Winter is coming. Is your garage door ready?

When was the last time your vehicle had an oil change?  Recently, right? We all understand how important regular maintenance is. But what about the garage door your vehicle relies on to open and close every day?  

Your overhead garage door is probably the most-used piece of machinery in your home, cycling over 150 times a month so it should come as no surprise that regular maintenance is essential for its longevity and performance.  And while calling Wallace + Wallace for an annual inspection and maintenance service visit is always your best bet, if you're a  time-pressed, DIY'er at the very least give your rollers some TLC before the snow flies.  

Overhead Garage Door Rollers: An Essential but Neglected Part of your Overhead Door System

Rollers are an often overlooked but critical component of your overhead garage door. They play a vital role in ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the door. Neglecting their maintenance can lead to a variety of issues that can disrupt the functionality and longevity of your garage door. First and foremost, rollers help to support the weight of the garage door as it opens and closes. They are designed to roll along the tracks, allowing the door to move smoothly and effortlessly. However, over time dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate on the rollers, causing friction and hindering their ability to roll smoothly. This can result in the door becoming noisy, jerky, or even getting stuck. 

Regular maintenance of the rollers is essential to prevent these issues. By cleaning and lubricating the rollers on a regular basis, you can ensure their optimal performance and longevity. Cleaning the rollers with a soft brush or cloth helps to remove any buildup of dirt or debris that may be affecting their movement. It is also important to pay attention to the tracks, as any debris on the tracks can transfer to the rollers. Once the rollers are clean, applying a silicone-based lubricant is crucial. This lubricant helps to reduce friction between the rollers and the tracks, allowing for smooth and quiet operation. It also helps to protect the rollers from excessive wear and tear, ensuring their longevity. 

Inspecting the rollers for signs of wear and tear is another important aspect of their maintenance. Over time, rollers can become worn, cracked, or misaligned, which can affect the overall performance of the garage door. By regularly inspecting the rollers, you can identify any potential issues and address them before they become major problems. If you notice any signs of excessive wear or damage, it may be time to replace the rollers.

While performing DIY maintenance on the rollers is beneficial, there are instances where it is recommended to hire a professional. A professional can provide a comprehensive inspection and maintenance service, ensuring that all components of your garage door are functioning properly. They have the expertise and knowledge to identify any potential issues and address them efficiently. Additionally, they can perform any necessary repairs or replacements with precision, ensuring the safety and longevity of your overhead garage door. 

Neglecting the maintenance of your overhead garage door rollers can lead to various issues that can disrupt its functionality and lifespan. By regularly cleaning, lubricating, and inspecting the rollers, you can ensure their optimal performance and prevent costly repairs. However, for comprehensive maintenance and expert assistance, it is advisable to hire a professional. Taking care of your rollers is essential for the smooth and efficient operation of your garage door, and they will thank you for it in the long run.