Garage Door Torsion Springs

Different home and business owners demand different types of garage doors to meet various needs. For that reason, garage door suppliers must keep in stock a wide range of different spring types — torsion springs included.

At IDC Spring, we serve as a garage door torsion spring supplier for companies that need high-quality torsion springs to create high-quality products. When you’re creating torsion spring garage door products and you need a supplier you can count on, look no further than IDC Spring

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What Is a Garage Door Torsion Spring?

Torsion springs are an essential piece of a garage door counterbalance system. This system allows garage doors to open and close without using excessive force. When you manually open a garage door, you may notice it feels lighter than what the garage door should weigh. A properly balanced garage door also stays in place rather than falling back to the ground when you let go after raising it halfway. This is thanks to the garage door torsion springs, located in the counterbalance system overhead.

The torsion springs connect to cable drums, which attach to the garage door’s steel counterbalance cables. These cables attach to the bottom roller brackets of a garage door. When the door is closed, the torsion springs rest at full tension. When you open the garage door, the torsion springs unwind, decreasing in tension and turning the cable drums. This pulls the counterbalance cables, opening the garage door. When you close a garage door, the torsion springs return to full tension.

A lot of small pieces and components go into creating stock torsion springs. The performance and durability of torsion springs is dependent on the strength and integrity of each little part. We go to great lengths to ensure each small aspect of our commercial garage door springs represent the utmost in strength, integrity and durability. When you choose IDC Spring as your garage door torsion spring manufacturer, you secure parts that help your garage doors and other products reach their full potential.

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Understanding Garage Door Torsion Springs

It’s important to understand the different types of garage door torsion springs that are available. Garage doors use helical torsion springs. These are metal wires twisted into a coil shape, or helix, with sideways forces. This is opposed to shear stress, which is the application for torsion bars. For garage doors to open and close effectively, it’s important to have quality manufacturing in your torsion springs. Poorly manufactured torsion springs can break easily, leading to very unhappy homeowners and increased garage repair expenses.

We offer a wide range of different stock torsion springs. We do this to ensure you can always find exactly what you’re looking for to create your products. As your torsion spring supplier, we can also create custom products that meet your exact specifications. After all, your customers and their homes and businesses are unique, and they often need unique overhead door solutions. Find the unique torsion spring garage door parts your products demand when you choose to work with IDC Spring

Garage Door Torsion Spring Applications

The garage door manufacturing industry relies on torsion springs for complete and functioning garage door systems. In most cases, there is at least one torsion spring in every garage door system, across multiple garage door styles. Whatever type of garage door system you produce and repair, chances are you’ll need torsion springs to make it work. Here are some garage door styles that require torsion springs for proper functioning:

  • High-lift and vertical-lift doors
  • Roll-out garage doors on tracks
  • Heavy-duty overhead doors at industrial loading docks
  • Hinged garage doors
  • Most other styles of residential and commercial automatic and manual garage doors

Without torsion springs, garage doors would be difficult to operate. Automatic openers would need much more power to lift and close such heavy doors. Torsion springs offset this weight to make it much more manageable. This makes it easy to open and close a garage door manually, and it allows the garage door opener to use less energy to operate the door. Torsion springs make the garage door experience more convenient than it could ever be without them.

Sizes of Garage Door Torsion Springs

There are many unique situations requiring torsion springs in garage doors. As your overhead door springs supplier, IDC Spring understands that springs are not a “one size fits all” type of product. Some applications call for smaller, shorter springs. Other scenarios may have you looking for a much larger and longer torsion spring to meet your need. IDC Spring manufactures multiple torsion spring sizes to meet any garage door manufacturing need you may have.

Some garage doors may require an uncommon torsion spring in order to work. You could search the inventories of multiple torsion spring suppliers to no avail. At IDC Spring, we can solve this issue with ease thanks to our manufacturing capabilities. We can create custom springs to meet your unique garage door specifications.

A few factors add up to make a complete torsion spring. The first is wind direction. This is the direction that the coils wind, which affects how it fits into your garage door system. Some springs are left-wound, while others are right-wound. You can determine wind direction by seeing if the end of the torsion spring points left or right.

