The garage door springs on your garage door do a lot of heavy lifting. Their job is critical, and having an operational garage door at all times is essential. Upgrading your garage door from a Two-Torsion spring system to a Four-Torsion Spring system can help ensure your garage door is always in service, and that you are not overworking the garage system. Depending on the weight of your garage door, size of your torsion springs and the amount of wear they have already endured, this may be a practical way to extend the life of the entire garage door system.
The torsion springs on your garage door, store mechanical energy that is utilized when you lift the garage door. This is why a 150 pound garage door can be opened with very little effort if installed correctly. The more torsion springs in your garage door system, the more it can hypothetically lift itself. Additionally, multiple springs allow for the tension created by the weight of the garage door, to be spread over a larger amount of metal thus reducing the progressive deterioration of the springs. For example, when only one torsion spring is used, it can apply an uneven force to the brackets and braces that hold it in place above the garage door. When upgrading to two springs, the second spring can balance the horizontal force, effectively eliminating the unnecessary pressure on the braces. Furthermore, in the case that one of your torsion spring breaks, the second will still balance out some of the garage doors weight, making it possible to open.
The primary objective of choosing a torsion spring system is to balance the weight of your garage door perfectly, thereby requiring minimal effort to raise it. For automatic garage doors, having the torsion springs correctly balancing the weight of the door, can extend the life of the garage door opener for years. While there are some general guidelines to consider, the needs of your specific garage door will be best determined by a professional. A one car garage door made of aluminum will normally require a single torsion spring, but the addition of two includes all the benefits listed above. If the garage door is for a two or more car garage, a double torsion spring system is recommended. These guidelines roughly apply for aluminum doors but wooden garage doors will require about twice as many springs for proper operation. Because of the variance in garage door materials, weights, and styles it is always best to have a professional help determine which system will be best.
If you are considering the longevity of your garage door system, the torsion springs should be your first thought. There is no reason to wait, until your garage door springs break and you are unable to open your garage door, to upgrade to a stronger system. At One Clear Choice garage doors, we have the knowledge and experience to help you find a spring torsion system that suits your garage needs. Call 303.565.6409 today and we can get you started with a free estimate.