A Simple Guide to Choose the Most Appropriate Fireplace Door

A fireplace door adds a finished look to any room with a fireplace. Depending on your current decor scheme, you may want a classic, simple door or a modern, trendy one. However, remember that fireplace doors are not simply decorative: they bring efficiency and safety to your fireplace. This means that you have to consider more than looks when selecting the right door for your space.

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Why is fireplace door selection important?

Fireplace doors and fireplace fronts add a finished look to the fireplace so it’s important to select something that will work well in your space. More importantly, buying the wrong door for your fireplace can have serious safety consequences. Here are some common mistakes:

  • Buying masonry doors for prefabricated fireplaces (all the doors here on HeatilatorFireplaceDoors.com are for prefab fireplaces only; find more information on prefab vs. masonry fireplaces here)
  • Buying a low quality product with thin glass
  • Buying the incorrect size

That is why you have to select a fireplace door after gathering the appropriate information. Don’t worry! Our team is here to help you find the best doors for your fireplace!

How to choose the perfect material?

Fireplace doors are generally made of two components: glass panes and metal framing pieces. Let’s look at some common materials fireplace doors are made from and their pros and cons.

Pricing and lifespan of glass and metals

You generally have two glass types to choose from when purchasing fireplace doors: tempered and ceramic glass. Tempered glass is heat-resistant, strong, and will break into small, relatively harmless pieces if it does shatter.

Ceramic glass is extraordinarily heat-resistant (far more so than tempered glass), but if it shatters, it breaks into dangerous shards. It it is also three times the price of tempered glass.

You may think that the better heat-resistance of ceramic glass is worth the price, but this is rarely true. With most fireplaces, fire safety code requires that you leave the doors open while there is a fire in the firebox. Only specialty fireplaces are allowed to burn with the fireplace doors closed, and only those specialty fireplaces need ceramic glass doors.

For the typical fireplace operating with the doors open, tempered glass is a safe, affordable choice. That is why we make all our fireplace doors from tempered glass. It is important to check the thickness of the glass you’re buying. All our fireplace glass panels are 3/16″ thick. Anything thinner than this, and you compromise the strength of the glass.

When it comes to metal, you generally have two choices: steel and aluminum. While you may immediately think opting for steel is the best choice, there is more to consider.

An aluminum door frame 1 1/8″ thick is actually comparable in durability to a steel door 3/4″ thick. In this case, even though the thinner steel frame means less material was used, the door will still be significantly heavier and significantly more expensive than the bulkier aluminum door.

When thinking about purchasing an aluminum door vs. a steel door consider the thickness of the material and the weight, which can make installation more difficult.

Door features

What sort of features do you want in your fireplace doors? Beveled edges? The lowest profile frame possible? Bifold doors? A colored frame? There are lots of different styles of doors on the market. Most doors are made to last a lifetime so you’ll want to put some time into finding the right style for your space.

Consider maintenance factors

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A fireplace door needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain clear glass panes and smoothly operating doors. Visit here to get the complete step-by-step method on how to clean fireplace glass doors effectively.

I highly recommend considering full-swing bifold doors when purchasing fireplace doors. These doors are much easier to clean than any other type of fireplace doors. We have three options with full-swing bifold doors for you to consider:


Choosing a fireplace door is more than just choosing the best-looking door you can find. You need to consider factors of like durability, ease of maintenance, materials, and safety. That’s why we’ve curated a selection of doors that you can choose from with confidence knowing each door will be a safe, long-lasting choice for your home.

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