Is the movement of your garage door all out of whack? Does it jump up and down, have trouble moving along the tracks? Most likely, your garage door spring needs repaired or replaced. If you want to save money on garage door repair, knowing which type of spring is most cost effective is crucial. Let’s take a look at the different types of garage door springs.
How do you know which one is the most cost effective in the long run for you? (Spoiler alert! It’s not always the cheapest.)
Why Type of Garage Door Spring is Important
We don’t often think about our garage door springs until there’s a problem. But they are critical components of your garage door. If they aren’t in top working shape, springs can pose a danger to children, pets, cars and property. That’s why if there is ever any part of your garage door springs that are malfunctioning, you should contact a professional immediately.
First, you’ll need to identify which type of spring you own. Each style of spring is for a particular style and model of garage door. This can vary according to when your home was built, as well as the complexity and quality of the garage door itself.
Standard Garage Door Springs
The most common garage door spring by far is the standard torsion spring. This spring looks like one of those metal slinkies from the ‘80s, arranged in a standard coil. The length, width, and diameter will vary. These springs tend to get about 10,000 cycles — the number of times a garage door can go up and down before the spring needs replaced.
Since your average garage door is used several times a day, a rough guide is about 1,000 cycles per year. Therefore a 10,000 cycle spring will last roughly 7 to 10 years, depending on frequency of use.
Most standard garage doors have standard torsion springs, hence the name. Some garage doors have dual springs. Be sure to note how many springs your garage door takes.
Higher Cycle Springs
There are springs that have higher cycles that are more expensive. But since these springs tend to last 150% longer than your standard torsion spring, they tend to be more cost effective in the long run.
In addition to the benefit of higher cycles, these springs are also higher functioning on the garage door itself with an easier, smoother design. Keep in mind that some garage doors are not equipped to handle these types of springs. Check with a garage door professional to see which type of spring is compatible with your garage door.
The good news is if your garage door is fairly new, you can likely use any spring you want, including higher cycle springs. And though higher cycle springs are more expensive, they last longer too. In the long run, they tend to be more cost effective, at least if you plan to own your home long enough to benefit from a longer lasting spring.