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All You Need To Know About Garage Door Springs 

A garage door comprises different parts that work together, enabling it to open and close effortlessly. Aside from cables, hinges, and openers, garage door springs also play a significant role in your door’s functionality. They make your garage door easy to open and close by offsetting the door’s weight.

Understanding the different kinds of door springs available in the market will give you an upper hand when making maintenance, repair, and installation decisions.

Which are the main types of garage door springs?
Garage door springs fall into either torsion springs or extension springs.

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Torsion Springs

Torsion springs work as a counterbalance system. The springs are wound when the garage door is closed and unwind when the door opens.

Most garage door service providers use torsion springs whenever they make new installations.

They are much more popular than extension springs for several reasons;

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They are durable:
Their sturdiness makes them a worthwhile investment. You can use torsion springs for up to 100,000 cycles or higher depending on the length of the spring. However, the spring needs to match the weight of the garage door. It will take some time before you start thinking about replacements.

Torsion springs do not extend as much as other types of springs:
They turn as the garage door operates.

You can control the motion of your garage door with torsion springs:
The springs allow for a steady movement while you open and close your garage door. The main benefit of this function is that your garage door will have proper balance. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about your garage door moving at uncontrollable speeds.

They are easy to maintain:
Torsion springs can be easily lubricated. They also don’t have a lot of parts compared to extension springs.

Overhead door operators incur less wear:
With torsion springs, overhead door operators do not need as much power to function. They will also work correctly without going through unnecessary wear. Homeowners experience fewer problems with their overhead operators, and the performance is even better, not to mention long-lasting as well.

Although you should keep in mind that the overhead operator will only incur less wear when the garage door is balanced, to check if your door is balanced, disengage it from the opener, bring it halfway up, and then let go. If the door falls or goes up, then it is not balanced.

Torsion springs are less dangerous when they break:

Torsion springs don’t fly off when they break. The springs stay on the torsion tube, even though they may produce a loud bang. They are a much safer option in such scenarios.

Even though the springs are durable, they can still be affected by rust and temperature changes. However, Titan Garage Doors are always available for any repair, maintenance, and emergency services that you may need. You can rest assured that you won’t get stranded in case you face any garage door spring problems.

Wayne Dalton came up with the Torquemaster system. The counterbalance system contains the springs inside a torque tube.
The advantages of this system are:
the tube keeps the springs clean and minimizes their exposure.
And requires noticeably less headroom clearance
Cheaper option when installing a new door

The disadvantages are
Spring failure can go undetected until damage to the opener or door caused by excessive force used to operate the garage door
Pricey to repair or replace
Not as sturdy/durable (Plastic drums, higher gauge cables smaller springs)
Usually paired with cheap thin “paperback” garage doors (Wayne Dalton 9100)
Harder to get parts(pricy comparing to extension and torsion systems)

At Titan Garage Doors, we always recommend a shaft conversion to torsion, which is the most common, durable, superior system.

Extension Springs

Extension springs were initially the go-to option in most residential construction projects. They don’t require much headroom since they are mounted on both sides of the garage door. Nevertheless, you can still get low headroom options with torsion springs.

The springs also cost less than torsion springs, which is one of the reasons why they were commonly used. However, extension springs consist of more exposed parts, making them more dangerous.

Other reasons why extension springs are becoming obsolete;extension spring Vancouver

The springs are not as durable as torsion springs since they only last up to 10,000 cycles.
Extension springs have more parts, such as pulleys and longer cable clips. The extra parts make them easily prone to wear and tear.
They can’t handle as much weight as torsion springs.
Overhead door operators with extension springs require more power to function.
They result in a jerking motion, making the garage door uncontrollable to a certain extent.
One side of the extension spring can wear faster than the other resulting in an uneven pull. When it comes to torsion springs, all the force comes from the torsion tube. You are unlikely going to face the same kind of problem with torsion springs.
The springs may cause your garage door to end up out of alignment.

Homeowners with extension springs may need their garage doors adjusted at some point. Failure to do so might lead to the door getting damaged. The garage door will also be subjected to excessive wear in such scenarios.

How to replace garage door springs

  • Unwind the spring or springs if you have two springs or more.
  • Remove from the center bearing plate.
  • Remove the cable drums.
  • Remove the old springs.
  • Put the new springs.
  • Re-attach the new springs to the center bearing plate. Make sure there is a bearing or a bushing.
  • Reinstall the drums.
  • Reinstall the cables
  • Wind the springs (put the right amount of tension for a balanced door.)

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Replacing garage door springs might seem as easy as the steps mentioned above. However, it is not an activity that homeowners should take on casually. The risks involved in the process can even result in death or long-term injuries. For instance, extension springs are known for flying off at times, through car windshields, and garage doors as well. Both springs pose some level of threat that you could easily avoid.

If you ever incur problems with your garage door springs, the safest option is to contact experts such as Titan Garage Doors Winnipeg and have proper tools, and skilled technicians tend to your garage door needs.

