Glass fireplace doors can make your fireplace look extremely elegant and add a touch of class to your living room. However, installing them can be a challenge. Here is a summary of the most common problems and their solutions and ways you can fix them if they come up.
1. Broken Glass
The most common problem is broken glass. If you buy fireplace doors at a cheap price, it is probably because they have inferior parts, including the ones that hold the glass. Sometimes the glass itself isn't very thick, only 3/16 inch instead of 1/4 inch. Therefore, it may break during installation. Make sure you buy fireplace glass doors from dealers that offer a warranty and will fix the problem for you if it comes up. If you do have the problem of having a broken glass but no dealer to turn to, find a local glass shop and custom order the glass. Make sure the replacement is fully tempered, otherwise it will not be safe for fireplace use.
2. Gaps Around the Fireplace Opening
This happens when the hearth does not extend all the way up the fireplace opening. The less expensive fireplace doors have a thicker outer frame that is made of sheet metal that will cover a gap between the hearth and the fireplace, but the more expensive ones do not have this as it adds a bulky and undesirable look to the fireplace. If you have this problem you will need to get a special angle iron, called a toe bar, made and added to the door frame, or cover the gap with mortar.
3. Fireplace Doors Won't Fit in the Hearth
This usually happens with the hearth that is inside the fireplace and the hearth outside are not at the same level. Usually, an expert will notice this before you order your doors and guide you on how to compensate. If you notice this problem with your hearth make sure you talk to a professional about it.
4. Gaps around Fireplace Opening
Most brick fireplaces have this problem as the fireplace door sizes do not compensate for mortar joints. The only way to avoid this problem is to talk to a professional before you get your fireplace door. You can save a lot of money by getting this consultation.
If you follow these four tips, you should be able to avoid four of the most common mistakes people make when they install glass fireplace doors.