Is it time to replace your torsion springs? The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair has you covered. We will help you find the right torsion springs for your garage door in no time at all. Our team specializes in a variety of garage door services and would be happy to help you.
What Are The Different Types of Torsion Springs?
There are two types of torsion springs available for your residential garage door. These springs can store a ton of energy when coiled and be extremely dangerous to work around or with. Homeowners typically don’t know that the main types of springs are Oil Tempered Springs and Zing Galvanized Springs. We will compare the two for more clarity on which will be best for your garage door.
Oil Tempered Springs
Tempered Springs are known for their durability and incredible strength. The lifespan of these units is typically 10,000 up and/or down cycles which is equivalent to 7 to 10 years. When properly maintained, they hardly ever need to be adjusted. Typically, they are able to maintain their energy storing capabilities longer than zing galvanized springs, but only by a little. Another perk is that they are highly affordable for the majority of homeowners making them a favorite. That allows manufacturers to keep their prices lowered for their garage door systems and means that homeowners can have the springs replaced with ease.
Although oil tempered springs are great, they do have some disadvantages. For one they are prone to rusting that can significantly impact the lifespan of this unit and performance. Luckily, there are ways to prevent this from happening by lubricating the spring on a regular basis. They also aren’t the most visually pleasing. That shouldn’t be much of an issue for any homeowner because they are so high up you can barely see them.
Zinc Galvanized Springs
Zinc Galvanized Springs are a strong competitor for becoming part of homeowner’s garage doors. It has an advantage to the oil tempered spring instantly because of its aesthetic. They literally shine and when they are well kept, they will keep the lustrous appearance. These units are also appealing to technicians due to them being residue free. It tends to be an annoyance to deal with the oil from an oil tempered spring because it can get on clothes and they’ll need to use gloves. Another perk is that these springs are resistant to rust. They can handle high humidity and areas prone to flooding.
Just like the oil tempered springs, the zinc galvanized springs come with disadvantages too. One of those disadvantages is that it requires regular maintenance because the springs lose tensile strength faster than its oil tempered springs counterpart. You’ll need our team to come out and rebalance your door more often or your garage door may not completely open or close. The coils can also produce high pitched squeals that can be annoying to homeowners. That only gets worse as they age.
Which Is Best?
Which one is best will depend on your preferences and your garage door. You can always have one of our technicians to come out to help make the decision. One is affordable but needs regular lubrication while the other is more attractive but needs regular adjustments. It’s up to you to take the information and evaluate how it applies to your garage door needs and preferences.
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Call the team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair for a consultation and advice on all your garage door needs. We specialize in garage door services and are available 24/7 to help you.