Torsion Vs Extension Springs on Garage Doors

Garage doors need springs to function as they provide pulling power to run on metal tracks. There are two types of springs used on garage doors. One is torsion springs and the other is extension springs.

Each type of spring has a different operating mechanism to pull the garage door which needs different installation and maintenance services to keep them in a good working position. In this article, I am going to describe a major difference between them. Garage door springs need professional assistance to be managed. Visit their website to get expert help.

To start off, torsion springs are commonly used in overhead garage doors. These springs are the efficient way to operate the garage door, as they need short space to install, working quietly, and durable. These springs are safer to use on double-sized garage doors as they lift them from the center, avoid any potential wobbling when the garage door is lifted.

Most garage doors come with single springs for cost reasons but two can be installed if required. However, the significant benefits of torsion springs relate to their price. Torsion springs are expensive than extension springs both in terms of price and installation charges. A broken torsion is impossible to replace using self-service as they need special knowledge and training to handle it. It means if anything does happen, you will have to call a professional garage door technician.

On the other side, extension springs are installed on both sides of the garage door along with the tracks to pull the garage door from both sides. They are not commonly used in the latest versions of garage doors especially on wider garage doors because counterbalancing the weight can be the bigger problem. They are normally, cheaper, easy to install, and safer than torsion springs. They are good for homeowners who are interested in doing DIY projects to save money. They are good if you have a lot of overhead space. But extension springs have several drawbacks as compared to torsion springs. It is possible to operate the garage door with only one large torsion springs but extension springs setup always need two on each side of the garage door. As they need more space to install, they have less aesthetic appeal.

What type of spring is best? It depends on the specification of the garage door and the budget you have. It depends on the rate of usage of the garage door. Well, springs are the most important parts of the garage door which will affect other components like, tracks, cables, and even opener. Without properly adjusted or functional garage door springs, you run the risk of having other important components fail due to extreme wear and tear which will cost more in a long run. If you are not sure which type of springs is right for you, consult a local garage door expert to have a look at your garage door. You may end up saving a lot of effort and money by doing so.  

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