Garage door rollers (wheels) are a very important part of how safe, smooth, and quiet your garage door operates. These rollers are manufactured in various qualities and also in a number of different materials and sizes. Knowing the correct type of garage door rollers for your door can be extremely confusing, especially when you are unsure of what to look for in a garage door roller. There are two things you need to know before replacing your rollers:
1) What size is the roller and the stem
2) Does the noise of your garage door bother you?
Why Should I Replace My Garage Door Rollers?
After a length of time, garage doors often begin to produce strange noises during operation. Generally, this occurs due to the prolonged usage of doors and also due to broken rollers.If your current garage door rollers are damaged, it is necessary to replace them to ensure smooth functioning and proper operation of the garage door. Roller replacement will also help to prolong the life of your garage door.
Most garage door rollers are made to last 15,000 cycles (that’s a lifespan of 20 years). Two openings and closings of your garage door per day are calculated into this equation. Of course, this is assuming every garage door is perfectly balanced and installed correctly. If you have an improperly installed garage door, then your garage door rollers may have additional stress and can last as few as three years. But if you use your garage for storage and rarely ever open your garage door, it’s likely your garage door rollers could potentially outlive you!
Consumer Warning: If you are contemplating on replacing worn or damaged garage door rollers as a DIY project, it is EXTREMELY important to replace them one-by-one. If you do not, the integrity of your garage door may be weakened and will compromise your safety. Your bottom rollers are held in place by the bottom bracket. Typically, your garage door bottom bracket has ALL of the spring tension attached to it per the garage door lifting cables. The bottom bracket should NEVER be removed when there is spring tension on the garage door. If you are not knowledgeable about this process, please DO NOT try to replace your rollers on your own. Contact a professional garage door systems specialist at Adroit Garage Doors.