When you’re shopping for a garage door and learning about the warranty, you’re likely to wonder about how long the door will last.
The truth is, when we talk about how long your garage door will last, we’re really talking about the parts of your garage door system. The door itself, especially if it’s made of steel, could last for decades without looking much worse. Your automatic garage door opener could work problem-free for 15 years or more. However, the moving parts that allow you to use that door will likely have much shorter lifespans than that.
The part most people are particularly concerned about is the lifespan of their garage door spring.
How Long Does a Garage Door Spring Last?
The lifespan of a garage door spring depends on several factors, including:
- The type of spring
- The quality of the design
- The frequency of use
Most garage door torsion springs have a design to last 10,000 or 20,000 cycles, while extension springs usually should have 5000 to 10,000 cycles in them. A garage door cycle is one sequence of opening and closing the door.
How long your garage door springs will last with respect to time, then, is a function of how often you use your garage door. Most people usually go through two cycles a day — when they leave for work in the morning and when they come home at night, with maybe a few extra cycles throughout the week. However, those who take their vehicles in and out of the garage more often, or use the garage for other purposes, can expect a shorter garage door spring lifespan.
As a guideline, if your springs have a 10,000-cycle lifetime, you will probably need to replace them in:
- Two Cycles a Day: 14 years
- Four Cycles a Day: 7 years
- Six Cycles a Day: 5 years
- Eight Cycles a Day: 3 years
Causes of Premature Aging
The numbers above hold under the best of circumstances — but things don’t always go the way we hope they do. There are many circumstances that could cause your garage door springs to age prematurely. The main factor that accelerates wear on your garage door springs is harsh weather.
Garage door springs are made of metal, and when metal gets wet, it rusts. Rust, as you might guess, is not good for the lifespan of a garage door spring. The more moisture that accumulates on your springs, the faster you can expect them to wear down, so it’s important to keep your garage door springs as dry and rust-free as possible.
Winter presents another problem for your garage door springs, which is the cold. As it gets colder, the metal in your springs can contract and become weaker. If your springs are older, a very chilly night could cause them to snap. After a particularly cold night, you may want to delay opening your garage door — or even bring a space heater into the garage to help it warm up before using your door — to protect your garage door springs. Investing in an insulated garage door can also help with this.
How to Extend the Life of Your Spring (Garage Door Maintenance)
If you want your garage door and your springs to last as long as possible, good maintenance is key. When you call Liberty Door and Awning in New Jersey for annual or more frequent maintenance, we’ll inspect your door and do all we can to make sure it stays in good working order. This includes:
- Lubricating the springs and other moving parts
- Making sure the sensor eyes are clean and properly aligned
- Checking your garage door springs and other garage door parts for wear
In addition to helping your garage door last longer, regular maintenance is an effective way to identify when it’s time to replace your garage door springs before they snap. Without it, the only way you may know you need a new spring is when it breaks.
If your spring breaks suddenly, or if both break at the same time, it can be startling and dangerous. Furthermore, it probably means your garage door won’t work correctly, which could be inconvenient if it snaps when you’re about to leave for work or are trying to get inside after a long day.
If you own a garage in New Jersey and can’t remember the last time you had quality garage door maintenance, now is the time. Contact Liberty Door & Awning for skilled garage door maintenance from highly-trained, experienced professionals today.