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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

There 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.

What to Know About Pre-fabricated Chimneys and Their Installations

Class A chimney systems—also known as an all-fuel, prefab, or factory-built chimneys—are a complete system all to themself. The pipe can be run up an existing masonry chimney or on as its own separate structure. The factory-built chimney is a double wall pipe, which is made of an inner wall of stainless steel and an outer wall of either stainless steel or galvanized steel. These chimney systems are designed to vent any fuel (oil, gas, wood or coal). We encourage you to keep reading to determine if a prefab chimney is right for you and your home!

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Installation Considerations

If the chimney is being used as an exterior chimney, the stainless steel outer wall is recommended. In between the two layers is a one-inch layer of insulation. This added layer reduces the clearances to a mere two inches. This means that the pipe can be installed in the middle of your house with ease. It can also be enclosed with a wooden chase that’s finished off with a chase cover made from a material of your choosing. The particular type of all-fuel chimney you need varies depending on the size of your appliance. Improperly sized chimneys will result in a poor drafting appliance as well as increased amounts of creosote deposits; both of these scenarios put your home and family at an increased risk for both chimney fire and/or CO poisoning.

Affordability Considerations

Class A chimney systems have increased in popularity since they came on the market in the 1980s, in part because of their low cost to construct and maintain as compared to a traditional masonry chimney. Their configuration allows the system to keep cool on the outside while still providing a hot draft on the inside, thereby boosting system efficiency by exhausting the hot flue gases easily. This increased efficiency will provide you added cost savings over the life of the system.

Care and Maintenance Considerations

The same fire safety precautions that are used for a traditional masonry chimney should be observed where a factory-built chimney is in use as well. In order to ensure safe and optimal operation of the heating system, normal maintenance and cleaning are required, similar to those used for a traditional system. Many chimneys may appear to be in fine condition on the outside, but the inside could be a completely different situation entirely. We urge every homeowner to have their chimney inspected on a regular basis to keep their home and their family safe from fire hazards. The chimney should be inspected monthly during the heating season to determine if creosote has accumulated. A professional chimney sweep should be hired to clean out the unit at least once a year; however, it wouldn’t hurt to have it cleaned more frequently if the system is relied upon quite heavily.

The certified professionals at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service work hard to offer our neighbors in the greater Lake Norman, North Carolina area reliable, comprehensive chimney care. We believe the only way to do a job is to do it right, especially a job that exists to keep you and your family protected and warm. We hope you’ll trust us for your chimney and dryer vent needs. Your safety and satisfaction is our primary objective, and we look forward to serving you! You can schedule an appointment with one of our team members by calling 704-621-9373.