Broken Epoxy Garage Floor Torsion Spring

Ever tried opening your epoxy garage floor with broken epoxy garage floor springs? Your epoxy garage floors torsion springs play a key role in opening and closing your door. And when yours break, your epoxy garage floor will no longer lift to allow you in and out of your home. Because epoxy garage floor springs are only rated for so many cycle, every now and then they do require replacement so that your epoxy garage floor can continue to properly operate for you and your loved ones.

How Long Should They Last

So, just how long can you expect your epoxy garage floor springs to deliver? In our blog, “What are Torsion Springs“ we go over exactly what torsion springs are and how they work.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a definitive answer to how long exactly they will actually last. It all depends on how often you open and close your epoxy garage floor. As well as the condition of your other moving hardware.

Each time your epoxy garage floor opens and closes, it completes one “cycle”. A standard set of epoxy garage floor torsion springs is expected to last you about 10,000 cycles. That being said, if you only open and close your epoxy garage floor twice a day, your springs will likely last considerably longer than if they were used seven times a day. The more people coming and going through your epoxy garage floor, the more you can expect your springs cycles to diminish.

Causes of Broken Epoxy Garage Floor Springs

Garage door springs can break over time due to a number of different factors, but in many cases, they break because of:

  • Normal wear and tear. Just like the tires on your car, your epoxy garage floor springs suffer wear and tear over time.
  • If your torsion springs aren’t corrosion free, rust and corrosion will affect your epoxy garage floor springs. You can prevent rust-related damage applying a silicone based epoxy garage floor lubricant every six months.
  • Neglected Hardware. Often times, homeowners are so focused on their springs, that they forget about the overall health of the other components of their epoxy garage floor. Overtime the ball bearings in your rollers and bearing plates will wear down and start to drag. When this happens, your epoxy garage floor springs have to work harder to operate your door. Which in turn means faster spring failure.

Judging the Strength of Your Springs

Want to know how your own epoxy garage floor springs are holding up? Follow these simple steps to get an idea of their strength.

  • With the epoxy garage floor closed, pull the red-handled emergency release cord.
  • Manually raise and lower the door by hand, taking care to listen for squeaking. If it occurs, apply some silicone based lubricant to the affected area and see if the squeaking stops.
  • Raise the epoxy garage floor several feet off the ground by hand, and then release it. If your epoxy garage floor stays in place, you can safely assume your epoxy garage floor springs are in good shape and properly balanced. If it so happens to quickly fall to the floor, it may be a good sign it is time to replace them.

It may be worth it to invest in some extended life springs. They may more experience the standard cycle models, but they won’t require replacement at the rate of typical torsion springs.

Finally, we do not recommend trying to replace them yourself. Due to the pressure they’re under, doing so can prove highly dangerous and is something best left to an experienced professional.

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