Fireplace Doors

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Why Fireplace Doors are better than Screens

When it comes to fireplace accessories, there are none more important than fireplace doors or screens. They are both important aspects of maintaining a safe and healthy fireplace, but they don’t serve the exact same purpose. Oftentimes, people are confused about the differences between fireplace doors and a fireplace screen. This article will help you understand the difference between fireplace doors and fireplace screens, and also explain why fireplace doors are a better investment in most cases.

 

The Difference between Doors and Screens

A fireplace screen is a piece of mesh that serves as a barrier between the fireplace and the room. The frame is usually made of a metal (iron and bronze are common) while the mesh panel is made of woven wire or perforated metal.

 

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Fireplace Doors

Fireplace doors are made with thick glass and much sturdier. Sometimes they are called glass fireplace doors in order to differentiate them from screens and prevent confusion. Similar to screens, doors serve as barriers for the fireplace, but the glass is much more solid than mesh.

 

The Benefits of Fireplace Screens and Doors

Fireplace screens and doors both serve a very important function: keeping your home and family safe from the heat of a fireplace. A fireplace can produce a lot of heat and can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Both screens and doors provide an extra layer of protection from either the hot glass of a gas fireplace or the burning logs of a wood-burning fireplace. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, a fireplace screen will also block burning embers from getting in your room and potentially starting a fire.

Fireplace screens are also great decorative pieces. They can be centerpieces of a room especially in traditional style homes. If you have fire logs and accessories around your fireplace, a fireplace screen is a great way to create space for those items and define the area of the fireplace. Subtle fireplace screens are also available that add a nice touch to your fireplace.

 

Why Fireplace Doors are Better

Doors have all the same safety benefits as fireplace screens. They add an extra layer of protection for gas fireplaces and they create a barrier between the flames and your room for wood-burning fireplaces. They also add to the décor of the fireplace. The main advantage of fireplace doors, though, is that they have energy efficiency benefits.

When your fire is out or dwindling, closing the doors on your fireplace will prevent the warm air from escaping out the chimney. By keeping the heat in the room longer, your fireplace becomes a more efficient source of heat. In addition, fireplace doors prevent cool air from escaping out of your fireplace during the summer.

 

Traditional fireplaces are beautiful elements of any home that has one, but they can be frustratingly inefficient at supplying heat. Fireplace doors are the easiest way to improve the efficiency of a traditional fireplace and they also have added safety and decorative benefits. While screens are nice additions to a fireplace, the better long-term investment is in fireplace doors.

 

To find our more on fireplace doors and screens, check out the articles below.

Benefits of Fireplace Doors

In the dead of winter, is there anything cozier than a warm, crackling fire? We don’t think so, but we’re a little biased! While fires are a great way to warm a chilly house and provide a beautiful backdrop in the fireplace, there are some dangers. The most common danger is embers that come outside of the hearth and ignite on nearby carpet, rugs or anything else that is easily flammable. One simple solution, and a design addition to the fireplace, is to install fireplace doors for safety, among many other benefits. Here are some benefits of adding glass doors to your fireplace:

 

Safety

As we stated before, adding doors to the fireplace adds to the safety of a live burning fire. It catches embers or sparks that may exit the fireplace and keeps the fire more contained. If you’re using real logs, as the fire progresses the logs are burned down and tend to shift throughout the burning process. The doors will also keep the logs in place and greater assurance that a log will not leave the area in which it is burning. Glass doors also offer a protective barrier for pets and children while the fire is burning.

 

Energy Efficiency

 

Glass doors provide a great seal that does not let cold or hot air enter into the home through the chimney. Even if the damper is closed, the draft from the outside still comes in through the fireplace, which can make utility bills jump each month. Glass doors provide the insulation needed to ensure you are not paying any more than necessary for the HVAC bill each month.

 

Reduces Smoke

Whether a fire is burning or not, often times after a rainy or windy day, a draft of smoke will come through the chimney and penetrate to the surrounding area. Soot particles can also escape even after the fire has been extinguished, which can stain carpet, furniture and window treatments in close proximity to the fireplace.

 

Aesthetic Appeal

The fire is beautiful while it’s burning, but after, it leaves a mess of ashes and burnt logs. The glass fireplace doors hide the imperfections and provide a nice aesthetic addition to any room.

To see a selection of our fireplace doors, visit our showroom or give us a call to speak to a professional about a variety of fireplace options for your home.

Fireplace Doors Style Guide

Fireplace doors are a combination of style and function. They make your fireplace safer and more energy efficient, but they also contribute to the style of whatever room they’re in. Fireplace door style mostly boils down to personal preference, but it’s good to know what options are out there so that you can make the optimal choice for your home. One choice is bi-fold or cabinet door style which is described in this blog post. Then you have a choice between an arched fireplace door design or a non-arched design. Finally, the finish is a big stylistic factor when choosing between fireplace doors.

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Above is an example of fireplace doors with clear a natural finish, strap hinges (notice the handles at the top) and an arched window pane design. This is a pretty standard set of fireplace doors that is appropriate for a wide variety of home design styles. These fireplace doors are also an example of cabinet-opening style doors.

