Fireplaces act as artistic focus points, fastening the interior of your home whilst also providing a friendly area for welcoming friends and family. If you are considering updating or renovating an older fireplace or decide that fireplace installation is the way forward there are various things to consider when choosing the suitable product that is ideal for your needs and personal preference.
Size of the area and room
When choosing a fireplace it is important to remember they all come in various sizes to suit your homes shape and size. This allows you to choose the piece that is better suited to the space you need. Larger fireplaces are easier to notice and are ideal as a main feature of a room; however, there are other options for your fireplace to act as more of an addition than a weighty feature, a smaller fireplace may be a better choice. Especially if you want to install a wood-burning fireplace, it is important to keep in mind that the size of the fireplace will determine the capacity.
Fireplace Installation – Mantels
Fireplace mantels were initially considered as a security feature to catch any ash, soot and dust as it travelled up the chimney. However, today, mantels are not usually used for its inventive purpose and is used as a supplementary design piece to complete the look. You will find that fireplace mantels come in a variety of resources, including wood, stone, and metal. When choosing a fireplace mantel before your fireplace installation, you want to plan around the furnishings of your home, therefore it is best to choose a material that fits with the rest of your interior design to keep them common. It is highly important to consider the size of your fireplace and judge the size of the mantel that would suit the proportional side of the installation process.
Type of Fuel for your Fireplace
There are two commonly used fuel types that are used for fireplaces which are mainly wood and gas.
Wood – A very common fuel type however wood-burning fireplaces will require constant fuel and additional upkeep to ensure there is no severe chemical and debris build up. With debris build it up it could cause chimney fires. However, this fuel type will work even when your gas service has been intermittent, and is often a matter of personal choice.
Gas – By using gas as your chief fuel source for your fireplace it will require minimal effort and maintenance paralleled to a wood burning fireplace. However, whilst it may seem like the easier choice it can be a lot more costly for fireplace installation if your home does not already have a gas line.