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3 Questions You Must Answer Before Getting A New Fireplace

Post by : dminCMC


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A fireplace is more than just a source of heat; it’s the heart (or shall we say hearth) of your home. It’s the place around which you place your Christmas tree, open presents, cuddle up and share memorable moments with your family.

It’s also a long=term investment, so you should be thoughtful before purchasing a new fireplace or updating your old one. Here are a few FAQs you should know the answer to.

What Are The Types of Fireplaces?

There are three main types of fireplaces; gas, electric, and wood.

  • Electric fireplaces are the easiest to install and can be placed anywhere. However, they don’t have a high heat output, but they can move around easily.
  • Gas fireplaces are highly convenient and low maintenance, requiring only annual cleanups and inspections. They give out more heat than their electric counterparts and can be used to update existing structures.
  • Wooden fireplaces are traditional and need chimney installation. Newer wooden models have enclosed fireboxes to increase energy efficiency and trap heat.

Depending on the style of your home, you can choose your fireplace to match the aesthetic. If you’re looking for something to stand out and make a statement, then traditional fireplaces are your answer. On the other hand, gas and electric fireplaces are ideal for modern homes with minimalistic designs.

Gas fireplace in a living room

What’s the Budget?

A fireplace isn’t just a one-time investment— there are a couple of factors that you need to consider.

Fireplaces can be basic and functional or modern and fancy since there’s something for every budget. Electric fireplaces are more affordable to buy and install as they don’t require chimney installation. However, they can be less energy efficient. Gas fireplaces may be expensive, but they’re highly energy efficient, which means lower overheating costs.

Does It Require Maintenance?

No matter what style of fireplace you choose, all of them require regular maintenance. Wood burning fireplaces are beautiful and traditional, but require regular cleanup and inspections. Gas fireplaces also require cleanup and inspection to prevent the buildup of creosote and to improve ventilation in the home, making the home less susceptible to the buildup of toxic gases.

If you have a fireplace in your home that hasn’t been cleaned for a while, it’s critical that you have it cleaned ASAP. At Creative Masonry & Chimney, we offer fireplace services in entire CT area, including West Hartford, Canton, Bristol, Simsbury, and Avon. We also offer masonry repair, chimney inspection, masonry construction services, and more in CT.