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3 Types of Fireplaces & the Glass Doors That Accompany Them January 26, 2018

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3 Types of Fireplaces & the Glass Doors That Accompany Them, Stamford, Connecticut

Fireplace glass doors prevent drafts from coming through your chimney once the fire is extinguished. They enhance your comfort and increase energy efficiency, saving you money on electricity. While they’re primarily functional, they can also be beautiful, adding an elegant aesthetic to the home. There are numerous factory and custom fireplace door designs to choose from. Before deciding on details, however, you’ll need to determine what type of fireplace you have.


fireplace-glass-doorsMasonry fireplaces are built of stone or brick, and most have a chimney made of identical material. They may be rectangular or fully arched. There are several designs to choose from, which range from modern and minimal to elaborate blacksmith creations. Masonry doors may overlap the outside of the firebox, resting on the front of the fireplace. Or, you can choose an inside fit fireplace glass door, which sits flush for a sleek, clean look. 


Factory-built fireplaces, also known as zero-clearance fireplaces, contain a pre-built metal box. The chimney is typically covered in the same material as the house exterior. Zero-clearance fireplaces can be installed almost anywhere in the home, unlike masonry, which is custom-built in place. The structure includes a track to easily slide the fireplace glass door, which comes pre-made with the unit.


There are also direct-vent (DV) or gas fireplaces, which are even more versatile. Direct vent fireplaces don’t require a chimney because they vent directly through the wall. These fireplaces contain sealed ceramic glass in front. The glass can get hot and pose a safety hazard, so screens and doors are used to protect people and pets.


Fireplace glass doors are a valuable addition to any home or office space, enhancing safety, energy efficiency, and appearance. If you’re interested in adding fireplace accessories or doors, visit the specialists at Nordic Stove & Fireplace Center in Stamford, CT. They have a variety of styles and brands, allowing you to pick a door that fits your budget and complements your decor. To discuss their various fireplace tools, screens, doors, and other accessories with a friendly staff member, call (203) 406-9881. Visit their website to view their online gallery. 

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