Fireplaces and Wood Stoves - Find a Contractor
While fireplaces were originally used to generate heat, they’re less common today due to the prevalence of modern forced air gas furnaces. However, furnaces can’t hold a candle to the ambiance that a fireplace can add to any room. A contractor can help you with the installation and selection of the right fireplace for your home.
Are you going to go with a gas fireplace or a wood fireplace? This decision will depend on the existing structure of your home and how much you want to spend. It’s cheaper to update an existing gas fireplace than it is to install a brand new fireplace in a home without an existing gas line. The most expensive installation would involve adding a wood burning fireplace into a home without a chimney. You’ll then have the added cost of having a chimney built and you’ll more than likely need to consult the original blue print for the home with an architect to make sure everything is up to code. You’d generally not want to undertake such an extensive installation unless were planning a significant addition to your existing home. These types of renovations often require your local government to approve it.
Once all that is out of the way, you’ll need to find a fireplace contractor to make the installation. If you’ve had to deal with other professionals to design or modify plans for your home, they may be able to make a recommendation for you on a great contractor to hire. Otherwise, you’ll have to search the phone book or online for a contractor you can trust to do the job.
You’ll want to find someone with the necessary experience and qualifications and you should contact as many as possible for quotes. While you may be tempted to make your choice purely based on price alone, money shouldn’t be the only criteria you use to reach your decision. How promptly did the contractor get in touch with you? Did they appear to be professional? Did they come out and assess your home or make some useful suggestions? Did they appear to be knowledgeable about the different methods and models available to heat your home?
In hindsight many people regret choosing a lower priced contractor that left a mess, did a shoddy job or took forever to complete the task – make that sure you’re not one of them!