The closing and opening mechanics of a garage door depend heavily on springs. Even if the garage opener is in charge of starting and controlling the actions, springs are responsible for opening and closing the garage door. Torsion springs are a vital part of the operation of a garage door, like a cog to a machine.
Torsion springs are metal strips designed in a spiral design, enabling them to produce a torque or rotating force. A torsion spring has ends connected to other parts, and as those parts spin around its center, the spring attempts to force them back into place. Torsion springs are exposed to bending force rather than torsional force, despite what the name implies.
By bending the legs along the body centerline axis, the springs can maintain and release torsional energy or hold a device in place. The market is chock full of different torsion springs brands promising quality, durability, and more. However, how do you choose the right garage door torsion spring?
How to Choose the Right Garage Door Torsion Spring?
Torsion springs for garage doors are not a one-size-fits-all kind of device. This article will aid in recommending the appropriate spring size, safety, sturdiness, and aesthetic to support your garage door. Below are suggestions and factors our staff takes into account:
Consider your garage door measurements.
Obviously, you should take into account the door’s size, the number of cable drums, and the radius of the track before. Your door size will determine the size of torsion spring you should choose. You may have an inappropriately balanced door by selecting torsion springs that can’t handle the weight.
Balanced doors display the following characteristics:
- When closed, remain still on the ground
- Shuts closed and remain firm
- Has no trouble remaining open
Torsion spring measurements
Mismatched springs might wear out the door opener or result in additional issues like an uneven door. When it comes to spring size, you need to be accurate with your measurements; thus, you need to consider the following guidelines.
- Wire size: The length across 10 and 20 of the loops must be measured to the closest 1/8 of an inch in order to establish the wire’s thickness.
- Internal diameter: This measurement will guarantee that the spring can fit in the area and provide enough torque.
- Overall size: The amount of winding a torsion spring can hold depends on its length. In other words, a spring that is too small won’t be capable of raising the door.
Durability and Aesthetics
The correct garage door spring must be chosen for your particular door. There are additional considerations like toughness, purity, and upkeep. Galvanized springs, Oil-tempered, and powder-coated springs are the primary choices.
An oil-tempered spring is the best option to avoid regular maintenance and repairs. Because oil has lubricating properties, they are more durable and quieter than powder-coated or galvanized springs.
Depending on how often it is used, a quality torsion spring should have a lifespan of around 10,000 cycles, or roughly seven years, assuming it is installed, purchased, and maintained correctly. Foshan Gonglian Metal Products Co., Ltd is the place to go for high-quality springs and other metal products.
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