If you are like most homeowners, you probably don’t care much about your garage door – until it breaks. Suddenly you are forced to make all kinds of decisions about materials and installers, etc.
Your garage door springs are more important than you probably realise. Property damage, personal injury and even death are just a handful of the dire consequences awaiting homeowners who gloss over garage door spring selection and safe installation. So take it seriously and always contact professional garage door services like Automatic Garage Solutions whenever you have a problem with your garage door springs.
Main types of garage door springs in Sydney
Although there is a broad range of different spring types, the two most popular ones are:
They are usually located above the upper horizontal tracks on both sides of the door; extension springs are most common residential garage door spring type. In order to open the door, these spring extend – providing force to support the door. The more force is applied, the more the extension spring expands. All extension springs are paired up with safety cables to prevent the springs from becoming a projectile when the failure occurs.
As mentioned before, the extension springs “extend” or “stretch”, torsion springs use torque to raise garage doors.
Torsion springs come in a wider variety of options, including various wire size and lengths. These variations are calculated individually dependent upon garage door weight, height, track radius and more.
What are the best garage door springs?
Because extension springs are usually much cheaper, they are commonly used for most residential construction projects. However, it’s important to know that with more exposed parts, they are also more dangerous.
On the other hand, torsion springs can support more weight and last twice as long. They offer greater overall balance, making it easier to open and close your garage door. Also, with fewer parts, they are safer to use. That’s why torsion springs tend to be more expensive.
Remember that whether through stretching or torque, both types of springs operate using extreme tension. To limit exposure to damage or injury, we strongly recommend to you to consult a professional before attempting any repairs on your own.