There are so many alternatives available for those seeking to add a fireplace to their home these days, yet nothing quite compares to the relaxing nature and ambiance of a traditional fire. Whether it’s the crackling of the logs, the flickering flames, or the scent of a wood-burning fire, the experience can be nothing short of magical.
Because safety must always be one of the first considerations for homeowners who use their fireplaces, it’s important to take every precaution to ensure that those who are in the vicinity of the fire are safe and protected.
That’s why if you have a fireplace, you need a fireplace screen. Fireplace screens not only protect pets and small children from the flames and sparks naturally emitted by a fire, they also prevent hot embers from getting onto your carpet or floor.
Choosing a Fireplace Screen
Any good quality fireplace screen that is properly fitted will protect your hearth. The challenge will be choosing a screen that will complement your décor. Fireplace screens come in many different designs and finishes, so as far as the look you are trying to achieve in your home, chances are you will be able to find a screen that complements your home décor. Screens can be ornate, sleek, modern, traditional, and simple in appearance. You should be able to find the style of screen you desire without much difficulty.
Once you’ve decided what type and style of fireplace screen you want, you need to think about the type of protection you need, and how often you use your fireplace before making a final purchase.
When shopping for fireplace screens, there are two basic types available:
Flat Guard or Spark Guard Screens
Flat guard or spark guard fireplace screens are essentially solid mesh panels that fit up against the face of a fireplace, offering more complete coverage of the firebox opening.
Because of how they fit into the fireplace, these screens provide a high level of safety, while still allowing a clear view of the fire. Flat or spark guard screens will need to be moved to the side when tending your fire, or if you need access to the firebox, so they are the ideal solution for homes with small children and curious pets.
Screens with Doors
Screens with doors are crafted to fit securely up against the face of the fireplace. These types of doors are made with magnetic closures, and can be opened without the need to move the whole screen aside to gain access to the fireplace. This design makes it easier for those tending the fire to add fuel or clear away the ashes. Screens with doors are a good choice for homeowners who use their fireplaces regularly.
Measuring Your Fireplace For A Screen
Because the size of fireplace openings can vary, it’s important to measure your opening size carefully before purchasing a screen, to ensure your new fireplace screen will fit properly.
To review some of screen options, you can visit our website to view what’s available, and to get an idea of what different types of screens look like. If you need further assistance in choosing a screen, you can always contact us directly, and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect fireplace screen for your home.
Once you’ve made your choice, and have set up the perfect fireplace screen for your fireplace, it’s time to relax and enjoy the beauty and warmth of your hearth with the added comfort of knowing your family and pets are protected.