Garage door rollers are small but mighty components in your overall garage system. They serve the purpose of keeping your door functioning normally and keep everything moving smoothly. Running along the track, the rollers ensure the door is aligned properly and that the correct amount of resistance is present on the track.
If you haven’t replaced your rollers in the last few years or haven’t put much thought into it, chances are you have the standard plastic rollers without ball bearings. With these standard rollers, the expected lifespan ends up being about 2-3 years. The reason why they are typically a popular option with new homes is because of the low cost. Although it’s cheap for the construction companies initially, the burden then falls on the homeowners to replace the rollers when they inevitably start to wear down.
Fortunately, there is a much better alternative available – rollers with ball bearings. The biggest advantage to switching to steel ball bearings is they have a much longer life lasting at least 5 years because they can be lubricated. We typically recommend the 10 steel ball bearings rather than the 7 ball bearings set to our clients who want a smoother performance.
Another option and perhaps the best option for you rollers is nylon ball bearings. These tend to be heavy-duty while at the same time remaining quiet with each open and close of the garage door. Nylon ball bearing rollers are usually an ideal choice for our customers all around because they provide a comfortable performance for 100,000 cycles of the door which is about ten times more than the standard rollers.
For reliable garage door rollers that last, at Rockstar Garage Door Services, we recommend nylon ball bearing rollers and we can help pick the best model for your door. Give us a call today for your free estimate and we will be happy to work with you!