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Tension Springs and Flip-Up Garage Doors
Are you the type of person who takes your home for granted? Most of us do. It's easy, after all, to take things like hot water, working electricity and great plumbing for granted. That is, however, until the item stops working. Then you're left to try to figure out how to fix the problem, or call in an expensive expert to your home. One thing that most of us take for granted is garage doors. We never think about how much work the garage door does. We simply open and close it during the day as often as necessary, stopping only to think about the garage door when it suddenly won't open. Garage doors are important to keep up, and when one breaks, they can be expensive to fix.
Many garage doors, however, can be fixed inexpensively by a homeowner, as long as they have a few tools and a bit of patience. The first thing that goes wrong on most garage doors is the springs. See, it is the springs that allow us to be able to lift the heavy garage door using just a slight bit of force. The springs do most of the work, recoiling and pulling the garage door up. That's why, if you have a garage door opener, it doesn't have much horsepower to it, as it doesn't take much to lift a garage door thanks to the invaluable spring.
Older style garages, called flip-up garage doors, use the springs to help flip up the garage door. If you do not use springs, you will find that it takes a huge amount of force and strength to get the garage door to open up and that closing it can be a very dangerous thing to do as well. When you're dealing with flip-up garage doors, which are sometimes called one piece garage doors, you need to have the weight properly counterbalanced with springs. Once you have this work taken care of properly, you can lift the garage door with one hand easily.
Some believe that if your home has a one piece garage door, you cannot ever get a garage door opener. This, however, is untrue. A garage door opener works with the tension springs to lift the garage door for you, and it is absolutely possible to get one rigged up to open your garage door. Changing the tension springs that break, however, can be a bit more difficult, as they have to be properly balanced in order to get the garage door to open properly. Here's a good rule of thumb: if you can lift the garage door easily, you've put the springs on correctly. If you can't, they're likely not hooked up correctly and you may need some help to get the tension springs adjusted properly.
Adding a flip-up garage door to your home is perfect for older homes, especially if you're trying to get an authentic look to the garage door. Just remember that the tension springs need to be perfectly adjusted in order to make the garage door work well. It is always best to trust a qualified professional to install and adjust any garage door or garage door springs.
Alex Schmidt works for Houston's Choice Overhead Door Co. HoustonGarageDoor.comhas become the number one choice for Houston's garage door needs. We specialize in repairs of existing and sales of new garage doors and garage door openers!