10 July, 2017

Garage Door Parts: Two Most Common Types of Rollers

What are Rollers and What is Their Function in the Door Mechanism?

The rollers in your garage door system are little functional wheels with ball bearings; they are the most used part of the system. They go attached to a shaft which then slides into a sleeve bracket on the door itself, enabling the door to move up and down smoothly and efficiently.

Garage Door Roller Types

Steel Rollers

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The rollers are made up of a steel wheel attached to a steel shaft, allowing free movement of the wheel section. It is robust and sturdy and unlikely to break under normal circumstances.

This type of wheel is cheaper than its nylon-based counterparts. Also, steel rollers tend to produce more noise and vibration than nylon rollers, as they move up and down the metal track of the door system rails. Furthermore, steel rollers also need to be lubricated on a regular basis to keep them working smoothly.

Nylon Rollers

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Nylon is a versatile chemical polymer used to manufacture not only rollers, but many other things. These rollers require little to no lubrication on its moving parts which makes this roller type efficient and trouble free. They are also stable and absorb vibrations, making them much quieter and more energy-efficient.

If you want a quieter garage door, these rollers are for you. Just keep in mind that nylon rollers are costlier than the steel rollers.

When Is It a Good Time to Replace Garage Door Rollers?

As time goes by, garage door rollers will get louder and quicker if you do not lubricate them properly or you don’t perform annual maintenance to the whole system. If you are noticing that your door is getting louder as it is opened and closed, try to replace the rollers immediately before they generate more problems like a door going off track or prematurely wearing out drive gears, sprockets, and belts on your garage door opener.

Another good indicator that it is time to replace your rollers is when your garage door shakes when opening or closing. This excess of vibration is typically caused by when the rollers are rusted, thus no longer turning smoothly.

Whether you need to buy garage door rollers or you need to replace them, turn to a reputable garage door company in Colorado like One Clear Choice. We can inspect the whole mechanism and make a recommendation about replacements or repairs. Browse our website to learn more about our services.

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