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Prefab Fireplaces vs. Traditional Fireplaces

If you are looking to install a new fireplace in your home, but you aren’t sure if you should go with a prefabricated unit or a traditional masonry, then it’s time to consider your options. Both choices have their benefits, but it’s important to know the ins and outs of each before making your final decisions. Learn more below, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the team here at A-1 Chimney Specialists with any questions or concerns. We’re always happy to help!

All About Traditional Setups

masonry fireplace A masonry fireplace is built into your home, and when it is properly constructed, it will stand the test of time. In fact, when you regularly maintain and inspect it, the unit can last for decades. Many people prefer this option because it offers a more classic and timeless aesthetic, which is truly hard to beat.

Masonry options also add a lot of value to a home. They typically can be fitted into an insert, so if you opt for this more efficient option down the line, doing so shouldn’t be an issue. This is also a good route for those that want a wood-burning option now but may want to switch to gas later. No matter what you go with, this traditional setup will be something you can enjoy for the long haul.

All About Prefabricated Units

A prefabricated fireplace is constructed inside of your home from factory-built parts, and it can provide homeowners with years of comfort and warmth. These appliances are less expensive than their masonry counterparts, but they do not last nearly as long, either. An appliance that has regular maintenance and sweepings should last around a decade.

While many people view this shorter lifespan as a negative, it actually can be a positive for those who aren’t looking to make a lifetime commitment. If the thought of having a fireplace built into your home seems a bit daunting, then this is a great route to take. These units have been known to give countless families a lot of enjoyment over the years.

No Matter What, Schedule An Annual Inspection

Weighing which option is better with your lifestyle isn’t always easy, but our team is ready and eager to answer your questions and address any concerns. Please reach out today, so that we can set you up right before fall comes around. Once your new fireplace is installed, be sure to invest in an inspection every single year, so you can rest easier knowing everything is running well and safe for use. Avoiding this maintenance could lead to carbon monoxide exposure, chimney fires, house fires, smoke back-up, and more, putting the health of loved ones at risk and causing significant amounts of property damage.

Our CSIA certified crew is equipped to tackle any issues we come across, so trust us from start to finish, so you can rest easier in your home!