Fall is just around the corner. Is Your Fireplace Ready?
It’s hot outside and the last thing you might be thinking about is your fireplace. But with fall just around the corner, the chilly weather will be here before you know it. It’s time to start thinking about how to get your fireplace ready to do its job warming your home and a great place to start is by purchasing a new set of fireplace doors.
Adding a new set of fireplace doors to your fireplace not only gives it a finished look but saves on energy bills as well. Fireplace doors come in a variety of styles and colors so you can be sure to find just the right doors to suit your taste and decor.
What are Some Great Advantages of Having Fireplace Doors?
Adding Style to Your Space
Fireplace doors just like fireplaces themselves add an element of beauty and style to your room. The firebox, the area of your fireplace where the fire burns, is not very attractive when the fire is not burning. Soot, ashes, and stained walls left over from previous fires aren’t attractive to say the least. Fireplace doors help hide all that and make your fireplace look nice even when it’s not in use.
Saving Energy and Money on Heating
Heating your home efficiently during the winter months is important to every homeowner. The fireplace can let cold air come down the chimney and into your room. Closing the damper helps some but fireplace doors add a solid barrier that helps keep cold air out. Fireplace doors can help with energy efficiency during the summer months when you run your air conditioner keeping the hot air out and cool air inside.
Added Safety to Your Fireplace
Fireplace doors look nice and help save on energy bills, but the main reason you need fireplace doors is for safety. Fireplace doors can be closed as the fire is dying down and keep sparks and embers from popping out onto your floor causing a fire hazard. Free standing screens or mesh have small openings that can allow a spark to pop thru and land on your carpet or wood floor.
In addition to keeping sparks from coming out of your fireplace, fireplace doors keep small children and pets from getting into the firebox when the fire is out. Closing the fireplace doors when the fire is not burning creates a protective barrier in front of the firebox.
Why Are Fireplace Doors Better Than Screens?
Fireplace doors are sturdy and solid while screens are free standing and made of mesh. Because fireplace doors are attached to the firebox, they stay in place and cannot tip over like free-standing screens. Small children and pets can tip over free- standing screens causing possible injury. Additionally, sparks can pop thru the mesh on screens. Another benefit of glass doors over mesh screens is that glass is solid instead of mesh, doors help with energy efficiency keeping warm air in and cold air out during the winter months and helping with cooling costs during the hot summer months.
Why Should I Purchase Fireplace Doors During the Summer?
The last thing you’re probably thinking about in the middle of summer is your fireplace. But getting your fireplace ready for fall takes a little longer than you might think. First, you need to be sure the chimney is clean and in good repair. Next, you should clean your firebox by removing all ashes and debris from previous fires. A shop vac and a bucket of soap and water can help with this project. You might even think about painting the inside of the firebox with a high temperature grill and stove paint so it looks fresh and new.
After your fireplace is clean, it’s time to start looking online for the perfect set of fireplace doors. Custom fireplace doors come in a variety of styles and colors so you can choose a set that fits your decor and budget. From the time you order until the time your doors are shipped can take up to 4 weeks, so ordering during the summer will give you plenty of time to have them delivered and installed before cold weather arrives.
How Do I Order Fireplace Doors?
Before you call to place your order, you should know whether your fireplace is masonry or prefab. Masonry fireplaces have a brick firebox and prefab fireboxes are made from metal. It’s very important that you know your fireplace type so you can order the correct doors. Prefab fireboxes need proper air flow to ensure the fireplace doesn’t get overheated and cause a fire.
There are a variety of masonry and prefab fireplace doors for every budget. Black frames are the most common best sellers since they complement almost any decor, but frames come in brass, nickel and bronze finishes as well. The glass can be clear or with bronze or gray tint.
What to Do If You’re Not Sure About Which Fireplace Door to Get?
Don’t worry if you’re not sure you have all the information you need, Customer service agents realize that you’ve probably never ordered fireplace doors before and they’re willing to walk you through what you need to know when placing your order. You’ll need to know the type of fireplace you have and the length and width of your firebox (where the fire burns).
So what are you waiting for? Get your fireplace ready for fall weather now and you’ll be ready to cozy up to a warm fire the second chilly weather gets here!