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Broken Springs in Baltimore County MD

Should I Replace My Extension Springs with Torsion Springs?

Given that extension springs are cheaper than torsion springs, you may be wondering why you should even consider getting torsion springs. After all, extension springs have a longer history of use. Obviously they work, so why pay more money for a torsion system? To start, we'll explain why you may want to stay with extension springs:

Extension Springs

These are commonly installed when little head room is available. This is the distance between the top of the door opening to the joists or ceiling. If you currently have extension springs, this may be the reason for them. If your garage door has always operated without difficulties, sticking with extension springs is a good option. However, if you want to switch over to torsion springs, contact a garage door contractor to find out if your garage has sufficient head room.

Torsion Springs

While torsion springs are more expensive than extension springs, they also have important advantages:

  1. More compact. An extension spring system has two springs, one next to each horizontal track that connect to the door via cables. A torsion spring system occupies the head room space above the door. Whether you use one, two, three, or four springs, they will remain confined to the head room space (along the torsion tube). Torsion springs also use fewer parts, which means there are fewer components to break.
  2. Inherently safe. Torsion springs are twisted and exert torque as a result. This makes them inherently safe when they break because the spring simply unwinds about its torsion bar. If there is only one spring, the garage door may drop however. In any case, the spring itself shouldn't cause harm. Extension springs are stretched and exert a force as a result. These stretched springs span some distance and can fly or whip around when broken. Making them safe requires installation of a safety cable through the center of each spring.
  3. Torsion springs are better suited for heavy doors. The available torsion springs can exert the required torque for heavy doors. In addition, multiple springs can be added so that their torques add together for the heaviest of doors. They are easier to balance than extension springs, which is important for proper operation of heavy doors. In addition, torsion springs have higher cycle ratings than extension springs, which means they last longer.

Expert Advice on Broken Springs

When it comes to choosing the right solution for your garage door, it is always best to consult a professional. Our staff here at Bob's has been working with commercial businesses and community residents in Catonsville, Cockeysville, Owings Mills, Perry Hall, Towson and throughout Baltimore County to ensure that they're equipped with the products and solutions that are the best fit for their specific needs.

Our experience in the area has allowed us to extend our reach and provide garage door services throughout neighboring counties. If you're in need of broken spring repair service or advice in New Windsor, Bel-Air, Columbia, Ellicott City and throughout Carroll County or Harford County - we're here to help!

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