4 Reasons You Need a Consultation Before Deciding on a Fireplace

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If you are building your home or adding a fireplace to your current home, you will be faced with a variety of choices. For example, you will have to choose between a custom masonry design or a factory-built fireplace box. Perhaps even more confusing, a masonry fireplace and a fireplace box can both be utilized in a custom design, so both can be part of a custom fireplace. Because of the many options you have and the many services a fireplace provides, it is important to consult with a fireplace contractor and determine the best fireplace solution for your specific needs. 

Space and Safety Requirements

If you are installing a new fireplace into a home without an existing chimney and fireplace, you will most likely want to install a factory-built fireplace box. This is because these boxes do not require as much clearance as masonry fireplaces. Occasionally, a masonry fireplace can be added to an already built home, but often homeowners choose a fireplace box with a faux masonry exterior. However, if you are constructing a new home, then you likely have more options regarding where you can place your fireplace and what kind of fireplace you can install. 

Consulting with a professional fireplace contractor will help you narrow down your options and ensure that you select a fireplace that meets all local safety codes and will not be a hazard in your home. 

Design Factors

A fireplace is often the central focus point of a room or a home. Because of this, it is important that the fireplace follows the overall design scheme that you are creating in your home. Modern fireplaces can vary from ornate to simple and can be framed with a variety of materials to make them match the interior design and architecture of your home. A professional contractor will be able to give you tips regarding the appearance of your installed fireplace as well as guide you toward a design that works for your home. 

Intended Use 

If you are intending to use the fireplace to heat your home, it is important that you calculate the appropriate size necessary to provide sufficient heating. Similarly, if you want to run your fireplace in the summer for a pleasant effect without a lot of warmth, you may need to choose a specific fireplace that does not release large amounts of heat. A professional contractor will be able to help you make realistic calculations based on the size of your home, the materials it is built with, and your current insulation that will give you the fireplace strength you need. 

Additionally, some fireplaces are approved for cooking food or heating drinks while others are not. If you plan to use your fireplace for activities other than heating and visual pleasure, it is important to consult with a professional. 

Maintenance and Cleaning 

While no fireplace is completely maintenance free, some fireplaces require much less maintenance than others. For example, with gas fireplaces, you may need maintenance only once a year or every other year. However, with wood-burning fireplaces, you may have to clean the fireplace after each use. When consulting with a fireplace contractor, you should be sure to inform them of your maintenance and cleaning desires. This way, they will be able to recommend a fireplace that fits your lifestyle and does not require too much of your time or attention. 

Before you install a new fireplace or stove, it is important to have a thorough consultation with an experienced fireplace contractor. They will be able to guide you through the process of selecting and installing a fireplace that suits your needs and style. 

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