If your garage door has become the main entryway into your home, your door will open and close an average of 10-20 times a day or more. Did you know that garage door springs are a vital part of your garage door operation? They lift the door to open and close it and make it possible to raise the door manually without a motor. It’s important that your springs be the appropriate size for your door type. If they are too large or too small your door won’t balance properly. They have the most tension when the garage door is “down” which is when they often break. If your springs break, you’ll know it. You’ll hear a loud noise and the door could come crashing down. This is dangerous! If this happens don’t attempt to lift the door or disconnect your opener. Call a garage door repair specialist to have them professionally and safely installed. Torsion Vs. Extension Springs
There are two kinds of springs: torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are mounted in the middle of the shaft above the garage door. Extension springs operate on a pulley system and are placed above the horizontal track of the garage door. Torsion springs are generally recommended over extension springs due to their ability to support more weight and last longer. They provide better overall balance, making it easier to open and close your door.
High Cycle Vs. Standard Cycle Springs
Garage door springs are rated in cycles and replacement is based on garage door usage. The average standard cycle spring will open and close the door about 10,000 times and may last 5 or more years depending on how the door is used and maintained before the coils weaken, crack, rust or snap. If you are replacing springs every 4-5 years and plan on staying in your home for an extended period of time, you may want to consider high cycle springs.
High cycle springs come with a 100,000 cycle lifetime warranty, ten times longer than their standard cycle counterparts. Why not consider high cycle springs to minimize the risk of making urgent and frequent repairs?