Norman Breakey invented the paint roller in 1940. His design consisted of a cylindrical core with a fabric cover that could soak up and distribute paint evenly. However, Breakey had trouble manufacturing and selling his design. In the same year, Richard Croxton Adams patented another paint roller that was more commercially successful. Since then, paint rollers have become a necessity. Today, customers can purchase foam or fabric rollers in a variety of sizes – some models even come with an attached handle for those hard-to-reach places!