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  • Have A Noisy Garage Door? It Might Be Time For New Rollers

    Garage door rollers are a key component for an efficient garage door system. They are used to attach the door to the tracks allowing it to open and close smoothly. Garage door rollers in good working condition help to ensure that the garage door remains quiet while operating smoothly and safely. If your garage door has become noisy, squeaky, or simply sounds rickety, it may be time to replace your garage door rollers.

    Be Careful Not To Ignore A Noisy Garage Door

    Because a noisy garage door can still function well, it is often overlooked and ignored. However, as a result of ignoring noise, rollers end up going long periods of time before being replaced. Old garage door rollers can cause friction and vibration in addition to noisy or wobbly operation. Even if you are not bothered by the noisiness of your garage door, it can still be sign of malfunctioning or worn down garage door rollers that should not be disregarded.

    Worn out rollers not only prevent a garage door from opening smoothly and efficiently, it can also lead to other problems. Broken or worn down rollers can lead to

    • Noisy garage door when opening and closing
    • Garage doors that are off track
    • Worn, if not broken, hinges, brackets, and gears
    • Inefficient or malfunctioning garage door opener

    Types Of Garage Door Rollers

    Rollers are available in different sizes and materials. Garage door rollers come in variety of sizes ranging from one to three inches. Two inch rollers are most commonly used in residential homes, while 3 inch rollers are more common in commercial properties as they are better equipped for heavier garage doors. Rollers are primarily made of plastic, steel or nylon. Each material will affect how quiet the door opens and closes and will also vary in cost and durability. Rollers also come in varying amounts of ball bearings, which impact quietness.

    • Plastic Rollers: Plastic garage door rollers are the cheapest option and typically do not have any ball bearings. These rollers cannot handle heavier garage doors such as insulated or wooden doors and have an average lifespan of three years or so. If you have plastic garage door rollers, you must be careful to inspect them often and replace when necessary.
    • Steel Rollers: Steel garage door rollers are available in 7 and 10 ball bearings and last longer than plastic rollers. Steel rollers however are not always very smooth and can be quite noisy against a steel track.
    • Nylon Rollers: Nylon garage door rollers are available in 10 and 13 ball bearings and are of a higher quality than their plastic and steel counterparts. Nylon rollers maintain a smoother and quieter function. These premium nylon garage door rollers can efficiently last between 12 to 20 years and do not require lubrication. Most garage doors are now equipped with nylon garage door rollers and they can even be used for heavier or commercial doors.

    Universal Garage Door Repair offers new Salt Lake City Garage Door Rollers for both residential and commercial properties. If you have a noisy garage door or suspect it is time to replace your garage door rollers, contact us today at (801) 784-4550.

    Universal Garage Door Repair
    2150 South 1300 East, Suite 500
    Salt Lake City, UT 84106
    (801) 784-4550