage sale: Part ways with your unused items by allowing someone else to give them a second life. 
  • Donating: Take your old belongings to your local thrift store. The objects you want to get rid of can go to others who are in need. This not only helps your garage be free of dusty items, but you’re also helping others.
  • Creating zones: Separate your garage into multiple parts. Create a zone to store your gardening tools, sporting goods, car parts, storage boxes, and all your other material items. You can even designate space for you to do your hobbies in.
  • Using wall space: Effectively use your wall space by attaching shelves and modular hooks to your walls for vertical storage. 

Having a cluttered garage can not only feel embarrassing, but it also creates safety hazards such as: 

  • Rodents such as rats and field mice claiming your garage as their new home
  • Pesky bugs such as spiders, cockroaches, and termites invading your space
  • Fires that could be detrimental to the rest of your home and your family’s safety
  • Slipping on chords that are scattered on your floor

Cleaning out your garage isn’t only for aesthetic purposes; it’s a necessity in order to live a safe, comfortable life. 

Your garage has the potential to be repurposed into a fitness room, a recreational area, a living space for your pet, and to become a habitable room in general. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to only be once a year–show those bugs who’s boss by taking ownership of your garage. Make the most out of your garage by maximizing your storage space today. 

4 Common Garage Door Problems

It always seems to happen on your busiest days or those with the most extreme weather. You come home from work to find that you can’t get your garage door to open.

Or it’s time to mow your lawn and the garage door sticks halfway up the track.

Perhaps you’ve been trying to ignore the grinding and crunching sounds when your garage door operates. What can you do?

Issues with garage doors are normal, even if they are rare, and Garage Door Man is ready to help you. 

Whether your garage door is decades old, or brand new, you should learn how to identify the common garage door problems so that you can be prepared in the event that your garage door stops working for you on the most inconvenient day of your year. 

1. Dead Batteries

You wouldn’t believe how often we get a call about a broken garage door, only to find that the transmitter batteries are dead. Save yourself the embarrassment by checking the batteries first. Buy a backup battery for your transmitter and keep it in your vehicle, so that the very first time your transmitter fails to work you can replace the batteries immediately.

2. Sensor Problems

The sensors at the base of your garage door, or “photo eyes,” communicate to the garage door mechanism whenever there are obstacles in the way of the garage door’s path. Sensors are small and lightweight, so they can easily be bumped or kicked out of alignment. In addition, they can accumulate dust and other debris over the lens. These issues are easily fixed. You can adjust the sensors to be back in alignment with pliers or manually. You can carefully clean the lens with a microfiber cloth, taking care to avoid scratching the lens. If you find there are still issues with your sensor (the garage door will come up but won’t come down) then it’s time to call Garage Door Man for repairs.

3. Track Issues

When your garage door is working but doesn’t quite feel right, it’s usually due to an issue with the rolling track on which your garage door glides. This can be due to obstruction, rust, bending, gaps, or other structural issues. Depending on what is blocking your garage door from sliding smoothly up and down the track you might try lubricant, cleaning, reshaping, or possibly replacing the tracks of the garage door. Our experts at Garage Door Man can advise.

4. Springs & Cables Broken

If your garage door comes crashing down or hits the garage loudly when it closes, you may have broken or outlived your tension springs or suspension cables. These help to hold the garage door as it runs along the track and difficulty raising or lowering the garage door could be due to these springs or cables, which can be easy to repair or replace, even by yourself.

 

At the first sign of garage door problems, call Garage Door Man for your repair, replacement, remodel, and garage consultation needs. 

   

Do You Need Garage Ventilation and Insulation?

Your attached garage is an extension of your home, but do you think about it that way? Do you consider the temperature, ventilation, and security of your garage the same way you do for your main house? More homeowners should think that way about their garages, but fail to do so. We sometimes think of our garages as mere parking spots for our vehicles or storage for our lawnmower, but in reality, they’re just as much a part of the house. 

So what does this mean? It means that your garage also needs proper insulation and ventilation. There are many reasons to improve your garage’s insulation and ventilation, and today Garage Door Man will help you determine if you could benefit from upgrading your garage this summer. 

Garage Ventilation and Insulation

Traditionally, garages aren’t well ventilated. It’s not technically necessary since that giant door is going up and down every day, but you may notice that the air in your garage is stagnant, stale, smelly, or even harmful. Many people use their garages as workshops, so chemicals and shavings can release impurities into the air that make it unsafe to breathe. Our vehicles emit fumes and drip oils as well. Adding better garage ventilation can be as simple as adding a garage ventilation system to your garage door. Insulation is a little trickier. You may need to beef up the insulation in your garage walls and ceiling, then invest in an insulated garage door. This creates a more balanced and resilient garage that doesn’t swing with the temperatures. 

Benefits of Garage Ventilation & Insulation

  • Safety: A properly ventilated and insulated garage is a safer garage. Better ventilation means cleaner air, reducing your risk of breathing toxins and impurities. Better insulation means your garage will remain more temperate, protecting your vehicle, children, pets, and possessions from extreme cold and heat. 
  • Comfort: Have you ever climbed into your car on a summer afternoon to find it baking – inside your garage? It’s so much more comfortable to exit your home into a garage that matches your home’s interior instead of walking into an inferno or an igloo. 
  • Money: Did you know that your uninsulated, poorly ventilated garage is affecting your energy bills? Your garage gets hot, and that heat transfer causes disruption every single time you open and close your door. Even just the contact of an attached garage inadvertently warms and cools your house depending on the outside temperature. A garage that is better insulated and ventilated will be much easier on your home’s HVAC and decrease your monthly utility bills. 

How well ventilated and insulated is your garage? Have you noticed poor air quality, extreme temperatures, and high utility bills? It may be time to consider updating your garage to better support your needs and to improve the quality of your home. Garage Door Man can offer you a total garage upgrade that makes your boring garage a perfect option for whatever you need.