A major element to analyzing if a product is green is to look at the materials used to make garage doors.
If wood is used in the manufacturing process, questions are often raised on the extraction, harvesting or recovery, often seeking certifications that track where the wood originated such as Chain-of-Custody (COC). Some require the manufacturer to produce documentation stating if the wood door is made from a "rapidly renewable product".
Dave Martin, chairman of Martin Door Manufacturing, likes to note that no trees are cut down to build a Martin Door, a point that should not be overlooked by environmentally conscious customers. Use of wood is not friendly to the environment, while the use of steel, copper and aluminum can be----because the materials can be recycled and used again. By either the recycled or recyclability standard, wood garage doors usually fail.
Some manufacturers do offer wood composite doors, but natural wood has also come to the forefront---again---in the industry. Others also offer a wood overlay on a steel door.
All remain a very poor environmental option.
Wood is also not considered to be recyclable if it has any kind of finish on it, according to at least one regional landfill official in Utah.
Martin notes that with some new options, customers can have the look and texture of wood, without the maintenance or the environmental issues that come with it.
The scenario creates a win-win for the customer, who is not shackled with the heavy maintenance that also comes with using wood.
“With painting technology we can make an aluminum door look like wood and look that way for some time,” Martin said. Martin has extensive experience with wood. Dave Martin’s brother Leno first assembled one-piece wooden doors in 1936 and the company manufactured wooden doors for many years.
Still he has no fond memories of wood, or its accompanying problems.
“Wood on a moving garage door...it's not a good idea, unless you want the maintenance needed every year.” He said it also presents safety problems for many manufacturers.
It's also not a good option, if environmental concerns are included in the equation.