Installing Fireplace Glass Doors

Maximize the Warmth and Charm of your Fireplace by Installing Fireplace Glass Doors

By Mark J. Donovan

On a cold winter evening the warmth and glow emanating from a fireplace is both inviting and comforting. As a matter of fact it can become almost intoxicating as one watches the flames lick up the fireplace backwall and into the chimney above. Unfortunately, in most cases we are also watching much of the heat generated by the fire go up the chimney versus out into the room. And the heat loss doesn’t stop after the fire goes out.

If the fireplace damper is left open the chimney will continue to draw heat from the room and home. One way to improve fireplace efficiency is by installing fireplace glass doors.

Installing fireplace glass doors can improve the efficiency of your fireplace as well as dress it up. Fireplace glass doors are available in a variety of materials and finishes including steel, aluminum and forged iron materials, and brushed metal finishes such as bronze, steel, pewter and aluminum.

They are also available to fit most standard firebox openings and prefabricated (zero clearance fireplaces) including square, rectangular and even arched fireplace boxes. The glass is also available in a variety of types including clear, beveled or mirror glass, and in various tints such as grey, or bronze.

Fireplace glass door prices vary widely from a couple of hundred dollars for basic models to several hundred dollars for higher end ones.

Fireplace glass door installation is fairly easy to do and can be done by most reasonably handy homeowners. Installing fireplace glass doors improves a fireplace’s heating efficiency be enabling you to close the glass doors when the fire is low and burning out.

By keeping the fireplace glass doors closed when the fire is burning out, the heat in your home is not sucked up the fireplace chimney. Instead the petering out fire can draw air in from a fresh air supply vent normally found inside fireboxes.

In addition, after the fire has burned out and when you are not using the fireplace, the closed fireplace glass doors continue to prevent the escape of heat from the home.

Note that the fireplace glass doors should be open and the screen closed when a fire is full burning in the fireplace. The glass doors will not be able to withstand the full heat intensity of the flames if they are closed, and as a result they will eventually crack.

Installing Fireplace Glass Doors

So improve the look and efficiency of your fireplace by installing fireplace glass doors. You will enjoy the look and beauty of them while saving energy in the process.

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