Fireplace Doors Guide

How to Install Fireplace Doors

Friday, November 21, 2008 Posted by Sarah M
Ever buy something from the store and when it arrives at your home you think- how in the world am I going to install this by myself? Our fireplace glass doors can be installed by YOU. You do not need to pay extra money for someone else to install your new fireplace glass door-you just need to find the right tools. To begin this installation guide, here are four items that are required for installation of any fireplace glass door:
  • Power Drill (Cordless recommended)
  • Masonry Drill Bit
  • Hex Head Drill Bit
  • Felt Tip Marker
Most glass fireplace doors arrive fully-assembled. Keep in mind that the aluminum doors are made of four separate pieces that have been attached together. This design allows the aluminum doors to be flexible and fit almost any fireplace. Aluminum doors can create more of a hassle if your firebox is uneven or has unique elements. They require adjusting the frame to make the doors aligned correctly with your fireplace face.
Steel fireplace doors are made as one complete unit. They are typically laser cut from one solid sheet of steel which causes the door to be sturdy and unchanging. The lack of flexibility makes this type of fireplace glass door easier to install. No adjustments are necessary to mount a steel fireplace door which will cut the installation time in half! Aluminum doors will sit on the face of the fireplace and attach to the back of the frame. On the other hand, steel fireplace doors contain a back-frame that will sit inside the fireplace face. Before installing your glass fireplace door, you should always read the instructions in their entirety so that you fully understand the process.

The following is a summary of how to install a Fireplace Glass Door (please note that the example photos are taken of the Hammered Edge Fireplace Door which is made of steel):

TIP: Before installing your new fireplace glass door, remove the glass panels and mesh screens. For some door styles, the glass panels and mesh screens will easily lift off the hinges.

1) Position the door frame against your fireplace opening. Make sure the frame is lined up correctly so that it is flush to the fireplace.

TIP: For an aluminum door, you will need to attach the mounting brackets prior to Step 1. You will also need to adjust the mounting brackets so they match up with the mortar joints.

2) Locate the premade drilling holes on the frame or mounting brackets. Use the Felt Tip Marker to indicate at what spot you need to pre-drill holes in the masonry in order to attach the frame to the fireplace.

3) Remove the frame. Use a power drill with the masonry bit to pre-drill a hole in each spot that you previously marked on the fireplace.

TIP: You want to pre-drill holes into the mortar joint. If the frame does not match up with the mortar joint, drilling into the brick is acceptable.

4) Reattach frame to the face of your fireplace. Make sure the holes you just pre-drilled match the space provided for the screws to attach the door to the fireplace.

TIP: Aluminum doors may include fiberglass insulation. If provided, place the insulation between frame and fireplace face.

5) Using the screws provided, secure the frame to the fireplace.

6) Reattach mesh screens and glass panels.

TIP: With Aluminum doors, they will need to be adjusted until the glass doors are aligned with the frame correctly.


The installation of your fireplace door may differ slightly than the above instructions depending on the manufacturer. We do offer installation support through our instructional videos, technical sales staff, and the instructions that will arrive along with your fireplace glass door. With the right tools and a good attitude, you can make your hearth look great and create a mesmerizing focal point for your home.

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