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Upgrading the Spring on Your Garage Door


Remove Rust From SpringsIf your garage door is old, there’s a good chance that you’re still using extension springs. These springs are used as a counterbalance to make your garage door easier to open. Without them, you probably couldn’t lift the door on your own.

Extension springs are the oldest variety of springs available. They are brittle, can rust easily, and have short lifespans. Depending on your garage door, you may have one or two of them located above the door. If you notice your garage door is noisy or doesn’t open smoothly, this tends to be caused by your extension springs.

Choosing Between Extension or Torsion Springs

If you have a broken garage door spring, you’ll have two choices. You can either get a replacement extension spring or switch to a torsion spring.

We always recommend torsion for the following reasons:

  • Extension springs can cause unnecessary wear and tear to your door due to the jerking type motion they have when operating.
  • Torsion springs will last much longer. Some models can last 30 years!
  • With torsion, your garage door will be much safer. Extension springs can snap and fly off if not secured problem. Torsion-style springs are not under heavy pressure, unlike their extension counterpart.

In general, there are very few reasons why you should continue using an extension spring. Unless your door style can’t accommodate torsion springs, you should always go with the better option. They do cost a little more upfront but you’ll save money in the long run as they won’t break down as fast.

When Is It Time for New Garage Door?

Garage doors are generally sturdy pieces of equipment that can last a long time. A few of the reasons why someone may wish to replace a garage door include: dents, rust, unrepairable damage, or they just want a nicer looking panel. Let’s talk about damage first. If your door is severely dented or rusted, you may want to consider replacing it before it stops working. For those looking to just replace their old panel with a nicer looking one, this is a great option too, especially if you plan to sell your home in the near future. Because garage doors have one of the highest return-of-investments out of any home repair, many homeowners will replace the door before selling their home.