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Garage Door Repair in Austin What You Need to Know About Your Garage Door Springs

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Living in the Austin area come with a great deal of benefits, and though not many know, a great deal of options when it comes to garage doors.  For those at a stage where they are looking at garage doors and all the many decisions that come with that, Chameleon Overhead Doors is ready to help. They’re local to the Austin area and have been working with garage doors for many years.  They’re willing to help you make choices based on the kind of home you have and the kind of life you’re living.  Part of those decisions is what kind of spring you’d like to have on your door.

Garage doors are made to open and close often, and between decisions about what method will do the opening and closing, few people take the time to think about the spring in the door.  Luckily, there are two very common kinds of springs used in most garage doors.

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  • Extension Springs – This is the most common kind of spring used in garage doors across the country, and especially in the Austin area.  It is made up of a spring that unloads to open the door, using force provided by either by hand or by a motor.  Most of these springs also have a safety cable that holds it safely in place in case of a malfunction, so that it doesn’t become a projectile and hurt someone by accident.  The benefits of using this spring are that they’re widely available and very common, thus cost less than other options.  However, the downside of using an extension spring is that the parts are very exposed, and so it makes them more dangerous to use.  When installing these springs, you must make sure to always have a safety cable also installed.
  • Torsion Springs – These springs work by using torque to open and close the doors.  They slowly coil around their shaft whenever force is applied.  This is a less common spring in garage doors, but one benefit of using this type is that these springs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and so can be fit into virtually any kind of door.  This kind of flexibility is very valuable for most homeowners, especially when other kind of technology is changing too quickly to keep up with.

Chameleon Overhead Doors is ready to serve the Austin area when it comes to all their garage door needs.  Even if you’re not sure which kind if spring would best suit your needs, they’ve got the expertise to help you make the best decision.  Call them for a free consultation and they’ll come look at your garage door and home, and let you know which parts and which path would best suit what you need.  There’s no problem too big or too small for them to help with—when it comes to garage doors, there’s no one better.