What Kind of Garage Door Springs Do I Have?

Garage door springs are what counterbalance the weight of the door in order to make it open and close. There are many types of garage door springs, which can be grouped into two general categories: torsion springs and extension springs.

Torsion Springs and Extension Springs: What’s the Difference?

Extension Springs

Torsion Springs

Store energy by extending Exert force through torque
Very economical Higher price point
Appropriate for lighter garage doors Appropriate for either light or heavy door
Always 2 per door Can be 1 to 4 per door
Coiled springs Shaft, spring, & drum assembly
Installed above door’s horizontal track Installed directly above door opening
Sometimes uneven distribution of tension Equal distribution of force
Door can “walk” up and down opening No jagged “walking”
Exposed parts; overall greater injury potential Parts mostly contained; safer overall

torsion springGarage Door Spring Replacement Is Dangerous

Replacing either extension springs or torsion springs is extremely dangerous, and can lead to substantial injury or even death if done improperly.

While we recommend that you leave the physical task of switching out the springs to an experienced garage door technician, there are many ways in which you still play a pivotal role in the replacement process.

Deciding on Springs for Your Portland Home

Whether your existing springs are Wayne Dalton, Liftmaster, or Genie, our team at Patrick’s Garage Doors can help you find the perfect match.
What Kind of Garage Door Springs Do I Have- (Patrick's Garage Doors)

You might even consider upgrading your torsion springs to ones with a longer cycle life.

Standard torsion springs will have an average lifespan of about 10,000 cycles. Oftentimes, the same brand of spring will come with an option of up to 20,000 cycles.

If you plan on living in your home for more than a couple years, upgrading to springs with a longer cycle life will save you money in the long run.

Garage Door Maintenance Services in Oregon/Washington

Just like with upcycling your springs, choosing the optimal garage door company can actually save you money in the long run.

Our team at Patrick’s Garage doors has worked hard to achieve its stellar reputation in the Portland-Vancouver metro area. We believe in quality service at affordable prices, and are happy to help you swap out a broken pair of springs or upgrade to even longer lasting ones.

Just give us a call at 360-816-5657 and get your free quote today!

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