Garage Door Openers

Garage Door Openers

Belt drive garage door openers are strong enough to open the door, yet quiet enough to not disturb anybody with terrible noise in the neighborhood.

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Garage Door Springs

Garage Door Springs

We are trained technicians and experienced in both torsion and extension garage door springs used in Florida for residential application. Our services range from spring adjustment to broken spring replacement

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Garage Door Maintenance

Garage Door Maintenance

If the visual inspection or the safety tests which are an integral part of garage door maintenance reveal any problems, the affected components should be repaired or replaced right away.

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The Quality of Your Springs

11/01/2015 Back To Blog

Both manually operated and automatic overhead garage doors have springs. Everyone knows that these components are important and dangerous to handle without proper technical skills, but few homeowners actually pay attention to their quality. This is certainly a wise thing to do given that sooner or later the spring will break and will have to be replaced with a new one. When this moment comes, you have to be certain that you will get a replacement component of high quality. The Quality of Your Springs

Getting the Best New Garage Door Springs


The first thing to focus on is what material the replacement component is made from. The obvious answer is steel, but there are a lot more details to consider. There are many types of steel and you have to be certain that the part is made from the right one. You should opt for a galvanized spring unless it is oil tempered. In general, oil tempered components are used only with heavy doors that have to be operated many times a day and are not a common option for the average homeowners. In general, it is best for all metal garage door parts to be made from this particular material.

Galvanized steel gets zinc coating during the production process. The coating makes the metal resistant to rust and corrosion. It is pretty reliable unless damaged. To avoid damage, you must not use harsh chemical cleaners for garage door maintenance or for cleaning the floor and walls of the garage.

Once you are certain that the spring is made from galvanized steel, you should check the thickness of the metal wire. The thicker it is the better. Greater thickness results in greater strength and durability, all other things being equal. That is why its importance must never be underestimated. The thickness of the wire which the component is made from is often measured with gauge. Keep in mind that the lower the gauge number is the thicker the wire is and vice versa. 

When it comes to garage door torsion springs, in particular, there is one another major indicator of quality. This is the cycle life. It indicates how many cycles (one opening and one closing) the component can complete before it breaks. Hence, the higher the number is the better. One important thing to note, however, is that the cycle life measure is given for new doors with new hardware. If the rest of the hardware is older, this will leave the spring with more work and it will most likely break sooner.

The new springs of good quality are expected to perform between 10,000 and 15,000 cycles before breaking. In general, if you use the garage door a lot, you should opt for a component with a cycle life close to the higher end of the scale.

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