The Ultimate Guide to Garage Door Rollers

Garage Door Rollers

Choosing The Best Type Of Garage Door Rollers

Rollers often go unnoticed when it comes to the operation of your garage door. But without them, your door would be unable to properly function. If you’re noticing that your garage door is louder than normal, or one of your rollers have come out of the track, give us a call as soon as possible. Worn and damaged rollers are one of the most common issues we see with garage door repairs in Louisville. If you continue to operate your door with a faulty roller you may cause more damage leading to more costly repairs.

What are Garage Door Rollers?

Rollers run the length of your track allowing your door to open and close and hold your door in position. Having premium rollers that are properly installed and maintained on your door will lower the volume of noise your door produces. They will also help stretch the lifespan of your garage door and reduce stress on your automatic opener.

Ball bearings separate the head and the stem of the rollers. These reduce the friction and in turn will help the roller last longer. The more ball bearings, the better the door operation.

The stem of the roller is what allows it to maintain the weight of the door. The longer the stem, the more weight it can hold. This becomes extremely important, especially in commercial settings. You should always consult a professional before replacing rollers to ensure that you will be replacing it with the properly sized roller.

Your rollers should be inspected at least once a year for signs of wear.

Types of Garage Door Rollers

There are a few different types of rollers that you can use with your garage door and many people are unsure which kind they should choose. The most basic roller is a plastic roller. These are the most affordable but also will need the most maintenance and need to be replaced much more frequently than any other wheel type.

In the image, the most basic rollers are shown on the left. These are steel rollers and are available with or without ball bearings. They can support more weight than plastic ones. These two rollers are of heavy-duty steel with 10-ball bearing design. They are also factory lubricated.

The second is a nylon-coated roller. These are worth the investment as they prevent wear and tear and will protect against dust getting trapped inside. The final roller is a top-of-the-line item and is a sealed cap nylon roller. This roller has a sealed 13-ball bearing design for smooth, ultra-quiet operation.

Sealed Nylon Garage Door Rollers

Absolute Overhead Door offers each of these rollers. However, we will always recommend replacing your worn rollers with the nylon-capped sealed ball bearing rollers. A lifetime warranty is offered on these. These rollers will typically last six times longer than the basic rollers that are installed with your door. They are ultra-quiet and made to last. Another great feature is that these are essentially maintenance-free.


If you’re looking to get these premium rollers installed on your garage door, give us a call today for same-day service, and a free repair consultation or book directly online below.



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