If you own a garage door you’re probably aware that springs are an important part of the door mechanism. Even doors that are opened and closed manually use springs. Since garage doors typically weigh hundreds of pounds opening them without the aid of springs would be a practical impossibility for most people and would also be beyond the capabilities of the automatic garage door opener. So, how do they do it? By “charging” while the door is closing and then releasing the energy they’ve stored to lift the door when you want to open it.
Everything You Want to Know About Garage Door Springs in Northglenn and Broomfield
Before we get into the color coding you’ll find on garage door springs let’s look a bit closer at the springs themselves. There are 2 types of springs used on garage doors. Torsion springs and extension springs. Here’s the difference:
- Torsion springs store energy by coiling tightly as the door as the door closes. When the door is closed and at rest the torsion spring stores enormous amounts of energy and when you want the door to open the spring helps by uncoiling and releasing that energy. Torsion springs sit against the wall over the garage door. You should never try to install or repair a torsion spring yourself as people have died trying. Instead you should call the best garage door service in Broomfield and Northglenn: A Better Garage Door.
- Extension springs run parallel to the tracks of the door and are typically situated between the tracks and the garage ceiling. Extension springs store energy by extending while the door is closing and then releasing the stored energy while the door is opening. When extension springs snap they can go flying off in every direction and woe be unto you if you’re in the way.
About The Spring Color Coding System: Extension Springs
Now that we know a little more about garage door springs on Broomfield homes let’s have a look at that often confusing color code that comes with them. When it comes to extension springs the purpose of the color coding system is to help the company performing your garage door service determine the lifting power of the springs. This is important because different doors weigh different amounts and you want springs with the appropriate lifting power for your particular door. The color/lifting power correlations are as follows:
- Tan = 100 pounds
- White = 110 pounds
- Green = 120 pounds
- Yellow = 130 pounds
- Blue = 140 pounds
- Red = 150 pounds
- Brown = 160 pounds
- Orange = 170 pounds
- Gold = 180 pounds
- Light blue = 190 pounds
At this point the color sequence repeats so that 200 is designated by tan, 210 is designate by white, 220 is designated by green and so on. Garage door springs that you’ll get at the big box are often made of inferior grade cheap foreign steel and are prone to snapping before their time. To be sure you get the best quality springs available talk to the pros at A Better Garage Door.
About The Spring Color Coding System: Torsion Springs
When it comes to torsion springs the color coding works a bit differently. The color code on a torsion spring indicates whether it is a “right wind” or “left wind” spring, with black indicating right wind and red indicating left wind. Beyond that the torsion spring is color coded so that technicians can determine the thickness, or gauge, of the wire. In this way the technician repairing or replacing the spring can quickly determine what gauge it is without having to measure it. (The number of different gauges is too extensive to list here.) Torsion springs also have a straight line going across the spring that helps technicians determine the state of the spring. This line will distort in a geometric way as the spring is “charged”. This geometric distortion can be read by the technician and help him determine how tightly wound the spring is at any given time.
The Final Word
The purpose of the color coding system then is to help in the proper identification of the spring for the purposes of repair or replacement. It has no bearing on the way you experience the garage door and it isn’t an important message that you need to know about. It’s purpose is strictly technical, intended to aid the company performing your garage door service in Northglenn when it comes time for them to do their job. The system was devised by the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) and though cryptic in nature, it fulfills an important purpose.
For the highest quality garage door installation and repair services in the Broomfield, Northglenn region call A Better Garage Door. We offer a full range of garage door services including 24/7 emergency services so give us a call. We’re here when you need us.