What type of garage door spring do you have? Until it’s time to replace them, many homeowners don’t know!
Torsion and extension are the two primary types of garage door springs, and many options exist within those categories. Your springs are some of the most critical parts of your doors, and choosing the right, quality ones can dramatically decrease personal injury and property damage risks. Installation should always be handled by a licensed, bonded expert.
Extension springs are often found over the horizontal tracks on either side of the doors, and are the most common type of residential garage door springs. They open the door by extending, offering a counterbalance. You get more extension/expansion with more force.
Combined with safety cables that stop the springs from projectile-expanding, this is one of the simplest and most effective options.
Garage Door Springs for Every Need
Torsion springs lift doors with torque instead of extending or stretching. They’re connected right above the door’s opening, and they twist with applied force (either motor or hand).
A variety of torsion springs are available with a number of sizes and lengths. Once track calculations are considered, each door gets a specific torsion spring selected based on radius, weight, height and other specifications.
Should you get extension or torsion garage door springs?
It depends, although extension springs are more common because they’re much more affordable. However, extension springs also have many more exposed parts than torsion options, which is a deal-breaker for some homeowners.
Torsion springs can handle more weight and generally have a longer life span — up to double the life span of other varieties.
Working with Experts
Get in touch with local experts to help you choose between extension and torsion springs. Springs can be an investment, or an affordable way to optimize the security and functionality of your garage doors.
With so many springs to choose from, it can be overwhelming. You want to make sure you get ones that deliver what you need for safety, aesthetics and staying power.
An easy sign that your garage doors are in great shape is that they open and close smoothly. Many issues can cause garage doors to get out of balance, but the springs are a likely culprit. Out-of-balance springs, brackets that need adjusting or springs that are about to give out can be dangerous and require immediate attention.
Since springs operate under a lot of tension, this should never be a DIY project. Contact the Garage Door Man for all your garage door spring maintenance and replacement needs.