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Posted by: admin on November 3, 2014
While you may not consider yourself a garage door expert (or aspire to become one!), chances are you’ve noticed the big, impressive-looking springs in either your or a neighbour’s garage and wondered what they did and how they worked.

Well, now’s your chance to learn the basics, which could help you make a smart garage door purchase – and impress your neighbours with your garage door spring knowledge, which is almost as important (and fun, too!).

What are Garage Door Springs?

Garage door springs function as counterweights to offset the heaviness of a garage door, and therefore make it easy – and safe – for it to open and close. Generally, there are two types of garage door springs: tension springs and extension springs.

Tension Springs

Tension springs connect to a metal shaft, and balance the weight of the garage door by applying torque. As the garage door opens, the tension spring (which is secured to the bottom of the garage door) begins to unwind. And as you’d expect, when the garage door opens, the tension spring begins to wind. As noted above, this is all part of a system to reliably and safely counterbalance the weight of the door – which can weigh hundreds of pounds.

Extension Springs

Extension springs are typically mounted to both sides of a garage door, or sometimes overhead (in the horizontal tracks). Just as with a tension spring, as the garage door opens the extension spring winds to counterbalance the garage door, and unwinds when it closes. While lighter doors only need two extension springs, commercial garage doors — and some heavier residential garage doors — may need several springs installed.

Inspecting Your Garage Door Springs

Garage door springs are a major component of a garage door system, and any defects caused by faulty installation, faulty equipment or simple “wear and tear” can do more than lead to a costly repair or replacement bill — it can cause injury to people and pets.

To make sure you’re safe and secure, on a monthly basis perform a visual inspection of your garage door springs (either tension or extension), and make a note if there appears to be any obvious defects, such as loose mounting hardware. Also keep an ear open for any usual sounds, such as creaking or grinding.

Have Your Garage Door Professionally Examined

Your best advice is to have your garage door – and all of its components, including but not limited to the garage door spring – examined once a year by a professional. This preventative maintenance approach will give you the peace of mind you need to know that your family (and your budget!) are secure.

Call Us Today – We’re Here to Help!

At Atlas Overhead Doors, our trained and friendly garage door specialists have years of experience, and a renowned reputation across the GTA for honesty and integrity. We’ll neverrecommend that you spend a cent on anything unnecessary, and when we do advise you to authorize a repair or replacement, we’ll clearly explain why we think it’s in your best interest – and then we’ll let you make the final decision with absolutely no pressure. We don’t simply serve customers, we build relationships: one garage door at a time!

Give us a call today – we’re here to help!

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