When the time comes to purchase a new garage door, you might consider going green. Today many people are concerning themselves with sustainability to the point where they consider the environmental impact of everything they do – Including the articles they purchase. If you are keen to be green, then you might want to consider buying a new garage door with the lowest possible environmental impact. If so, here are a few things to bear in mind when shopping for your new, eco-friendly garage door.
Consider the Material Used for Construction
The construction of your new garage door should be the first thing you consider when buying green. For example, if you want to buy a wooden door, make sure it’s made from composite, recycled wood and not from virgin timber. Steel and vinyl doors are also readily available which use only recycled materials in construction.
If you really want to be sure your garage door purchase has a low environmental impact, you should be prepared to ask a few questions of the supplier. Any reputable supplier or installer will be happy to give you a straight answer to the following questions:
- Do you support sustainable business? If so, how?
- Where do the materials for your doors come from?
- How much energy is consumed in the manufacture of each door?
- How will you dispose of my old garage door?
If you are shopping around and your priority is sustainability rather than price, ask these questions of all potential suppliers or installers on your shortlist and choose the one whose answers are most satisfactory.
If you are buying your garage door with sustainability in mind, then you should certainly purchase one which is already insulated. Try to choose a door with the highest stated R-value. However, it’s important to note that the R-Value claimed by manufacturers only relates to the door panels. You will still need to have weather stripping installed around your new door when it’s in place to stop air leakage into and out of your garage.
Buying a well-insulated garage door and installing weather stripping will win half the battle against heat loss from your garage and therefore from your home (or cool air loss if you are in a warm climate and use air conditioning). To get the maximum benefit from a green garage door purchase you should also have the walls and ceiling of your garage insulated.
Consider Durability and Finish
Finally, to have the least possible impact on the environment, you should make sure you buy a garage door which will stand the test of time. The more durable your door, the less materials will need to be used for upkeep and repair. You should buy a door with a protective finish, or be prepared to apply a finish yourself. This will actually extend the life of your door by further improving durability.
If you shop for your new garage door with these points in mind, you can rest with a clear conscience, knowing that you have done the environment one more small favor. Furthermore, you should end up with a new garage door which will protect your car and your home for many years to come.