Benefits of Glass Fireplace Doors

Now that we’re at the end of the summer season, many homeowners have gone about their days with little or no acknowledgment of their fireplace’s existence.  Owners have dutifully gone through the processes of cleaning, inspecting, securing and closing their fireplaces for the off-season and most will not worry about anything fireplace related until the fall.

The fact of the matter is, there’s more to consider with your fireplace in the off-season than you may be aware.  Specifically, there is one fireplace fixture that can be of benefit during both the on and off-seasons. Glass Fireplace doors add a touch of class as they complement the aesthetics of your home décor. However, glass fireplace doors are more than just beautiful fixtures in the home; they offer many benefits, even when the fireplace is not in operation.


  • A little known fact: Traditional, open wood-burning fireplaces are not the most efficient sources of heat. Masonry fireplaces without doors tend to loose heat due to the considerable amount of interior room air that is pulled out of your home via the chimney flue. Glass doors for masonry fireplaces feature air control dampers that allow some combustion air to enter the firebox when the doors are closed, allowing a moderate fire while significantly reducing the amount of interior air lost through the flue. Many prefabricated fireplaces also allow you to maintain a moderate fire with the doors closed. For more information contact Chadds Ford Fireside Shop.
  • In addition, an open fireplace contributes to energy loss in the home, even when not in use. Air-conditioned home air can easily be lost through a chimney flue as well as warmed outside air making its way into the home and vice versa in the winter (cold air in warm air out). Glass doors significantly reduce the amount of air that travels into and out of the home through the chimney flue, especially when the fireplace is not in use during the summer months.


  • Glass fireplace doors also benefit its owners by protecting the hearth area from fire-related accidents. You don’t have to stay up late to tend to the embers of a dying fire with glass fireplace doors. Simply close the doors (partially) for a few minutes to prevent thermal damage to the glass; then close them completely (and close the air control on masonry fireplace doors) to extinguish the fire easily, by preventing oxygen from entering the chamber. In addition, there is no need to worry about any flames or sparks flying out of the fireplace when you utilize the glass doors.


  • Glass doors can be used to reduce smoke rollout into the room, when starting and maintaining a fire. Partially closing the doors, and adjusting the air control on a set of masonry fireplace doors, can help induce a better draft and block that annoying drifting smoke from entering your family’s resting place.
  • If you want to enjoy a fire with the doors open, Chadds Ford Fireside Shop’s Glass doors include safety mesh screens that prevent sparks from popping out of the fireplace. Both the screens and doors prevent children and pets from coming into contact with the open flames.


  • With the quality and variety of choices offered, these pieces of brilliantly crafted additions to your fireplace act as additional furnishings that add enjoyment and value to your home. Glass doors from Chadds Ford Fireside Shop are customizable, with many finishes, handles, and designs available to truly personalize your home.

When standard overlap doors are not an optimal or appropriate solution, Chadds Ford Fireside Shop specializes in designing and installing glass fireplace doors for rough stone-front fireplaces. We work with a top-notch mason to mortar the doors in place, for superior function and elegant finish.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside Shop at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.