College_Station_BuildersFireplaces are an important component in many house design plans. When a residence is being built, this is one detail that should receive a great deal of attention. The many options that are available should be researched in order to select the best one for your home.

There are many different types of fireplaces available and many appealing options to be considered.

  • Masonry –  Traditional fireplaces are constructed using brick masonry. Brick is effective for use with heat without risk of cracking, which is why it remains a popular material of choice. Purists who are after a traditional look appreciate the vintage look of authentic brick as well as the value that is added to a home with one of these structures
  • Prefabricated Metal – There are many manufacturers offering prefabricated fireplaces. These are factory-built ones made of metal, although some are faced on the front with brick to make them look more authentic. One good characteristic of this type is that they are usually very well insulated, leaving very little risk of damage to surrounding materials. Compared to authentic masonry, they are more energy-efficient, effectively generate heat, and take little time to install.
  • Fuel Options – Wood used to be the only source of fuel; now it is possible to choose from a wide variety of fuels, such as propane and natural gas. These alternative fuel sources can speed the start-up process and reduce the normal sparks and fumes emitted by wood. Along with the reduced amount of fire-starting time, another advantage of an alternative fuel source is eliminating a place to store wood to be burned. With the use of gas as a fuel source, starting a fire can be as simple as clicking a button.
  • Vented vs. Unvented – Conventional fireplaces are vented in order to eliminate noxious exhaust gases that could reduce indoor air quality. Now there are many types of ventless fireplaces which are becoming increasingly popular because they do not require the installation of ventilation pipes, thereby significantly reducing installation costs. Before making a final decision to install this type of heating device, note that some states have certain laws governing installation of these unvented heating options.
  • Size – When designing a masonry fireplace or buying one that is prefabricated, it is important to consider the size and heat production capability of each model. A common error that is made to choose one that is too big for the allotted space. Too much heat is generated which could overheat surrounding walls and cause an inside conflagration.
  • Safety – Whenever a fireplace is lit, never leave it unattended no matter what may be otherwise stated as there is always a significant risk of a flare-up whenever it is burning. For vented models, it is important to regularly remove built-up soot to prevent blockages and potential inside blazes.

A fireplace is a great accessory to any home and additionally, there are many practical benefits to add one as well as the aesthetic reasons. Fireplace options should first be reviewed to ensure that the one chosen is safe, efficient, and able to provide just the right amount of desired heat. Always look to College Station builders for construction needs of this comforting home addition. Hopefully this article has provided some helpful information to those considering the installation of a fireplace including relevant facts to help select the very best one to add to the warmth of a home!

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