Extension Springs

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    Overview of Extension Springs

    Extension springs play a vital role in the operation of many garage doors, providing the necessary tension to lift and lower the door efficiently. At Jim Beam's Garage Doors, we specialize in the installation, repair, and maintenance of extension springs.

    However, while extension springs are effective, we often recommend converting to torsion springs for enhanced safety and performance. Here’s a comprehensive look at extension springs and why upgrading to torsion springs might be the better option.

    What Are Extension Springs?

    Extension springs are long, coiled springs mounted on either side of the garage door track. They stretch and contract to counterbalance the weight of the garage door, providing the tension needed to lift and lower the door.

    How Do Extension Springs Work?

    When the garage door is closed, the extension springs stretch, storing energy. As the door opens, the springs contract, releasing the stored energy to help lift the door. This stretching and contracting action allows the springs to counterbalance the weight of the door, making it easier to open and close manually or with an opener.

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    Jim Beam's Garage Doors offers fast and reliable spring changes, repairs and even conversions. Typically we can provide same-day service to get your garage door working safely and effectively. 

    Benefits of Extension Springs


    Extension springs are typically less expensive than torsion springs, making them a cost-effective option for many homeowners. Their lower initial cost and simpler installation can be appealing for those on a budget.

    Simple Installation

    The design and placement of extension springs make them relatively easy to install and replace. This simplicity can lead to quicker and less costly repairs or replacements when necessary.

    Why Consider Converting to Torsion Springs?

    While extension springs offer certain benefits, torsion springs provide significant advantages that make them a superior choice for many garage doors. Here’s why you should consider converting to torsion springs:

    Enhanced Safety

    Extension springs are under a significant amount of tension and can be dangerous if they break. Torsion springs, on the other hand, are less likely to break abruptly and are enclosed in a way that minimizes risk. This makes them a safer option for homeowners.

    Longer Lifespan

    Torsion springs generally have a longer lifespan compared to extension springs. They can handle more cycles, meaning they will last longer and require less frequent replacements, saving you money and hassle in the long run.

    Smoother Operation

    Torsion springs provide a more balanced and controlled lifting motion. This reduces the strain on your garage door opener and ensures a smoother, quieter operation. The even distribution of force helps in maintaining the structural integrity of your garage door.

    Improved Performance

    With torsion springs, the door's weight is balanced more efficiently, leading to better overall performance. This makes it easier to open and close the door, reducing wear and tear on both the door and the opener.

    Why Choose Jim Beam's Garage Doors?


    Extension springs are a crucial component of many garage door systems, offering cost-effectiveness and simple installation. However, for enhanced safety, longevity, and performance, converting to torsion springs is often the better choice. For expert advice, installation, and maintenance, trust the professionals at Jim Beam's Garage Doors.

    For more detailed information or to schedule a service, visit our Contact Us page or call us today.

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    Services We Offer

    • Garage door panel replacement
    • Garage door spring replacement
    • Garage door maintenance services
    • Garage door opener repair and replacement

    Welcome to Jim Beam's Garage Doors! With over 15 years of garage door experience, you can count on us to provide professional garage door installation, repair, maintenance, repair, opener repair, and much more.

    We service the Northern Colorado area including Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland, Longmont, Wellington, Severance, Timnath, and LaPorte. If you are looking for the best garage door service in Fort Collins, look no further than the Jim Beam team.

    Service Areas

    2451 South Timberline Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525

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