After determining wind direction, you can figure out the exact size of spring you need. Here are the measurements you’ll need for IDC Spring to manufacture the exact spring you’re looking for:

  • Wire size: Look at the spring you need to replace. In inches, measure the length of 10 or 20 coils when the spring is at full, resting tension. Compare that length to our coil length chart, and you’ll have the first piece of information needed for us to create your custom spring.
  • Inside diameter: Next, measure the inside diameter of the coils to the nearest 1/16 of an inch. This will ensure the coils can produce the right amount of torque and fit where you need them to go. You may need a caliper measuring tool to get an accurate measurement.
  • Overall length: The last piece of information we’ll need to create your custom spring is the total length of the spring from end to end. With this, we’ll be able to make a spring with the right size wire, inside diameter and complete length. At the end of the creation process, you’ll have a spring that fits and works perfectly for your garage door manufacturing needs.

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How to Replace a Garage Door Torsion Spring

Even quality torsion springs like the ones from IDC Spring will need replacement at some point. Most end-users will use their garage doors several times per day, leading to garage door component wear. This includes the torsion springs. Springs are especially prone to wearing down if the user neglects proper lubrication and yearly maintenance. Whatever the reason, your customers may return to you looking to replace their torsion springs.

The first thing to note is that homeowners should leave the task of replacing torsion springs to the professionals. Torsion springs are under an immense amount of pressure. This makes garage door torsion spring replacement dangerous for the average consumer. A wrong move can result in serious injury or even death. Make sure your clients know that you or another trained professional are their best option when it comes to garage door torsion spring replacement.

Offer to send a technician to determine the exact torsion spring that needs replacement. Then, use the DASMA Color Coding Guide to figure out the size of the spring in question. Across the garage door industry, different springs come in varying colors. These colors represent specific spring sizes. Use the DASMA Color Guide to determine the size of the customer’s spring for easy reordering from IDC Spring.

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Product Overview: Garage Door Torsion Springs

Available Wire Types:

  • Black Coated Wire
  • Galvanized Wire
  • Oil-Tempered Wire
  • Square Wire

Available Wire Sizes:

  • .0135″ – .625″

Additional Services:

  • Custom Stenciling
  • Powder Coating
  • Oil-Tempered
  • Galvanized
  • Round or Square Shaped wire

Standard Applications:

  • Residential Sectional Garage Doors
  • Commercial Sectional Overhead Doors
  • Cut-to-Length or Bulk Snakes (120″, 144″, 168″, or 192″)

Available End Types

Standard Torsion Spring End
Overhead Ends Up 2″ ID
Wagner End 2- 1/2″ ID
Mini Warehouse End Various ID’s
Ends in McKee Various ID’s
Crawford End 1-19/32″ & 2-25/32″ ID
Crawford T-Spring End 3- 25/32 ID
Barcol End 1-13/16″ ID
Rolling Steel Long End Various ID’s
Rolling Steel Loops Various ID’s

Make IDC Spring Your Garage Door Torsion Springs Supplier

When you’re looking for a trusted garage door torsion spring manufacturer, it’s important to find a blend of experience, quality and affordability. After all, springs are a vital part of the products you’re selling to end users, and you can’t trust the creation of those springs to low-quality torsion spring suppliers. You need a supplier you can count on for high quality products — one with a proven track record.

We bring to each relationship more than 40 years of experience in manufacturing torsion springs that meet the highest quality standards. We choose to use only the strongest, toughest materials in the creation of torsion springs because strength and toughness help ensure your customers enjoy long-term performance and durability out of the products they buy from you. We only consider ourselves successful if our stock torsion springs help enhance your brand.

We offer more than great products at IDC Spring. We also focus on service excellence and an outstanding customer experience. We create custom springs when you need them, and we offer a just-in-time manufacturing system that quickly and efficiently delivers the parts you need — when you need them.

We’re also here to answer questions or provide expert guidance, whether you’re an existing client of ours or a provider looking to explore torsion spring possibilities. We’ve learned a lot about torsion springs and springs in general through our four-plus decades of manufacturing for and serving clients. We are always glad to share that experience.

We have three offices, located in Ohio, Minnesota and Arizona, which allow us to provide regional service on a national scale. When you’re looking for torsion springs or replacements for a garage door system, we’re the company you can trust to deliver the best springs available.

Contact us by filling out our easy form if you have any questions. If you know what you need, you can request a free quote online for your current job. If you’d rather talk it over, give us a call now at 800-899-7945.

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