3D Render of a Garage — Garage Door Services in Livonia, MI

If you're struggling to open and close your garage door or if it's making a terrible racket, then chances are you'll want to check your garage door's rollers. Rollers are essential for smooth and safe garage door movement. If your current rollers are falling apart, it won't be long before you start having problems opening and closing your door properly.

There's plenty to think about when it comes time to replace your rollers. Here's a brief primer on choosing the best rollers for your garage door, as well as a few care and maintenance tips to consider.

Choosing the Right Size

Garage door rollers come in a wide variety of different sizes, so it's important to make sure your new rollers are the right size for your specific application. Not only will you need to know the width of the roller head, but you'll also need to measure the stem or shaft length.

You'll need to open the garage door partway in order to get a measurement of your roller. You can also remove the roller temporarily from the garage door to get more accurate measurements.

Keep in mind that the actual size of the roller may be ¼ inch shorter than the roller's listed size. This ensures that your roller will be able to fit your garage door correctly. This is especially crucial if you have a custom garage door with nonstandard measurements for certain components, including your rollers. In these cases, you may need to have your rollers custom-made to ensure the best possible fit for your garage door.

Choosing the Best Material

It's also crucial to choose the right materials when replacing your garage door rollers. The type of material you choose can make a tremendous difference in terms of smoothness, longevity and noise.


Plastic rollers are the most basic and least expensive type of roller you can purchase for your garage door. They're also quite common on new garage doors — if you're buying a new door, then there's a good chance it will come with plastic rollers.

These rollers are usually constructed entirely out of plastic, negating the use of roller bearings. This makes plastic rollers relatively simple in construction, although they lack the longevity or durability of steel or nylon rollers.  


Steel rollers are the standard when it comes to garage door rollers, and they also make a good upgrade from plastic rollers. They're recommended when dealing with wooden garage doors due to their durability. These rollers will need occasional maintenance, especially when it comes to lubricating the ball bearings within the roller hub.


Nylon rollers offer a couple of advantages over their steel counterparts. For starters, nylon rollers tend to last longer than steel rollers. The use of nylon also takes metal-on-metal contact out of the equation, making these rollers significantly quieter than steel rollers. Some nylon rollers even feature sealed bearings, making them relatively maintenance-free.

Other Factors to Consider

Ball bearing count is also an important consideration when choosing your next set of rollers. Increasing the number of ball bearings inside a roller not only improves its longevity, but also makes its movement smoother and quieter. This explains why a steel roller with 10 ball bearings operates with less friction and noise than a similar steel roller with only seven ball bearings.

It's also important to consider the type of material used for your roller stems. Zinc and stainless steel stems are less likely to develop rust and corrosion as they age, which makes them worthy upgrades over the typical steel stems used on most garage door rollers. Ordinary steel stems will need constant lubrication and care in order to prevent rust and other issues.

Need a new set of rollers for your garage door? The experts at Allen's Sales & Installation can help you choose the right ones for your garage door and take care of the installation. Contact them to schedule an appointment today.