Going Green With Your Garage Door

July 10, 2010

When it comes to home improvement there are many options available for going green, from windows and doors to insulation and paint. The garage door, the biggest door in your home, is no exception. There are a number of ways you can go green with your garage door. Two options that can make the biggest impact are making energy efficient upgrades or entirely replacing your garage door.

Upgrade Your Garage Door

If your garage feels like an icebox in the winter or a sauna in the summer this means your garage door has become a vampire, but instead of blood it sucks up energy. While you may only use your garage for storage space, any adjacent rooms will feel the temperature impact by the free flowing cold or hot air.

To make your garage door more energy efficient, pick up weather stripping and rubber molding from the hardware store and apply it along the seams of the door. You want to create a barrier against the elements. To test that you sealed the door properly run your hand along the seams during a windy day to feel for draft. You’ll be surprised at just how big a difference this minor change can make.

Buy A New Garage Door

There are many materials to choose from when buying a new garage door, but if you want to go green you should focus on recycled wood composite. Wood composite doors are common, affordable, and are maintenance free. Maintenance free is not only great for convenience, it’s also great for going green as you won’t need to apply chemical sealants or paint each yet.

Wood composite garage doors come in many styles and colors, so you should have no problem matching it to your home. Just be sure to double check that the garage door is SCS certified as being composed of recycled content.

Prices for new garage doors can vary, but you make up that cost over time in energy savings. So whether you have a garage door in Chicago or in Texas, you’re on the East coast or the West coast, consider going green with your garage door this summer.

Editor’s Note: Chris is a Guest Contributor for Green Building Elements.



Chris Keenan

is a green and general blog writer. He also maintains a personal cooking blog.