Have you ever wondered how your garage door works? It has little wheels on the sides called rollers. When you open or close the garage, the rollers slide up or down as needed. But while garage doors can last for decades, rollers need replacement after a few years of use.
Fortunately, these rollers are often sold separately. And replacement rollers are compatible with multiple garage doors and styles, so you don’t have to go back to your initial garage door manufacturer. But how do you know you’ve bought the best garage door rollers? Let’s find out.
Depending on who you ask, some people will claim steel garage rollers are noisy while nylon ones ring softer. Other people will swear by the opposite statement. It’s usually the rattling of ball bearings that cause your garage doors to be so loud. Ideal Security has steel shafts and steel balls housed in white nylon. The movement of metal on nylon is softer than metal on metal.
These hybrid rollers are designed for standard 2-inch tracks. But unlike the original rollers that came with your garage door, Ideal Security designs specialty rollers for commercial use. This means they’re higher quality than the initial rollers. Each roller has 11 bearings in a hollow nylon casing. But remember, the exact dimensions are a few fractions smaller than stated.
Ideal Security states its garage door roller wheel dimensions as 4 x 2 inches. That’s industry talk. In reality, the rollers are 1 + 13/16 inches by 3 and ¾ inch, so don’t be alarmed when they arrive.
The rollers have a 4-inch stem and a 2-inch diameter.
Each white wheel has 11 sealed ball bearings.
The nylon wheel casing makes the rollers quieter.
This pack only has two rollers in it. If you want a larger 10-pack, you’ll have to spend more. Also, this is a popular brand, so double-check that you’re not buying fakes.
2. Dura-Lift Ultra-Life Sealed Garage Door Rollers
Many products offer a 100-money-back promise. They pay this refund policy with a limited lifetime warranty. The latter frequently frustrates consumers because they’re not sure what the limits are. Dura-Lift doesn’t leave this vagary in place. Instead, it offers a 100% guarantee for their lifetime. Part of this confidence comes from the dual layers used to reinforce your rollers.
The stems are double-plated, the wheels have double walls, and the ball bearings are greased before they are sealed and capped to keep them contained. The bearings are 6200ZZ and the nylon wheels reduce their noise level by up to 75%. They can bear loads of nearly 200 pounds and survive over 155,000 garage door cycles. This pack contains 10 garage door rollers.
Doubling anything makes it better, and Dura-Lift doubles the double. Its stems are double-plated and its wheels have double-casing. These features push this brand way above the bar.
The rollers come with a 100% lifetime warranty.
The wheel walls have a double lining for extra strength.
The cap comes pre-sealed and pre-greased.
While these rollers have extended lifespans, they’re not as smooth as their rival brands because they only have 8 bearings on every wheel while some brands have up to 13.
The garage door rollers from Fehr Bros don’t look that different from competing brands. But they do have a few variations. For example, some rollers have pure steel stems. Fehr Bros has 4-inch stems, but they’re coated with zinc. The zinc lowers the chances of corrosion and rust, but these rollers aren’t as strong or long-lasting as stainless steel components.
That said, the ball bearings are sufficiently sealed and these bearings easily hold weights of up 150 lbs. And it’s tested and certified for up to 100,000 garage door cycles. Each roller has 6200ZZ bearings housed in a precision-sealed nylon casing. This makes the garage door rollers sturdy but silent. The bearings weight a little under 3 pounds in total.
Fehr Bros garage door rollers are safe from corrosion and water damage because they’re covered in zinc plating. The nylon wheel cases reduce their noise quotient and keep them clean.
The wheel casing is nylon, so the rollers are less noisy.
The stems are made of steel with zinc plating on the exterior.
These rollers can support a 150-pound door.
Zinc-plated steel is cheaper than solid steel, but it’s not as strong.
There are parts of your garage door that you regularly attend to. For example, the remote control battery. You might even wash and repaint the door itself on occasion. But you’re unlikely to consider the door’s mechanics until they stop functioning. And at that point, you may need more than a few replacement parts. That’s where this garage door repair kit comes in.
Rather than a handful of garage roller doors, the repair kit contains 10 rollers, several hinges, and a 7-foot cable. The cable is 1/8th inch thick. With these components, you can restore the rolling mechanism on your garage door and get it better than new. The hinges are made of 14-gauge steel while the rollers are steel stems with a nylon wheel cap. The kit fits standard doors.
When you need to overhaul your garage door – as opposed to replacing a few broken rollers – invest in a garage door repair kit. But swing by the hardware store for nuts and bolts first!
Rather than just buying rollers, you get a full repair kit.
Each of the rollers has 11 ball bearings.
The hinges are made of galvanized steel.
