I was recently contacted by a representative for Garaga Garage Doors in Ottawa about their eco-friendly garage doors. I thought this topic might be of interest to my readers, so they provided me with the following information and images about their products. Hope you find it helpful…
Most people buy a new garage door as a matter of necessity or convenience. They’re either replacing a broken door or converting to an automatic. Most aren’t thinking their garage has anything to do with the environment. Nevertheless, one of the newest types of garage doors on the market, the eco-friendly kind, provides green benefits as well as a wide range of financial reasons to upgrade now.
What is Eco-Friendly?
For those not up on their lingo, eco-friendly means green or nature friendly. A green product is an item that inflicts no or minimal harm to the environment during manufacturing or operation. In addition, power-using eco-friendly products tend to be more cost-effective long term because they draw far less juice.
What is an Eco-Friendly Garage Door?
An eco-friendly garage door is manufactured almost entirely of recyclable or recycled materials. These materials are resistant to aging and weathering, and they’re every bit as high quality as the conventional garage doors on the market are. Moreover, an eco-friendly garage door is a better insulator than a standard door is, which is a primary motivation behind most eco-friendly garage door Ottawa purchases. Attached, unfinished garages can be a great waste of money. A green garage door can often save enough to pay for itself in a short period.
What is the Difference between a Standard and Green Garage Door?
Often, there is very little difference, and most green garage door purchases aren’t much different from standard garage door purchases. In other words, a homeowner doesn’t have to settle just to go green. These doors have the same level of materials and build quality, and due to the growing popularity of this home upgrade option, the doors are often available similarly priced or at a discount.
What is the Long-Term Value of an Eco-Friendly Garage Door?
- An eco-friendly garage door has a minimal environmental footprint from the moment of manufacture. Even when the owner eventually discards of the door properly, they are having a positive effect on the environment.
- A green garage door insulates the garage and any attached structures by completely sealing the door area. Standard doors tend not to sit perfectly flush. A green door is precise, and that allows it to trap warm air in the cold months and cooled air in the hot months.
- In Canada and the United States, eco-friendly garage doors often qualify for federal tax credits and province/state rebates. In some cases, these rebates are substantial, and they can usually offset any premium associated with opting for a green garage door over a standard one.
- Throughout North America, eco-rebates are also available through private organizations. If a homeowner is fortunate to have all three credits available, it is possible for the new door to pay for itself in under a year or even to be a zero-sum home improvement.
- Eco-friendly doors provide a great level of home security. Earlier, we mentioned that standard garage doors tend not to sit flush. This is actually a common weakness in most home security systems, and a skilled thief can use this as their access point into the home.
- When it does come time to replace a garage door, you can sell the old door, whether it’s green or not, to a recycler. The benefit of a green door, in this situation, is that the recycler will pay more for it. Selling a door this way isn’t exactly lucrative, but the additional money can go a long way toward offsetting the cost of the upgrade.
Eco-friendly garage doors aren’t just luxuries; they’re significant home improvements with long-term value. If you’re in a need of a new door or have an attached garage, consider this option immediately. With a little planning, the cost will be cheaper than you expect, and the long-term savings will be worthwhile.
Are you doing something to live more eco-friendly? I’d love to hear about it – leave a comment and let me know!