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Prefabricated Chimney & Fireplace Installation

A beautiful and functional fireplace or stove can add lots of value to your home. The National Association of Home Builders notes that fireplaces are included among the top three features that new home buyers are looking for. So in addition to the added warmth and togetherness that a fireplace or stove can provide, installing or updating a unit means you’re also adding a selling point that may attract buyers should you choose to sell your home.

Factory-built fireplaces are by far the most popular choice for current homeowners who install a new fireplace in their home. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, prefabricated fireplaces account for 75 percent of annual fireplace installations.

There’s a reason many homeowners choose these units: they’re safe, having gone through rigorous testing to pass industry safety and efficiency standards; a variety of affordable units are available; and they’re made in styles that can match just about any decor, whether you’re looking for a more traditional fireplace with brick facing, open on just one side, or a unit that’s more modern, open on four sides.

Whether you’re looking to add a new prefabricated fireplace, or to replace one that has come to the end of its safe and efficient service life, the CSIA-certified technicians at A-1 Chimney Specialist can help.

Differences Between Prefabricated And Traditional Fireplaces

Traditionally, masonry chimneys and fireplaces were built with the home, with a concrete footing required to support the weight of all the brick and mortar. Today’s prefabricated units are much lighter, usually made of metal and glass (though factory-built masonry fireplaces do exist as well), with the fireplace and chimney both engineered and tested together, as one cohesive unit. This kind of construction means that their installation, function, and maintenance will differ from a traditional masonry fireplace and chimney.

Prefabricated units don’t require concrete footing, so homeowners’ installation options are broader. The amount of insulation built into these units also allows them to be placed in closer proximity to nearby combustible materials, further opening your placement options. The less costly materials used in building these units allows for many affordable fireplace options, too.

One Big Thing Is The Same

It’s still recommended that you have your prefabricated unit inspected and swept every year, to make sure the fireplace and chimney are working safely and efficiently to keep gases and combustible byproducts out of your living area.

Properly installed, prefabricated fireplace units can be durable and long-lasting, but the safe and efficient lifespan of different units will vary. Talk to an A-1 Chimney Specialist technician to see which unit might be right for your home and family.

If you’re interested in adding a prefabricated fireplace to your home, or need to replace an old one, call A-1 Chimney Specialist today at 931.967.3595 or click here to schedule an appointment online, and we’ll help you find the perfect unit at the right price.


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  • review rating 5  Preston was extremely professional, knowledgeable and prompt. He took the time to explain our issue and answered all my questions. I would highly recommend A-1 Chimney Specialist!!

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  • review rating 5  Tanner and Preston more than met our expectations. They were friendly, knowledgeable, timely and professional. Don’t hesitate to use this company. It is rare these days to get this quality of service. Thanks guys. We want to have you back.

    thumb Sharon Doudt
  • review rating 5  Great people to work with. Definitely the best choice for chimney services in the area! FM

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  • review rating 5  Great service! Due to unexpected doctor appointments, I had to reschedule two times and they worked with me to get it done as soon as possible. They were very prompt; the living area was left exactly as it was when they arrived (no mess at all!) and answered my questions. I highly recommend them!

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  • review rating 5  In a time where customer service is becoming more infrequent than frequent , I have to take a moment to acknowledge the superb above and beyond service my husband and I received from A1 Chimney . First of all , we came to use this company several years ago when they sleeved our 100 year old house's chimney so we could burn real wood . We have used them regularly to check and sweep our chimney since. This year however , I had a chimney fire . Thankfully no damage was done . In looking at my records , I realized I hadn't had the chimney swept in a few years . BIG mistake on my part , hence the fire . So I called the company , sing my woes , asking if it would be possible for them to come out before Thanksgiving , this is less than 2 weeks prior by the way . Kind Marty lets me know the first availability isn't until 12/16 but he will do his best to see what he can do. He calls me back the same day to let me know he had jiggled some things around and could be out 12/13 . I thanked him but asked if there were any cancellations to please let me know. Kind Marty , let me rephrase , very KIND Marty , calls me back a couple of days ago asking if we could be free the Monday pre Thanksgiving . Absolutely , I reply . Well on Monday afternoon Preston and Robert leave after checking for damage , cleaning and confirming the sleeve did exactly what it is designed to do , protect the house in the event a chimney fire takes place , never once suggesting it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't waited 4 years . So THANK YOU all for doing such a wonderful job ! You have made us and my out of town family very happy in making it safe for us to enjoy this holiday with lovely fires , something we / they look forward to on their cold weather visits . May each of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving ! You've certainly made ours !!! Gratefully , Linda & Gill Ramsden

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