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Top 10 Tips for Purchasing the Perfect Fireplace Doors

Martin Castilla            No comments            Aug, 21

After you’ve redecorated your living room and maybe even done a makeover on your fireplace so it blends in perfectly with your new decor,  there’s just one thing left to do.  You need to purchase a set of glass fireplace doors to add that perfect finishing touch.

Fireplace glass doors not only look nice and hide unsightly charred gas logs or leftover ashes and soot after a wood burning fire, but they help keep children and pets from getting into the firebox when the fire isn’t burning. 

Another plus is that fireplace doors help keep drafty cold air from coming down the chimney and  into your home during the cold winter months, saving on heating bills.   And there’s the peace of mind you’ll have when you can close the glass doors as your fire is dying down and go to bed, confident that  no spark will pop out onto your floor.

(An important tip to remember is that fireplace glass doors should remain open while the fire is burning because the glass could get too hot and break.)

So how should you begin the journey to find the perfect fireplace glass doors for your fireplace? 

  1. Pre-Fab or Masonry?

The first thing you’ll need to do is determine whether you have a prefab zero clearance factory built firebox or a masonry firebox.  The firebox is the part of the fireplace where the fire burns.

 A prefab firebox has metal sides and a metal plate located somewhere on the front or side that has a manufacturer name and model number.  Sometimes prefab fireboxes have a look of real brick even though they are actually made of metal.  Try knocking gently with your fist on the side to see if the firebox is metal.

If your firebox is not metal, it’s a masonry firebox made of brick, concrete, or stone. Masonry fireplaces require a different type of door than pre-fab fireplaces.

2.  Measure Accurately.

Measuring your firebox correctly is important so your doors will fit properly.  Check out this video that shows you how to measure your firebox opening accurately.  How to Measure

3.  Consider Your Budget.

How much money do you want to spend on fireplace doors?  Fireplace doors range in price from a basic no frills door for a few hundred dollars to around one thousand dollars for a higher quality heavier door. 

4.  Decide on a Frame Style.

What frame style do you prefer? Think of your fireplace door frame like a picture frame that goes around your bi-fold doors.  The frame attaches to your firebox opening and then the doors clip into tracks in the frame.  The frame’s thickness can range from less than an inch to a few inches. Frames come in a variety of colors, classic black being the most basic and probably the most popular choice.  A black frame will complement almost any fireplace and doesn’t have an up charge like some specialty colors.  Other color choices include bronze, nickel, pewter, and antique brass.

Think about the shape of your firebox.  Is it a rectangular shape, or a square?  Is it a corner fireplace or does it have an arched shape?  If it’s arched or a corner fireplace, you’ll need a custom door.

5.  Choose Clear or Tinted Glass.

What glass color will look best on your fireplace?  Clear glass is usually included in the price of the doors with no up charge.  Tinted bronze or gray glass help hide unsightly ashes and soot or charred gas logs when the fire isn’t burning. 

6.  Bi-Fold or Cabinet Style?

Do you want Bi-Fold or Cabinet Style Doors? Fireplace glass doors come in traditional bi-fold which are hinged on the top and bottom corners of the frame and fold when opened.  Cabinet style doors are panes of glass that open out  like cabinets and do not fold.  If you have jagged rock or stone on your fireplace, cabinet doors are probably not the best choice since they could bump against the rock and break.

7.  Tracked or Full Swing Doors?

Do you want tracked or full-swing doors?  Tracked doors are bi-fold doors that are locked in the track.  Full swing doors are not locked in the track and can be pulled out and folded back to allow for a full view of the fire.

8.  Choose a Frame Metal.

Do you prefer aluminum, iron, or steel?  The most popular and cost effective choice for a fireplace door frame is aluminum.  Iron and steel are heavier and more costly choices.

9.  Traditional or Contemporary?

Do you want a more traditional or contemporary look?  A bronze or antique brass frame looks a little more traditional with nickel and pewter leaning toward a more contemporary feel.  A black frame can lean either way.  A frame with sleek thin lines looks more modern whereas a frame with a thicker width looks traditional.

10.  Consider the Style of Your Room.

10 – What’s the Look and Feel of Your Room?  Is your room more open with minimalist streamlined decor and abstract art? Or cozy and traditional with oversized furniture with plush pillows?  The modernist might choose a nickel or pewter fireplace door while a more traditional choice might be black or bronze.

Think of your accessories and how your fireplace looks.  If your room has a rustic mantel and a stone fireplace, an iron door might work nicely.  If your lamps, candelabras and other accessories are silver, pewter doors would blend in.  A set of basic black doors would accent a white painted fireplace adding to it’s clean look.

Fireplace glass doors are an investment that will last many years so it’s natural that you’d want to spend some time and decide on the perfect doors for your fireplace.  But remember, there’s no need to stress about which doors to choose when you have a personal customer service professional who will walk you through each step of the way. 

Our satisfaction guarantee and return policy (even on custom doors) allows you to shop with confidence.

Visit this helpful site for more information, tips, and purchasing advice on prefab fireplace doors.

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