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Tips For Choosing Your Fireplace Screen
Fireplace Glass Doors
Glass doors are probably the most popular choice today because they provide the ultimate protection and efficiency for your fireplace. The main advantage of glass doors is you can close them when the fire is dying out, which not only provides security when you retire for the evening, but blocks the cold air from coming down your chimney all night and locks the warm air in your room. Some municipalities actually require any newly constructed fireplace to have glass doors just because of the energy savings.
Sizing: Although some places sell stock size glass doors that will fit various fireplace dimensions, they usually have very wide unattractive frames so that they can overlap and fit a variety of fireplace openings. We specialize in custom sizes that have much narrower and attractive frames made to fit your fireplace perfectly. Shop Custom Glass Doors Here!
Single Panel Fireplace Screens
Single panel screens, also referred to as spark arrestors, are a very popular choice second only to glass doors. These screens fit relatively flat to the fireplace and provide excellent spark protection. Although they do not have the added advantage of blocking air from coming in and out of your home, they do provide excellent security when you go to bed at night. Single panel screens are often accompanied by matching andirons and fireplace tools as you see in the example here to create a finished decorative and functional look.
Sizing: The ideal size for a spark arrestor is typically 1" wider on each side and 1" taller than the fireplace opening. There are many resources for standard size screens, but they rarely fit to the ideal dimension and may look odd in front of your fireplace. We will custom make your flat screen to fit the perfectly so it not only looks great, but functions well. Shop Custom Single Panel Screens Here!
Bowed or Curved Fireplace Screens
Bowed or curved fireplace screens are a lesser know type of screen because they are generally not mass produced and sold by mass merchants, so people are less familiar with them. You can use this to your advantage because they really provide excellent functionality while adding a groovy look to your fireplace. Unlike single panel screens, these screens do not sit flat to the fireplace so they should be made a little taller and wider to prevent sparks from jumping out over them. Bowed screens are particularly useful in front of gas fireplaces where you want to hide the black metal as in this example. They also look great with andirons (not shown here).
Sizing: We recommend going about 3 to 4 inches above the opening, and do the same on the sides just to keep things looking proportional. However, there is more flexibility in design here, so we can modify the size recommendations depending on the overall dimensions of the fireplace. Shop Curved Fireplace Screens Here!
Fireplace Screen Doors
Free standing fireplace screens with doors are becoming very popular. Just like single panel screens, these sit flat against the fireplace. The doors give them added functionality because you do not need to move the screen out of the way to tend the fire, you simply open the doors. Because they are not attached to the fireplace like a glass door, they are a bit unstable and you need to be careful opening the doors so that you do not pull the screen over. This is really only an issue with larger size fireplaces where the screen may be top-heavy.
Sizing: We usually recommend making the screen overlap the opening 1" on the top and sides. To prevent the screen from being too unstable we limit the size of the doors to 40" Wide x 30" Tall and add fixed panels to any screen that is over that size. The example shown here has fixed side panels because the fireplace is extra wide. Shop Fireplace Screen Doors Here!
Free Standing Glass Fireplace Screens
Glass fireplace screens can create a very enticing contemporary look but have some serious limitations that you must consider. For starters, they are not safe to use when burning wood because a single piece of glass this large cannot handle the heat and will most likely shatter into small projectiles. They can only be used with a gas fire and even then, care must be taken to ensure the glass is at least 8 to 10 inches in front of the fire. The reason is, a single piece of glass this large can shatter if it gets too hot. They are also not safe if you have small children or pets who might knock them over. Glass doors do not have these issues because they are attached to the fireplace and size of each glass pane is small enough to handle the heat.
Sizing: Because a glass screen is not used functionally to block sparks, there is no specific recommended size other than what looks good. Generally, they would be made a couple inches smaller or larger than the opening. We suggest you Email Us Pictures Of Your Fireplace along with the dimensions so we can recommend a suitable size. Shop Glass Fireplace Screens!
Folding Fireplace Screens
Folding screens come in 3-fold, 4-fold and 5-fold designs and have been used for hundreds of years. 3-fold is by far the most popular and most commonly used in both casual and formal traditional settings. Some styles can also be made for more contemporary or rustic decor. Just like a curved fireplace screen, they provide excellent spark protection as long as they are tall enough to prevent sparks from flying over the top. One consideration is that a folding screen will take up bit more room on the hearth as it sets further away from the opening than a flat screen, which is why flat screens seem to be more popular.
Sizing: To properly size 3 fold screen we make the center panel 75% of the opening width and the side panels 25%. The screen should be 3 to 4 inches taller than the fireplace opening or at least 30" tall. For fireplaces over 36" tall it is okay to make the screen shorter than the opening if it is visually acceptable that way. This is another case where we suggest you Email Us Pictures Of Your Fireplace and dimensions so we can make an appropriate recommendation or maybe even create some mockups. Shop Folding Fireplace Screens!
Sliding Mesh Curtain Screens
Mesh curtain screens were very popular in the 1950s-1980s before glass doors were invented. The most common being a "Bar & Mesh", which was usually a polished brass bar across the top of the opening that held a curtain rod from which the mesh hung. This type of screen is still being made, although more commonly we use a more decorative 3 or 4 sided frame screen like you see in the example. The styles and finishes available for this type of screen are immense. Because these types of screens have to be custom made, they are not commonly considered as many people are not aware of the decorative value they can add to your fireplace. They are quite functional as they provide excellent spark protection, and like glass doors, they are convenient because you simply slide the mesh open to tend to the fire without having to pick anything up and set it aside.
Sizing: A bar & mesh typically fits inside the opening and mounts to the lintel, which is the steel bar beneath the top row of bricks. A Frame screen will usually overlap the opening about 1/2" or so depending on the type of facing. Once we see pictures of your fireplace we will tell you how to measure for a proper fit. If there is anything unusual about your fireplace, we may create a measuring diagram using your photo to eliminate any confusion. Shop Fireplace Mesh Curtain Screens!
Boston Spark Guards & Nursery Fenders
Boston spark guards are an age old design that is extremely functional but not so decorative. They provide excellent spark protection since there is no way for sparks to jump over the top. Spark guards are most often used in rustic settings such as a log cabin or lodge. If you have a more formal or contemporary room a Nursery Fender would be a more appropriate choice as they are much more decorative and have more design options.
Sizing: A boston spark guard only needs to be 1" larger than the opening on the top and sides to provide ample spark protection. The size we recommend will depend more on the proportions of the opening to the rest of the fireplace as well as how the hearth is constructed. As with any other custom screen, we will want to see pictures of your fireplace to make recommendations. Shop Spark Guards & Nursery Fenders!
Multi-Sided and Corner Fireplace Screens
L-shaped corner fireplaces like the one pictured here as well as 3 and 4 sided fireplaces all require specialized custom fireplace screens. Although most of the screens you see on this page can be made to fit multi-sided fireplaces, glass doors and sliding mesh curtains are the most popular. The picture here shows a free standing screen with a 90 degree fixed corner, but can be made with a piano hinge to make it easier to move around. You can see examples of other options on our Corner Fireplace Screens Page Here!
Sizing: Every corner fireplace is different and will have it's own limitations as to which type of screen is most practical and how it should fit. If you have a mult-sided fireplace, it is best if you simply Email Us Pictures Of Your Fireplace so we can provide further insights and recommendations.