If your fireplace doesn’t have glass doors, it’s due for an upgrade!
Glass fireplace doors are a staple of contemporary fireplace design. They have become so popular because of both practical and aesthetic reasons. Aesthetically, glass doors make a fireplace look clean and elegant even when a fire isn’t burning. Practically, glass doors improve your fireplace’s safety and efficiency.
Why are fireplace doors safer?
Glass fireplace doors play an important role in decreases injuries and damages from fireplaces. When you close the doors after the fire burns out, it prevents young children and pets from getting into the fireplace ashes where hot embers may still be burning. Having doors on your fireplace also decreases the risk of hot logs or sparks starting a fire by igniting nearby carpet or wood flooring.
It is important to keep in mind that glass doors should be open when the fireplace is in use. Especially when there is a large fire burning in the hearth. You should only have the doors fully closed with the fire is dying down or already out. The reason for this is that fireplace glass doors can shatter if the heat from the fire is too great. This is especially true if you have tempered glass fireplace doors. Ceramic glass doors are more heat resistant.
How do fireplace doors improve efficiency?
Homes with traditional masonry fireplaces tend to be less energy efficient because hot and cold air can escape up the chimney. Even when the damper in your fireplace is closed, there are often gaps in the vent that allow air to continue to move through the fireplace. This can drive up your heating and cooling costs year-round. Installing fireplace doors will solve this problem. When the doors are closed, they prevent heated/cooled air in your home from escaping up the chimney. They also prevent downdrafts of hot/cold air from outside entering your home.
How do you choose the right fireplace doors?
The first step, before you pick out your fireplace doors, is to find out if you have a masonry or factory-built fireplace. Factory-built or prefabricated fireplaces are built in a factory and then installed in a home. Masonry fireplaces are constructed on-location when your home is built using masonry materials such as brick or stone and mortar. The type of fireplace you have will have an impact on the kind of glass doors that are compatible with it.
The next step is to measure your fireplace to determine what size of glass doors you will need. Fireplace doors are available in many different sizes. Custom fireplace glass doors are also available for fireplaces that don’t fit standard sizes. (This is more common with a masonry fireplace). If you aren’t sure how to measure your fireplace, call on an expert like the fireplace and chimney technicians on our team! We’ll be happy to drop by and measure your fireplace for you.
The last step is choosing what fireplace doors you would like. Glass fireplace doors come in a wide variety of styles and colors as well as sizes. You can find doors with beautiful brass detailing or doors that look like a clear glass window. There are options to suit every type of decor.
Glass fireplace doors are a beautiful and functional addition for any fireplace. The fireplace experts at Fluesbrothers are standing by to help you find the right set for your home! We are here to make this process as hassle-free as possible. We will help you find doors that are the perfect fit and style for your home and install them for you. Give us a call to find out more!