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Is A Prefabricated Fireplace A Good Choice?

If you’re having a new fireplace installed, it may seem like there are lots of decisions to make. Knowing what fuel choice to pick and what design to go with can be a bit of a challenge. We know it will all be worth it when everything is said and done! The team at SirVent Chimney is here to help out folks all throughout our service area, so they know they’ll end up with something they love.

One major decision a homeowner has to face when picking out a new fireplace is whether they want a masonry fireplace or prefabricated fireplace. Both are good choices, but you’ll definitely want to learn all the pros and cons of each before making your final decision. Many have this ideal image of a masonry fireplace, as it adds a more classic look and feel to the home. However, prefabricated fireplace provide a lot more options than you may realize! Learn more about these models below.

Things To Consider

Is a Prefabricated Fireplace a Good Choice - Lake Norman SC - SirVent Chimney and Venting ServiceThere are a lot of reasons that a prefabricated fireplace is a good choice for any home. For one thing, they are a lot less time-consuming to install than a masonry option, so you’ll be up and running before you know it! They’re also a lot less expensive. If you’re working on a tighter budget, this may work better for your household.

In addition, these units will offer a lot more flexibility as far as placement within your home. There are more codes and regulations involved with building a masonry fireplace, so you’ll be a lot more limited at to where it can go. Prefabricated fireplaces are installable in various places due to their light weight.

Finally, prefabricated fireplaces are better for people who aren’t necessarily sure they want to make a permanent commitment to anything. Masonry fireplaces are strong and durable, meaning they can last for decades when well maintained. This is the perfect scenario for some, but others feel a bit more hesitant about such a big investment. Prefabricated options will give you years of warmth and enjoyment without becoming a fixture in your home.

Always Work With A Pro

If you’ve decided a prefabricated fireplace is right for you, great! Just be sure you invest in help from a professional crew for all of your installation needs and regular maintenance. It’s vital that all parts are put together exactly as they are supposed to. One minor mishap can lead to big and dangerous issues for you and your family. Reduce the risk of fires, gas leaks, inefficiency, and more by having us help you out from the very start!

Along with this, investing in regular sweepings and inspections will significantly increase the longevity of your unit, ensuring you get years and years of heat and enjoyment out of it. Our professional sweeps can spot any cracks, holes, clogs, or other issues right away! Give us a call today to learn more about all the services we can offer you.

Why Choose Energy-Top Dampers

Summer is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to get your chimney and fireplace serviced. Many people put off chimney maintenance until fall or winter, but this can be very troublesome as our schedule fills up fast and is full during the cold months. Bigger projects are definitely better to get done during the spring and summer months, so it gives your chimney professionals ample time to diagnose your chimney issues and repair them right away.

If you’re in need of new chimney parts, now it’s the perfect time to give our team of experts a call. We install chimney dampers and caps; we can even built you a brand new fireplace! One of the biggest issues we receive during spring times is chimney leaks and water damage, due to all the rain. If you want to ensure your chimney is protected from water during the raining season, you can have us install an energy-top damper for you! Learn more about this product below and then give us a call to set up an appointment before all the rain hits.

How Does An Energy-Top Damper Work?

Why Choose Energy-Top Dampers - Lake Norman NC - SirVent CharlotteAn energy-top damper works very similar like a throat damper, as it opens and closes with the help of a handle inside your home. It works to keep out unwanted air from outside while keeping your heat or cool air inside your home where it belongs. When you need to light a fire, it easily opens so smoke and fumes can escape as needed.

The biggest difference between the two damper is the energy-top damper is usually located at the top of your chimney, and they provide a tighter and longer-lasting seal than a throat damper. Since they are positioned higher, they can work alongside the chimney cap to keep water, animals, and other debris out of your chimney. They also keep cold downdrafts from sneaking into your home.

Energy-top dampers can save you lots of money on your monthly energy bills as well. Throat dampers provide a metal on metal seal, which isn’t the most ideal for keeping indoor air in while keeping outdoor air out. Whereas, energy-top dampers seal with a rubber lining, this means nothing can get in or out unless it is opened by you.

