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Different Types Of Garage Door Springs Explained By The Experts

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Different Types Of Garage Door Springs Explained By The Experts

If you are like the majority of homeowners, then you will have probably gave very little thought about your garage door, of course, until it fails and needs urgent attention. When this does happen, you suddenly feel under pressure to make lots of rash choices and important resolutions about materials, garage door companies and the types of springs to choose in order to open and close your garage door safely.

Believe it or not, garage door springs are one of the most important mechanisms in your garage door. Property damage, injury, and even death are a few of the horrific consequences awaiting those who ignore the importance of garage door spring selection. Yes, death has been reported as a consequence of dodgy springs, this is why here at Doormatic we can not express this enough, “repairing a broken or faulty garage door spring should never be a ‘do it at home job’.” Learning about the different types of garage door springs could just save your life! Also, when you are trying to repair or replace a faulty garage door spring its absolutely vital you call the professionals.

Extension Springs vs. Torsion Springs

There are many different types and subtypes of garage door springs, but the two most common types are extension and torsion springs.

Extension Springs

These are normally located on top on either sides of the garage door, these type of springs are a very popular garage door type. The springs will expand once the door is opened, to provide a counterbalance effect to prop the entire door. The greater the force, the more the springs will extend.

Please note that all extension springs must come with safety cables to prevent the spring from being a projectile during a failure.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are quite different to extension springs, they use torque to prop the garage door instead of expanding or extending. You will find these springs above the garage opening where they will slowly twist and turn on the shaft when force is applied. All torsion springs at Doormatic come in a variety of measurements and will be perfectly matched and calculated to your garage door weight, height and material.

So, The Best Garage Door Springs are…

This will depend entirely on your budget. Extension springs are normally most popular with our residential customers because they are much cheaper. However, it is important to remember that with more parts that are exposed, the higher risk of danger.

Torsion springs can evidently hold a lot more weight than the extensions springs and are known to last double the length of time. Overall, they provide a much better balance so you can operate your garage door smoothly and with complete ease. And with less exposed parts, the torsion springs are a lot more secure. However, because of these greater benefits, these springs are more expensive.

Our advice to you from Doormatic would be to take into consideration the prosperity of torsion springs before comparing the price tag to the extension springs. If you are in the garage door market and are attempting to install and/or repair a garage door on your own, please remember that both, extension and torsion springs operate using high levels of strain and stress. To limit the chances of injury or death please seek advice from a professional and qualified garage door company before attempting this by yourself.

If however, you are seeking professional garage door installation and repairs, then you have come to the right place. Our staff at Doormatic are highly skilled, factory trained and adept at fitting all makes of garage doors. This specialist knowledge ensures professional installation and seamless operation.

For more information regarding garage door springs or garage doors in general, please do not hesitate to contact us today.


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