Fireplaces / October 16, 2018 / Everly Dias.
Fireplaces have been a part of the home for ions. A warm hearth is a symbol of a happy home, and the modern fireplace creates a feeling of warmth, and it is ever so inviting, plus it can increase the value of your home. However, there are some questions you should ask before installing a stone fireplace.
1. Wood or Gas?
Wood is traditional, quaint, and creates a beautiful ambiance as the logs crackle and pop and the flames dance. What a feeling. Problem is there is also the mess of wood and the smoke to contend with, and a wood fire can be hard to start if the wood isn’t dry.
Gas, on the other hand, is affordable and convenient. Flick the switch and sit back and enjoy and in recent years those gas logs have taken on a very authentic appearance. It’s often difficult to tell gas from wood.
2. Ventless or Vented?
In the gas models, you can choose from ventless or vented. The ventless is much easier to install but the blue flame is not as natural looking, and they also produce condensation. A vented model seems much more realistic with a yellow glow. They do however require professional installation.
3. Natural Gas or Propane Gas?
When choosing a gas fireplace, you need to buy for the type of gas in your home. Natural gas comes by pipe into your home and propane is delivered by a tank.
4. Heat Source or Cosmetics?
Is your fireplace going to be for cosmetics or as a useful heat source? You can have a significant heat source that looks great with no problem and overall this is a great option.
5. Freestanding or Built?
What is the look you want to achieve in your room? The traditional style a built into the wall and a surrounded by a mantle. A freestanding stove can look very quaint, and it can also be a terrific heat source on four sides.
6. Where Does It Go?
Just a decade ago you would find a fireplace in a living room or family room perhaps a bedroom. However, today there are fireplaces to fit bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, offices, and basements. So where is it going to go?
7. In or Out?
Not long ago it was assumed if you were putting a fireplace in it would be in your home. However, today there are some great fireplaces designed for decks, patios, and anywhere outside where people gather.
8. Budget Anyone?
An excellent place to start is with your budget. Decide what you’ve got to spend then go shopping within that budget. It’s a much smarter way to shop then looking at a bunch of great pieces you can’t afford. Setting a budget is also quick shopping so that you don’t land up buying on impulse.
Before you install your stone fireplace ask yourself these questions. Then when you make that final decision, you’ll know you’ve purchased the perfect fireplace!