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Different Types Of Fireplaces We Offer

At Lords Chimney, we always strive to offer our customers the best when it comes to our products, services, and anything you might need along the way for your chimney and fireplace. If you are looking to have a new fireplace installed, but you don’t know where to start, our team is here to help.

Masonry Fireplace vs Factory-Built

gas fireplace A masonry fireplace is built into your home’s existing structure, and it offers a classic and timeless aesthetic for your home. They are heavy, sturdy structures, so once they are in, they are there to stay. If you want an option that stands the test of time and a true focal point in your living space, then this is a good route to take.

However, they are typically more expensive to put in, and it will take a long time too. Once it is done, you will have a system that could bring countless enjoyable evenings. Did you know fireplaces also increase the value of your home? So it will likely sell a lot quicker when you decide to move. All in all, a masonry-built fireplace is a great option.

If you are looking for something less expensive and permanent, then a factory-built fireplace is a better option for you. They come as a complete set, and when installed correctly by a CSIA certified professional, it can last for many years. They will likely need to be replaced eventually, but this is the perfect scenario for someone who isn’t sure or want to fully commit to a masonry fireplace.

Fireplace Inserts vs. Gas Options

Another great option that many homeowners are investing nowadays is the fireplace insert. If you already have a factory-built or masonry fireplace, but you are wanting to change fuel types or upgrade to a more efficient unit, then an insert is the way to go. They are especially ideal for someone who might want to turn a wood-burning masonry fireplace into a gas-fueled one.

Many homeowners have been investing in gas options. Because gas is highly efficient, better for the environment, and it is extremely easy to use. Homeowners are more likely to invest in a gas unit nowadays. With a gas unit, you just flip a switch and you’ve got a fire! There is simply no beating the convenience of gas. We even offer gas logs, so you’ll get that realistic look you are hoping for in a wood-burning appliance.

We Are Eager To Help You Out!

Don’t let another year pass by without getting the fireplace of your dreams in your home. Our team is qualified, experienced, and certified, and we love helping our customers all throughout Houston and the surrounding areas. There is no better team out there, so give us a call today! Get the care and attention you deserve by depending on us for all of your fireplace and chimney needs.

Common Fireplace Issues & How To Troubleshoot Them

Looking to ensure your chimney and fireplace are well taken care of in 2019? Being aware of the potential issues of your system is vital to the health of it, and it will help you stay more alert to any potential problems. If you are concerned about the health of your fireplace, call our team of experts for an inspection today. At Lords Chimney, we take your concerns very seriously. Our professional, who are CSIA certified are just a phone call away!

Creosote Accumulation

masonry chimneyCreosote is a substance that forms in your chimney with each fire you light in your fireplace, and it is known for being highly flammable. Because of this, if too much of it accumulates in your chimney, it could easily ignite a chimney fire. Creosote needs to be regularly cleaned out of your system by a CSIA certified sweep to avoid any potential issues.

Are you looking to slow down the accumulation of creosote? You should only burn seasoned wood in your fireplace, and you should also keep an eye on the drafting of your system, as well. If your airflow is restricted, creosote then accumulates at a faster pace. Give us a call if you are concerned about creosote in your chimney. We will be happy to look things over and get rid of the creosote!

Leaks & Water Damage

Excess water in your chimney is extremely harmful to the strength and durability of the structure. Your masonry is very absorbent. When moisture is soaked into it, you will soon notice all kinds of deterioration throughout your brickwork and mortar. The gaps and holes created on your system could lead to fumes or stray flames entering your living space. Eventually, you could be facing a collapse.

Water damage can also cause clogs, rust, rot, staining, decay, and more. Fortunately, we can prevent it with our waterproofing and leak prevention services. Whether you need a new chimney cap installed, crown repaired, flashing patched up, or something else, we can help you.

Clogs & Obstructions

Creosote accumulation, clogs and obstructions can all be fixed with a thorough chimney sweeping. If your system is filled with leaves, twigs, and other debris, then it won’t be able to vent properly. This means smoke, fumes, and potentially harmful gases could easily enter your living space. Because most of these are harmful, it is vital to ensure your system is running as smoothly as possible. What is even more worrisome is that you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, so you would not even be able to note its presence until symptoms started to develop.

Ready to start the new year off right? Gain peace of mind and get the most from your fireplace by calling us in for an inspection and sweeping today.