If you’re losing that loving feeling with your current fireplace, it’s time to consider replacing it. We know what you’re thinking. It sounds complicated. But it doesn’t have to be! There are so many ways to update your fireplace that are sure to make you fall in love with it all over again. So where should you start? Follow our tips to get started replacing your old fireplace with a new one.
Use a Professional
People have watched enough home renovation shows that they believe they can tackle any home improvement project themselves. In the case of replacing your fireplace, it’s best to call in the professionals.
Safety is always a top priority. When installing a fireplace, there are specific requirements for electric, gas and wood burning. This is the time to rely on the experts to ensure your family is safe when your new fireplace is running.
This also comes down to a warranty issue. Some manufacturers void their warranties if a fireplace or insert is not installed by a licensed professional. Always err on the side of caution and let skilled professionals handle your fireplace installation.
Determine the New Style
Maybe you have an old wood burning fireplace, but you’d prefer the convenience of being able to flip a switch for a fire. Or maybe you’d rather master your fire building skills and have a wood burning fireplace rather than the current gas or electric fireplace you have now.
Start by researching the options and determining which style will work best for your home. Be sure to take into consideration the overall style of your home in regards to the look. For example, if your home’s style is more contemporary, a rustic fireplace probably isn’t what you’re looking for.
If you love the current masonry of your fireplace, but want something a little more energy efficient, consider an insert. A fireplace insert can be installed into an existing fireplace and can be wood burning, pellet or gas. Keep the look you love, but increase the energy efficiency of your fireplace.
Before you order anything, bring in the professionals to do measurements. This is especially true if you plan to retrofit a new gas fireplace into an existing one. They’ll ensure you purchase the proper size and can offer advice along the way.
Develop a Plan for Facing Material
The fireplace itself isn’t the only thing you need to plan for. The mantel and facing material of your new fireplace may need to be updated as well to coordinate with the new style. If your current fireplace mantel and facing material is rustic, but you’re aiming for a more contemporary feel, find photos for inspiration and to help you plan. Soon your new fireplace will blend perfectly with the rest of your home’s look.
Replacing your old fireplace with a new one doesn’t have to be intimidating. With the help of IHT Hot Tubs & Fireplaces, you can easily update the look of your fireplace! You’re sure to find the perfect solution for your home with our variety of electric, gas, and wood-burning fireplaces, including Kozy Heat. While you’re busy making your home a cozy haven, take a moment to explore our swim spas, HotSpring and Caldera spas, and more. Contact us at 303-296-7727 to learn about our selection and ask for a free quote!