When it comes to understanding different types of fireplaces, learning about their various parts and all of the technical terms that go along with their regular maintenance can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, our team is here to help you out!
Whether you already own a fireplace or you’re searching the market for a new investment, it’s important to know the difference between a masonry unit and a prefabricated set-up. Both offer great benefits but have some key differences that can influence which would be a better fit for your home and lifestyle. Learn more below, then call us today with any questions. We’re ready to assist with anything.
About Masonry Fireplaces
Masonry options are more traditional and add that classic look that many envision when picturing a crackling fire in their home. These are built with mortar and bricks and, because of this, they truly become a part of your living space.
When it comes to placement in your home, masonry fireplaces will likely offer more limitations than a prefabricated unit. If you regularly maintain the system, address repairs right away, and invest in waterproofing services, the unit should last for decades upon decades. If you’re looking for something you and future homeowners can enjoy for the long haul, then masonry fireplaces are ideal!
You can also eventually add an insert if you ever decide to change up fuel types or if you’re looking for something more efficient.
About Prefabricated Fireplaces
Prefabricated fireplaces are more flexible when it comes to placement within your home because they are a series of parts that simply need to be assembled. Keep in mind that this should never be considered a do-it-yourself job! Incorrect installation can lead to lots of potentially dangerous issues, and certified sweeps train for long periods of time to ensure they put everything together properly.
One notable difference between prefab and masonry systems is their longevity. Like we said, masonry systems are built to stand the test of time, but prefabricated ones will need to be replaced eventually. Most units will last a decade when proper care has been applied, giving families a significant amount of time to enjoy warm evenings indoors.
This is great for someone looking for a change, without being forced to make a permanent and expensive addition to their home.
Why We’re The Team To Trust
No matter which type of system you have, you’ll need regular maintenance and inspections to keep your home safe. By working with a CSIA-certified team of professionals, you can minimize your risk of gas leaks, house fires, chimney fires, and carbon monoxide exposure significantly. Not to mention, you’ll save tons of money in potential repair costs if we’re able to identify and resolve issues right away. If you need a new system installed, we can handle that, too!
We do it all, and our professional and experienced staff will ensure you’re taken care of in a timely and efficient manner. In Bergen County, there’s only one team to trust. Give Complete Chimney & Fireplace a call today.