Is the firebox in your fireplace looking like it might need some repairs? If the mortar joints are deteriorating or the bricks are falling apart, it may not be safe to continue using your fireplace until the firebox is repaired. The risk of a house fire increases when you use a damaged firebox because it cannot properly contain the high temperatures of the flames. Getting the news that your fireplace needs some TLC before you can use it again can be an opportunity to give your fireplace a new look.
New brickwork in the firebox can breathe new life into an old fireplace design. There are various styles and colors of firebricks to choose from. They can be laid in different styles like a nice herringbone pattern or a pattern that alternates between vertically and horizontally laid bricks. Watching fire dance against a beautiful new background can make your fireplace more inviting. As long as you clean it at least once a year, you can prevent black soot stains from developing.
During the process of choosing a new firebox design, you could also choose a new surround and/or mantle. These decorative components of the fireplace can easily be changed to transform its appearance. Whether you want an old rustic fireplace to look more modern or a contemporary fireplace to look more traditional, it can happen. There are many ways to remodel a fireplace so that it suits your taste.
Before work begins on the firebox, talk to your fireplace expert about the design you have in mind. They can show you samples of materials for surrounds and mantles that you can choose from to create the fireplace of your dreams.
If you are more interested in increasing the efficiency of your fireplace, talk to a fireplace expert about having a fireplace insert installed. A fireplace insert can dramatically increase the heat output of your fireplace making it a more effective alternate heating source. It is a great investment if you want to reduce your heating costs by using your fireplace to zone heating your home during the winter.
A fireplace insert is a pre-fabricated, closed-combustion firebox that is installed inside the mouth of an existing fireplace. The closed-combustion design of the fireplace insert allows it to produce more heat from less fuel. Due to this increased efficiency, fireplace inserts are more effective at zone heating. You will be able to heat more square feet without overloading your fireplace.
Another benefit of having a fireplace insert installed is that you can choose the fuel type that you prefer. The three most common types of fireplace inserts are wood burning, pellet burning and gas burning. You can convert a wood burning fireplace into a gas or pellet fireplace by having an insert installed.
Whether you decide to have your firebox rebuilt and redesigned or to have a fireplace insert installed, be sure to choose a CSIA certified hearth and chimney specialist to do the work! Chimney systems are more complex than they might seem. General contractors who haven’t been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) often lack the knowledge and training to properly install fireplace inserts and rebuilt fireboxes. Too often we come across fireboxes that weren’t built with the right type of firebricks and fireplace inserts that weren’t installed improperly. Badly constructed fireboxes and poorly installed fireplace inserts increase the risk of a house fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Hiring an experienced, CSIA certified chimney technician is the best way to protect your home, your loved ones and your investment.
If you live in the Atlanta area, give us a call at Chimney Solutions to have your fireplace renewed! You can count on our team of CSIA certified technicians to get the job done right the first time.