Depend On Our Experts Today

As you can imagine, when it comes to installation of fireplaces and chimney parts, one minor slip-up can lead to hazardous, time-consuming, and costly problems down the road. You are always far better off putting your trust in a CSIA-certified professionals to handle any chimney issues. Our experts not only have the proper training and qualifications, but we’re also prepared to serve and help you with any chimney issues this spring and summer. Give us a call now so you can rest easy knowing your chimney is ready for fall when the cold strikes again.

What Is A Rumford Chimney?

Benefits of a Rumford ChimneyWith spring in the air, many homeowners are clearing out ash from their fireplaces and calling it quits for the year. Warmer temperatures generally means less fireplace use, leaving our team with more availability until the busy fall season comes back around. With an open appointment book, we encourage homeowners looking for a new fireplace to contact us now!

Installation work can be a big job to tackle, but our professional and qualified crew is ready to handle the job. Find the perfect fireplace for you and your home by giving us a call today. We’ll set you up right so that, when cooler temperatures come back around, you’ll be able to enjoy endless fires night after night!

If you’re wondering what type of fireplace to invest in, why not consider a Rumford? Learn more about this design below, then give us a call today! We can’t wait to work with you!

Early History

Rumford chimneys originated back in the late 1790s when Benjamin Thompson, or Count Rumford of Woburn, Massachusetts, wrote essays about how heating and fireplace construction could be improved. These essays revolutionized the fireplace industry and introduced the world to the Rumford Fireplace.

It wasn’t long before nearly every homeowner owned a Rumford. Thomas Jefferson would later go on to build them, and he even wrote essays trying to improve their design after some building techniques got lost in translation. Unfortunately, Rumford’s original thoughts weren’t interpreted correctly as the years went on and Rumford Fireplaces soon decreased in popularity.

Going Back In Style

Fortunately for homeowners in today’s world, Rumford’s original texts are still accessible. By applying modern insight and technological advances to these essays, experts were able to bring Rumford’s vision back to life making these fireplaces a staple in many homes throughout the country. And, at SirVent Chimney, we’re happy to sell and install them for you!

Benefits Of A Rumford

What Rumford was well known for was his passion for pushing heat back into a living space. He aimed to produce designs that would radiate heat towards the fireplace opening and into the home, so that the residents would get the heat output and efficiency they were hoping for. If this sounds like something you need, then a Rumford would be an ideal choice for you!

Along with this, Rumford strived to ensure smoke escaped up and out of the chimney like it was supposed to, so no one was left with a smoke-filled room. Due to the Rumford Fireplace’s rounded breast, heat enters the room without bringing smoke and fumes in with it. In coming up with this unique design, Count Rumford truly made a name for himself and showed folks in the modern world that he was well ahead of his time!

We Are The Team To Trust

For installation and repair work, there is no crew more reliable than the CSIA-certified team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Services. We love what we do, and when we can make a homeowner’s vision come to life, that’s a great feeling! Let us help you out by answering any and all of your questions, so that you find the right fireplace for your home, no matter what. Call today!

Install A Bellfire Fireplace Today

Benefits of Bellfire FireplaceAt SirVent Chimney, we strongly encourage homeowners to always invest in a professionally trained and CSIA certified chimney sweep for all of their installation needs. If you’re ready to have a new fireplace put into your living space, trust in our expert crew to get the job done right! We offer top-of-the-line fireplace models that will leave you more than satisfied year after year. One of these is the Bellfire Fireplace.

History Behind Bellfires

In the late 1700s, the Count of Rumford saw the need for a more efficient way to run a fireplace. Since fire was the main source of heat for homes back then, Rumford was determined to find a way for them to produce good heat without leaving families with a house full of smoke and fumes. Research combined with trial and error led him to make great strides in the fireplace world, which is how Rumford Fireplaces eventually came to be.

