Masonry vs. Zero Clearance
Masonry material has been a fireplace method for centuries. Anything that must be mortared together is considered masonry. Since they are built by hand, no two masonry fireplaces are exactly alike.
While brick and ceramic are the most common materials used for the internal, or working, components of a masonry fireplace, the face material can also include stone, marble, granite, travertine and tile.
Zero Clearance (or ZC) fireplaces are pre-manufactured metal fireboxes with coinciding metal flue pipe. Some are obvious to spot with metal louvers on the top and bottom. Other ‘Clean Faced’ units require a bit more inspection.
ZC fireboxes have a manufacturer and model number associated with each unit. Most have this information mounted somewhere near the front of the firebox and can be referenced to easily purchase doors.
How to measure:
Zero Clearance / Factory Built fireplaces
We offer 3 major door styles, options can vary by the model of door but most doors offer all 3 options:
- Bi-Fold Swing
Cabinet Door Style
Cabinet Style is a single pane of glass for each door, hinged only at the frame. Clean and contemporary but bear in mind the doors swing way out over the hearth.
Tracked Door Style
Tracked Style, this door has a bi-fold hinge on each door but follows a track. Good for places where doors could get banged up easily against outer stone or other surround materials. A good example of a popular application is in the commercial building industry, such as hotels.
Bi-Fold Swing Door Style
Bi-Fold Swing is the most common style of door sold in the market today. Nearly all the doors in our lineup offer an FS2 style available.
The center hinge allows the door to swing and tuck flush against the surround off the frame. It also allows for easier cleaning of the inside portion of the glass as compared to the ‘Tracked’ or CV2 style door.
Our 2 Years Warranty Tempered Glass comes in 5 optional tints, Clear, Bronze , Grey (aka Smoke), black and ceramic. Bronze Glass is considered standard for all doors unless another choice is specified. Tinted glass helps to hide the unsightliness of a dirty fireplace when the doors are closed.
Inside Fit Doors
Inside fitting a door is when the entire door is built to fit inside of the opening of the fireplace. If the order is placed with the opening dimensions only, we will reduce the Overall Door Dimension by 1/16” on all 4 sides. Not all models are intended for inside fit. The steel masonry doors can have a no charge, optional mortar flange added which provides a 1 1/2” deep surface for mortar. Mortar flanges are not available on the aluminum doors.
Tight Fitting Door Option
Since gasketed doors are no longer required due to recent changes to the ICC code, we have dropped our gasket option and replaced it with a more attractive airflow reduction method – our new tight fitting door option. By adding vertical stiles between the glass panels, we are able to reduce airflow by an additional 35% when the fireplace is not in use.
Fireplace Doors Definitions
Overlap: The distance from the fireplace opening to the outside edge of the fireplace door frame.
Frame Width: Width of the fireplace door frame.
Frame Depth: The portion of the frame protruding from the fascia into the room.
Recessed Depth: The portion of the door that fits inside the opening when installed as an overlap fit.
For $200.00 retail, our Express door option puts your order on the “fast track” to ensure your customers have their door for that special event or specific date. The Express option is for the manufacturing of the door ONLY and does not include any type of expedited delivery service.
Express times for doors are as follows:
- Aluminum masonry and ZC doors | 5 working days
- Steel powder coated Masonry and ZC doors | 10 working days
We cannot express:
• Beveled Glass Doors
• Multi-sided Doors
• Fixed End Panel Doors
The Following Steel Doors:
– Metallic Finishes
– Hand Crafted Finishes
• Blacksmith Doors
• Hammered Edge Doors
• Milwaukee Forge Doors
• Stainless Steel Doors
• Stainless Steel Mesh
• Steel Doors Over 46” (width or height)