The rollers and cables on your garage door are essential to its operation. The rollers help the door open smoothly and easily, and they help the garage door stay on track. However, the rollers can break like any part on the garage door. When that happens, you’ll need to contact a pro for your garage door repair.
Getting the Right Rollers
Garage door rollers are produced in multiple sizes. To ensure that you get the right rollers, you’ll need to measure the rollers that the garage door currently has. If you can’t remove the rollers, open the garage door partially so that the rollers are simple to reach. As a general guideline, the most common size for garage door rollers is between one and three inches. To determine the most accurate size, measure the rollers across the roller head.
Additionally, be sure to measure either the shaft or the sham. If your garage door is older, you may need to order rollers that fit specially. No matter what size rollers the garage door needs, make sure that the rollers you get are sufficient in length. Rollers that are not long enough can make the garage door fall off the tracks. Damage may result in other parts of the garage door, including the hinges and panels. If more parts of the garage door become damaged, repairs naturally become more costly and time-consuming.
What Type of Material Should You Use?
Rollers come in two primary materials, which are steel and nylon. The material you choose for your rollers can affect the cost and the garage door’s operation. Remember that the more ball bearings your garage door has, the quieter it will be. Having more rollers is more expensive initially, but it may ultimately lead to greater cost savings down the road. Nylon rollers typically make less noise than steel rollers. However, steel rollers tend to last longer. When equipped with premium nylon rollers, a garage door has an approximate lifespan of 12-20 years.
What Damages Garage Door Rollers?
Garage door rollers may suffer damage for multiple reasons. Age is a typical reason why garage door rollers wear out. The material they are made of can also impact their lifespan. Rollers typically last a few years. As they start to wear out gradually, the housing in the garage door’s bearings can become loose and cause the bearing to become misaligned. Eventually, they will also malfunction. The rollers can also malfunction in a heavier garage door due to the greater weight and pressure. If the tracks on a garage door are crooked, the rollers have a greater chance of wearing out unevenly and eventually breaking.