Commercial overhead doors endure a lot of wear and tear on behalf of your business. When these doors are maintained, they provide safety and ease for you and your employees. Neglect to your commercial overhead doors can result in noise, increased maintenance, and incurred costs that could have been prevented. While commercial openers withstand years of high frequency use, they are still subject to normal damage that naturally and inevitably occurs as a result of aging.
THE NOISE - WHAT IT'S TELLING YOU
A little noise from your garage door is standard, but when it gets too loud, then this could mean there is an underlying problem. There are several factors that could lead to commercial garage door noise, therefore the first thing to do is determine the part where the noise is coming from. It could be the door itself, the operator, or both.
- Electric door operator: this is the most common source of garage door noise. Older models by default have withstood years or decades of wear and tear, resulting in noise. A garage door expert can fix the problem.
- Door problems: the door could also be the source of noise. If it is not properly balanced, then it will lead to noise. You can tell if the door is unbalanced by opening it halfway. If it stays where you lifted it to, it's balanced. If it goes up or down, it's not balanced. Also, if the door is not in line with the rail, it's bound to produce noise. Finally, worn parts can lead to noise too. Worn out hinges, rollers, or loose bolts can be a great source of noise.
- Counterbalance: your commercial garage door is quite heavy, and there is a reason for needing a counterbalance mechanism to lift or lower it. This is possible with the help of torsion springs which are under extreme tension and with time, they too get worn out, and when they do, they become noisy.
WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR A QUIET COMMERCIAL DOOR OPERATION?
The solutions are quite easy:
- Frequent maintenance will be the only way to detect when there is a noise problem that needs to be addressed.
- Installing new, quieter garage door openers; a unit over 20 years old is not very safe and you should upgrade to a better version.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR DOOR DURABLE AND QUIET
Many things will make this possible; including:
- Regular care and preventative maintenance practices. This makes it feasible to detect a problem early enough before it gets out of control.
- Get the best door for your garage. The belt-driven garage doors are the quietest. They grant you all the features you want, are reliable, and do not produce any noise.
- The door should be lightweight and made from corrosion-free material like aluminum.
- Nylon wheels with ball bearings also make sure the door is soundless.