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3 Most Common Chimney Problems

There’s nothing more elegant than a roaring fire on a cold winter evening to warm your home. But while you enjoy the warmth, your chimney can experience issues that can pose a safety hazard to you and your family. It can also negatively impact its heating efficiency. Regular ensures safe fireplace operation and maximum efficiency. Read more

Should I Reline and Insulate My Chimney?

Many older homes were built before modern building codes required chimney liners. Peeking inside an unlined flue of an early 1900’s home and you will probably notice burn marks, cracks and other damages indicative of one or more chimney fires. Today, most building codes require chimney liners. But they don’t last forever, and the liner Read more

Why You Need to Waterproof Your Chimney

On rainy days many homeowners are inside where it’s nice and dry. Perhaps relaxing on the sofa with a good book or playing games with the kids to keep them occupied. But outside your chimney is in a battle and Mother Nature almost always wins. That’s because water is the chimney’s mortal enemy. And it’s not only rain. The pounding sleet and snow, freezing Read more

Identifying the Reasons Behind Chimney Discoloration

As years and decades pass, chimney bricks often fade from the effects of blazing-hot sun. This is normal. Other types of chimney discoloration aren’t normal and may signal a need to address the problem immediately. Various stains can appear on the exterior bricks of a chimney. Here are those that are most common, what they Read more

Why You Should Have Your Chimney Relined

A well-built chimney can withstand years of intense heat and toxic exhaust gasses and the damage both can  cause.  But even the best-made chimney won’t perform optimally forever.  This is why there are chimney liners.  Made from several different types of materials, chimney liners offer the added protection you need to extend the life of your chimney and avoid many of the repairs that otherwise would be inevitable once a Read more

Safety Tips for Your Prefab Fireplace

While prefab fireplaces are extensively tested at the factory for safety, they must be installed correctly to be safe in your home. Be sure that replacement parts are made for your specific fireplace, as some prefab fireplaces burn wood while others burn gas or both wood and gas. Factory-built fireplaces have an excellent safety record Read more

The Lifespan of Prefabricated Fireplaces

Many people purchase factory-built fireplace systems because they are a cost-efficient alternative to traditional masonry fireplaces. However, the prefabricated units sometimes have a shorter lifespan than their traditional counterparts, which means they need to be replaced more frequently. At the same time, some factory-built fireplaces are seen more as decorative heating appliances than primary heat Read more

What Is a Factory-Built Fireplace?

Factory-built or prefabricated fireplaces are designed and manufactured in a factory and arrive at their destinations ready for installation. Typically they are made of metal, with glass doors, air-cooled pipes, and insulated walls. The major advantage for homeowners is that they can be installed at any time before or after a home is remodeled or Read more

Prepare Your Chimney for Winter

You can be sure that winter brings rain, dew, and fog along with occasional snow and ice events. Now is the time to prepare your chimney for winter, which is greatly impacted by all forms of moisture. When the chimney in your home is exposed to moisture, it can change the state and structure of Read more

The Benefits of a Factory-Built Fireplace

Factory-built fireplaces are extremely popular as a modern option to keeping households warm and comfortable throughout the winter months. They are a good investment because they increase the value of your home. Also, in homes that lack a chimney, homeowners can still enjoy a fire because they don’t need a pre-existing chimney in order to Read more

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