When you want to install a security door onto your property, you will probably consider various factors, such as door mountings, type of metal framing, insect screening and even painting or powder coating your door. What you may end up not considering is a green door that will enhance resource conservation, reduce replacement and maintenance costs and at the same time promote the well-being of the occupants. Depending on your preference, here are different types of security doors and how to make sure they are green doors.
Wooden doors are a great design for your home as they are classic and can be easily and elegantly crafted to your favourite style. They, however, require some maintenance to ensure they do not crack or warp. So as to ensure that you are using a wooden environmentally friendly door, purchase a door that has been built from certified wood. There are various wood certification systems that include the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). These systems ensure that there is a sustainable forestry practice. Additionally, buying doors made from recycled wood is sustainable and ensures conservation of forests.
Fiberglass doors are an alternative for wooden doors for those who want something more secure. In terms of energy efficiency, fiberglass performs better compared to other materials in thermal performance. They will help you save on energy bills as they keep cold air out and retain heat in your building or home. Their main ingredient is also glass made from sand. Sand is a natural and non-depleting resource, therefore, sustainable. Fiberglass is also made durable to last for years, meaning that there is no or minimal waste directed towards landfills to make it green.
Steel doors are very strong, durable, secure and preferred by many individuals as security doors. Steel is among the most recycled material; to ensure that you use a green steel security door, purchase one that is built from recycled steel. Steel doors are also made with hot-rolled sections, of which 100% are recycled steel which gives them the strong and durable feature. Additionally, make sure that the steel door uses an environmentally friendly paint coating. In most circumstances, this includes an application of an e-coat (electro-deposited epoxy primer paint) which should be lead-free, have ultra-low volatile organic compounds and contain no hazardous air pollutants. Instead of painting the door using liquid paint that emits pollutants into the air, consider powder coating paint finishes that are more environmentally friendly.