Because housing and building architecture changes over time and by region, there is no one universal garage door spring type. And even if you have identified the correct garage door spring type for your door, the spring’s length, wire gauge, inner diameter, and connection type will vary based on the weight of the door (among other variables). But do not worry! We are here to help you accurately identify and replace your broken garage door spring. We offer three common types of residential replacement garage door springs including extension garage door springs, torsion garage door springs, and one piece garage door extension springs.
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The most common type of garage door spring installed in the Eastern United States is the extension spring. These are installed on lighter doors in pairs, one on each side of the door, perpendicular to the door itself. These springs simply “extend” when the door is shut so there is a potential energy until the door is opened by hand or by an opener. The springs then aid in the lifting of the door as they compress back to their naturally shorter length when the door is in the fully open position.
Over the past 40 to 50 years, the most common type of spring installed on new garage door builds is the torsion spring. This type of spring is more common for heavier door installations (taller, insulated, windowed, wooden, etc. garage doors.). Torsion springs are usually installed in pairs, centered parallel above the garage door. The springs then twist in opposite directions and spin the bar they are mounted on, causing the lift cables on each side of the door to lift the door in conjunction with the door opener.
One-piece garage doors are solid (typically wood) garage doors that "tilt up," instead of folding into sections. These doors are popular in regions / scenarios (California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, etc.) that cannot have basements and thus homeowners take advantage of the extra storage space in the garage by creating extra headroom with this type of garage door. This kind of door requires a special type of hinging lift hardware and extension springs that are mounted to the door jamb itself.