Torsion Spring VS Extension Spring08/27/2013 Back To Blog
The spring is one of the most important parts needed for garage doors to operate. This is because the spring produces and takes in all the tension when opening and closing such heavy piece of equipment. They are installed, maintained and operate differently so it is important to know their differences, advantages and weaknesses so not to interchange the two.
If you are to ask about popularity, then it is torsion spring over the extension spring. Modern homes nowadays find torsion springs more effective and efficient as they only take up little space, suitable for those who have small houses. They are also very quiet when they operate which means not waking up any sleeping family member when you arrive home. These springs are also the better option to those who have double wide doors because they lift in such a way that your garage doors would not shake from side to side.
However, torsion springs are not really that affordable. They are more expensive that the other type in all aspects including other parts and the installation costs. Garage door torsion spring repair should also be done by an expert as torsion springs should not be dealt with by inexperienced homeowners.
The other type of springs used in garage doors is the extensions springs. Although they are not as popular as torsion springs, these springs are cheaper and can easily be installed, fit for those who are in a tight budget. There are cases in which they cannot be used to support for wider garage doors, but there are instances where garage door extension springs are the only solution replacing torsion springs.
Another drawback of extension springs is that they require two setups, one at each side of the garage door. With that, they have the tendency to take up much more space than torsion springs. They also have the tendency to look unpleasant in the eyes.