Keeping Your Garage Door Rolling With Ease
Garage door rollers play a crucial role in the smooth operation of your garage door. As the rollers wear down over time, they can cause your door to move slower or make unwanted noises. Properly maintaining your garage door rollers is essential to keeping your door running efficiently for years to come.
Checking Your Garage Door Rollers
The first step is to inspect your garage door rollers. Lift your door about halfway and see how the rollers are moving along the track. Rollers that are cracked, flat, or leave black marks on the track need to be replaced. Worn rollers can put unnecessary strain on the door and opener motor.
Replacing Garage Door Rollers
Replacing garage door rollers is usually a simple do-it-yourself project. Remove the old rollers by twisting them off the bracket or cutting the bolt/screw holding them in place. Install the new rollers by twisting them onto the bracket or securing them with the included bolts/screws. Be sure to use roller materials compatible with your door track type, such as nylon or steel.
Proper garage door roller maintenance is especially important if you’re located in an area like Washington County that experiences harsh winters. The freeze-thaw cycle and road salt used for snow and ice removal can accelerate roller wear.
Lubricating Your Rollers
Once new rollers are installed, apply a lubricant to keep them rolling smoothly. Garage door roller lubricant is best as it is formulated to withstand weather elements. Spray or wipe lubricant onto the inside of the rollers, avoiding excess that could drip onto your floor or tracks. Reapply lubricant every few months or as needed.
By keeping an eye on your garage door rollers and performing basic maintenance, you can help your door operate smoothly for years to come. Let me know if you have any other garage door questions!
How often should I replace my garage door rollers?
Most roller manufacturers recommend replacing them every 1-2 years or sooner if they show signs of excessive wear.
What type of lubricant is best for garage door rollers?
Look for a garage door roller lubricant that is weather-resistant and won’t gum up or freeze. Avoid WD-40 and vegetable-based oils that can attract dirt.