Garage door springs are among the most important parts of the entire door. Without the proper functioning springs, the door will not open. The springs offset the weight of the door using the energy they have accumulated and lift up the door. As such, they are critical with regard to the safety and propering function of a garage door.
Types of Garage Door Springs
You may find two types of garage door springs on your door.
- Torsion springs
These are the most commonly used types of springs. They are suitable on doors that open in sections and they are above the garage door. They function by twisting around the torsion shaft to lift or lower the door, and have a ‘life expectancy’ of 6-7 years.
- Extension springs
These are less common and best on the doors that tilt upwards rather than moving in sections. They are lightweight springs that lift doors by stretching. These springs are located above the upper tracks on both sides of the door. They also have a span of 6 years.
Garage Door Spring Replacement Costs
Now that you know what kind of spring you have, you can figure out how to cut down on the costs of replacement.
The first and most apparent thing to do is to avoid frequent replacements through regular garage door repair and maintenance of the springs. Ensure that the professionals within Seattle check them out every year or every season to make sure they are in proper working condition.
The other thing you can do is to get the right spring according to the weight and size of your door. This will ensure that your spring lasts longer and that you will get your money’s worth of service from the door.
Replacing the broken garage door springs is a job for the professionals so you should get one to do it for you. You could use the same company that did the door installation. You can ask for a discount (based on loyalty and all that) or you could take advantage of the warranty if your springs came with them, to avoid paying for both the parts and the labor.