What's Up with Overhead Door Springs?

Confused by overhead door springs? You should be! Door professionals know that selecting the right spring for your application is key to maximizing the ROI on your overhead door purchase. Overhead door springs are determined by the location, style, operation, weight and size of your door. There are a number of details that have to be considered when selecting the right spring. 

So, next time you get a price on overhead door spring replacement – make sure you ask about the cycle count! Not all quotes are built alike, and if another provider is offering it at a cheaper price, you now might know why. 

Broken overhead door Spring with low headroom
Example of a broken overhead door spring on a garage door with little ceiling space. Suck it in - this is a tight squeeze!

Key Points to Remember About Overhead Door Springs

👉The life span of the spring inside rolling steel loading dock doors can range from 10,000 cycles to over 500,000 cycles (over a 100k is considered high cycle).

💡Springs are matched to your door generally on weight and size of the door. The spring’s life span can be lengthened by selecting a larger and longer spring. ** However if you have low headroom, your options may be limited.

👍We recommend high cycle spring of at least 100,000 cycles for overhead doors that open and close throughout the day. They cost a little more, but the ROI is worth it when you factor in the labor costs of replacing lower cycle springs more frequently and the downtime it costs your facility.

overhead door spring and shaft

Consider This with Your Next Spring Purchase

In wet or refridgerated conditions, it’s worthwhile to pay for that upgraded spring to stainless steel or galvanized springs. 

Is this overhead door used for a parking garage? Then you want a high cycle spring. 

If this is for an overhead door used infrequently or only once or twice per day, selecting a lower cycle spring makes the most cents. (you see what we did there? )

If you look at your overhead door spring, is it a tight squeeze or room to play? If it’s a tight squeeze you may have fewer options for upgrading your overhead door springs. 

There are springless overhead door options available, but that is not recommended unless you plan on replacing the door.