When it comes to adding a cozy touch to your living spaces, fireplaces and free-standing stoves are both functional and stylish. Whether you’re looking for a modern focal point or a rustic accent, fireplaces and mantels add warmth and ambiance to any room. In addition to their aesthetic appearance, real estate agents report that fireplaces can add nearly $1,000 to $5,000 to your home’s value.
Adding a fireplace to your home doesn’t have to require traditional methods of woodburning. You can add electric or gas-powered fireplaces to achieve a cozy look with minimal mess and maintenance. In addition to increasing your home’s value, you can also shop for energy-efficient options that heat your home while lowering your utility bills. From inserts and free-standing stoves to traditional fireplaces, there are a variety of options available for any style of home.
Fireplace Options For Your Home
Whether you’re building from scratch or updating an existing fireplace, professional fireplace installation can change the look and feel of your home. Depending on your preferences and your budget, you can opt for gas-powered, electric, or wood burning fireplace options.
Wood Burning Masonry Fireplace
The traditional wood burning fireplace is common in existing homes, uses firewood as its source of fuel, and has masonry (typically brick) lining the inside of a tall, roof-venting chimney. If your home doesn’t already have a wood burning masonry fireplace, you may be able to have one added, if the circumstances allow. This largely depends on the layout of your home, and it may be your most expensive option. If your home has an existing chimney, it is easier to add a wood burning masonry fireplace. Keep in mind that it is important to have chimneys properly cleaned and maintained annually before use.
If you’d like to achieve a contemporary look with your fireplace, gas-powered options can be a wise choice. Direct-vent fireplaces typically have a nearby exhaust vent leading to the home’s exterior. Ventless options are recommended for outdoor use and can produce a lot of heat without any need for a chimney. Both gas-powered styles operate using a small pilot light and can be ignited with a switch. Gas fireplace logs, typically made of stone, create the look of hearth logs and soften the look of the gas-powered flames. It’s important to use gas logs that are rated for your type of fireplace – ventless gas logs are different from vented gas logs.
Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace
Installing a direct-vent fireplace is more cost effective than installing a masonry fireplace as the nearby wall-piercing vent replaces the need for a roof-penetrating chimney. Direct-vent or “vented” gas-powered fireplaces typically have a permanent glass front panel design. Direct-vent gas fireplaces are safe for indoor use, and it is always recommended that you use a carbon monoxide detector in a home with a fireplace.
Ventless Gas Fireplace
The ventless gas fireplace is typically safest for use outdoors as it doesn’t include exterior ventilation chambers. It produces a significant amount of heat, which is excellent for patio and backyard use. While some homes may have interior ventless gas fireplaces, this is typically an outdated alternative to electric fireplaces. Because there is no external exhaust ventilation, the ventless gas fireplace may cause breathing problems and exhaust fumes if used indoors.
Fireplace and Mantel Installation Near You
If you need help with fireplace and mantel design and installation, we’re here to help. TruTeam’s process involves helping you select the right fireplace functionality and style for your home, budget, and goals. Our team of local, licensed contractors will expedite utility hookups, permitting, and inspections. Our safety-trained installers, supported by on-staff, certified National Fireplace Institute personnel, will complete your fireplace and mantel installation safely and on time.
TruTeam is a leading national fireplace installer and supplier. Contact us to connect with a local fireplace and mantel installation expert near you.