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Fireplace Screens are as Individual as the Homeowner

by Joel Sussman

If it's time to replace that old, beat up fireplace screen that's looking more dilapidated every year, consider choosing a new fireplace screen that will enhance your room's decor and be something you can be proud of. Fireplace screens can serve many purposes, ranging from safety to aesthetics, but if one of your objectives is to create a beautiful living space, the right fireplace screen can make a world of difference! A good starting point for making the best choice is being aware of some of the product variations that are available.

* Single panel fireplace screens
* Curved or bowed fireplace screens
* Fireplace screens with doors
* Folding fireplace screens with 3-5 folding panels
* Fireplace spark guards
* Fireplace screens that come with tools attached
* Glass fireplace screens

The style choices are as varied as your lifestyle and decorating tastes. If an antique look is what you have in mind, there's an interesting selection of  antique bronze or gold fireplace screens available online that can add a dramatic flair to your living room or other family gathering area. Some of the glass fireplace screens on the market are also worth a second look, including distinctive screens with an antique copper finish, a solid brass frame, or an antique copper look. With a variety of designs to fit every home, you can get decorative fireplace screens that feature ornate scrolling, nature scenes, or floral designs.

In addition to aesthetic appeal, you'll also want to choose a fireplace screen that is wide enough to extend the length of your fireplace opening. Wider screens or units with extra panels are available for extra large fireplaces. Other functional considerations are whether the fireplace screen provides sufficient protection against flying sparks or cinders.

If you have small children or mischievous pets, you may also want to give some thought to a hearth safety gate (left). It can help give you peace of mind knowing that there's barrier between your fireplace and the members of your family that need extra protection. For some homes, a fireplace spark screen that pulls open and closed like a curtain is a good solution.

There are a number of worthwhile fireplace accessories sites on the Web that include detailed pictures of fireplace screens, fireplace tools, log racks, chimney caps, and other necessary supplies. Some of the good quality fireplace screen manufacturers to keep in mind are Pilgrim, Uniflame, Minuteman and others.

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