Although wood-burning fireplaces are welcomed additions to homes for many reasons, one of the greatest reasons why people love them so much is because of how they enhance the aesthetic of any living space. One way to add even more beauty to your hearth area while considering the appliance’s efficiency is by installing a set of handsome bi-fold glass fireplace doors.
Tracked bi-fold doors
Aside from looking good, bi-fold doors are also very functional. One of the most popular styles displays two glass panes on each side with hinges and handles so you can create just the right size of opening. They run on a track on the top and bottom for secure operation.
This type of fireplace door is considered safer for children as they do not open all the way out and are not as simple for a young child to operate.
Trackless bi-fold doors
Another popular style is trackless doors, also referred to as full-swing fireplace doors. These doors also are bi-fold but can be pulled completely away from the fireplace frame to enjoy a better view of the fire. Trackless bi-fold doors are probably better suited for homes without children as they are easier to open and are more likely to break than the tracked variety.
If energy efficiency is particularly important, trackless doors are the best choice as they have fewer seams to allow air to come through. Doors are therefore more hermetic..Trackless doors are also easier to clean than doors with tracks.
Why a fireplace should have doors
Whether you choose bi-fold glass fireplace doors in the tracked or trackless variety – or traditional doors with single panels on each side – you’re making a smart move where safety is concerned. This is especially true with wood-burning fireplaces, where a roaring fire can spit out sparks and embers which are messy to clean up and could be potentially dangerous.
Fireplace screens are one option for securing the firebox, and they are a good choice for many homes. However, open fireplaces’ performance is about 10%. Bi-fold glass doors will heat your house more efficiently, reduce your electricity bills while adding a touch of elegance to the hearth area.
Of course, while providing protection, glass fireplace doors will pick up residue from the burning fire and need to be cleaned regularly to keep them looking sparkling new. A standard glass cleaner is usually sufficient to do this job. If the doors become highly coated, contact your local hearth store for recommendations.
If you’re handy with tools, you can likely install your own doors. However, if you’re unsure of doing this kind of work, it’s always best to hire a professional to make sure the doors are installed properly and safely.