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Tips for Making Your Fireplace a Cost-Friendly Heat Source

October 8, 2012 9:54 am

Did you know that an open fireplace hearth is like a window to your home left open year-round? If you are a new homeowner, or one that has enjoyed your open fireplace without ever stoking it up, you may want to brush up on some reasons to cover it up.

If you use your fireplace occasionally for ambiance, or regularly as a supplemental heat source, glass doors provide safety by keeping children and pets separated from the fire, and a smoldering fire safely contained when you go to bed.

And if you don’t use your fireplace, glass doors can make a design statement that helps your hearth become the focal point of any room.

Here are a few preliminary steps to consider before heading out to shop for your fireplace doors: first, determine if you have a masonry or factory-built fireplace; next, pick a style that will reflect your décor; and finally, determine the price range that's best for you.

If your outside chimney is faced with the same siding material as your house, you likely have a factory-built fireplace. Masonry fireplaces require brick or stone chimneys.

For factory built units, glass doors must be designed to allow that cooling air to flow the way the manufacturer designed it to flow. Gaps between the glass and frame vents exist on many of these doors to allow for this airflow.

Masonry fireplaces can accommodate a variety of fireplace doors. Aluminum and steel doors are available in many styles and finishes to suit nearly every décor and price range. Detailed instructions are provided, so installation by a handy homeowner is also possible.

A reputable dealer, however, can measure your fireplace opening, make sure that the door you order fits perfectly, and usually refer you to professional installers who will see it operates flawlessly and looks beautiful.


Published with permission from RISMedia.

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