What are the different types of Garage Door Rollers?


A garage door is an essential component of every house. It is a big investment that has a significant impact on the value of any home. Experts agree that choosing the best replacement parts for a garage door is wise to extend its lifespan and dependability.


This article will talk about the different types of garage door rollers found on residential doors and some types used in commercial applications. 


Plastic Roller With No Ball Bearings

The roller is made of plastic, and the stem is non-bearing. These rollers last about 2-3 years before they need replacement. It is pretty standard for new garage doors to come with this type of door roller. For home builders, this sort of roller is a low-cost option. If your house is newly constructed, chances are your garage door has plastic rollers without ball bearings. Plastic bearingless rollers are inferior, and it is recommended that they should be replaced with a different type. 


Steel Roller With 7 Ball Bearings

Compared to the plastic roller, this type is a good upgrade. It includes seven ball bearings and is expected to last for more than five years. They are not as quiet or smooth as other rollers, but having 7 ball bearings is better than none at all. Each roller is rated to hold around 35 pounds on average and can withstand 5,000 to 7,000 cycles. Steel rollers are prone to rust, which can weaken the wheel and cause cracks or damage. 


Steel Roller with 10 Ball Bearings

This is a terrific upgrade from 7 ball bearings. Adding three more ball bearings results in a smoother, quieter roll due to less friction. The weight capacity of these rollers is 75 pounds per roller. Steel rollers with ten ball bearings can last between 10,000 and 15,000 cycle life. Aside from being much noisier than nylon rollers, steel rollers are susceptible to corrosion, thus requiring more maintenance.


Nylon Roller with 10 Ball Bearings

These rollers use heavy-duty nylon, which helps reduce roller wear and tear while providing a quieter operation. Nylon rollers do not corrode or rust. They have exposed bearings for a lubrication point. These rollers are typically rated at 75 pounds per roller and have a lifespan of 10,000 to 15,000 cycles. They usually require less maintenance than steel rollers, particularly those with sealed ball bearings.  


Nylon Roller with 13 Ball Bearings

Nylon rollers with 13 ball bearings are designed to survive 20,000 cycles. This particular design helps to keep dirt, moisture, and other potentially damaging contaminants out of the bearings. This type of roller is 75% quieter than steel rollers and helps extend the life of the automatic opener by providing a smoother functioning and reducing stress on it. On the other hand, nylon rollers cost about 40% more than their steel counterparts. 


How Many Rollers Do You Need for a Garage Door?

Many garage door rollers come in a regular bundle of 10 when you buy them. Seven feet tall residential garage doors often require ten rollers to operate. The taller the garage door is, the more rollers it needs. The best way to figure out how many rollers your garage door has is to go outside and count them.


Palms Garage Doors is a garage door repair service company specializing in garage door installation and garage door maintenance and repair. We offer free estimates on all our services. We serve the Greater Bay Area from San Francisco to San Jose and up to Oakland. Next time you need emergency garage door repair service in the Bay Area, be sure to give us a call at (833) 833-3361. 


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