Garage Door Wheels

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Garage Door Wheels

The materials of a garage door roller can influence how long the roller lasts, how resistant it is against high-moisture environments, how quiet the garage door will be, and how heavy of a door the roller can lift. Your first priority, in any case, would be to determine a garage door roller that can handle the weight of your garage door without breaking quickly. The safest way to replace your garage door roller is to look at the material that your garage door rollers are currently made out of. However, if you are considering upgrading your rollers, you will need to know the weight your garage door. Usually, the weight of the door itself is on a sticker somewhere on the garage door itself.

Garage Door Wheels

Garage door roller pins attach to the garage door and insert into a track attached to the frame of your garage door opening and the ceiling. Most rollers are made of steel and use unsealed bearings, leaving them more susceptible to dust, dirt and moisture that can quickly damage the rollers. Damaged rollers can inhibit the movement of the garage door, and increase the noise it makes as it opens and closes. Replacing the old roller pins on your garage door with sealed nylon rollers diminishes the wear and tear on the garage door and track.

Garage Door Wheels

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Essentially that means that a single roller can support 150lbs and will last for 50,000 cycles on a track for a 12 ft. high door. A single roller does not support the entire weight of the door, so this should not be alarming. So if we take that into context that means that using this particular roller on a door with ten rollers on it, the rollers could lift a 1500lb door that is 12 ft. high approximately 50,000 times before it breaks. Mind you, such a door is massive, and likely is not what you have. However it gives you a glimpse into the strength of these rollers. Now, after determining the weight of your garage door as explained above, you can compare the weight of your garage door to the weight and rating of the individual rollers. If your rollers are too weak to lift the door, the roller will break much more quickly than under normal circumstances, so be careful to pick something that can support the weight of your garage door.

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Best Garage Door RollersSuper Quiet 13 Bearing DesignThis is the best garage door roller for most people and a #1 best seller on Amazon.com. It is designed to last 20,000 cycles due to the 13 ball bearing design. The design keeps out dirt, moisture, and other harmful elements that could damage the ball bearings. The 13 bearing design will increase cycle life and provide smoother operation while reducing stress on your automatic opener. More bearings in a garage door roller spreads out the weight load increasing cycle-life and performance. Highly recommended!Nylon Roller: Double Sealed Ball BearingsMagnum Garage Door Rollers for Commercial ApplicationsMagnum rollers are the top of the line garage door roller made today. They excel in harsh environments where other rollers fail. On average, they are rated at 200 lbs per roller for heavy doors and designed to last 100,000 cycles. Downside, they are expensive. They are mainly used in commercial environments.Double-sealed precision ball bearings are factory pre-lubed with high moisture lubricant for wet areas. Shielded tires deflect moisture and damaging elements from the bearing and the snap-lock design gets rid of problematic snap rings. This roller features an extra long 9″ stainless steel stem which helps resist corrosion and the extra stem length will keep your door from coming out of the tracks if you have a cable off on one side.

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Clopay model doors have a sticker at the top left end of each section that has information on door weight and size. Try to find stickers on the door and see if they have any weight information on them. Be sure to look everywhere on the door for it. If you don’t find it, you can find out your door weight by following our tutorial on How to Weigh a Garage Door on our tutorials page. If you would rather not weigh your garage door, look at the material that your garage door rollers are made of and use the same kind of material.

Garage Door Wheels

At this point, you really are deciding between how quiet you want your garage door to be, how much money you want to spend, and how long the rollers will last you. Nylon rollers are much quieter than steel rollers, but they also do not last as long and are a little more expensive than steel rollers. Additionally, the number of balls in the bearing for the roller can influence strongly how loud your garage door will be. The more ball-bearings inside the garage door roller there are, the quieter and smoother the garage door will run. Additionally, rollers with more ball-bearings in them tend to last a little longer than ones with less ball-bearings, but they are more expensive than rollers with less ball-bearings.

Garage Door Wheels

Determining the right type of garage door roller for your garage door tracks can be a little confusing, especially when you do not know what you need to look for in a garage door roller. To simplify things, there are two primary things you need to be aware of. First are the actual dimensions of the roller, and second is purpose that you will be using the door for. You can read below about measuring your roller and choosing the right quality of material for your door.

Garage Door Wheels

If you start to hear your rollers make a clicking sound similar to a train on railroad tracks, then you are getting close to needing new rollers. Poorly running garage door rollers can cause problems ranging from a door off track to prematurely wearing out drive gears, sprockets, and belts on your garage door opener. Most garage door and opener issues are cause and effect. One problem generally leads to another due to lack of annual maintenance.

Roller diameter sizes are fairly standard in the garage door industry. It is usually a one inch, two inch, or three inch diameter roller. You can figure out this measurement with a ruler across the face of the roller. In addition to the diameter of the roller, you need to know the full length of the stem itself as well. You can get that measurement by measuring the full length of the stem up to where the roller is on the stem. The picture to the left shows what you need to measure exactly in order to get the properly sized garage door roller for your garage door. The measurements that you will get are not going to be exact as 1″, 2″, or 3″ rollers. A 3″ roller will actually measure out to be about 2 3/4″, while a 2″ roller will measure out to be a 1 3/4″, and a 1″ roller will measure out to be 3/4″. Additionally, the shaft of every roller has a diameter of 7/16″, which is the industry standard. You will likely not need to worry about that measurement unless you have a much older door. Once you know this measurement, you can see what size products below you can purchase from us.

This is the best garage door roller for most people and a #1 best seller on Amazon.com. It is designed to last 20,000 cycles due to the 13 ball bearing design. The design keeps out dirt, moisture, and other harmful elements that could damage the ball bearings. The 13 bearing design will increase cycle life and provide smoother operation while reducing stress on your automatic opener. More bearings in a garage door roller spreads out the weight load increasing cycle-life and performance. Highly recommended!

If you are purchasing a new garage door from your local independent dealer, make sure they are installing 10 or 13 ball bearing nylon or steel rollers. The cost difference is very minimal during the ordering process, but it will have a big impact on the overall performance of your garage door and opener.

Garage door rollers come in several shapes, sizes, and materials. Pictured below is an array of a few of the various shapes and kinds of garage door rollers.

The material can vary on both the garage door roller itself, as well as on the stem. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, and knowing your own priorities, necessities, and expectations on your garage door can help you pick a part that will best serve you.

Open your garage door. Choose a location on the right garage track about 2 to 3 feet from the floor. Hold the outside curved edge of the track, at your chosen location, with locking pliers and bend the track open about 2 or 3 inches.

2Open your garage door. Choose a location on the right garage track about 2 to 3 feet from the floor. Hold the outside curved edge of the track, at your chosen location, with locking pliers and bend the track open about 2 or 3 inches.

This is an upgrade to the 7 ball bearing steel roller. Adding three bearings provides a much smoother and quieter roll with less friction. Exposed ball bearings provide a lubrication point for the life of the roller. On average, they are rated at 75 lbs per roller and good for 10,000 – 15,000 cycles. The downside to steel rollers is they are louder than rollers with a nylon tire. A steel roller in a steel garage door track tends to make more noise than nylon against steel.

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