Go Green! Choosing an Eco-Friendly Garage Door

If you need to buy a new garage door for you home, you may be wondering about the potential impact of your purchase on the environment. Thankfully, there many ways to ensure your garage door is eco-friendly. By making an informed choice, you’ll not only reduce your carbon footprint but also lower your energy bill. Here are five tips for going green when purchasing a garage door.


1.) A Well-Made Garage Door

As it takes a fair amount of energy and natural resources to manufacture a garage door, a durable garage door is a smart and sustainable investment. Opting for an inferior quality product that requires replacement after ten or 15 years would be neither cost-efficient nor eco-friendly.

The greener, more cost-friendly option is to make your purchase from a manufacturer with a reputation for producing garage doors made with quality materials and a excellent craftsmanship. Brands like Wayne Dalton, Richards-Wilcox, and Martin Door are well known for their quality standards and guarantee the longevity of their products with comprehensive warranties.

Of course, garage door maintenance is another key factor in this regard. To ensure that your garage door lasts for many years, it’s important to stay on top of its upkeep. There are several maintenance tasks you should perform on a regular basis. We detail them in this article. You should also refer to your user’s manual for specific maintenance instructions for your garage door model.

In addition, you should get your garage door serviced by a professional at least once a year. This can add years to the lifespan of your garage door system and ensure that you don’t have to replace parts prematurely. The wisest thing to do is to sign up for a planned maintenance program.

Creative Door Services’ Planned Maintenance Program ensures the continuous and reliable operation of your garage door and spares you the costs of emergency repairs and replacement parts.

2.) Choose A Garage Door With Sufficient Insulation

A garage door with good insulation will reduce energy consumption in the home. This is because cold air from your garage naturally seeps into the home, causing your furnace to work harder. By keeping out the cold in your garage with better insulation, you make your home more energy-efficient overall.

Garage door insulation is measured in R-values and U-values. A high R-value and low U-value tell you that a material has good insulating capabilities. To learn more about insulated garage doors, read our comprehensive article on this topic.

If you live in a region with cold winters, you’ll definitely benefit from a garage door with good insulation. However, this is an especially important consideration for homeowners with heated garages.

You should also pay attention to the quality of the door’s weatherstripping, which forms a seal around the door and keeps out cold drafts.


3.) Get An Energy-Efficient Opener

Every day your garage door opener hauls your garage door up and down multiple times. The associated energy costs add up over time. Modern garage door openers are more efficient than their predecessors, leading to long-term energy savings. If you have an older opener, consider swapping it out for one that consumes less electricity. New openers also tend to be quieter and deliver smoother operation.

Creative Door™ offers top-quality, energy-efficient garage door openers from LiftMaster and Genie.

4.) Purchase A Door From An Eco-Friendly Manufacturer

Before purchasing your garage door, learn more about the sustainability practices of the manufacturer. Choose a company that minimizes waste, prioritizes the use of recycled materials, and uses eco-friendly production methods.

Wayne Dalton, Richards-Wilcox, and Martin Door are all industry leaders in eco-responsible production methods and garage door products.

For example, Martin Door used recycled metal in 33% of its hardware and recycled plastic in 100% of its window frames. Moreover, the polystyrene insulation used in the doors is removable and reusable.


5.) Recycle Or Repurpose Your Old Door

If you’re replacing your garage door, consider recycling or repurposing your old one. Most garage doors are recyclable or, at minimum, many of their materials can be recycled. Refer to your garage door manual for instructions on recycling your garage door parts.

Alternatively, there are no shortage of things you can do with an old garage. Need some ideas? We’ve compiled a list of seven ways to repurpose your garage door.

Providing Eco-Friendly & Energy-Efficient Garage Doors in Western Canada

At Creative Door Services™, we offer a wide range of eco-friendly residential garage doors. To learn more about our garage door products and our installation and repair services, contact our team closest to you today!

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