Fireplaces can be a wonderful addition to any home, lending not only beauty and ambiance, but increasing the value of a residence and potentially helping with home energy costs. Many consumers consider a fireplace a “must have” feature, whether for new construction or existing homes, and use it as a focal point for family gatherings, curling up with a good book, or even sharing a meal beside a warm fire.
At Tropic Air, we are the most experienced Toronto HVAC company when it comes to installation, fireplace repair, and ongoing service and maintenance, and we’ve worked with hundreds of satisfied customers since the company was founded in 1992. While we always recommend hiring a professional for the most successful fireplace projects, we also recognize there are many accomplished do-it-yourselfers who can handle some of these tasks on their own. If you’re wondering what it takes for a smooth fireplace installation, consider the following tips and advice before starting your project.
Research the fireplace market
Research is a key component that every consumer should follow through on before installing or taking on fireplace repair on their own. The Internet is probably the fastest means of learning as much as possible about fireplaces, but also hit your local library or home improvement warehouse for books and other information. Speaking with a reputable contractor such as Tropic Air is always a good idea, too.
Choose the fireplace that fits your needs
Brick fireplaces are the most common fireplace around, but they’re not the only game in town. Here are the most common fireplaces you’ll find anywhere.
- Because they’re made from bricks, brick fireplaces that burn wood are known for their durability and are also fairly easy to service. Installation is easy, too, for an experienced contractor, who will help the homeowner choose colours, style, and the size depending on the size of the room where it’ll be installed, the size of the home, and what the purpose is for the fireplace. Generally speaking, brick fireplaces can fit with any design or architectural style.
- Electric fireplaces are an ideal installation option for residences without a fireplace, and don’t require exterior venting. They’re also stylish and come with glowing embers and wood which look real. Best of all, they’re powered by electric and some models can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet.
- If you can’t wait for wood to start burning and generate heat, your best option is a professionally installed gas fireplace. They’re also ideal because there are no messy ashes to clean up, and they’re pollution free.
Make sure you understand local building ordinances
Regardless of the type of fireplace you want installed, it’s important to talk with your local municipal building department before starting the project. Some questions to ask are: Do I need special permits for gas or electric hookups? What are the regulations for venting?
Finally, for a truly successful fireplace installation, our best advice is to work with an experienced and reputable company who knows the ins and outs of this kind of work, and can get the work done reliably, on time, and within a set budget.