The springs of a garage door can pose a safety hazard. A garage door spring that breaks can send sharp junks flying around the garage. Anyone inside the garage at the time of the incident could get seriously injured. Recent models of garage doors pose a little risk even in the event of breakage.
The latest models of springs are installed over a metal shaft or rod to aid the garage door in the opening and closing process. The rod also works like a retainer so the broken pieces will go ballistic but to a certain range. On the opposite side, flip-up garage doors have different situations. Old models of springs are subject to send ballistic pieces of broken steel flying inside the garage even in the case of failure. Garage door spring replacement is the best option if you are still using an old model of springs.
The old models of springs can be identified easily because the recent models come with a core rod that is run throughout the coil of the spring. It is a built-in safety feature because the core rod is used to retain the broken pieces of the springs. You can see the difference at the local hardware store.
You can notice the core retaining shaft running with the length of the spring. If the old models of the springs on your garage door do not include such shaft or rod, it is strongly suggested to replace them. If you don’t have the budget to replace them, there is another way to make old models of springs as safe as possible by installing cables.
First of all, close the garage door to extend the springs to their maximum position. Double the measurement and add two feet extra. For example, if the measurement of the springs is 4.5 feet, double it to 9 feet and add 2 feet extra to make a total of 11 feet. It means that you need 11 feet long cable for each spring. You will also need one cable clamp per spring to install the cable. Thread the cable up the center of the required springs and back down outside the torsion spring to form a loop. Afterward, use a cable clamp to join the end together. Now you have made a retainer to keep the spring safe.
If your garage door has two springs mounted on each side then add another 12 feet to the length and run the cable up the center of each spring and downward to the other. It will make your garage door safer and reduce the cost of the project. The best way is to replace the old models of springs with the latest self-retaining ones. It can be a costly and challenging project. Adjustment to the garage door might also be required because the new springs will come with different specifications. You should call professional garage door companies to replace the springs and make the necessary adjustments.