The garage door kit claims to be comprehensive but while it has rollers and hinges, it doesn’t include nuts and bolts. You have to buy those separately.
Generally speaking, the more ball bearings your roller has, the smoother it rolls, and the longer it lasts. Of course, more balls also means more noise. But in the case of National Nylon, these ball bearings are sealed inside a nylon wheel case, so they’re drastically muted. Also, to ensure the balls stay smooth and don’t stick, the sealed wheel is lubricated from the inside.
This process happens with the help of a lubricating groove. The groove seeps lubricant into the wheel case over time and extending the lifespan of your roller wheels. The wheels are half an inch thick and are pivoted on 4-inch steel stems. The rollers can support garage doors up to 125 lbs and last twice as long as standard original garage door rollers. The rollers weigh 2.5 lbs.
When you buy a pack of National Nylon rollers you get 10 pieces that each have 13 ball bearings inside them. The slow-flowing lubricant ensures your rollers work seamlessly for months.
The nylon casings hold 13 ball bearings for smoother operation.
A built-in lubrication groove keeps your rollers in good working condition.
These rollers can last 20,000 cycles.
The 1-year warranty seems on the lower side for rollers that can withstand 20,000 uses.
As you shop for supplies, you often have to weigh longevity against cost and convenience. In the case of garage doors, the best garage door rollers for your needs will depend on your priorities. For example, steel rollers are heavier, last longer, and cost more. But they’re also noisier and more prone to corrosion than nylon garage door rollers. So the choice is up to you.
These steel garage door rollers have a pretty shine and a functional appeal. They’re glossy and their 7-inch stems offer greater versatility in installation. Standard garage doors have one hinge, so 4-inch stems are sufficient. 7-inch stems are more suited for garage doors with dual hinges. They’re intended for wider, heavier doors, which is why they’re fully made of steel.
These long steel hinges are sleek and sparkly, but they’re also rugged and heavy-duty. They can support bulky garage doors, especially double doors with twin hinges and deep stem slots.
The rollers have extra-long 7-inch stems.
The wheels are made of steel as well, so they last longer.
Each of the ten rollers has ten ball bearings.
Steel ball bearings rolling around in steel wheels can get noisy.
If you read through articles on garage door rollers, you’ll see they can be steel, nylon, or zinc. But that doesn’t refer to the whole roller – just its wheel housing. The stem is always metal, but the wheel can be metal or plastic. Seal n Soft uses the latter. Each roller has a 4-inch stainless steel shaft mounted on a 2-inch nylon wheel to keep it quiet. They come in packs of ten.
These garage door rollers can each support 130 lbs and they’re good for 10o,000 garage door cycles before they need replacing. That’s not a typo. Average doors survive 10,000 cycles, and these ones are ten times more durable. They’re hardy rollers with 5 layers beneath the sealing cap. The wheel housing and top cover are plastic, but the inner seals and ball bearings are metallic.
The rollers can carry 130 pounds apiece.
They have 13 ball bearings inside every wheel case.
They last ten times longer than standard garage door rollers.
Despite (or because of?) the multiple layers in the nylon sealing cap, the top sections sometimes comes loose. Reinforce them before mounting, just to be sure.
This is only the second set of steel garage door rollers we’ve reviewed. The outer surface isn’t glossy because it’s not stainless steel. It has an external coating of zinc. This galvanized topping is useful for seaside mounting or regions with heavy rain, snowfall, high humidity.
Some locations exhibit all the above depending on the season. Their garage door rollers need replacement more frequently because they’re exposed to more natural wear and tear. These F&T rollers are fitted with 10 ball bearings apiece. The casing isn’t sealed shut on these rollers. Metal rollers are sometimes left open to allow easy penetration of your lubricating fluid.
The twelve-pack of steel rollers weighs 4 pounds in total. Regular rollers can hold about 150 lbs each but these steel ones have been effectively tested for up to 300 pounds.
The shaft and wheel are both made of steel.
The stem is zinc-plated to reduce corrosion.
There are 10 ball bearings in every roller.
The seals on these steel bearings are open, so they’re susceptible to faster deterioration.
So far, we’ve looked at rollers with white caps and metallic caps. This is the first model that has a black wheel housing. It as other distinctions as well. For example, while its compatriots have stainless steel ball bearings, Xike is fitted with 13 chrome steel balls. The balls are 6200ZZ and can last for 100,000 cycles each. That’s ten times the industry average, with a 3-year warranty.
The black wheel is made of nylon with standard lubrication. It can hold up 150 lbs and works at temperatures of 30°C to 100°C. The lubrication allows your chrome balls to move in a muted manner when you open or close the garage door, so your rollers are considerably quieter than your average door. Incidentally, you can order the nylon wheels in white or blue if you prefer.
