Choosing the correct garage door rollers can be a time-consuming process. We’d like to break down some of the key factors that make for the best roller purchase for your specific garage door.
Understanding Diameter and Stem Measurement
To find the correct size of your garage door rollers, measure the top diameter on the wide, circular end of the roller. To measure the length, measure the long end but do not include the wide, circular top diameter end as part of the length. Those are your dimensions. You’ll find common numbers include (roughly) 1, 2 and 3-inch lengths with corresponding diameters that usually follow a set width lower. Don’t bother measuring the length thickness – there is an industry standard for that, so you’ll likely be able to bypass that measurement.
A garage door roller you purchase isn’t going to be helpful if you do not know a fairly precise size to fit your tracks. Once you know the size, you’re essentially good to go. If you worry your door is very heavy (more on that later), then just be positive you purchase powerful rollers. For those that want specifics on details for a garage door’s weight relation to rollers and what to keep in mind when you live in a humid area, continue reading.
Find the Weight
Finding the weight of your current installed garage door can vary in difficulty depending on what brand you have installed. Typically, you can use an analog scale – be very careful in doing this. Let the door rest on it and see what numbers you get across the board. Some brands of garage doors have the weight conveniently printed on the inside of the door, often in a corner from the inside. See if you can spot this for an easy answer.
You want to purchase stainless steel if the area you live in has lots of water coming through and lots of moisture. Pay for the upgrade. Though there may not be a set rule on the amount of moisture that should make you purchase stainless steel rollers, use common sense and also see if you’ve had a problem with roller rust in the past. And most importantly…
Look at What is There
Examine what is already holding up your garage door. Have the rollers there been doing a decent job, but maybe they’ve begun malfunctioning only recently? If so, consider just getting more of those. For a specific example, if your 3/4th-inch diameter nylon roller with a zinc steam that has a stem length of 1 and 3/4 an inch may be exactly what you want to purchase again! Now, if there wereperformance issues, talk to a garage door professional about what can be done to get you quality work at a fair price.
Texas Garage Repair is your go-to expert when it comes to all things garage. Feel free to contact us – we’ll get you a free quote on upgrading or installing your Austin (and surrounding areas) garage door rollers. 512.518.6606.