The overhead door spring is the central part of the lifting mechanism of an overhead garage door. Its task is to raise the gate so that the garage owner does not make any effort.
Neither the automation nor the manual drive raises the garage door, but operate it. The garage door is hung on overhead door springs. Thanks to this, they remain in the position where you left them. You can open the opening halfway and release the canvas. Properly tuned or matched springs by Supreme Garage Door specialists should keep it where you left it. In principle, the spring for the gate can be of two types.
Tension Garage Door Springs
Doors with tension overhead door springs have been successfully manufactured for a long time. There are two spring blocks installed in vertical guides. When lifting (and lowering) the block tends to stretch along and facilitate the movement of the garage door.
But it must be taken into account that it is impossible to install a wicket for overhead doors with a tension overhead door spring and the curtain will be flush with the panel when opening.
The tension overhead door springs are not serviceable and not repairable – only replacement is possible. The main advantage of such gates is their low cost. The disadvantages include:
- Short service life
- Failure quickly. Especially in openings where the gates are opened more often 2 times a day.
- Cannot be repaired.
- More effort is required to open the gate than with a gate with torsion overhead door springs.
Torsion Garage Door Springs
The torsion overhead door springs are reliable. Because they raise the gate not by stretching, but by twisting, wrapping around a shaft mounted on brackets. For perfect work, they need to be stretched once a year, but it is not difficult to do it yourself. Otherwise, Supreme Garage Door in Texas is there for such tasks.
It is generally accepted that doors with such springs are more expensive, but here the customer is sure to pay only for quality. The slightly higher cost is offset by such advantages as:
- The tension of the torsion overhead door springs allows the door to be opened with only a little effort.
- The design will last for decades.
- Torsion bars are used in both residential and industrial gates.
In a word, since torsion overhead door springs are classic and serious, consider them from the user’s point of view.
For household, garage doors, torsion overhead door springs are not a necessity, but convenience and luxury. The tension overhead door spring makes the residential garage door cheaper and easier to install and time to install. There is no need to adjust the torsion spring, which means that such a gate will be installed faster. In addition, the tension spring mechanism takes up much less space.
Special Features to Enhance Garage Operations
The lifting force of a door with torsion bars is due to the tension of the overhead door springs. When the gate shield starts to open, it is set in motion by the owner’s hand or by an electric motor, a cable that is wound on a drum drives a shaft with the overhead door spring. Its other end is rigidly fixed to the bracket. Although the torsion mechanism can lift gigantic gates, it weakens once a year or six months. Therefore, you have to tighten the mechanism by inserting a piece of reinforcement or a screwdriver into the coupling.
Better Replacement Services Made Available
Suppose there was such a nuisance: once the overhead door springs break on an overhead door that has long served you faithfully. At the same time, the canvas does not move from its place, and a car is locked inside the garage, but which urgently needs to go somewhere. Of course, you can try to raise the shield manually, or with a drive, but the problem will not go anywhere. In this case, there is a simple way out. You need to take a stepladder and measure the following spring sizes and visit Supreme Garage Door technicians in Texas.
- Inner diameter (inner only, bar to bar)
- Bar thickness. In the absence of a caliper, installers usually fold 10 bars in a row, measure them with a ruler, and divide the resulting number in millimeters by 10.
- To do this, the entire spring is compressed and measured with a tape measure. If this is problematic, then you can count the number of turns and multiply by the thickness of the bar.
- Winding side. It doesn’t matter if the spring is on the right or left, it can be twisted both clockwise and counterclockwise.
By presenting to the technician, the dimensions of the spring – for example, diameter 95, bar thickness 8.5, spring length 1080, left winding – you will save him from having to go to your object for measurement.