Should You “Spring” for a Lifetime Spring for Your Garage?
The real garage door workhorses are the springs, which is surprising since these massive exterior doors have so many moving parts. In fact, you probably don’t think much about your garage door at all—until it crushes your foot or traps you inside when you’re running late to pick up the kids. When a garage door breaks, that’s when you start scrambling for a reputable repair service. However, annual inspections and making sure your springs are in good shape can prevent those urgent calls (and save your foot in the process).
Unfortunately, it’s relatively common for springs to break. They wear out, you’re asking a lot of them and they only last for so long. It’s your job to keep an eye on their “health” and replace them at recommended intervals. Did you know that garage door springs have life cycle rates? They might be a 10,000-rated spring, 50,000 spring or anything in between. Basically, a spring only promises that a door will go up and down so many times before you’re risking a literal “spring break”.
What about Those Lifetime Springs?
Some garage door servicing companies will push for homeowners to go with the more expensive “lifetime springs,” but what does that even mean? According to Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, “When it comes to lifetime guarantees on garage door parts, you need to know what you’re paying for. Find out exactly what the lifetime warranty covers. For example, a warranty on a spring might only be the lifetime of the garage and not the spring itself—most experts say you should pass on the lifetime warranty upsell.”
If it was feasible to create springs that lasted a lifetime, that would probably be the go-to option. However, that’s asking a lot of a very small part. Instead, go with a spring that’s within your budget and schedule a pop-up reminder for regular maintenance checks. It’s not very difficult to gauge how often you use your garage door—keep a schedule for a week and extrapolate that to a per month and per year usage. You’ll figure out easily the ballpark time when the spring should be replaced.
Keeping Costs Low
Replacing springs isn’t the only part of garage door maintenance where frugality can come into play. The same is true of rollers. The average garage door has ten rollers, but most experts agree that you only need to replace the damaged ones. If a servicing company tries to upsell you and convince you to replace them all, get a second opinion. Otherwise, you’re paying to replace nine perfectly good rollers. Be especially wary if a technician recommends replacing them all without even inspecting them.
Garage door maintenance can (and should!) be affordable and shouldn’t include high pressure sales. Go with a local company who has a spotless reputation for the best results—and to put a little extra “spring” in your step!
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