Garage door springs are an important part of your door. Their primary purpose is to counterbalance the heavy weight of your garage panel which makes it easier for you or your automatic opener to open the door. Without a functioning spring, your opener would not function and you may be unable to lift the door.
When it comes to garage doors, there are two types of springs: extension and torsion. Extension springs are what come to mind when we think of a standard spring. It contracts and expands. And it’s under heavy pressure. These are an older type of spring technology and they don’t last as long as torsion springs do.
Because extension springs are under significant pressure, they’re a little dangerous and have been known to fly off when they break.
Torsion springs are the newer variety. Instead of expanding under pressure, they rotate. Torsion springs can last 4 or 5 times longer than extension springs do. Because they allow for a smoother operation of your door, there is also less wear on your other garage door parts.
While they’re slightly more expensive, it’s still worth it. They last longer, are safer, and can save you money in the long run.
Are you one of the many homeowners still using extension springs on your garage? If so, it’s time to replace them!