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Fireplace Screens - Adding Charm to Your Home with a Classic Accessory

Thursday, December 11, 2008 Posted by Stephanie H.
Today's fireplace has evolved from a necessity to a luxury. However, there is one aspect of the fireplace will never change. The fireplace has a powerful visual presence in any room. It is almost always the visual centerpiece of a room.

Tool sets, wood holders, and other fireplace accessories are essential visual components of a fireplace. While some prefer glass doors, others choose a more traditional look with fireplace screens or spark guards. These fireplace opening treatments aren’t just for traditional d├ęcor, many styles are being incorporated into modern interiors with stunning results.

There are three basic varieties of screens: operable door screens, single panel screens, and folding screens. As the name suggests, operable door units include a hinged door inside the frame which allows easy, convenient access to the fire box without having to move the entire screen. A single panel unit can be a picture frame like design, or a three dimensional spark guard, sometimes these are referred to as spark arrestors because they sit flush against an opening covering every possible exit for a rogue ember from a crackling fire. The folding screens come in various widths and designs and can be found in 3,4, and even very wide 5 panel varieties.

While there are many standard sized options, some situations require that a screen be custom fabricated. While these cost a bit more, a unique size or architectural feature of a fireplace often requires a specific height, width, or depth that is not available in a standard size.

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