You probably haven’t give the torsion springs that allow your garage door to lift up and down much thought. Perhaps that is, until you had an issue with them. You may not even realize that there are different options when it comes to the torsion springs on your garage door. Choosing between oil tempered and zinc galvanized torsion springs is a long standing debate, and Quality Garage Door Repair is here to shed some light on what the differences between the two are so you can make an educated decision when it comes time to choose torsion springs for your garage door.
Similarities Between Oil Tempered & Zinc Galvanized Torsion Springs
Oil tempered torsion springs and zinc galvanized torsion springs are made of the same material. They are both made from high carbon steel that is made to be a specific diameter around. They both work to open and close your garage door, but there are key differences between the two.
Oil Tempered Garage Door Torsion Springs
Most garage doors have oil tempered torsion springs on their garage door, because they have been around for years. When these springs are made, they are put through an oil tempering process which involves heating the spring to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit then quickly cooled by dipping it in oil and heating it all over again. While these springs are incredibly sturdy and do the job well, they tend to rust rather quickly which ends up causing a certain amount of problems. The rusting also is unsightly which matters to many homeowners.
Zinc Galvanized Garage Door Torsion Springs
In the early 90s, homeowners found that they wanted to try adding grease to the torsion springs to help with rusting issues and found nothing more than a huge mess. That’s where galvanized springs came into play. These springs are made with the process of adding zinc to the springs before the springs are stretched. Galvanized torsion springs don’t have the rusting issue that oil tempered springs have which homeowners like. They look much neater when installed in your garage door and that is important to many. Homeowners will find that galvanized torsion springs don’t have the longevity that oil tempered springs have though. They can also make an aggravating noise over time as well.
Durability and Extended Life Cycle Goes to Oil Tempered Torsion Springs
If you are looking for the most durable option, oil tempered springs win. They have now been designed with a coating that can also assist in keeping them rust free and make the more pleasing to the eye as well.
Garage Door Inspections, Tune Ups, Maintenance, Installation, Replacement & Emergency Repairs in Las Vegas, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
One thing to remember when it comes to torsion springs and your garage door, is the danger in working on them without the proper training. There is real danger for those that try to repair or replace torsion springs on their own. This job is better left to the professionals at Quality Garage Door Repair to ensure the job is done right and more importantly; safely. Call us today!