Tips for a Great Fireplace Makeover

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Upgrading or restoring your fireplace are interesting options if you do not want to replace it. Your appliance does not satisfy you as much as before? It is probably time to think about it even if only some decorations are necessary or your fireplace needs minor or major repairs.

Upgrading older fireplaces

Fireplaces built 10 to 20 years ago and more were “state-of-the-art”. However, they are probably less efficient than modern appliances. Furthermore, like everything else, fireplaces eventually age and need some repairs.

Chimney liners, gas fittings and lines, dampers, log sets, glass doors and other components can be replaced to increase both safety and efficiency.  For some homeowners, a fireplace makeover centers around converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas, which is generally simpler to operate and requires less maintenance and cleaning.

In cases where the fireplace area still has a great aesthetic design, but its operation creates issues, replacing the entire unit can be a smart move.  Modern gas fireplaces, for example, provide greater heating and are more efficient than their predecessors.  Contemporary wood fireplaces technology has also seen marked improvements.

Embellish the hearth area

A lot of fireplace makeover projects do not focus on the appliance operation but on the aesthetics of the hearth area.  As people change their home decoration over the years, they often overlook the fireplace.  Pretty soon, the hearth area starts looking out of sync and out of place.

Performing major overhauls can involve hiring contractors for masonry, electrical work, and other tasks.  Before undertaking a large fireplace remodel project, get clear on what you want to accomplish and determine if the cost and any temporary disruption to your living patterns are feasible for your lifestyle.

Can you do it yourself?

With the aid of the Internet and some advice from your local hearth store, there are many fireplaces remodel projects you can complete on your own if you are handy with tools and have some elbow grease to spare.  Many surrounds and mantels can be installed by the homeowner by following the manufacturer’s directions.  Some projects, however, are better left to the professionals and include:

  • Converting a wood fireplace to gas or vice versa
  • Repairing or changing out gas lines
  • Building a new masonry surround
  • Adding a new chimney liner
  • Restructuring the vent system

For inspiration and additional information, check out our social media accounts such as Pinterest. An example of fireplace makeover will be published on our blog soon.

Would you like some advice from a professional? Do not hesitate to contact your nearest We Love Fire dealer.

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