The Most Sustainable Garage Doors

If you’re choosing a new garage door, then one of the factors you consider in your decision might be sustainability. Lots of people are trying to do their bit to make their daily habits a little more eco-friendly. Luckily, since garage doors can last decades before they need replacing, there’s already no a lot of waste involved. But choosing the right materials and supporting sustainable manufacturing practices are small changes that can contribute to a big difference.

Here are some of the most sustainable materials you can choose for your garage door…

Wood from responsible sources

Wood is a relatively sustainable material because it is produced naturally in the earth rather than manufactured, making it renewable. But it is not a limitless material, and the negative effects of deforestation have been documented around the world. If you opt for a wood garage door, do some research into the suppliers to ensure that they source the wood responsibly and follow environmental regulations. Responsible practices may include replanting trees after harvesting others for manufacturing.

Recycled materials

Recycling materials rather than wasting them is another sustainable practice. Garage doors can be made from recycled or reclaimed wood as a more environmentally-friendly option. Waste steel and aluminum can also be used to manufacture garage doors, making this a sustainable process that doesn’t involve cutting down trees.

Insulative materials

If your garage and garage door are properly insulated, this means you need to use less energy to keep your garage at a comfortable temperature. This is especially important if your garage is attached to your house. So, it’s important that you choose insulative materials for an eco-friendly garage. Wood is a better insulator than metal, making it a greener choice.

Aluminum is the worst insulator of the commonly used garage door materials because it is lightweight and thinner than steel. If you opt for a steel or aluminum garage door, then you should add insulation to your door to improve this property.

The pros and cons of windows

Will adding windows to your garage door make it more or less eco-friendly? The answer is complicated. They will let light in during the day, meaning you’re less likely to need lights switched on inside. But this depends on the size of the windows and how much light they let in. You may still need some lights on inside, mitigating their benefit. Make sure you opt for energy-efficient lightbulbs in your garage. The downside of windows as that they will let in more of the cold from outside (or the heat during summer), increasing your heating and cooling demands inside.

How sustainable and eco-friendly can you make your garage door? Contact Carolina Garage Door if you need any help choosing the right materials and style, or installing your garage door in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.


Make Garage Door Maintenance Your New Year’s Resolution

Often, new year’s resolutions revolve around looking after our bodies or our bank balances more carefully. Unfortunately, more often than not, these new year’s resolutions fail by around February. We fall back into old, familiar habits and forget about the things we pledged to do.

The same can be said for garage door maintenance. We have the best intentions to look after our homes and garages, but then life gets in the way and we forget to do those little checks or put off booking a garage door tune-up.

Make 2020 the year you make a change and start taking good care of your garage door! Here are a few things to prioritize this year with your garage door…

Give it a once over

Here’s something you can do right now while it’s on your mind. Go out to your garage and open the door. Pay attention to how it opens and how much noise it makes. If you notice loud or unusual noises, if the door doesn’t open smoothly, or if it looks crooked, then it’s worth calling a garage door repair technician to arrange a tune-up for it. Don’t put it off!

If it opens fine, check around all the hardware to ensure everything’s in good condition. Make sure there are no loose bolts, that the cables aren’t frayed, and that the springs aren’t damaged. Monitor the door when you close it as well to spot anything unusual in the way it operates. Remember, if something seems off, call a professional.

Plan a maintenance schedule

A quick inspection like the one we’ve just described should be done at least every few months, if not more frequently. To help you stick to this for the year ahead, schedule a date and time for all your routine inspections. This could be once a month or every two months, for example. Put them in your calendar and even set a reminder on your phone to make sure you stick to your maintenance resolution.

Book a garage door tune-up

If it’s been a while since you last had a professional tune-up for your garage door, then call a repair technician now to schedule a time for them to come around. If you’ve had one in the last 6 months, for example, and your garage door and opener still seem in good shape, then plan when you’re going to book your next one. Mark your calendar for 3 months from now, for example, when you’re next due professional maintenance. And, in the meantime, pledge to call a professional if something goes wrong with your garage door.

If you need a garage door tune-up or repair in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, or High Point, then contact Carolina Garage Door today.