As a homeowner, it is a bothersome task to research the many parts and options for your garage door to maintain the proper functionality. Leave this task to the experts here at Primos Garage Doors! Not only will our knowledgeable technicians educate you on the process, communicate every step of the way, and find the best fit for your garage door and budget.
Why are the Springs important?
The two different types of springs we are going to discuss serve one purpose, they are the counterbalance system of your garage door. The two types of springs include the Torsion spring or the Extension spring, and we will discover the difference between the two. These two types of springs manage the counterweight of the system and allow your garage door to safely and reliably open and close on a daily basis. The counterbalance system uses force to offset the weight of the door.It sounds like both springs perform the same function! So, what is the real difference and what should you be using for your garage door needs?Primos Garage Doors is here to help and serve!
Torsion Springs vs. Extension Springs
Now, let’s be real! There are several different types of springs that can be used in your garage door’s counterbalance system, however, the two most popular options the professionals at Primos Garage Doors use are torsion and extension springs. Why you may ask?
Torsion springs are available in several various sizes and lengths that are calculated based on your garage door weight, height and track radius. If you are looking for what type of spring your door possesses, they are generally large springs installed on the top of the garage door, and when they operate, they slide into a channel where lifting cables are attached. The main function of the torsion spring is to lift and lower the door, torsion springs wind and unwind in a controlled motion. Torsion springs are typically the most common and more modern garage door spring option.
There are several benefits of torsion springs to consider:
- Elongated life span: Torsion springs are generally more expensive than extension springs, however, they are more durable and last 15,000 to 20,000 cycles.
- Reliability: When opening and closing your garage door, torsion springs offer a smooth and steady movement that keeps the door balanced and creates less stress and pressure on the parts.
- Safety and security: If your garage door spring does ever break, the torsion spring will create a loud sound but will remain inside its shaft, while extension springs can snap off and cause property damage as well as possible personal injury.
Extension springs are generally older technology compared to torsion springs; however, extension springs are a common option for many garage doors. They are characteristically the less expensive option of springs and are the standard solution for smaller garage doors.
The function of an extension spring is to provide extended force when the spring is pulled apart from its original length. Extension springs are tightly coiled springs designed to resist a tensile, or stretching, force. When the lifting function of the garage door is activated, the coils extend. This action creates a force of counterbalance that allows the system to bear the weight of the door.Benefits include:
- Space saver: Extension springs do not occupy too much overhead space because they’re installed on the side of the door vs. the overhead, and they extend when the door is operating.
- Availability: Common option for smaller garage doors.
- Less lifespan: While the extension spring is a popular spring option, extension springs are less recommended because they only last 10,000 cycles.
- Require more maintenance: Extension springs require more maintenance than torsion springs. They operate with a jerking motion that results in additional wear and tear and can potentially be a safety hazard when broken.
- Unsafe: Extension springs can snap away causing personal injury or damages to your property.
However, despite these drawbacks, extension springs are generally safe when the safety cables are installed, and they are properly maintained.
Ensuring the best choice for you!
Primos Garage Doors will provide you with a detailed estimate after we have assessed the condition of your door. Whether your garage door utilizes torsion or extension springs, the experts at Primos Garage Doors are available to maintain your system to perform safe, fast and effectively. If you are unsure of what type of spring system your garage uses, feel free to consult the expertise of our trained technicians!
Primos Garage Doors is happy to answer any questions you may have and make recommendations about which option will work best for your daily needs and overall budget. We offer 24/7 garage door repair; we can fix and replace any parts necessary so you can feel confident and safe in your home or business.