Provia Fiberglass Signet door is a great alternative to wood.As the world transitions from to a future filled with eco friendly and sustainable materials, you can make the future happen at the very doorstep of your home. A sustainable, low carbon footprint, or eco friendly door is all about the material that is chosen when the door is manufactured. Apart from the material, the method of construction and assembly also play a vital part in determining how environmentally friendly your door is.



Wooden doors


Wood door

Wooden doors are almost certainly the most eco friendly type of doors, especially those that have been recycled or repurposed from existing materials. Wood is biodegradable and it also looks absolutely splendid as an entrance to your home. Wooden doors also have a classic feel to them, but they do require more maintenance than other types of doors. Your choice of manufacturer is very crucial.


When you are selecting a wooden door, you should be on the lookout for manufacturers who use sustainable materials. You need to ensure that the door can stand the test of time against mold and moisture. It should have the best available weather-stripping technology with the most sustainable materials. More often than not, weather-stripping is where you need to be careful about environmental standards as most doors are biodegradable by nature.


Fiberglass Doors


Fiberglass doors are typically considered to be sturdier and more durable than wooden doors, but this is almost always dependent on how they are manufactured. Fiberglass doors have an excellent level of insulation capacity and they play an important part in curbing the heat flow to and from your home. Fiberglass can come in wide variety of textures and most of them are already incredibly energy efficient. Fiberglass is also a lightweight material, which is an added bonus.


As with wood, the materials used for the insulation of the door will ultimately determine how sustainable the door is. A lot of doors are insulated with polyurethane foam board, which is one of the best insulators in the market. Unfortunately, polyurethane is manufactured using chloro fluorocarbons and hydro chlorofluorocarbons, which are not very sustainable. You could work around this by ensuring that such doors are recycled efficiently, but they will ultimately slow the biodegradation process whenever they are discarded. Otherwise, fiberglass doors are excellent for energy conservation and sustainability.


Steel doors


Steel Door

Provia Legacy Steel door

Steel doors are extremely popular in areas that are subject to harsh and cold winters and with good reason. They are very strong and durable, and well manufactured steel doors are galvanized, making them highly resistant to corrosion and rust. Most steel doors are far more secure than wooden and fiberglass doors. However, steel doors are susceptible to denting if the manufacturer chooses a thin gauge of steel and the build quality is poor.


The best part about steel doors is that they can be recycled easily. There are numerous manufacturers all across the United States that use 100% recycled steel to make their doors. Such manufacturers will also strip your door with sustainable materials that have next-to-no carbon footprint. The type of insulation will ultimately determine how sustainable and recyclable your door is.



Thankfully, most doors are biodegradable and sustainable as the materials used to make them are natural materials. The level of insulation is the most important factor in determining eco friendliness. While insulations that have CFCs and HCFCs are excellent for heat and energy conservation purposes, they release a steady stream of harmful toxins in the immediate environment that are capable of adversely affecting the human body over time. If you are in the market for a new door, spend some time doing research about the manufacturer before you purchase a door.