SLC Fireplace Style Terminology: Pier, See-Through, Traditional

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most important terms to be aware of within the realm of style for a fireplace. Fireplaces come in a few different style alternatives, and knowing how these are discussed and what certain specific terms refer to will help you make the optimal decision for your fireplace needs.

At Comfort Solutions Fireplace, we proudly offer our clients a wide range of fireplace materials to our Salt Lake City and other Utah clients, from traditional styles to modern options and everything in between. Today’s part two of our series will continue our alphabetical breakdown of some of the most important style-related terms to know as you enter the market for any kind of fireplace.

Pier Style

When you hear this term used, it’s referring to a three-sided fireplace that has glass on the front, the back and one of the two sides. This style is most often seen in a custom or contemporary-style space.

Another option for this style is for those who want the fireplace to be viewable from more than one room in the home simultaneously. For instance, this type of fireplace may be used as a divider between rooms. It’s also sometimes used as part of a pony-wall.

See-Through Fireplace

As the name indicates, a see-through fireplace is a style that has glass on both the front and back of the unit, allowing it to be visible from the inside of the room as well as through exterior windows. This is another fireplace style that’s sometimes used to divide or separate spaces.

It’s most common in homes or spaces that are going for an “open” style, such as lofts and industrial-style spaces. Because of its classy appearance, it’s also seen in modern-style homes.


While we’ve gone over a number of fireplace styles to this point that involve glass on two or more of the sides, there are also simpler options. A fireplace with glass on only one side (the front) is known as a single-sided model.

This is one of the most well-known and popular options for a fireplace, even today. There are a few reasons for this preference. For one thing, it’s the easiest to install and least expensive option out of all the alternatives. For another, it provides a classic look that fits in well with most any style or décor choice you might have, whether it’s modern or traditional.

Traditional Fireplaces

We left off part one of this series by discussing modern fireplaces; on the flip side of that conversation is the traditional style fireplace. These are often seen in older buildings or homes that were built before the modern era began, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be incorporated into more modern spaces.

This is one of the most well-known options for any type of stove, whether it’s gas, wood burning or electric. It’s typically a square or rectangular-shaped fireplace that has a separate opening for the flames and one (or more) for the heated air to escape, thereby warming the room.

It’s found in both traditional-style homes or in modern spaces where it fits in well with other contemporary elements. This style is also clean-lined and simple, which makes it easy to incorporate into any modern space.

For more on style terminology to be aware of when considering a new fireplace, or to learn about any of our SLC fireplace options, speak to the staff at Comfort Solutions Fireplace today.

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