NWSM Garage Doors

Expert Tips

Is your garage door behaving like a teenager?

You know what it’s like – refusing to do as it’s told or sometimes doing the complete opposite! Here are 3 reasons why your garage door might be having a teenage tantrum.

Opens a bit – then closes again

If your garage door seems like it has a mind of its own and won't open the whole way before closing again, it’s likely that the springs at the top of the door need attention.

Annoying grinding noise

This could be loose hardware, damaged tracks, worn out parts or areas that need lubrication.

Garage door stops halfway

This can be caused by a motor that is worn out, worn drive gears or an issue with your remote control.

Always call your local garage door expert to fix garage door problems. There are lots of moving parts that are potentially dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Your local expert has the knowledge to sort things out properly and get your garage door moving smoothly again. (Unfortunately, they won’t be able to fix your teenagers!)

Be a good neighbour & fix your noisy garage door

A noisy garage door is very annoying for both you and your neighbours. While the noise alone can be a nightmare and irritating for everyone near it, the sound means you’ve got a problem which should be investigated.

The most likely culprits of a noisy garage door are:


Worn out garage door hinges could be bent, broken or rusty and may need to be replaced.

Garage door rollers

Your garage door rollers are wheels that run along metal tracks on the sides of your garage door and can make a lot of noise if not lubricated properly.

Nuts and bolts

When nuts and bolts become loose, your garage door will make a vibrating or rattling noise when you open and close it.


If you suspect the springs are causing the noise, never attempt DIY repairs. These parts are under immense pressure and should be dealt with by a professional.

The rubber insulation strip

If the insulation strip on the bottom of the garage door is worn, then it will cause the garage door to hit the ground loudly. This should be replaced with a new one.

Whatever the cause of the noise, your local garage door professional will diagnose and solve the issue, and a regular garage door service can prevent this from happening again.

Stay dry with garage door automation

It's pouring with rain, and you arrive home from work in your car. The last thing you want is to have to get out of your car to open your manual garage door. Imagine being able to drive up to your garage, press a button and, hey presto, it opens automatically! The good news is that most garage doors can be automated. Your local garage door expert will be able to turn your manual garage door into an automatic one, so you can stay warm and dry when it's raining outside.

Close the garage door gap and keep leaves, water and debris out of your garage

Now the winter weather has arrived, you might find that water, leaves and debris are blowing under your garage door and making a mess. This could be due to one of two things:

The weather seal on the bottom of your garage door isn't doing its job properly.

It is designed to keep debris and water out of your garage, but over time it can harden and lose its shape. When this happens, it won't be as effective and will need a replacement.

Your garage door isn’t closing properly, and the springs may need attention.

A crooked door which doesn’t close properly is often due to a damaged extension spring. These springs are mounted on either side of the door and pull independently, so you should always look to make sure both sides of your garage door are aligned. If they seem a little off kilter, your springs could need adjustment or repair.

Never try to repair or replace garage door springs yourself as they are tightly wound and under a lot of tension – making them dangerous to someone who doesn’t know what they are doing. Leave this one to the experts!

Garage door damage

Garage door problems are often caused by wear and tear due to neglect. Having professional help to service your garage door on a regular basis will pick up any problems early and extend the life of your garage door.

Rusty or frayed cables

Corrosion is a common factor in damaged garage doors. It’s a good idea have the cables inspected regularly. Leaving them to deteriorate will end up being more costly in the long run. Loose wires that unravel or get tangled will also cause problems. It's a a good idea to have your garage door serviced on a regular basis to spot small problems before they turn into big ones.

Sensor safety

If your garage door won't close properly and keeps springing open, your sensor might need adjusting. The sensor on your garage door is a safety feature to make sure it doesn’t close on you or your car. Sometimes the sensor starts to detect problems which aren’t there, causing the door to spring open rather than closing properly.

Stay on track

The metal track that your garage door runs on needs to be properly aligned. If it’s out of alignment, it can be a serious issue and you’ll need to call a professional. Causes can include heavy use, hardware that has become loose over time, or someone might have bumped into the door. Signs include difficulty in opening and closing the door, a door that looks crooked or you might see gaps between the rollers and rail or bends in the rails themselves.