Titan Garage Doors NE received a garage door roller replacement request from a client in Tecumseh, NE. The bottom lift bracket on their residential garage door and the roller that went with it had been rusted off for quite a while, so they called us to request a replacement. We immediately replaced the rusted bottom lift bracket and roller with new parts. The homeowner was happy with our garage door repair work, and the garage door was now in good working order.

Rusting on garage doors often happens near the bottom, where rain, snow, and potentially corrosive elements like road salt, stagnant water, and other debris collect. That is why the parts most susceptible to rusting are those found at the bottom of the door, including the bottom rollers and lift brackets. So if you see that small dots or specks of rust develop on your bottom rollers and lift brackets, they should be treated for rust as soon as possible. Rust spreads faster than you may imagine, and if left ignored, it would eat up the surface of these metal components.

How to prevent bottom rollers and lift brackets from rusting?

Lubricate parts regularly

Regular lubrication of the moving components of your garage door is the first step in preventing rust, especially for parts that see a lot of use each day. Any hardware with metal-on-metal contact is prone to rust; thus, applying a lubricant will provide a corrosion barrier. Garage door rollers (except nylon rollers with sealed ball bearings) should be lubricated at least twice a year to avoid rusting. 

Keep the garage door clean

Regularly cleaning your garage door is vital to keeping it in good condition. By preventing dirt and salt from accumulating on the door’s parts, you can avoid rust and other corrosive elements from damaging it. Be sure to use a gentle detergent free of strong chemicals, as these can strip the door parts’ finish and make them more susceptible to rust. 

Apply a protective coating

A quality corrosion inhibitor product can help protect your garage door parts from rust and corrosion. Plenty of great options are available on the market, in spray and wipe form. They’re easy to apply, so you can use them on any metal part of your garage door that you want to protect. This includes the rollers’ stem, hinges, and bottom lift brackets.

What to do when there is rust on the rollers and lift brackets?

If your rollers or lift brackets have any rust on them, you would want to scrape the rust off before doing anything else. You can use sandpaper or a steel wool pad for this. Next, soak a towel in vinegar and use it to clean the area where the rust was. This step will dissolve any leftover rust and prevent more from appearing. Once you have done that, wash the parts and ensure they are completely dry. Then, apply a rust inhibitor product to them.

Should you do bottom roller replacement on your own?

You may want to reconsider trying this project on your own. Bottom garage door rollers can be extremely dangerous to replace for those without the proper expertise and tools. The bottom fixture not only holds the roller but also secures the bottom of the cable in place. Tension from the spring pulls on the cable, making removing the bottom fixture a precarious proposition. Play it safe and have a professional handle this job for you.

If your garage door rollers and bottom lift bracket need replacement, it is essential to leave the job to the experts. Titan Garage Doors NE offers excellent and affordable garage door roller replacement services that will help maintain your garage door for many years. Our technicians are highly trained in all types of garage door service and can quickly get your garage door back in shape. Furthermore, our high-quality garage door products and services are backed by a warranty so that you can count on us confidently. Our service areas include Omaha and Lincoln, NE, and Council Bluffs, IA. Contact us at (402) 513-0255 to request a service.