At SirVent Chimney, we proudly sell and install Rumfords, and love what they contribute to the aesthetic of homes in the area. In addition to Rumfords, we also like to showcase a different type of fireplace that was brought about in the 1900s by a man named Dr. Peter Rosin. Rosin took a different approach towards the study of fireplaces and focused on enhancing function and efficiency.

Later, Bell of England took Rosin’s studies and created the Bellfire Fireplace. Ever since, it has been a popular choice for homeowners as they learn of the countless benefits they bring to a living space. Get everything you want and more from one of our Bellfire Fireplaces today! Our team of experts has the tools and technology necessary for getting the job done right. Make the right choice by calling on us today!

Why A Bellfire?

So, what does a Bellfire Fireplace contribute to a household? Well, for one thing, you’ll end up saving money month to month! These fireplaces don’t use a fan at all and depend only on refractory materials to radiate heat back into your living space. This means no energy is wasted and less money is spent on electrical bills! Along with this, Bellfires require less fuel, which means you won’t be forced to purchase firewood over and over again.

If you chop, store, and season your own wood, don’t worry about hauling and stacking wood all winter long. These units require less maintenance and don’t need to be refueled as often as other models. You’ll get stronger heat output, without all the extra work, for hours and hours!

Worried about a smokey living room? Not with a Bellfire! Their unique shape and design require less airflow than a traditional fireplace, which means drafting and smoke back-up isn’t something you should ever have to worry about.

We Can Get It Done

If you’re ready to complete the look and feel of your home, trust in us to install your dream fireplace today. When fall comes back around, you will be all set and ready to go on that first cold day! Pick up the phone, so that we can help you out soon!

Spring Is Coming! What To Look For In Your Chimney

Your Chimney When it Gets ColdWarm weather is nearly here, the snow is melting, and SirVent Chimney and Venting Service is so excited to help you with all of your spring and summer chimney needs! Most people assume that once the burning season ends, they can shut down their fireplace and put it to the back burner until fall comes back around. This really isn’t the best practice, and we’re here to tell you why! Give us a call right away, so we can ensure your fireplace stays in the best shape possible all year long.

Debris Build-Up

One thing we like to check for in the spring is build up within your chimney. A lot of people wait until fall to invest in their inspections and sweepings, but this isn’t always a good idea. Your fireplace goes through plenty of wear and tear throughout the winter months and when accumulated debris and absorbed moisture just sits in your chimney all summer long, it could lead to decay down the line.

Getting things cleared out and swept away right off the bat ensures your system stays fresher and cleaner all summer long. This not only protects your chimney from breaking down… it prevents bad odors from swooping through your living room throughout those warm, muggy days. It’s an easy choice to make. Call us to take a look at your system today!

Cracks, Holes & Deterioration

As we said, your chimney goes through a lot over the holidays and during those cold nights of winter! You may be in need of repairs without even realizing it. Should cracks and holes be present, it’s important to address them as soon as possible, as these things will only worsen over time. Getting our certified staff on the job right away is your best bet for saving money and stress down the line. Don’t let quick fixes turn into costly repair jobs… pick up your phone, so we can get an inspection in right away!

Along with this, repair jobs typically produce much better results in warmer conditions. Our materials will have the chance to properly cure, and our staff will stay safer, too! Why wait? Call now!

Replacement Parts

Unfortunately, it’s not at all uncommon for some of your chimney parts to break down over time, and you’re most likely going to see these issues after longer periods of use. Whether your damper is rusted, your chimney cap is busted, your flashing is torn, or your masonry is crumbling, our experienced team can help you out! Count on us to get the job done right, so you can use your fireplace with peace of mind, no matter what time of year it is.

Schedule Your Appointment Now!

One of the greatest parts about scheduling your chimney maintenance early in the year is the opportunity to beat the rush in the fall time. Like we said, most homeowners wait until the last minute to get their inspections done, and should they need repairs, they get stuck waiting around until we can schedule their next appointment. We don’t want you to have to wait to use your fireplace when cooler temps come back around! Get your chimney work done now, so you can rest easy when the leaves start to drop this autumn.