Commonly Asked Garage Door Roller Repair Questions

    What are garage door rollers?

    Garage door rollers are a rod-and-wheel system that connects the actual garage door to a set of tracks, allowing it to open and close swiftly and smoothly. Rollers suffer a lot of wear and tear as they do a lot of the work in opening and closing your garage door. They do require periodic replacement because of this. When you have your yearly preventative maintenance done by Absolute Services on your garage door, your garage door expert will inspect your system and be able to tell you if it’s time to replace your garage door rollers.

    When do garage door rollers need to be replaced?

    Garage door rollers need to be replaced when they’ve hit a specified number of cycles. When you open your garage door and then close it, this equals one total cycle. The average residential garage door is opened and closed roughly three to five times a day which equals out to roughly 1,500 cycles per year. Based on the user’s manual for your garage door system, you should be able to find a figure for how many cycles your garage door rollers are rated for. Different materials in that garage door rollers are made out of having different cycle ratings. For example, nylon rollers are typically rated at about 10,000 cycles (approximately six to seven years). Based on the information and figures in your garage door user’s manual, if your garage door rollers are nearing the end of their lifespan, you will need to call Absolute Services to have a professional replace them.

    What is the lifespan of garage door rollers?

    The average lifespan of garage door rollers differs depending on the material they are made out of. Plastic rollers, which are the most basic types, typically only last a few years. Steel rollers with ball bearings can typically last about 10 to 15 years when maintained properly by an Absolute Services professional. Steel rollers are a step up from plastic, but they are very noisy. Steel rollers without ball bearings are considered to be builder grade but will only last for a couple of years. The most expensive option is nylon rollers, but they tend to last for 12 to 20 years, depending on their quality. They are also the quietest and best performing of all of the garage door roller material types.

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