One of the most important components of the safe operation of your garage door is your spring.
Without spring or springs working right, your garage door cannot open and close easily.
The spring acts essentially as a counterbalancing mechanism for your garage door. If your garage door system is out of balance, generally the solution is to replace your springs.
We always recommend you have a professional garage door company evaluate your springs before doing ANYTHING. Springs help to hold the weight of your door, so trying to repair them yourself can cause injury or death!
Garage Door Spring Types
There are 2 types of garage door spring: torsion springs and extension springs. Understanding the difference between the two can help you find and select a spring system that is best for your garage door.
Torsion springs work by using torque to stabilize your garage door. Torsion springs are attached to a metal shaft at the top of your garage door.
Torsion springs are available in different types: standard, steel rolling, and one-piece curtain door.
Torsion springs are sturdier. They will generally last longer than extension spring. Of course, because of this, torsion springs are more expensive. They should last 15-20,000 cycles.
Extension springs extend to close the door and “spring” back into their original form when the door opens.
Extension springs are generally mounted on the side of the garage door or on top of your garage door tracks.
Generally, residential garage doors have 2 extension springs mounted on each side. Commercial doors will have multiple springs on each side.
Extension springs are more affordable, but will only last about 10,000 cycles. To put that in years, if you open your garage door 4 times a day on average, extension springs will last about 7 years. With torsion springs, you could get 10-14 years.
Talk to a professional about which spring system will make the most sense for your garage door and garage setup. If you are in the Houston area, give Perfect Solutions a call!