Many homeowners do a great job of maintaining the visible parts of their garage door, but we find that just as many forget to check other essential components, including their rollers. Your garage door’s rollers are responsible for making the opening and closing of your garage door a smooth process. Once you know what kind of garage door roller you have, you can then inspect them properly.
Builder-Grade Garage Door Rollers
Builder-grade rollers are what the majority of homeowners have and they are made of steel or hard plastic. They do not have ball bearings of any kind. We suggest you replace builder-grade garage door rollers every two years since the lack of ball bearings causes them to wear out quickly. If your builder-grade garage door rollers are worn out, you’ll hear a squeaking sound when you open and close your garage door.
Upgraded Garage Door Rollers
Upgraded garage door rollers are typically made out of nylon and they include ball bearings (open or sealed). We suggest you lubricate all open bearing rollers 4x a year. Depending on the exact design and type of rollers your door has, they can last anywhere from two years to the lifetime of your garage door.
Inspecting Your Garage Door Rollers
Your friends at Metro Garage doors suggest you inspect your garage door rollers at a minimum of once per year. Keep an eye out for the following:
- If your rollers make any kind of grinding sound or they stop spinning smoothly, it’s time to have your rollers replaced.
- If your rollers wiggle or appear to be improperly attached to the shaft, your rollers should be replaced.
- If any part of your roller is cracked or you see that pieces of it are missing, you should have it replaced.
Call the Experts at Metro Garage Door
If you think it might be time to replace your garage door roller, give the experts at Metro Garage Doors a call. We’re here to help with any issues you might have with your garage door and its rollers. Give us a call today to book a repair appointment with a Metro Garage Doors technician. Contact us today to learn more.