Upgrading Your Home with A Fireplace

A chimney can help improve the value of your home while also making the interior far cozier during the long and cold winters. If your home does not currently have a chimney, you may still be able to enjoy these benefits by committing to upgrading the home with this addition.

Plan for Storing the Firewood

Homeowners who have never owned a chimney will often underestimate the considerations that are necessary when storing the firewood for the chimney. Before arranging for the chimney to be installed, you should carefully consider where you will store the firewood. In particular, it will have to be stored in a dry location where it can be protected from pests. Dedicating a corner of your garage to storing firewood can provide you with a safe place to keep it while also ensuring that the firewood will be easily accessed.

Check the Homeowner Association Rulebook

Many homeowner associations will have rules in place governing chimneys. In particular, these rules often cover the size and permitted colors for the chimney. These rules are designed to minimize the aesthetic impacts that a new chimney can have on the neighborhood. For example, a homeowner who installed an unusually or unnecessarily large chimney may block the view of their neighbors. You should keep any relevant restrictions in mind.

Determine Whether You Want Multiple Fireplaces

If your home has multiple floors, you may want to have a fireplace on each floor. Unfortunately, homeowners may sometimes decide this after their first fireplace is installed. This can greatly complicate the process of adding another fireplace without needing to add another chimney to the home. By deciding on the number of chimneys at the start of this project, the contractor may be able to design and position the fireplaces so that they can all utilize the same chimney. In addition to reducing the number of chimneys your home will require, this can also help lower the costs of this upgrade.

Add Pest Deterrents When the Chimney Is First Installed

Unfortunately, there are many small animals and other pests that may attempt to nest in the chimney. Birds and squirrels are two of the most common pests to do this. This can inhibit the ability of the chimney to vent the fumes from the fireplace. There are many different devices and upgrades that can be made to your chimney that will be able to prevent these pests from targeting it. For example, there are small spikes and angled surfaces that can discourage nesting without inhibiting smoke.

For more information, contact a fireplace installation service like Southwest Brick & Fireplace.