Garage Door Roller Replacement
Garage door rollers play a big role in the smooth operation of your door.
Replacing Garage Door Rollers
Garage door rollers play a big part in the smooth operation of your garage door.
Designed to reduce friction as the door glides along the track, a defective roller can be noisy and have impact on the other garage door components.
Garage door rollers may not get the same attention that garage door springs do, but they probably should.
If you’re in need of garage door repair, there’s a good chance rollers may be involved.
Garage Door Roller Types
Like everything these days, there is a range of roller types that vary in construction, durability and cost.
Like a garage door spring, once one breaks, you’re in trouble.
A broken roller will usually result in the garage door being off the track making it very hard to open or close.
So let’s look at the roller types available to help decide which type is right for you.
Standard Plastic Roller
Most new garage doors come with standard plastic rollers which is a plastic bushing on a steel stem with no ball bearings.
Cheap and mass produced, they are popular only because they keep a new garage door system cost down. Over time, they get dirty and wear out faster than other roller types.
You can expect 2-3 years out of these, which is usually less than the life of a garage door spring so it’s important to keep an eye on these.
Steel Roller With Ball Bearings
A steel roller is a good upgrade from the standard plastic roller. The ball bearings reduce friction and add to the overall weight rating of the roller extending the life of the roller.
The ball bearings can and should be lubricated as part of a routine maintenance plan and can be expected to last over 5 years.
The number of ball bearings varies with more bearings making for a smoother, more durable component.
Nylon Roller With Ball Bearings
Upgrading from the steel roller, a nylon roller adds value by reducing the overall noise and are rated for more weight.
Nylon rollers typically come with 10-13 ball bearings making for an even stronger component.
These rollers are good for 10000 to 15000 garage door cycles which makes their lifespan similar to a standard garage door spring.
Garage door pros always recommend replacing garage door rollers whenever you replace the torsion springs with this type of roller unless your are upgrading to a heavy duty garage door system.
Nylon Roller With Sealed Ball Bearings
A nylon roller with sealed ball bearings is the high end of garage door rollers.
The nylon roller is durable and quiet and the sealed bearings means no dirt, moisture or other debris get into the bearings.
These rollers are designed to last over 100,000 cycles with a 100lb load so these guys are going to last.
They are the roller of choice for any heavy duty garage door system.
Garage Door Roller Replacement
Most garage door experts recommend replacing your rollers whenever you replace your garage door springs, so it makes sense to replace the rollers with a component that will last as long as your springs.
We recommend nylon rollers when using standard garage door springs though the sealed nylon roller is a great choice if you don’t want to worry about your rollers again.
They cost more but will outlast any other roller type. If you are upgrading your garage door springs to a heavy duty type, then it makes sense to go with the sealed nylon roller, providing a quiet, durable garage door system.
If you have any questions regarding your rollers, torsion springs or garage door maintenance, our team is always ready to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us!
Garage Door Rollers
Nylon rollers are quieter than steel rollers
Replace rollers with garage door springs
Upgrade to nylon rollers
Sealed nylon rollers recommended with heavy duty spring upgrades
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