Your garage door rollers are actually the most used part of the entire garage door system. The amount of wear and tear that these components undergo is immense, so it’s only natural that you’re going to need replacements sooner or later.
Here at Capitol Garage Doors, we can accommodate that. First, though, let’s get you up to speed on what your garage door rollers actually are.
Your rollers are functional wheels that are small in size and feature a bunch of smaller ball bearings. The rollers are attached to a shaft of your garage door that enables the door to move.
It’s actually the rollers that enable the entire garage door operation. If the rollers are well maintained, then you’re garage door is going to open smoothly and without any issues.
Garage Door roller Issues
Being able to identify there a problem is the first step needed to fix it. When it comes to your garage door rollers, there are a few common things that you should be on the lookout for.
As a rule of thumb, you should try to lubricate and maintain your garage door rollers every so often. This is more of a requirement with certain types of rollers than others, but it’s a good habit to get into.
Without maintenance and lubrication, your garage door might start making some jarring and ear-piercing noises when opening or closing. Alternatively, it might stop functioning smoothly and start jittering while in operation.
Both of these can be a sign of issues with your rollers, so make sure you check that as soon as you possibly can and give us a call for your garage door roller replacement.
There are other problems, though. For example, if the tracks that the rollers are housed in come off or get dented, it can cause the rollers to cease function altogether.
You’re going to know when this happens because your garage door isn’t going to open or close. It’s vital that you don’t attempt to open the door manually in an event like this. There are countless things that can go wrong when your garage door system is out of sync, so handling it while standing under the incredibly heavy door is a sure-fire way to injure yourself, or worse.
If your garage door stops working, get in touch with us. We’re going to do what we can to get our team out to you so that you can get back to doing what you do best.
Types of Garage Door Rollers
There are several different types of garage door rollers. It’s not as black and white as you might hope, but we’re going to guide you through the three different types that get used the most.
Some of these roller types are clearly better than others but be aware that the performance comes at a higher price because of the better materials.
Steel rollers are a step up from plastic rollers, and in a big way. The two are functionally similar in a lot of ways, with the exception of strength.
Steel rollers are going to be able to lift much heavier doors than plastic rollers. That also means that the whole operation stands to be smoother and faster.
That being said, the steel rollers are just as noisy as plastic, so bear that in mind before you come to any sort of decision with regard to your roller replacement.
While the added strength is a nice touch, steel rollers do have the disadvantage of being incredibly high maintenance. You’re going to need to clean and lubricate these rollers regularly to keep your door functioning well.
Not everyone has the time to maintain the nuts and bolts of their garage door, though. For those, there is one final alternative.
Nylon Rollers are the newest type of rollers to hit the market and are still relatively fresh despite the widespread use.
While it does cost more to purchase, nylon rollers beat out the other two in virtually every way. Not only are these rollers capable of handling the weight of steel rollers, but it takes care of that without the irritating friction noises.
Nylon rollers are practically silent, making it great for those working graveyard shifts in small neighborhoods.
What’s more, though, is the fact that nylon rollers require next to no maintenance. You can install these rollers and leave them to work your garage door for the foreseeable future.
Of course, giving them a once over every few months is a good idea, but you’re not going to have to micromanage nylon rollers once installed in your system.
If you can’t make your mind up between the three, give us a call, and we can help walk you through it a little bit more.
Plastic rollers are the least common of the three we’re going to talk about, and for a good reason. Despite being incredibly affordable, these rollers require a lot of maintenance for relatively poor performance.
The rollers are still perfectly capable of operating a regular garage door, but you might experience some difficulty if your system uses something that’s a bit more heavy-duty.
On top of that, plastic rollers tend to be quite noisy. This isn’t an issue for some people, but for others, the last thing they need is their neighbors being woken up because of a loud garage door.
Despite the drawbacks, plenty of people around the county still use plastic rollers to this day. It’s a budget option for those without the ability to make use of some of the stronger rollers out there.
Why trust us as your professional garage door repair company?
Installing garage door cables can be a very dangerous and difficult job. If the job is not done properly, it can result in major damage being done to the door or even injuries. For this reason, it is important that the cables are installed properly and that this is done in compliance with the safety regulations.
It is not recommended that you install garage door cables yourself due to the risks associated with the process. Our licensed, experienced, and professional technicians work seven days a week and are ready to help you on the same day that you encounter the issue. The service we provide allows you to not stress about the task of replacing the cables.
It is important to note that having a professional install your cables for you is going to save you money and trouble in the grand scheme of things. If the job is not done properly, the cables can constantly slip and can even break again in the near future. This results in you having to spend more money in order to replace the cables once again.
The Bottom Line
We at Capitol Garage Doors are dedicated to providing you with the best service and workmanship. We are certain that the service we offer is premium and satisfies any of the requirements that you may have. Contact us today to get a quote on any garage door cable repair.