Fixing The Rattle Or Shake In Your Garage Doors

Posted on: 20 May 2020

If you have ever experienced garage doors that shake or rattle loudly when they open and close, you know how loud and annoying the sound can be. The shaking is often a result of a loose door or track, and a garage door repair company can adjust the door and replace some parts to quiet the door when it moves.

Adjusting the Door

One of the first things that the technician from the garage door repair service will do when they arrive is open and close the door a few times to see what adjustments are off. If the door is opening and closing correctly, the shaking may be from loose bolts or brackets, but if the door is not opening or closing altogether, it could indicate that the door also needs adjusting.

The tech will check all the bolts and support brackets, making adjustments and tightening the bolts as required. If there is a bracket that is damaged in some way, replacing it should be a priority, or it could put additional strain on the rest of the hardware and make it harder for the door to open and close correctly.

If the garage door has an electric garage door opener, the support for the opener also needs inspection. Often loose brackets on the door opener can allow the track on the opener to vibrate or shake, and the movement can be translated into the door.

Worn Rollers

The rollers on older doors can begin to wear over time and the bearings can loosen, allowing the roller to become sloppy, and in some cases, the roller will drag in the door tracks. Replacing the roller is the best solution, and installing a high-quality replacement that uses a urethane wheel and roller bearings can substantially reduce the roller noise.

Urethane rollers are available from many different companies and in sizes to fit many different doors. Urethane rollers also require less maintenance over time. 

Door Tracks

The tracks that support the door need to be secure and straight, or the door can shake and grind as it moves. If the door tracks are not straight, they may need replacing with new tracks. Straightening a twisted track is difficult, but sometimes just tightening the brackets and supports on the track will pull it back in line.

Once all the adjustments are made to the door, it is a good idea to set up a maintenance plan for your garage door. Having the company come back yearly and adjust things will help extend the garage door's life and save you money in the long run.

For more information, contact a garage door service today.