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GLASS FIREPLACE DOORS: DO YOU NEED THEM?

April 18, 2018

Glass fireplace doors serve a variety of purposes, including adding beauty to your home and increasing the efficiency of your fireplace by keeping the warm air from escaping through the chimney.

Open fireplaces allow heat to flow out of your home, wasting your money and it’s recommended you keep the doors closed when the fireplace is not being used.

But when burning, it’s recommended you keep the doors open — relying on a metal screen to keep sparks inside the fireplace— to allow adequate airflow to ensure a fire that burns hot, reducing the threat of creosote, a flammable material that adheres to the inside of your chimney and can catch fire. Keeping the doors closed while burning creates too little airflow resulting in a smoky fire.

Glass fireplace doors also can reduce clean-up by containing the ash, cinders, and other debris within the fireplace, instead of seeping out into the living area.

And like fireplaces, glass doors come in a variety of different styles to meet your needs. But what doors are right for you? Here’s a few questions to ask before installing fireplace glass doors:
Is your fireplace a masonry fireplace or a factory built unit?
Factory built fireplaces are made of metal and use insulated walls, air-cooled pipes, blowers, and many already include glass doors (if you’re considering a new fireplace). Masonry fireplaces are made of brick or stone.

What size is your fireplace?
A proper fit is a key component of your glass doors. Fireplace doors are vital to the function of the fireplace, and an accurate measurement will help determine if you need custom or stock fireplace doors. Having a reputable fireplace service company install the doors means they will be the right doors and fit for your fireplace.

What style do you want your doors to be?
Glass fireplace doors come in a variety of styles, from traditional to modern. Determining the style your home reflects will point you in the direction of your perfect fireplace doors.

Glass doors can be a beautiful addition to your fireplace and provide efficiency and safety to your home. We recommend contacting a fireplace service company like Rooftop Chimney Sweeps to view fireplace door options.

For more information on glass fireplace doors or to learn about our chimney cleaning service, please contact us today.

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