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Garage Door Roller 101

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Left to Right:  Nylon (Plastic), Nylon Coated Steel, Steel.

 

I know, they’re just rollers. But they play a huge part in the operation and life of your garage door. You want them to be happy.  Here’s the breakdown of different types, features and choices.

Plastic Rollers:  Not a big fan.  A good analogy would be going 70 mph on George Bush Turnpike with plastic tires on your car. (Really? I just rolled my own eyes on this one!) But picture it.  Not good. When plastic rollers wear down, chip or break into, you’re in T-R-O-U-B-L-E… Your door will either come off the track and potentially fall on a vehicle, equipment or even possibly hurt a person.

Steel Rollers:  Our steel rollers are commercial grade steel rollers with commercial grade 10-ball bearings. They are rated for a minimum of 10,000 cycles and have a 75 lb load capacity per roller. This type of roller is provided with new door installs, as well as, available for sale in our showroom.

Nylon Coated Steel Rollers: Our nylon rollers are zinc plated steel with the same capacity load as steel rollers; however, they have 11 steel ball bearings, bulged shoulders and provide a life cycle of 15,000-30,000. (Just so you’ll know, a “cycle” is every time the door goes up and every time the door goes down.) This style of roller is available for upgrade at any time and is available in our showroom as well.

*Don’t get fooled by our competitors!  They sell “Nylon” rollers with their new garage doors.  The problem??  They’re JUST Nylon (No Steel Roller Core).  It’s a plastic disk on a stick, and will only last a few years- we see it all the time with home builders.

We’d be happy to come by and take a look at the condition of your door rollers at NO COST. Just call or come by our showroom to schedule an appointment. And when we install them for you, they’ll come with a 5-year warranty…oh, and 1-year on labor. We’re family-owned and love our customers!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

How to Check Your Garage Door and Opener for Wear

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One of the biggest headaches you can experience is when your garage door or opener stops working! You get sound, but no action. You need out of your garage. You’re late. You roll your eyes, throw up your arms. What went wrong?

Let us help you be a little proactive and be ahead of the problem.  We recommend giving your garage door opener and garage door a check over every 5-6 months.  Doing this can prevent routine problems, and postpone major repairs.

Preventative Maintenance

What do you look for? Here are a few recommendations:

  • Clean and lubricate your opener where needed, especially on chain drive openers. Be careful to not over-lubricate.
  • Open the cover of the motor and check the gear inside for wear and tear. If you notice the “teeth” are worn, it’s time to replace it.  Being plastic, the gear is usually the first thing to break in your unit. (This is where you get the sound, but no action.)
  • Check the force and limit settings on the opener and adjust where and if needed (if you know what you’re doing)
  • On your door, check hardware and tighten where needed.
  • Check the rollers and tracks for wear and tear. Is it time to replace any?
  • Look for signs of corrosion, rust, or general wear and tear
  • Listen for unusual sounds- Does something sound like it’s struggling?

If you’re hesitant on performing any routine maintenance please contact us to schedule an appointment for one of our professionals to service your opener/door.  We offer same-day appointments; our full service tune-ups for both your opener and garage door come with a full one-year labor warranty!   972-422-1695

 

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Plano Overhead Garage Door

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Plano, Texas 75074

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