Ready To Changeout Or Install Your Factory-Built Fireplace? We’ll Take Care Of It For You
Prefab or factory-built fireplaces are all-in-one systems (chimney + fireplace). These systems are designed, assembled, and tested by the manufacturer, in-factory, which means they’re simply installed in your home, rather than built there.
There are many reasons more and more homeowners are choosing factory-built fireplaces for their homes. But these systems aren’t for everyone, so it’s important to consider the pros and cons and get to know these systems a little bit better before you purchase.
The Pros & Cons Of Factory-Built Fireplaces
- Because on-site design flaws are eliminated from the equation, manufacturers can guarantee a certain level of efficiency and safety with factory-built units. Each chimney and fireplace is tested and designed to work together, so you know the end results will be as safe and as efficient as promised. In other words, you don’t have to worry about an inexperienced mason doing a poor job and leaving you with an unsafe, inefficient, or unattractive fireplace. What you order is exactly what you get.
- Because these systems are built in-factory of inexpensive materials and installation is faster and simpler, factory-built fireplace systems are much more affordable than open-hearth masonry fireplaces. You’ll save money on materials as well as labor.
- Because factory-built fireplaces and chimneys are built of materials that weigh less than stone and brick (like metal and faux stone), these systems can be installed in more places in the home, without concerns about footing. They are also highly insulated and don’t require the same clearance from combustibles in walls, ceilings, and floors as traditional fireplaces do. This opens up the option for more flexible placement.
While they’re tested for safety and efficiency, easily installed, and more affordable than their masonry counterparts, factory-built fireplaces don’t have the lifespan of a typical masonry fireplace and chimney system.
Masonry systems can last a lifetime or more when well-taken care of, but prefab systems only last about 20-30 years or so, depending on use. That’s because these systems are made of metal and simply not capable of taking the abuse as well as brick and mortar fireplaces.
Another possible con to consider is that when parts break or need to be replaced, you can’t replace them with just any parts. Everything in these systems is built specifically for use in that system. Unfortunately, sometimes replacement parts are no longer available, and in those instances, your only option may be to changeout the entire system.
What Can Shorten The Life Of A Factory-Built Fireplace?
There are a few things that can shorten the service life of your factory-built fireplace:
- Rust and water-damage from a chimney leak
- Chimney fires
- Creosote and soot buildup
- Large, hot fires that are too big for the fireplace
Do Factory-Built Fireplaces Need To Be Serviced?
One thing masonry fireplaces and factory-built fireplaces have in common is that both need to be routinely cleaned and serviced. By keeping up with cleanings and annual inspections and maintenance, you can avoid some of the things above that can shorten the service life of your unit. In other words, you’ll be able to confidently use your fireplace and enjoy it for as long as possible.
So don’t think that just because it’s not a traditional fireplace, you can ignore it. Prefab’s need love, too!
How Are Prefab Fireplaces And Chimneys Different From Stoves And Stovepipe?
The difference between a factory-built fireplace and a stove is that a fireplace will look and act more like a traditional open-hearth fireplace. It will have a fireplace face, a damper, firebox panels, and all of the elements you know and love about your fireplace.
And the difference between stovepipe and a factory-built chimney is that stovepipe can be installed and used to vent a number of different stoves, while a prefabricated chimney is only approved for use with specific factory-built fireplace units.
What If I Need To Replace My Factory-Built Fireplace System Or I’d Like To Have One Installed?
The good news is, when it comes time to have your factory-built fireplace replaced or when you’re ready to add a new fireplace to your home without worrying about the cost and logistics of a masonry system, we can help.
Here at Chimney Doctor, we specialize in factory-built fireplace changeouts and installations. We work quickly and carefully to ensure you get the results you’re looking for, fast, and with minimal disruption to your home life.
- No mess.
- No figuring out where to dispose of your old factory-built system or how to get it there.
- No worrying about how you’ll know if you did the installation correctly.
Let Chimney Doctor take care of everything. Our pros will take excellent care of you and your property. To request an appointment, simply call 970-234-3330 or reach out to us here on our website. We’re happy to help, wherever you are in the greater Grand Junction area!