The following glossary should help you better communicate with your fireplace door installer. However, if your contractor uses terms or phrases you don’t understand, ask them for clarification or details. True professionals will understand that most laypeople don’t have much experience choosing, replacing, or buying new fireplace doors and will be happy to explain in a way you can understand.
Air-seal doors are glass fireplace door frames that include a built-in gasket for extra tight sealing of the fireplace, making it more efficient
Also known as: efficient fireplace doors
Arched fireplace door conversion
This conversion kit includes a rectangular frame with arched glass doors. It fits on existing fireplaces with rectangular openings but gives the look of arched fireplace doors. This allows the consumer to change the appearance of their fireplace without having to make expensive modifications to the physical structure.
Also known as: fireplace door conversion kits, false-arch fireplace doors
Arched fireplace doors
Fireplaces that have an arched top require custom arched fireplace doors measured to fit the exact size for the right fit. These doors are often custom made, so they take longer to fabricate.
Also known as: round arched fireplace doors, arched fireplace
Bi-fold glass doors
Bi-fold fireplace glass doors are a set of two working doors that have a seam in the center of each door so that the two panels of each door fold together, allowing the set of doors to open in the middle for access to the fireplace.
Also known as: bifold glass doors, bi-fold fireplace doors
Cabinet glass doors
Cabinet fireplace doors are two solid glass doors that open by swinging outward, like cabinet doors.
Also known as: twin doors
Cabinet mesh fireplace doors
Cabinet mesh doors on a fireplace are operating doors made of metal mesh or screen. They prevent sparks and embers from getting out and keep children, pets, and others from reaching the fire, embers, or ash within the fireplace. Cabinet mesh screen doors pull out like cabinet doors and tend to work more smoothly than mesh fireplace curtain screens.
Also known as: cabinet fireplace door screens
Commercial fireplace doors
Commercial facilities such as coffee shops, restaurants, stores, and other businesses may have decorative or functional fireplaces that need new fireplace doors or glass to keep people from touching the flames or inner workings of the fireplace. Local fireplace door companies can often accommodate the unique needs of commercial fireplace owners and provide beautiful and functional fireplace doors that match the theme, feel, or décor of the building.
Also known as: business fireplace doors, fireplace doors for businesses
Custom fireplace doors
The best fireplace door contractors offer custom fireplace doors, including custom fireplace door design services. These create one-of-a-kind fireplace doors that match each client’s unique home, business, design, and detail sensibilities. Custom fireplace doors can take longer to make and install, with some production times adding 4-6 weeks or longer to the total job length.
Also known as: fireplace door design services, custom fireplace door designs, decorative door designs, decorative fireplace doors
Fireplace doors are just what they sound like—doors covering the front of a fireplace. They provide safety, efficiency, and décor.
Also known as: fire doors, fireplace face doors, doors for fireplace, fireplace glass
Fireplace doors installation services
New fireplace door installation includes removing existing doors (if applicable) and installing new ones. This can include measuring, ordering, and purchasing along with the actual installation services.
Also known as: fireplace door installation, new fireplace door install
Fireplace door repairs
Existing fireplace doors can get damaged and broken, requiring repairs. It’s a good thing that many fireplace door companies also offer fireplace door repairs. This can include fireplace door glass replacement and repair, door hinge repairs, fireplace screen repairs, and more.
Also known as: repair fireplace doors
Fireplace door replacement
A broken or damaged fireplace door that can’t be repaired should be replaced. Many good local fireplace door companies can replace damaged, broken, outdated, and ugly fireplace doors. This can upgrade the look of the fireplace and add fresh ambiance and safety to the room.
Also known as: replace fireplace doors
Fireplace safety doors
Safety is a major reason why individual homeowners and business owners choose to have fireplace doors installed. Safety glass and metal enclosures can keep children, pets, customers, and guests from getting too close to the fire or from touching coals or ashes. Fireplace doors can also act as a barrier, preventing sparks from leaving the fireplace and singeing or burning carpeting, flooring, furnishings, and more.
Also known as: safety doors for fireplace, fireplace glass, fireplace front doors
Fireplace glass, also known as fire glass, is usually a sleek panel of safety glass covering the front and sides of a fireplace opening. This provides safety, energy efficiency, and a decorative facade. Many fireplace glass installations create a modern, sleek look; however, custom fire glass can be made to fit any style. Tempered safety glass for fireplaces is offered in clear, bronze, smoked, and grey tinting. Tempered glass is four times stronger than regular glass and withstands temperatures up to 400 degrees. Tempered glass must be ordered to exact size, since it is cut before it is tempered and cannot be recut after tempering, so it’s important to have a fireplace door professional measure and order the product.
Also known as: fireplace glass, fireplace door safety glass, tempered glass, tempered fireplace door glass
Locks can be installed on fireplace doors to prevent the doors from being opened. This can protect children and pets from injury. In commercial settings, fireplace locks can prevent customers or the public from opening or tampering with the fireplace.
Also known as: fireplace door lock, locking fireplace doors, fireplace glass lock, fireplace control lock
Mesh fireplace curtains
Fireplace curtains are woven from tempered steel wire mesh and connected to a bar across the top of the fireplace so they can be pulled across the opening to prevent sparks from escaping. Most fireplace mesh curtains have been darkened to provide a black finish that is easier to see through for better views of the fire inside. Mesh curtains provide good spark protection for safer indoor fires.
Also known as: fireplace curtains, fireplace mesh
Outdoor fireplace doors
While interior fireplace doors are very common, outdoor fireplace doors are becoming more popular. Outdoor rooms, outdoor living areas, patios and porches with fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and similar areas with fireplaces are a great place to install new fireplace doors. This helps prevent fires by keeping sparks and embers inside the fireplace, and it makes the outdoor fireplace appear more finished. Good exterior fireplace doors will be weather resistant to prevent rusting and corroding when exposed to sun, rain, and salty sea air.
Also known as: patio fireplace doors, outdoor kitchen fireplace doors
Prefabricated fireplace doors
Prefabricated fireplace doors are factory-built to be installed on existing fireplaces. They generally have common or flexible sizing and come in a variety of styles and finishes and are an alternative to custom fireplace doors.
Also known as: prefab fireplace doors, big box store fireplace doors, standard sized fireplace doors
Residential fireplace doors
Homes with fireplaces can choose among a variety of fireplace doors, including rectangular, L-shaped, arched and outdoor fireplace doors in a range of materials from glass fireplace doors to metal and wrought-iron doors.
Also known as: home fireplace doors
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