Garage door rollers are the most-used part of an overhead garage door. They’re nothing more than a wheel mounted to a stem, but they are responsible for guiding the door along the track as it opens and closes.
Replacing garage door rollers is an inexpensive maintenance task, but broken rollers can cause a whole host of problems. That’s why it’s important to know when to replace garage door rollers. By trading out these parts before they break, you avoid unnecessary repair costs.
Here are the factors that affect when you should replace your garage door rollers.
Door Roller Material
The material your rollers are made of determines how quiet the garage door is, how heavy the door can be, and how resistant the rollers are against high-humidity environments. The material also influences how long rollers last. Nylon and steel are the two primary roller materials available today. Steel lasts longer, but nylon rollers are lighter and quieter.
Garage door rollers are rated by cycles. Some are rated to last 10,000 cycles. Others can last 50,000 cycles. Of course, this rating only holds up if the rollers lift a garage door at or below a maximum weight and height. If you attempt to use rollers with a door that’s too heavy, they will break much sooner.
Garage Door Use
A garage door roller rated at 15,000 cycles will last 20 years if you only open and close the garage door twice a day—once in the morning when you leave for work and once again when you return home in the evening. However, if you open and close the garage door when the kids come home from school, to mow the lawn, or for other comings and goings, your garage door rollers are more likely to wear out after five to 10 years.
Replace Your Garage Door Rollers Today
While it’s possible to replace garage door rollers without a professional’s help, you may not feel comfortable working around high-tension brackets, carefully greased components, and a several-hundred-pound door. If this is true, leave the job to our expert team. We’ll replace your rollers quickly and to your satisfaction for another several years of trouble-free garage door operation.
If you notice any signs of wear or tear, you know it’s time to replace your garage door rollers! Contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie to have this service performed today.