If you are looking to upgrade or replace your garage door to something more eco-friendly, this post is for you. Many people not only want to lower their footprint, they also want to save money where they can. Making some changes and updates to your garage door is a great way to improve the value of your home, and get a great ROI when it comes to your utility bills as well.
The first place to start is the material of your garage door. Then, consider insulation to save some money if your garage is attached to your home. Then some easy DIY maintenance and weather stripping to keep your garages working properly!
The best choice for a green garage door is a composite material. It is affordable and made with recycled materials.
If you are looking for a bit more durability and range of style, wood and steel are great options. Both of these materials also do well in a variety of temperatures, so if you live in a climate that gets very hot and cold depending on the season, these are great options.
If you aren’t looking to replace or update your garage door, insulation is the next best thing to adding a little eco-friendly touch to your garage door. Insulation can help save on your energy costs since it regulates the temperature inside your garage door.
An example of a great insulation choice is a perforated garage door. For warmer climates, this is a great choice as it allows more light and air flow into your garage. It does this without impacting privacy or the security of your garage door.
Some homes have their HVAC systems run into their garage. If this is the case for you, insulating your garage door is a must! Additionally, we’d recommend insulating the walls of your garage as well. This added layer of insulation helps to greatly reduce heating and cooling costs in your home.
If you are routinely checking your garage door as part of a routine maintenance habit, the “green” item on your checklist should be the weather stripping. Look for any tears or cracks in the weather stripping, and replace or repair any cracks you find.
The cracks will allow air to come through, which not only makes your insulation less efficient, but can affect greatly the temperature in your garage, and inside your home.
A good rule of thumb is to check the weather stripping 4 times a year, at every season change. The sudden changes in temperatures can cause a crack, so it’s a good time to look during these transitions.
Repairing or replacing weather stripping is a quick weekend project for the expert DIY homeowner. A professional garage door company can also perform a routine maintenance check, which includes inspecting your weather stripping.