The garage is where your car takes shelter from the storm and where you store garden tools, the lawn mower, ladders, paint and maybe even old furniture. It’s also where lots of guys have their hobby shop. As such it shouldn’t be a surprise if the garage is not the quietest part of the house because none of the functions it fulfills require peace and quiet. They just require space. But the noise that emanates from the garage can have an impact on the quality of life in the rest of the house, so finding ways to cut down on that noise is important.
Ways to Reduce Noise from Your Garage
The average house has three unfinished spaces: the attic, the basement and the garage. Of the three the garage is typically the space that sees the most use. As a result it can be something of a noise factory. Cutting down on this noise will benefit everyone so here are six ways to do just that.
- Insulate/Finish the walls - The main reason people sitting in the kitchen can hear everything that goes on in the garage is that the garage walls are often either unfinished or they’re covered with drywall but there’s no insulation under the drywall. One of the best ways to reduce noise coming from the garage is to fully insulate and finish the walls. The drywall will block some of the noise and the insulation will absorb a lot more. This will also reduce echo within the garage and make it a more pleasant place to be when going to and from the car.
- Replace the chain drive with a belt drive - Chain drive garage door openers are a popular item because they’re typically the most affordable type of opener. But they also happen to be the loudest. If you want to make the garage a quieter place have your garage door pro replace your chain drive opener with a nearly silent belt drive opener. Noise levels both inside the garage and inside the rest of the house will be greatly reduced.
- Install nylon rollers - There are several sources of noise related to the garage door opener. One is the chain drive mechanism we just mentioned, another is the rollers. The rollers hold the door fast to the tracks enabling it to rise and fall in a controlled manner. But most rollers are metal. And because the tracks are also metal this metal on metal contact tends to create lots of squeaking, squealing and scraping noises as the door rises and falls. You can drastically reduce the amount of noise emanating from the door by replacing the metal rollers with nylon rollers. These will cost more than steel rollers but it’s not so much it will break your bank. And the reduction in noise will make it more than worth the investment.
- Install new flooring - The floor of the garage is actually responsible for more noise than most homeowners realize. Not just because the tires have a habit of scraping and screeching across the concrete but because the bare concrete slab is an echo generator that magnifies the sounds coming from the motor and the tires. Installing polypropylene tiles on your garage floor will eliminate tire noise and echoes and absorb sounds coming from the car. If you really want to ramp up the quiet install some synthetic landscaping fabric on the concrete and then install the polypropylene tiles on top of that. With finished walls and tiled floor sounds from a garage workshop will be greatly reduced as well.
- Install torsion springs - There are two types of springs used to open and close garage doors; extension springs and torsion springs. Of the two extension springs are many times louder than torsion springs. But they also happen to be more affordable which is why they’re so popular. If you’re serious about muting the noise from the garage replace the extension springs with torsion springs and bask in the quiet. The pros at A Better Garage Door can fill you in on the details.
- Replace the door between garage and home - In many cases a hollow core door is installed by the builder between the garage and the living quarters and homeowners are not even aware of it. Builders do this because the hollow core door is cheaper. But it also does virtually nothing to mute sounds coming from the garage. Replacing your hollow core door with a solid core door will make a noticeable difference in the sound levels in any room the garage door opens into, which is typically the kitchen.
Your garage may be a noise factory now but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Make some or all of the above modifications and turn your garage into a noise free zone.