Though few realize it, springs are one of the most essential parts of your home. These springs are needed every time the garage door is put to use. Only to alert you of their importance and making you consider what went wrong is when the springs are no longer operational. You should keep an eye on how your system is operating a malfunctioning garage door can pose serious safety hazards. You could start to ponder how these springs operate in moments when your garage door ceases to work as well as what type of springs you have and what you can do to fix them. Today, we at AAA Action Doors would like to discuss Torsion Springs VS Extension Springs.
Basic Function of Garage Door Springs
Vital parts of any homeowner’s daily life, at least those that use the garage door daily, are garage door springs. You would need superhuman strength just to lift that 150-pound door up over your head, otherwise, without the springs you wouldn’t be able to open your garage door. With a mix of mechanisms and forces that work to overcome gravity, garage springs make lifting that door possible. It is important to be able to differentiate between the types and know which one you have in your home since there are different types of garage springs.
Types of Garage Doors Springs
Torsion springs and extensions springs are the two types of garage springs. It can be challenging to stare up at your garage door and try to differentiate the two if you’re unfamiliar with garage springs. However, can be fairly easy to spot the differences if you have access to the right information.
Difference Between Torsion & Extension Springs
In categories like appearance, location, uses and performance, you can generally split the differences between torsion springs and extension. To help you identify what went wrong and tell you whether the spring is suitable for your garage, knowing each individual difference can contribute.
Location & Appearance. They do have a distinct difference in appearance, and you can generally tell which is which by looking at them. They are more visible than torsion springs and extension springs are usually placed on either side of one garage door. You will see the springs compress when the garage door closes and extend when it opens again if you watch closely. In contrast, torsion springs only have one piece directly above your garage door. Since these springs are usually covered and protected, you won’t see much movement in torsion springs while the garage opens. You would find even more differences in appearance if you took each spring apart from the mechanism as well. Torsion springs end in pieces called cones, whereas extensions springs end in loops, the very end of each spring has marked differences.
Performance & Uses. Between extensions springs and torsion springs, aside from performance, the main difference between them is how they actually operate. while extension springs use the build-up of energy in their springs to lift the garage door, and torsion springs use torque, as their names imply.