Top 5 Reasons Why Your Garage Door is Squeaking

  • Published on July 18, 2019

Anyone who has a garage knows that the doors can get squeaky from time to time.

A squeaky garage door could have several causes and could be a minor problem or a sign or something bigger. Whatever the reason it is better to have an expert examine the door and sort out the squeakiness at the earliest. Here are some of the reasons that could result in noisy garage doors:

Problem with the chain:

Some garage doors operate using a string. The chain mechanism is what is responsible for the opening and closing of the garage door. When the chain slips out of place, sags due to age, or accumulates dust or debris, it could cause the door to squeak every time it is used. If you think that the chain might be the problem but can’t make out the reason, it is better to call in a professional to take a look. If something is stuck in the chain or the chain has become weak because of age, an expert will be the best person to identify the problem and fix it.

Out of alignment:

The constant opening and closing can cause a garage door to go out of alignment over time. When a door is not aligned properly, it does not move smoothly. Parts of the door rub against each other which can cause the squeaking noise. An out of alignment garage door can also work slower than normal or get stuck while opening and closing. Garage door repairs might be in order if this is the case. Call in a garage door repair company if you are experiencing any of these problems with your garage door.


Garage doors are largely made of metal and over time metal starts to rust. Rust can cause obstructions in the smooth operating of the opening and closing mechanism which results in the door squeaking. If you have been using your garage door for a few years and suspect that it might have accumulated rust, you can try using a lubricant spray to stop the door from squeaking. If you haven’t had the door maintained for a few years, it is also better to have it checked to make sure that no parts need to be replaced because of extreme rusting.

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Weather conditions can cause garage doors to warp. When this happens the door no longer fits well into its slot which can cause some amount of friction when opening and closing. An ill-fitted door will be noisy when being raised or lowered. The best option for a door that has been warped is to have it replaced with a new door. When getting a new garage door, a different material can be chosen that is better suited for your climate and won’t warp as easily and last much longer.

Poor lubrication:

Rollers, chains, hinges, and so on of a garage door are all moving regularly. Without regular garage door maintenance, these parts can get dry. If any of these parts are not properly lubricated, they can cause the garage door to vibrate and become noisy. The problem can be easily rectified by using a lubricating spray on all moving parts. However, if the problem persists, a professional should be called in for a closer look. Poor lubrication can cause damage to parts if left untreated for a long time.

At Doors Direct we have the skills and expertise to diagnose all types of reasons why garage doors squeak. We are also fully equipped to solve the problem either by repairing the door or replacing the affected parts. When you call us to check your garage door, we will first do a full examination before we inform you of the cause of the problem and your best options to fix it. We are always looking out for our customer’s best interest and will always give you the most reliable and cost-effective solution. You can find out more about our repair and servicing services on our website.

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