Choosing the Right Torsion Springs05/30/2016 Back To Blog
Galvanized vs. Oil Tempered Springs
There are many important things you need to take into account when you plan new garage door installation. One of them is choosing the right springs. Most residential doors use one or two torsion springs. The first thing which you need to decide on is the right type of torsion spring for you. The galvanized components are the most widely used. They are made from galvanized steel wire. It has received zinc coating during a process called galvanization and this coating works to provide protection from rust and corrosion. This type of component requires regular lubrication maintenance. The oil tempered spring, on the other hand, is made from steel wire dipped in hot oil during manufacturing. The oil helps to reduce the friction between the coils, but can leave a thin layer of residue on the door. The oil tempered components are preferred for heavier doors which are used many times during the day.
Major Torsion Spring Specs
The lift is the most important factor for selecting a spring of this type. It shows how much force it can store and apply for the lifting of the door. The choice of lift depends on the size and weight of the unit. Keep in mind that there are three measures determining the lift. These include the length of the spring, its inside diameter and its wire size. You must check the estimated useful life of the part as well. It is measured in cycles with one cycle including one opening and one closing of the door. The greater the estimated cycle life is the better.