As ornate and beautiful as custom fireplace doors can be, they aren’t just for show—far from it. In fact, fireplace doors play a critical role in keeping your family safe while you relax and enjoy a cozy, fireside experience.
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for novice fireplace owners to make mistakes when it comes time to order new fireplace doors. Whether the problem is immediately apparent (wrong fit, bad quality) or takes longer to make itself known, there are many missteps that are entirely avoidable if you know what to watch for.
What should you be on the watch for when ordering fireplace doors? Here are the most common mistakes to avoid:
1.) Buying low-quality fireplace doors
Fireplace doors don’t come cheap. You probably know this if you’ve done a cursory search of fireplace doors online.
But searching for “cheap fireplace doors” will only come up with low-quality options that aren’t worth your money. Why purchase $400 fireplace doors that can’t handle the seasons when you could invest in high-quality fireplace doors that look beautiful year after year?
2.) Buying from big box retailers
You just ordered some new fireplace doors from Lowe’s or Home Depot. The only problem? It shattered after a couple of months and they no longer stock the fireplace doors you purchased.
If you’re going to invest hundreds of dollars into your fireplace doors, it’s important that you research who you’re going to be buying from. At Hansen Wholesale, some of our fully-tempered glass fireplace doors feature lifetime warranties.
Moreover, our glass is one-quarter inch thick and features specially treated edges to enhance the function and durability. You’ll have a difficult time finding glass at Lowe’s that can compare, not to mention a lifetime warranty to boot.
3.) Not purchasing from fireplace door experts
If you want the correct answers to all your fireplace door questions, skip the corporate home improvement stores. Fireplace door experts will know far more than the average employee at standard big-chain retail stores.
Experts are far more likely to be helpful with decisions such as choosing fireplace doors for your rock fireplace or deciding which material will look best with your décor.
Not only will fireplace door experts be able to answer all your questions in detail, they can also help you long after you’ve placed your order. When you’re stuck and need help during installation, you’ll feel better knowing that you have a knowledgeable and responsive support team to help you.
4.) Not measuring your fireplace before ordering
A lot of people believe that eyeballing their fireplace is an appropriate way to measure it. This will only leave you frustrated when your fireplace doors finally arrive and they don’t fit correctly.
If you measured your fireplace doors and they still don’t fit, you can always email us a picture. Our fireplace experts can take a look at your picture and tell you the correct way to measure your doors so that you get the perfect fit.
5.) Choosing the wrong materials
It’s easy to get caught up in the design of a glass door set and forget the importance of function. However, fireplace doors come in all different types of materials and finishes that should be taken into consideration.
While brass is making a comeback lately, choosing a fireplace door set with a brass-plated finish may not be a good choice if you want to keep the doors closed as your fire dies down. In this instance, aluminum fireplace doors would be a better option because they’re more resistant to heat than a brass-plated finish.
6.) Buying the wrong type of doors for your prefabricated fireplace
Before ordering your fireplace doors, you need to know the type of fireplace you have. The two main types are prefabricated and masonry.
If you purchase a prefabricated fireplace door set for your masonry fireplace, it won’t fit properly. Ordering a masonry fireplace door set for your prefabricated fireplace can result in an even bigger problem than a poor fit—it could be a fire hazard.
7.) Not considering custom fit doors
Fireplace doors that are made to suit a variety of different fireplaces are often lacking in visual appeal. If you want your doors to fit properly and enhance the look of your hearth, custom fit doors are the way to go.
Not only that, but it’s usually the only way to go with prefabricated fireplace doors. Prefabricated or zero clearance fireplace doors are designed differently than masonry fireplace doors because they must not cover up the air inlets located inside the front of the metal fireplace.
Fireplace doors are an essential component to every hearth area. To reap the benefits of a beautiful, heat-efficient glass door set, it’s critical that you do your homework and order fireplace doors from those who know fireplaces inside and out.
Ready to find the perfect fireplace doors for your home? Talk to our experts at Hansen Wholesale today and let us help you find exactly what you need.