I was pleased to be able to save this door. An original 1950s exterior back door, apart from the area of rot immediately below the glazing the rest of the door was sound.
The rot had taken hold along the base of the glass rebate because the glazing beads were no longer keeping the water out. The area of rot had penetrated 20mm into the door, so timber flannels were inserted after routing out the rotten timber. Not only was this cheaper than a replacement door and fitting, but there is also the environmental cost which I and the customer I am pleased to say took into consideration.
I have no statistics on the carbon footprint of an exterior door, its not only the materials used that have to be taken into account. There is also the manufacturing – packaging -shipping- transport to warehousing and retail then the disposal of packaging and the old door ; it all adds up. Without a doubt repairing over replacement is something we all have to embrace. World overshoot day every year creeps back a few days and this simply cannot continue indefinitely.
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