Choosing eco-friendly door materials
In recent years, we’ve seen a real boom in environmental consciousness and, as a result, we’re helping more and more clients who are wanting to choose eco-friendly door materials. This is, of course, a great way to reduce your environmental impact and promote sustainability. As such, we’ve compiled several options for eco-friendly door materials.
Pros: By using reclaimed wood from old barns, factories, or other structures helps to reduce the ongoing demand for new timber. And, reclaimed wood will always add character and history to your door.
Cons: Availability may vary, and you may find it challenging to find specific sizes or types of wood.
Pros: Steel is highly durable and can be recycled repeatedly without losing its strength. Using recycled steel helps reduce the demand for new raw materials.
Cons: Production of steel can be energy-intensive, so make sure you look for doors made from a high percentage of recycled content.
Pros: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification ensures that the wood comes from responsibly managed forests. Look out for doors with this certification if you would like to support sustainable forestry.
Cons: Cost may be higher compared to non-certified options.
Pros: Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource that grows much faster than traditional hardwoods. On top of that, it’s strong, durable, and has a unique and attractive appearance.
Cons: Some bamboo may be sourced from unsustainable practices, so look for certifications such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) to ensure responsible harvesting.
Pros: Fibreglass doors are energy-efficient and durable. Look for doors with a high percentage of recycled content to enhance their eco-friendly profile.
Cons: The manufacturing process may involve some chemical inputs, so choose manufacturers with environmentally conscious practices.
Recycled Composite Materials
Pros: Some doors are made from recycled materials like recycled wood fibres or plastic. These materials often mimic the look of wood while utilizing recycled content.
Cons: Check for the overall environmental impact of the composite materials used, as some may still involve energy-intensive processes.
Pros: Cork is a renewable resource harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. It’s lightweight, insulating, and has a unique texture.
Cons: Limited availability, and it may not be as common as other door materials.
Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Finishes
Pro: Regardless of the material you end up opting for, always choose doors with low VOC finishes to minimize indoor air pollution.
Cons: Limited impact on the overall material sustainability but contributes to a healthier indoor environment.
To sum up
When selecting an eco-friendly door, consider the entire lifecycle of the product, including manufacturing processes, transportation, and end-of-life disposal. Additionally, certifications like FSC, Energy Star, or Cradle to Cradle can help guide you toward more sustainable choices.
If you’d like to find out more about the wide variety of eco-friendly door materials that are available and that we use on a regular basis for our residential and commercial clients across the globe, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]