Garage Door Spring Repair
Serving Sevena Park and the Surrounding Areas
Torsion & Extension Garage Door Springs
Garage door springs come in two main types: torsion and extension.
Torsion springs are made out of coils of metal that are tightly wound, which generate torque to open the door: this means that, if you watch them operate, you will see them turning.
They are the most common type because they tend to last longer and are at a lower risk of snapping.
There are multiple types of torsion springs, such as the standard, the early set, the torque master, or the steel rolling.
Our team of experts will be able to tell you which of these types is best suited for your garage door.
If your garage door has torsion springs, you still need to keep an eye for when replacement is necessary. The fact that they may last longer does not mean that they may never need repair and not checking them regularly could result in dangerous and costly damage.
- Torsion springs last longer than extension springs.
- They experience less wear and tear than their counterpart.
- Extension springs are more affordable than torsion springs.
- Extension springs don’t use a lot of overhead space.
Extension springs get their name from their mechanism when opening and closing the garage door: they expand and contract.
They tend to break more easily than torsion springs, which is why they need to be used with safety cables. Extension springs tend to be more affordable than torsion springs, and you can find three types of these in the market: clipped ends, open looped, and double looped.
Each of these types have different qualities that may make one more suitable for you than the others.
Extension garage door springs tend to need repairing more often than torsion springs. For this reason, we encourage you to take a look at your garage door and see which kind you have, and constantly check the state of your springs. This will allow you to be sure that you are calling for help in time, instead of waiting for them to snap, which could cause tragic accidents.
How Long Do Garage Door Springs Last?
One of the most important parts of your garage door is the springs. These springs help to counterbalance the weight of the door so that it can open and close smoothly. However, over time, these springs can wear out and need to be replaced. So, how long do garage door springs last?
The average garage door spring, if correctly installed, should last about 10,000 cycles. A cycle is defined as one opening and one closing of the door. So, if you use your garage door three times a day, that would be about 1,000 cycles per year. Thus, your springs should last for about 10 years.
Of course, there are a number of factors that can affect how long your springs will last. For example, if your garage door is particularly heavy or unbalanced, that could shorten the lifespan of your springs. Additionally, the type of spring you have will also affect how long it lasts. Torsion springs last longer than extension springs, so if you have torsion springs, you can expect them to last a bit longer.
Have your broken spring replaced by our specialists
One of the most important parts of your garage door are the springs. They also tend to be one of the parts that need maintenance and replacement more often. If you are in the Severna Park, Maryland, area, you can be sure that Severna Garage Door Repair will take the best care possible of your door’s springs.
The springs are responsible for the opening and closing of the door. They are the part that allows your door to move smoothly, so their mechanism involves a lot of lifting the heavy weight of your door as well as lowering it slowly, instead of your door dropping heavily onto the ground. When they wear out, they may snap, which is extremely dangerous.
For this reason, it is important to keep an eye on them and change them whenever necessary. Also, only a trained technician will be able to take proper care of your springs. They are an essential part of the entire system, with a delicate and complex installation process, which is why you should call us if you suspect your springs are close to failing.
The best way to know which type is the best for your garage door is consulting with a professional.
Buying springs online can be tricky if you do not know exactly what you need. The best way to make sure you get exactly the kind of springs you need is calling an expert, like our trained technicians at Severna Garage Door Repair.
Something else to keep in mind is that depending on the weight and size of the door, the number of springs needed varies. For instance, a larger door in a residential garage would probably need two springs, while a smaller, lighter door would only need one. This is because a single spring, regardless of the type, can only lift and lower a set amount of weight without snapping. One of our experts would be able to install the right amount of springs and place them exactly where they are needed.
Other than the regular wearing out of springs due to constant use, garage door springs can damage because of rust. In coastal areas, like Maryland, it is especially important to look out for rust because the salt and the humidity in the air tend to cause everything to rust more quickly. If you see rust in the springs of your garage door, give us a call and have us repair them. Rust can cause springs to stop working or even to snap. Corrosion and friction are the other factors that cause springs to snap.