These days, there are an increasing number of ways to “go green” in home construction. One of these ways is with a “green” garage door. “Green,” of course, means environmentally-friendly, and the good news is that these planet-friendly doors have the same benefits as the more well-known brands on the market. Here are just some of the benefits a “green” garage door can offer:
Generally, a higher R-value indicates better insulation than a lower R-value, and many green garage doors match their competitors in this arena. Green garage doors are made with renewable materials with as much recycling throughout the manufacturing process as possible. Green garage doors made of wood are sourced from sustainable forests, although some companies offer doors made with 100% recycled wood fiber. Green steel doors are comprised of recycled materials. Quality is not sacrificed, and the carbon footprint is smaller.
The Door Opener and Frame
Some home owners heat their garages in winter, and others even convert their garages into living or work spaces. The need for comfort and heat efficiency means that proper door closure and a snug frame fit are key. Green garage doors make this a priority, and they use environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing processes to accomplish it.
In most green garage doors, the paint finish is applied as sparingly as possible in order to reduce pollution and waste. Green manufacturers are aware of the sourcing and presentation of their garage doors, but they strive to maximize the benefits of green manufacturing processes. Powder-coat paint might be offset with controls for air quality and paint overflow in green facilities.
Although many people assume that green garage doors come at a higher cost, this is not necessarily the case. Green garage doors offer the same security, insulation and decorative appeal as their non-green counterparts, and the owner or supplier can rest easy that they are doing their part to help the environment.Written By: Nic Koff