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Garage Door Torsion Springs

Garage door springs are necessary to open and close a garage door. Garage door springs are the most crucial component to allow your door to open or close smoothly. Without a working garage door spring, your garage door will not be able to open and close with ease. When you are at your home and want to replace your springs, There are two different types of garage door springs:

Torsion Springs:

Torsion springs are found right above the garage door on a long metal shaft. They are helical springs that use Torque to lift the garage door up and down. Torque is the force applied when in a twisting motion and causes rotation. The spring is connected to the long shaft and releases tension from the door in the up position so that it is easy for you to get the garage door down, and add tension at the bottom position so that you can pick the door up by yourself. Torsion springs come in both clockwise and counterclockwise rotations for any possible situation that you might have at your home.

Torsion Springs are now recommended in every single home compared to their counterparts. They last much longer than extension springs as they are not being pulled apart, but instead, they are being rotated.

Torsion Spring Pros:

  • Safer Than Extension Springs

  • No need for safety cables

  • Longer lifespan

  • Steady motion when opening and closing

  • Fewer parts needed

  • Low Maintenance

  • Keep the garage door balanced better

Torsion Spring Cons:

  • They cost more than extension springs

Extension Springs: 

Extension springs are found on the sides of the garage door, close to the metal tracks, which guide the rollers. How extension springs work is that when the garage door goes into the closed position, the springs end up stretching out, storing energy in all the garage doors to be brought back up for the next use. Once the garage door goes back into the up position, the extension springs go back into a tight, coiled position.

Extension Spring Pros:

  • More Cost-effective

Extension Spring Cons:

  • Require safety cables

  • More dangerous when springs break

  • Springs break more often

  • Support less weight

  • Noisier than Torsion Springs

What Our Professionals Recommend

If you want to get your garage door spring replacement in Chicago, IL, We recommend that you purchase torsion springs as they last longer and are more efficient. One of the main selling points of torsion springs is that they are safer. Extension springs are out of date, and you would be doing yourself a disservice if you replaced them with extension springs. If you are interested in knowing any other information on why TC Garage Door recommends torsion springs, Contact us today!