Garage Door Repair is a major part of our business which allows us to
give you the best advise when assessing your own garage door.
When selecting Garage Door Springs for your garage door, we suggest you take a few precautions to assure proper balance in order to gain full spring cycle life. Now, lets figure out what your garage door weighs? What are the dimensions? Is it Wood - Steel, or maybe Fiberglass? Don't forget the Horizontal Braces or Struts which run across the top section, and on heavier doors you may have 2 per section. They weigh up to 1 lb per lineal foot and can really add up with multiple strutted wind doors.
In our experience with garage doors over the years our team has worked on many manufactures of steel and wood doors along with custom hardwood jobs. Typical steel sectional two car garage doors measuring 15 - 16' wide x 7' tall (common size) weigh between 150-180lbs with one Strut. Foam-back or vinyl-back Insulated doors can weigh between 200-230lbs with one Strut. Heavier sandwich doors or Steel-back Insulated doors weigh up to 270lbs with one Strut. Hurricane Garage Doors and Wood Garage Doors can weigh much more, ranging 280lbs up to 400lbs. Custom garage doors can weigh even more, and on one occasion 1400lbs that we had the privilege to repair.
HOW TO WEIGH MY GARAGE DOOR?
weigh the door place a bathroom scale under the center of the door if
it is a single-car door. A short piece of flat wood scrap will help
protect the door and provide more accuracy by evenly distributing the
weight on the scale. (Do not use digital scales.) Two scales are sometimes necessary for heavier steel or wood doors. Place one scale on each end and add the two together. Be sure to wiggle the door around while getting your average weight.
This is a tried and true method that works.
Please call us if you have any questions. 1-800-997-7606