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This next example is of a set of fireplace doors with an antique brass finish, non-arched, strap hinges, and a bi-fold design. These doors are not too different than the first example, but you can see that the finish has a pretty dramatic impact on the style. These doors would be better suited for a traditional style home.

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This final example is of bi-fold, non-arched, and brushed brass finish fireplace doors. The minimalist design and 3-D appearance makes these doors perfect for a modern-looking home.

 

At Aspen Fireplace, we have fireplace doors that suit any home design style. To find the perfect set, come visit us at our showroom. You won’t find a better showroom selection of fireplaces anywhere in Columbus, Ohio. If you have a specific question or would like to learn more about our fireplaces or fireplace doors, you can also contact us here and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

Understanding the Difference between Cabinet and Bi-Fold Fireplace Doors

In the process of choosing fireplace doors, there are a number of choices to make including how much you want to spend and style. When trying to decide what style of fireplace doors you like best there are a number of considerations. One of the main considerations is cabinet vs. bi-fold. These two types of fireplace doors have both differences in look and function that you should think about before deciding what to go with.

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Bi-Fold

Bi-fold fireplace doors have two options: tracked and trackless. They both open accordion-style in which they fold into themselves, and both types are good for homes with small children because they are more difficult to open than cabinet doors. The difference between tracked and trackless is that tracked fireplace doors are attached to a track that keeps them in place. Because of this, tracked is usually preferred because they won’t break if the fireplace has a rough or uneven surface. The advantage of trackless fireplace doors is that they open wider and are easier to clean because of this.

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Cabinet

Cabinet fireplace doors swing open 180 degrees. These doors are easier to open than bi-fold. One significant advantage of cabinet-style doors is that they are slightly more energy efficient because there is only one crack for heat to escape through. These are the most popular style of fireplace doors because of their elegant look and simplicity.

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Fireplace doors are important for the heating efficiency and safety of your fireplace. Aspen Fireplace offers a wide selection of fireplace doors that will suit any style you are looking for. To find the perfect fireplace doors for your home, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you with any of your fireplace needs.

How to Choose Fireplace Doors

Fireplace doors are an important aspect of your fireplace. They have many benefits including improvements to your home’s insulation, safety, style, and cleanliness. If you decide that you would like to see these improvements with your fireplace and decide to buy fireplace doors, the next step is to choose the fireplace doors that will be best for your home.

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The first thing to consider when shopping for fireplace doors is how much you want to spend. There is actually a wide variety of price ranges for fireplace doors because there are quite a few variables. If you have a custom fireplace that is an awkward size, you’re fireplace does will probably be more expensive in order to accommodate for that. Another factor in price is the material used to build the doors. For example, anodized aluminum is cheaper than solid brass. Don’t just look for the lowest price though. Iron might be expensive, but it’s also very durable and will last a long time.

 

The other main consideration for choosing fireplace doors is how they fit in with the style of your home. Does your home have a modern, sleek look or does it have a rustic and organic feel? A brushed nickel insert is very modern looking while an antique brass set is better for a rustic home. Also, look at the door styles and imagine how they would fit in your home. Do you like cabinet style doors or bi-fold? These are all things to consider when deciding on your fireplace doors.

 

When shopping around, make sure to check out our selection of high-quality fireplace doors. If you want to see any of our fireplace doors in person, you can visit us at our showroom. At Aspen Fireplace, we’ll help you through the entire buying process. If you have any questions about fireplace doors, feel free the contact us!

Introduction to Fireplace Doors

The fireplace can be the most important and centering aspect of a well-designed home. However, it’s common to see a home with a fireplace and no fireplace door. Some homeowners simply haven’t had the chance or taken the time to buy and install a fireplace door, and some think that they are unnecessary. However, a fireplace door can improve your home’s:

  • Insulation
  • Safety
  • Style
  • Cleanliness

In the winter, you want your home to stay warm as efficiently as possible. Everyone knows that proper insulation is key in ensuring that. However, many don’t realize that a fireplace, if not properly covered with a door, can suck the heat out of your house, costing you more to heat your home. When the fireplace isn’t lit, the warm air in your house will rise out of the chimney unless the doors are shut. In the long run, glass fireplace doors will help insulate you from rising energy costs.

Glass fireplace doors can also make your fireplace safer and cleaner. When closed, the doors will prevent embers and ash from escaping from wood-burning fireplaces and onto your floor. This significantly reduces the risk of fire. Many homeowners are also concerned about children playing in or near fireplaces, or about curious pets getting inside of them. A fireplace door will help ensure that nothing except firewood makes it into your fireplace, and nothing but heat comes out of it and into your home.

Finally, glass fireplace doors can be a beautiful addition to your home simply by adding style.

Typically, doors are made out of either ceramic glass or tempered glass so that they can withstand the heat of the fire without shattering. Tempered glass is glass that has undergone thermal or chemical treatments which make it stronger than untreated glass. Ceramic glass is glass that has been partially crystallized through thermal treatment and chemical treatment, and shares many characteristics of both glass and ceramic.