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?
|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|
Garage 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.
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!