When the cold season is over, most fireplaces basically go unnoticed until it’s time to start using them again. This may not be a good thing, especially if no chimney inspections or necessary repair work and cleaning are performed in the off-season.
Beyond maintenance, a fireplace doesn’t have to just sit there all spring and summer. There are a variety of ways to use the warmer months to get a lot of beauty and enjoyment from your fireplace and the area around it.
The key to having a safe and efficient chimney and fireplace is maintenance. After the burning season, here are three things you should schedule:
Once your chimney and fireplace are in good working order for next winter, consider some of these creative methods for making your hearth area the center of attention during the spring, summer and early fall.
Use a vacuum, wire brush, scrubbers and cleaning solutions to remove soot, ash and built-up creosote from your firebox. It will probably take a little elbow grease to get your fireplace really clean after the winter season, but it will be worth it.
A clean firebox is the perfect place for displays of lighting, candles, flowers and even audio speakers. Tap into your inner designer and come up with cool items and arrangements that will make an empty firebox come alive
Fireplace surrounds are pre-made or custom-built amenities that go on the wall around a fireplace. All sizes are available, and materials such as stone, brick, wood and synthetics can be used for your surround. A well-constructed fireplace surround is a magnificent way to dramatically enhance the entire room and home.
If you don’t have a mantel above your fireplace, you’re missing out on a great designer resource. Mantels are perfect for holding artwork, clocks, portraits, antiques, family photos, plants and anything else that grabs your fancy. Some folks use their mantels for seasonal displays that depict different seasons of the year and holidays.
Before you start coming up with items and components to add to your fireplace area, consider the colors of your home. If your home has a running color scheme, add hearth-area designs that beautifully complement that scheme. Mantels can be various materials or painted, and unique coloring of surround materials can be specified in order to give this section of your room a vibrant, consistent personality.
These tips along with ideas you come up with on your own will go a long way toward beautifying your hearth area and making it look special all year long. For fireplace and chimney safety all year long, this is where professionals come in.
A-1 Chimney Specialist of Winchester, TN, and Huntsville, AL, provides CSIA-certified chimney sweeping, chimney inspections and all types of chimney repairs and rebuilding services. After the winter season ends and before you start decorating, let us make sure your chimney and fireplace are clean, safe and ready to roll when the next cold season comes around.
Get your questions answered or schedule an appointment by calling (931) 967-3595 in the Winchester area or (256) 285-4895 in and around Huntsville.