Xike garage door rollers are stronger than rival brands by a factor of 10. They carry 150 pounds on every roller and survive ten times longer, and their refund policy is generous too.
The wheel housing comes in standard white, stylish black, or bright blue.
Some buyers prefer to stick to models made in the US. It’s not just about patriotism – its also about practicality. US-made purchases ship sooner, and it’s easier to access customer care, at least in theory. ABN nylon rollers are Taiwanese, but if you don’t mind the wait, they’re pretty good quality. The wheels are nylon, making these garage door rollers sweetly silent.
Of course, they’re not completely quiet, but they’re significantly less noisy than metal rollers. And because each wheel has 13 ball bearings, the garage door moves more smoothly. This also contributes to longevity and noise reduction because much of the rattling and grinding is a result of friction. If your original rollers were loud, you will love the drastic shift in sound.
Lubricants cut noise too, and this brand works best with silicone lube. The wheel housing has a lubricant groove that distributes your oil more slowly and evenly, but because of the groove, some don’t consider this a sealed roller. It lasts the standard duration though – 10,000 cycles – but every roller can only hold up 50 pounds so it’s not as sturdy as some of its rivals.
ABN (Auto Body Now) rollers provide average performance and unremarkable lifespans. But they get the job done, and even though it’s a local company, they build in Taiwan.
The nylon casing makes the rollers sufficiently quiet.
Every roller has 13 ball bearings and a groove for optional lube.
These garage door spares have a 1-year warranty.
Their muscle is underwhelming, carrying just 50 pounds per roller.
To the untrained eye, all garage rollers look the same. They may be a different color, but other than that, it’s hard to tell them apart. So if the visuals don’t offer any clues, how can you tell you’ve found the best garage rollers on the market? Let’s explore some shopping tips together.
Garage door rollers can be made from steel, nylon, zinc, or alloy. Steel rollers are the most durable, but they’re also the most expensive. Steel rollers are also less likely to corrode or rust. But if your pocket can’t support steel, you could opt for temporary nylon or zinc rollers until you can buy a more high-end set. Check the stated lifespan so you can plan accordingly.
This may seem minor. But if you have shifts at odd hours, you don’t want to wake the entire household every time you get home. On the other hand, if you have teenagers and college-age offspring, you may want a tell-tale door to snitch when they break curfew or take the car without asking. Generally, nylon is quieter than steel, though you can also use lubricants as a damper.
All garage doors have ball bearings to facilitate their rolling function. But while some rollers have their bearings sealed inside a designated casing, others have their bearings open and exposed. Uncovered bearings are louder, and they don’t last as long because dust, grease, grime, and other contaminants shorten their lifespan. Opt for sealed bearings whenever possible.
Items like batteries and tires come with a prescribed lifespan. Garage door rollers do too. The manufacturer will list how many cycles of opening and closing are recommended before replacement. So based on how often you use the garage, pick a cycle that works, even if you’ll have to spend a little more. You don’t want new rollers every week just because you drive a lot.
A home with two cars (or a commercial garage door) will need longer cycles because the door opens and closes more often so rollers are used more frequently. But you should also check the estimated weight your garage door rollers can hold. Balance this against the weight of your garage door to know how many rollers you need, and what type is best for your door.
Some garage doors have standard tracks that can fit any roller. Others are more specific. As for the rollers themselves, they come in 1-inch, 2-inch, or 3-inch dimensions. If you’re unsure, check your garage door manual or look up your door online. By the time you replace your rollers, you’ll probably have lost your owner’s manual anyway, so make Google your friend and double-check.
Number of Rollers
Most garage doors use ten rollers as a standard. For extra-large doors, you might get to twelve. So you may think it’s a smart move to buy a 13-pack of garage door rollers. But if you only need to replace one or two, you’re likely to lose the rest before you’ve had a chance to install them. If you’re going to buy a larger pack of rollers, keep them spares in a safe, memorable place.
Some garage door rollers have the same warranty as the garage door itself. But the rollers might crack, break, or slip off their tracks. Plus, the door itself is static, so unless you ram into it, it won’t experience much wear and tear. Except of course for weather damage. The rollers get more use, so pay more attention to their replacement terms and refund policy, just in case.
When it comes to spares in the car world, brand recognition is important. And while garage door rollers aren’t vehicle parts, they’re related to cars, so auto brands are relevant selection criteria. Some of the popular garage door roller manufacturers include Dura-Lift and Ideal Security. You can also ask your mechanic or contractor which brands they’d recommend.