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Reviews For Titan Garage Doors Coquitlam

Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
04:41 09 Feb 20
My old garage door opener failed on Saturday afternoon. I called Titan Garage Doors in Coquitlam and was amazed to... learn that they could have someone available to look at it that day. Technician Adam was at my door shortly after 6:00 pm. An hour and a half later, I had a brand new opener installed, the spring rebalanced, and door joints lubricated. I was very pleased with the prompt and professional service. Titan will be my “go to” for all of my garage door needs going more
Simon Hardy-Francis
Simon Hardy-Francis
02:08 17 Jan 20
One of our two, relatively new, garage door springs broke after about 5 years. So googled and found Titan Garage Doors... to fix it. They turned up same day within 1.5 hours to fix it. Alex, the technician was a super nice and super skillful guy, and it was obvious he had done the job countless times. He had to work in cramped conditions because the cars were struck in the garage, but he did a great job. The final price for two new springs was C$420 including tax. I'm only taking a star off because the person on the phone initially -- not Alex -- said a different price range; $150 to $250 ish. They must replace pairs of springs all day long... so why not just quote the real prices charged over the phone? Summary: Loved Alex. Hated the phone person in more
Chris M
Chris M
20:37 31 Dec 19
Needed a new spring replacement. I was able to make an appointment same day and the technician was excellent. Great... customer service and stayed true to their estimate that was quoted over the phone. I would use them more
Kevin S
Kevin S
23:07 28 Dec 19
My garage door spring snapped. Called these guys first thing in the morning. When the mechanic arrived 30 minutes... later, I was anticipating getting ridiculous quote like those locksmith scam (paid $260 for 1 minute of job because locksmith knows you are desperate about getting locked out). Later I realized garage door repair isn’t the same as locksmith. I was given a reasonable quote for one hour of labour and it includes the price of the spring. After the mechanic got the door fixed, I was able to pay by credit card and was given a receipt. And on top of that, there is warranty for their repair work. I hope I don’t have to called them any time soon, but if I have to I will. Highly more
David Ronald
David Ronald
20:21 14 Dec 19
Customer service phone response was excellent. Service tech , Alex, arrived promptly, surveyed the issue, provided... options , made adjustments and debriefed very professionally. Management of payment was fast and fair. This was an overall excellent more
Rob C
Rob C
02:54 11 Dec 19
Very prompt service. The technician, Eli, was pleasant, courteous and professional. He assessed the problem that we... were having with our garage door opener, opened the unit up and showed me the parts that had failed. Upon my approval of his price quotation, he went to work replacing the defective/failed part which I was pleased to find out that he carried in his vehicle.Very happy with the experience and highly recommend this technician and the more
Bebe Z
Bebe Z
04:37 10 Dec 19
We're very happy with the service. Dan did a great job fixing our garage door. He also updated all rollers and... installed door seals on the sides and top. Would recommend to anyone who needs their garage door fixed or more
Patrick Wright
Patrick Wright
01:49 26 Nov 19
I would NOT recommend this company!We called Titan to come and do a service, maintenance and any necessary repair on... our garage door. The technician showed up, spent maybe 10 minutes at our place, balanced the door, took his $120 bucks and basically that was it. We asked if there was anything else that needed to be done and we were told no.Our installer arrived the next day and we were told that some of the rollers and hinges would need to be replaced prior to the installation of our new garage door opener. We were not told by Titan that any of this needed to be done.Titan returned the next day to give us a quote for the rollers and hinges... They quoted $40 dollars for each hinge, and $15 per roller. We have 12 hinges/rollers! At this rate, we'd be better off buying a whole new door!We had another company come in and replace only what was broken for a fraction of the cost and they did an amazing jobI would not recommend this company, unless you have money to burn and want to overspend!read more
Rennie Durgapershad
Rennie Durgapershad
22:48 02 Nov 19
This was great and most expeditious service. The installer Adam was great and knowledgeable. Impressed with speed of... the service!read more
Chris Adamson
Chris Adamson
18:16 18 Oct 19
I am very happy with the service. Adam from Titan Doors did a great job fixing my garage door. He found the problem... right away (broken spring) and replaced the part quickly which he already had with him. Arrived within half an hour of me calling at 9 in the morning and fixed it all before 11am! Garage opens smoother and quieter than it did before! Thank you!!read more
Keni Casti
Keni Casti
23:38 01 Oct 19
We had Mario respond fast, (within the hour) he was very professional and friendly. He did excellent work and explained... step by step everything that was repaired. Excellent all more
Frances Jans
Frances Jans
18:38 29 Aug 19
Convenient, called last night with a garage door issue, made an appointment for between 8-9am the next morning. Kim and... his team showed promptly within the time frame given, and completed within the hour. I would recommend this more
Sarabjit Sehmi
Sarabjit Sehmi
01:15 29 Aug 19
Excellent service provided today along with the parts supplied. Best people to deal with regarding the repairs of any... garage doors requirements. Called them in an hour and were at my house within the specified time. Recommend this company for any repair more
Flora Lai
Flora Lai
20:45 26 Aug 19
These guys are great. They worked hard. Polite and nice. It is a good job.
Farid Jamal
Farid Jamal
21:11 04 Jul 19
These guys were great for speed and quality of service . They came in the first part of time window provided, reviewed... the work, provided a quote, which was just as well, as the their dispatcher had provided much lower quotes, I was happy with the quote and recommendations and they proceeded with the job. They were efficient, courteous and clean.. I would not only use them again, but also highly recommend more
Sonia Workman
Sonia Workman
23:11 02 Jul 19
Garage door busted today and Kim was here within an hour and even called to let me know he was running a bit late so I... was waiting around. Was fast, efficient and thorough! Even fixed something else that I didn't notice. Would definitely recommend Kim and his services to anyone that needs any sort of garage door repair!!!!read more
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