As the weather is signifying the end of summer and the start of autumn, most people consider building a new fireplace to keep their living spaces warm during the cooler months.
A new fireplace may be the last thing on your mind during a hot summer day, but it is actually the best time to do so. You'll be glad to avoid the autumn and winter rush knowing your fireplace will be ready to use before the cold weather hits.
The installation process may vary depending on the type of fireplace you choose. The following are the different types of installations:
Built-in Fireplace Inserts
Built-in fireplace inserts are well-insulated appliances that are installed in an existing wood or gas fireplace and are vented up and out of the chimney. You need to have a technician evaluate the flue lining prior to installation to ensure that it is compatible with the insert device.
Freestanding fireplaces give a charismatic or rather appealing touch to any property. They come in different sizes, shapes, and models. If you want to install a freestanding wood, gas, or electric fireplace, a specialist will need to install a flue pipe up through the ceiling and out the roof.
Traditional Open-Hearth Fireplaces
Traditional open-hearth fireplaces are typically built through masonry. Setting up a traditional masonry fireplace requires extensive renovations since the installers will need to build a chimney or flue in addition to the hearth and firebox, and may include a decorative mantel and air intake system.
Hanging fireplaces have a more futuristic and contemporary design that might not be suitable for everyone. With a classically designed pipe, they are hung from the ceiling for ventilation.
This type of installation is a great way to get the most out of a single fireplace. Two-sided fireplaces can simultaneously heat two different rooms. They are widely used to split living rooms and kitchens, sleeping areas and sitting areas in bedrooms, and in some cases, indoors and outdoors.
This is the most flexible installation type and it works well in large and small-sized homes as well as commercial spaces. There are self-contained wall-mounted fireplaces that can be moved from one location to another. Some don't even need to be ventilated. Others require a ventilation system like chimneys.
Things to Consider Before Installing a Fireplace
With so many fireplace options available in the market right now, here are a few things to consider to help you select the right fireplace for your home or business.
Types of Fireplaces: What kind of fireplace should I get?
Here are the benefits of the different kinds of fireplaces to help you decide what type of fireplace you should acquire based on your purpose and needs.
Purpose and Needs
What is the primary reason for installing a new fireplace? Is your purpose to improve the appearance and value of your home? Or do you wish to benefit from additional heating and decreased energy costs over the winter?
Do you prefer to stoke your fires? Or do you like a low-maintenance fireplace that you can easily turn on and off with the push of a button?
Style and Design
Another factor to consider is the design of your fireplace and hearth. Of course, we all wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing and to compliment or enhance the interior design of the room. It is entirely up to your personal style and preference whether you choose a traditional or modern design.
Traditional fireplaces and hearths are often built of marble, iron, stone, or brick and come in a wide range of architectural options.
Modern, sleek, and minimalist fireplaces, such as double-sided and multi-sided glass fireplaces that can be viewed from both sides of a wall, are constructed of glass and steel.
Why Summer is the Best Time for Fireplace Installation?
Summer is the best season to build a new fireplace because aside from the fact that the weather is good, few people consider it during the summer. You will not only have more options, but you will also be able to schedule installations and chimney cleaning appointments easily.
Ensures Enough Planning Time
During this season, you’ll have plenty of time to go over available models and combinations of options in order to build the best fireplace possible. More time to consult with a specialist to choose a model that best suits your needs, and schedule an appointment for an installation on a day that is convenient for you.
Another advantage of planning a fireplace installation ahead of time is that once it’s done, you will have enough time to make tweaks and modifications to the finishing work rather than rushing to get everything to look perfect before the holidays.
It's possible that the fireplace you choose will take a few weeks to arrive once you've placed your order. And since you won't be using your new fireplace right immediately during the warmer months, waiting for it won't be a big concern.
However, waiting for your fireplace to be delivered and installed until the cold season begins means you won’t be able to use it on time when you most need it.
Installation Technician Availability
Installations of fireplaces are in high demand during the fall and winter seasons, so expect a lengthier wait and installation time during these colder months.
However, installation technicians are less in demand during the summer, so you can plan an appointment at a time that works best for you and you won't have to wait long to get your fireplace installed.