Your garage door comprises several parts, and one of its most essential components is the spring, which moves your door in the desired direction. There are two types of garage door springs, namely extension and torsion springs.
Torsion springs are the number one choice for home-owners looking for high quality. Specialists from Infinite Garage Doors note torsion springs last longer, hold more weight and allow smoother operation of your door compared to extension door springs. Here are the common types of torsion springs you can choose for your garage door.
Oil Tempered Springs
These torsion springs are incredibly durable and strong with an up/down cycle of about 10,000 over seven to 10 years. Compared to other torsion springs, oil tempered springs are the lowest in price since they have low manufacturing costs. These springs, however, are susceptible to rust, which might shorten their life and inhibit performance. They are also not very attractive.
Zinc Galvanised Springs
These springs preserve a clean, shiny appearance, unlike oil tempered ones. They are also resistant to rust, making them the best choice in high humidity areas. But zinc galvanised tempered springs can be a bit noisy with a high-pitched squeal. They also lose their tensile strength more rapidly, requiring frequent adjustments.
Stainless Steel Springs
These are the latest additions in the torsion spring market. They are rust and corrosion-free and very aesthetically appealing. Stainless steel torsion springs are the ideal choice for extreme environments. They, however, typically have high price tags.
The torsion springs used on garage doors are under high pressure. They should only be installed, adjusted and repaired by an expert with the right equipment and technical know-how. DIY installations and repairs of these springs can result in severe injuries.