Answering how long a garage door should last is no easy task. The general answer depends on the quality of each individual part. It is not a rare occurrence for a garage door to last 30 or more years, but more often than not, you will find out that certain parts need replacing sooner or later. Good maintenance can of course help with the overall condition, but some replacements are inevitable.
The springs on the garage door represent the most common type of repair call for garage doors, by far. The calls repair technicians receive relate to springs on more than half of all occasions. The life expectancy of these parts is not measured in years, because that would be highly inaccurate and very difficult to correctly predict. Their life is measured in cycles, one cycle being equal to opening and closing the garage door one time. Just as you would expect, the more cars you have to fit into the garage every day, the quicker your springs will wear out.
Torsion springs, which are mounted over the garage door, should be good for anywhere between 15.000 and 20.000 cycles. If we’re talking about tension springs, which can be mounted either above the garage door or on both sides, have a slightly lower estimated span, ranging from 5.000 to 10.000 cycles. The difference between the two types of springs is very important, as it could save you quite a lot of money if you choose torsion springs from the beginning.
Getting the most of your garage door can be an easy task – if you plan and execute maintenance for it periodically. The time investment is usually measured in minutes rather than hours and can easily be performed by you, avoiding a costly technician. The first and foremost thing you can simply ensure is that everything is clean, starting from the garage door to the sensor eyes, while paying good attention to the springs. These, along with the rollers and hinges have to be kept well lubricated. Well lubricated usually means once every 3 months. A WD-40 solution is an excellent choice, because any heavier would attract a lot of dirt and only make your job harder. A light coating is all you need, so there making the entire spring float in lubricant is not necessary.
The maintenance steps described above are all you need to keep the springs in top shape to ensure they will only require replacing once they hit the top part of the wearing interval. Sadly, most garage door strings wear and tear much quicker than expected, mostly due to lack of attention or improper maintenance. Springs fail in winter more often than any other season, so a check-up before this season is probably your best bet.
All in all, replacing a string from your garage door is not a difficult task. Good maintenance is the key to postponing this even as much as possible, but remember that they are designed for a set number of cycles at the end of the day. If you open and close your garage door 5 times a day, you’ll run through cycles fairly quickly and need replacements. Garage door spring repair, maintenance and replacement can be done easily and fast by your local repairmen.