Options for an Eco-Friendly Door
There is nothing more disappointing that seeing an original mid-century door lying by the side of the road on bulk trash day. Keep reading for three ways to avoid the dumpster dance.
Just a few weeks ago, a neighbor down the street replaced an original flush wood door with fake-panel steel front door featuring a beveled glass lite. Their home, a funky ranch with a low-pitched roof, no longer matches the aesthetic of the neighborhood. And the most difficult truth is that the original door was probably a great candidate for an eco-friendly restoration project!
There are a few ways to include your front door replacement in your green remodeling plans.
1. Reuse Existing Materials
Many existing front doors are flush, veneered wood doors that have seen better days. But with a little elbow grease (ok, a little sandpaper and a lot of paint) they can be restored. The addition of a Doorlite Kit can turn that flush door into a modern masterpiece while adding light and visibility!
2. Increase Energy Efficiency
Our insulated Doorlite Kits provide both energy efficient and sound dampening qualities. If your existing door has got to go, take it to your local architectural salvage shop and opt for a flush fiberglass door. Energy Star ratings may apply when your insulated Doorlite Kit is paired with certain fiberglass or metal doors; see your local door or millwork retailer for details.
3. Protect Your Investment
The best way to stop the cycle of planned obsolescence and disposable goods is to provide adequate care and maintenance of your door so that it will not need to be replaced! Make sure your door is adequately sealed on all sides (front, back, top, bottom, hinge and strike sides), including under the hardware, and keep it under a minimum 3-ft overhang to prevent standing water or harsh sunlight.
Check out Chad Kelly's do-it-yourself door do-over!
Check out the veneer on the interior side. Wow.
Chad has a full tutorial on his site. Way to go!!
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