Self-Storage Roll-up Door Springs

If you have torsion springs on a self-storage roll-up door, this page should help you. To learn more about how your torsion spring system works, jump down to our Introduction to Self-Storage Roll-up Door Springs. The rest of this page is dedicated to helping you determine what torsion spring you need for your roll-up door. If you are purchasing springs for a self-storage facility, you may want to consider buying in bulk to save both on spring and shipping costs.

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Learn About Self-Storage Roll-up Door Springs:

Introduction to Self-Storage Roll-up Door Springs

Self-storage roll-up doors operate in a similar manner to steel-rolling door springs. Like a steel rolling door, the curtain on these doors wraps around itself as the door opens. The primary difference, however, is that steel rolling doors are made of interlocking slats, while self-storage roll-up doors are just one piece of steel. While steel rolling doors are typically found in heavier commercial and industrial environments, self-storage rolling doors are common in self-storage facilities.

Some smaller self-storage roll-up doors use only one torsion spring, while most larger doors use two torsion springs. Each torsion spring on the door typically has at least one turn when the door is fully open. This extra tension keeps the door open by restricting the curtain from unrolling off the drums.

As you close the door, each torsion spring winds up even more. This extra tension allows the springs to lift extra weight. The extra weight comes from a greater portion of the curtain hanging off of the drums.

When the door is fully closed, the springs have more turns (and thus tension) on them than at any other point in the door's travel. During the last six to twelve inches of travel, the moment arm (the distance from the center of the shaft to the point where the curtain rolls off the drum) is smaller than at any other time while the door closes.

The extra tension in the springs allows the springs to lift more door weight, namely the weight of the un-rolled portion of the curtain. The smaller moment arm, however, decreases the effective weight of the curtain. As a result, the springs lift extra door weight as the door approaches the floor, but the moment arm stays the same. Many times this causes the door to rise a few inches off the ground when you release the door at the bottom of its travel.

Determine What Self-Storage Roll-up Door Springs You Need

It is very important that you order the proper torsion springs for your self-storage roll-up door. You will need to make several important measurements that must be accurate. If you are not careful when you make these measurements, your self-storage roll-up door may not work as it did before.

Measure Your Old Torsion Springs

Measure your self-storage roll-up springs.
You will need to make several careful measurements of your old torsion springs.
Measuring your old torsion springs is the most important part of ordering new springs. The information in this section is strictly informative and only gives an overview of how to measure your springs. For complete information, see our instructions for measuring torsion springs.

Self-storage roll-up door springs have special mini-warehouse ends
You will need to verify that your spring ends look like the spring in this picture.
You need to make three measurements. The first is the spring length, which is the distance from one end of the spring to the other end. This is typically between 7 and 14 inches. The inside diameter is the distance across the inside of the spring. The 20-coil count is a measurement of the length of 20 coils on the spring. This measurement tells us the wire size.

Many self-storage roll-up door springs are gapped. If you have gapped springs, make sure that you take the compressed length and that you completely compress the spring when taking the 10- and 20-coil measurements. A gapped spring will allow a card or a dollar bill to slip between the coils without stretching the spring.

You will also need to determine the wind of the spring. This will be either right or left, and it corresponds to the right or left side of the door when you are on the inside.

You also need to verify that your spring has the mini-warehouse ends, as pictured above. These ends come it two styles: in towards the center of the spring or out toward the outside of the spring.

Replace One Spring or Both of the Springs?

Broken torsion springs on mini-warehouse or self-storage roll-up doors
Depending on your situation, you may want to change both springs when one spring breaks.
If you have two springs on your self-storage roll-up door, we generally recommend that you replace both of the springs on the door. Since each spring wears out at roughly the same rate, the second spring on the door will probably wear out fairly quickly.

What is a "cycle" for a door?
A door completes one cycle when the door opens then closes again. Every spring is rated at a certain number of cycles, so the second spring may be ready to break.
Self-storage roll-up doors are found in many self-storage locations. After one spring breaks, the second spring may have just 50 more cycles before it breaks as well. Depending on the usage of the door, this may be in a couple of weeks, or it may be several years.

If you want to save money on service calls and time on repairs, replace both springs. If you want to save money on parts, just replace the broken spring.

How to Order

Once you have measured your spring, enter your information in the form below and click "Go!" Once you have selected the springs that you need and have added them to your shopping cart, continue through the checkout procedure to place your order.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of supply line shortages and manufacturing delays you can expect to wait 8-10 weeks for delivery of springs for self storage doors. If you can wait that long please note that in the comment section of your order. If you cannot wait 8-10 weeks, please do not order the springs.

Find My Self-Storage Roll-up Door Spring

ID Wire Size Length (inches) Spring Ends Torsion Spring End Help Gapped? Gapped Spring Help
Note: Most self-storage roll-up door torsion springs are not returnable. Be sure to measure your springs properly before ordering!

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