In the last year, there have been numerous articles about greening your home using bamboo flooring, low flow toilets, and energy star appliances. You never hear a peep about using environmentally friendly materials for your exterior and interior doors. Besides your windows, doors are one of the largest architectural features in your home.
Since 1995, Tru-Stile has been manufacturing eco-friendly medium density fiberboard (MDF) interior doors. With 350 door design choices and the ability to build any custom design, green designers no longer have to sacrifice design or break the bank in order to specify green doors.
What makes these doors environmentally friendly?
The MDF doors are made out of 82% post industrial waste as certified by the SCS (Scientific Certification Systems), so no new trees are cut down to produce these doors.
All doors contain low emitting adhesives. For those consumers, who are concerned about their indoor air quality, TruStile now offers a no-added formaldehyde standard option for a slight up-charge. These doors are made out of Sierra Pine’s Medex, a water resistant MDF with a no-added formaldehyde binder.Even the stiles and rails are engineered MDF.
In addition, Tru-Stile has a reclamation process for the remaining MDF scraps, which are ground up and donated to its agricultural partners. One of the Company’s partners is an organic dairy farmer who uses the scraps for cow bedding.
The reclamation process reduced their manufacturing waste by 65%, which amounts to 20 tons of scrap that does not end up in a landfill. Less waste also translates into less garbage pick-ups and less fossil fuel burned from trucks on the road.
In addition to the environmental attributes of the doors, the Company lists the following advantages to using its MDF doors:
- 350 custom styles to choose from. Visit the website to design your dream doors.
According to the Company, the doors are not routed and filled with cheaper core materials like most MDF alternatives.
See picture to the right of a cross section of the door.
- 3 hinges for 6’8” doors and 4 hinges for 7’0” and above doors.
- Designed to provide superior, architecturally-correct details
- All interior MDF doors come with a ten year limited lifetime warranty and five years for MDF exterior doors.
- More stable and durable than wood doors.
- Smoother surface for painting than natural wood
- More affordable than wood doors.
- Unrivaled smoothness and finishing
- Short Lead Times
- Eligible for LEED credits for Materials & Resources and Indoor Air Quality
- Doors are available in either 1 3/8” or 1 ¾” thickness. See Tru-Stile’s sound transmission data for its doors.
- Exterior doors are made out of water-resistant MDF and uses special engineered stiles, rails and panels.
- Partnered with leading glass and resin manufacturers, like Beheim and 3form®(an eco-friendly company), to provide 40 creative options for its glass doors
- All doors are factory primed with Sherwin Williams low Voc primer.
The interior doors in my house are made out of wood with MDF panels. Since the doors have been painted, the panels have never shifted, which would ordinarily cause the paint to crack. Additionally, the doors have not warped or stuck.
I applaud the Company’s use of Medex. My bathroom cabinets are made out of Medex. It is a very solid, heavy material. Read my article about Medex for further information.
A side note about the warranty, the doors must be factory primed and painted on all 6 sides in order for the warranty to apply. Before you pay your painter, stick a pocket mirror under your doors to check to make sure the bottoms were painted as well as the tops.
Retail Suggested Price
The retail suggested slab prices for a 2 panel door are as follow:
- Interior 6’8” 1 3/8 inch:$280 (add $80 for a formaldehyde-free version)
- Interior 6’8” 1 3/4 inch:$300 (add $80 for a formaldehyde-free version)
- Exterior:$830 (Note, these prices are for slab prices only so you still need to get a pre-hung price from a distributor.)
Both commercial and residential Tru-Stile doors are offered throughout the United States and one dealer in Canada. Check the website for dealers in your area. With all the money you spend greening other items in your house, shouldn’t you consider greening your doors as well? Personally, I think that is an open and shut decision.
Join the Conversation:
- Have you installed these doors? If so, can you provide feedback.
- Any feedback about the Company’s warranty?
- Would you look for a door with eco-friendly properties?
- What kind of eco-friendly doors have you used, if any?