Published on March 13th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan


What Are Eco-Friendly Garage Doors?

Most people are becoming more conscious of the effects human activity is having on the environment. So, many of us are attempting to live a ‘greener’ life and the truth of the matter is, small changes really can make a big difference. One such change is to choose an eco-friendly garage door, but what are eco-friendly garage doors?

What is an Eco-Friendly Garage Door?

Eco-friendly garage doors are often made from recycled or recyclable materials, which are resistant to weather damage and aging. In addition, the goal of a ‘green’ garage door is to help insulate your home. As you may already know, the garage door is likely to be the largest opening to your house and, if not properly insulated, can lead to increased energy use.

The doors are made from a variety of materials, so homeowners do not have to compromise the style of their home. For example, some eco-friendly garage doors are made from recycled wood fibres. On the other hand, there are many doors made from steel, which is considered ‘green’, because it has longevity and is recyclable.

Why Choose an Eco-Friendly Garage Door?

The most obvious reason to choose an environmentally friendly garage door is to do your bit to save the planet. However, if you need more of an incentive, there are many other reasons. For example, as mentioned above, the improved insulation of a ‘green’ garage door will dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your home, thereby reducing fuel costs.

Moreover, if you select a garage door that is made from composite materials, which will not warp or rot, it will not require the annual garage door repair or maintenance, such as painting or staining, that some older ones do.

In addition, it is worth mentioning the curb appeal of an attractive garage door. In these uncertain financial times, the housing market is a tough nut to crack, so if you want to ensure that your home stands out from the crowd, it is wise to consider the external appeal of your home.

How to Find an Eco-Friendly Garage Door

As with any purchase, it is essential to do some research and shop around for your new garage door. The internet is a great resource for this, as most all manufacturers list the details of their eco-friendly garage door and instructions on how to purchase. Which manufacturer to choose really depends on your location and your own personal preference.

Disposal of Your Old Door

One last thing to keep in mind when making your eco-friendly garage door purchase is what will happen to your old door. While many installers will take your old garage door away for recycling, some will just end up in a landfill, so be sure to ask them what they will do with it. Or, if you are feeling creative, there are a number of clever ways you can recycle and reuse your old garage door.

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  • If you already have a good working door and want to add insulation to the door, read here. Garage Door Insulation Helps to Reduce Winter and Summer Energy Bills |

  • Steve Stelzer

    Most garages are not insulated. Why would you need an insulated garage door?

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Steve, if your garage is not insulated then there really isn’t a need for a insulated door. If your garage is insulated and is connected to your home then this could help add a extra layer of protection.

  • OK, I am not a green garage door expert but I am thinking the logic behind this is that any insulation is good. Garage door, I am sure let’s out a lot of the heat or cool air… and I know a lot of people who come in and out of the garage all the time.. so over time.. the indoor heat and air could escape and having an insulated garage door helps prevent from that happening. Of course, I am hoping Chris will chime in with his expertise. Just thinking out loud. :)

  • Anonymous

    I love how helpful everyone is in the comments!

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  • Anonymous

    It won’t require the annual garage door repair or maintenance

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  • CJ

    I agree that an insulated garage door is most often not necessary. I have not seen many insulated garages.

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  • Cathleen Phung

    Great Article! This eco-friendly garage doors are often made from recycled or recyclable materials, which are resistant to weather damage and aging. Last Few day I was searching that type of article and I found this. This article is very useful to me. Thanks for sharing.

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