Torsion Vs Extension Springs on Garage Doors

Overhead automatic garage doors are installed with springs because they provide it pulling force to lift it up on metal tracks. Well, there are two types of spring, one is torsion springs and the other is extension springs. Each type works in a different manner and needs maintenance services to keep it working well. Here you can learn more about the basic difference between extension and torsion springs, their benefits and drawbacks as well.  

To start up, torsion springs are the most common type nowadays. These are the most efficient components to open your garage door. They need the least space in your garage, operates quietly, and ideal for small spaces. Torsion springs are safer to install on the double-wide garage door as they placed in the center, providing any potential wobbling in the garage door as it gets operated. One spring is enough to operate the garage door, but two can be used in required.

However, torsion springs are cost-effective than extension both in terms of parts and installation. It can be determining when installing a new spring or replacing an old one. A broken torsion spring cannot be fixed without professional knowledge and expertise.

Extension springs are also used on garage doors. They are installed on either side of the garage door and connected to the tracks to pull the garage door up by its sides. These springs are not commonly used nowadays especially on wider garage doors. They are not able to support the weight and balance of the garage door.

They are cheaper and easier to install yourself. If they got damaged, a Do-It-Yourself solution will work efficiently for you if you are interested in saving some money. Extension springs are perfect for you if you don’t have enough room on the overhead garage door.

But extension springs have some drawbacks as compared to torsion springs. It is possible to operate a garage door with one torsion spring but the extension springs setup always needs two, one on each side of the garage door. Plus, they cannot be installed on wider garage doors because they take up more space than torsion springs and become less aesthetically pleasing.

What type of spring is good for my garage door?

The decision depends on the specification of your residential building and budget. The average life of springs is anywhere from 5 to 7 years depending on the rate of usage. They are one of the most important components to your garage door and can affect all the other things including garage door rollers, tracks, cables, and even the garage door itself. Torsion springs are good for overhead garage doors in terms of safety and functionality. Without having functioning springs, you run the risk of having other parts fail due to unnecessary wear and tear which will cost you in a long run. 

If you are not sure about which type of spring is right for your garage door, call your experienced and certified garage door expert to get professional assistance. You may end up saving a lot of money and property by doing so.