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If you want to make your home quieter, consider making modifications to your garage door.

Most people don’t even think about the noises their garage doors make. However, if you have a living space above your garage, neighbors in close proximity or varied sleep schedules within your household, you’re likely to discover just how disturbing loud garage door noises can be.

If your garage door is noisy or lets in sound pollution from the outside, there are a few things you can do to restore the peace. First, invest in an insulated garage door. “Insulated doors are much quieter,” says Pat Prendergast, president of Precision Door Services of the Bay Area in Fremont. “That’s important if your garage is attached to your home or you have neighbors who live close to your garage and might be disturbed by a loud door.”

Here are some other actions you can take to make your garage door less noisy:

  • Look for loose bolts and screws and tighten them so they’re snug (be careful not to over-tighten). This will stop the door from rattling when it opens and closes.
  • Replace worn or damaged hinges—they can make the whole door loose and cause vibrations, rattling, and grinding noises when you open or close it.
  • Lubricate the track, springs, rollers, chains and other moving parts of your garage door. Keeping these areas lubricated will cut down on noisy vibrations and keep the moving parts functioning more smoothly. This should be done every six months, or when you notice your garage door getting louder.
  • Swap metal rollers with nylon or plastic ones. “Nylon rollers are much quieter than plastic rollers,” says Mr. Prendergast. “They’re also more durable, so they’ll last longer.”
  • Garage door silencers and soundproofing kits are also available. These kits stop vibrations from traveling through the garage roof to the rooms above.