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Do you have a fireplace, but don’t actually know a lot about how it’s constructed, what it’s made from, and how exactly it works? This is a common scenario for many homeowners, which is why the team here at Top Hat Chimney & Roofing is here to ensure you stay educated and up-to-date on it all.

One of the biggest things to know is the difference between a factory-built, or prefabricated, fireplace and a masonry one. Now, you may know which you have in your home, but are you aware of the differences between the two? If not, read below, and please feel free to reach out to our qualified crew with any questions you may be experiencing. We’re happy to assist any way we can!

All About Masonry Fireplaces

FireplaceA masonry fireplace is a permanent structure that is built into your home using stone, brick, and/or mortar, As you can imagine, these take quite some time to build, but many homeowners feel it is well worth the wait time and expense. There is no doubt that masonry units are known for improving both your aesthetic and your resale value making them a well worthwhile investment, indeed.

Masonry fireplaces will stand the test of time and provide decades worth of enjoyment as long as they are well taken care of. Brick and mortar are durable and sturdy, but without regular maintenance, it will start to deteriorate and break down. Be sure to work with a reliable team, like ours, to take care of your system with every passing year. With a little preventative maintenance now and then, you should be set for the long haul!

All About Factory-Built Fireplaces

Factory-built units cost a lot less than masonry ones, and they take a fraction of the time to install. Rather than being built into your home, they are simply put together, ensuring you the comfort you desire in no time. Along with this, there is also more flexibility as far as placement options, which is a huge win for anyone limited in space.

Now, these models won’t last nearly as long as their masonry counterparts. You’ll get around a decade of use out of them before they need to be replaced. That being said, this is the perfect option for those who want the warmth and comfort of a fireplace without having to make a huge commitment. If you’d like to explore your options, please reach out today!

Tips For Keeping Your Structure In The Best Shape Possible

Whether you have a masonry structure or a factory-built unit, you need to maintain your fireplace and invest in regular care and maintenance. Both types require an annual inspection to work as efficiently as possible, and they both need some attention on the part of the homeowner to truly stand the test of time.

What can you do to keep your system looking and working great? First of all, burn only seasoned wood in the firebox. We know it’s tempting to throw trash and other debris in there (especially throughout the busy holiday season), but this encourages creosote to form more quickly, and it could create excess smoke in your home, too. All in all, it’s bad for both your structure and your home’s atmosphere, and it is highly advised against.

Rather, look for wood that has been properly dried out and therefore has a low moisture content. Well-seasoned wood will have been cut short, split at the ends, then left to dry out for at least six months. These logs will also be lightweight, darker in color, and make a hollow-sounding noise when smacked together.

It is also important to regularly scoop out fireplace ash. You don’t want it to be touching the fireplace grate, as this could cause it to become damaged, That being said, a small layer is great for lighting future fires, as well as protecting your firebox floor. Keep this in mind as you go through your burning season! Once you’re done with your fireplace for the year, all ash should be cleared out.

Always Trust A Qualified Crew!

At the end of the day, the best thing you can do for your system relies on a team of professionals to regularly assist you with any maintenance, repairs, installation work, sweepings, and more. If you live in Springdale, Fayetteville, or any of their surrounding areas, we’re the company to trust! Our owner, Jake Cromwell, along with his experienced team will set you up correctly, so you don’t need to stress about a thing in the months ahead.

Why trust us? We are trained and certified by the CSIA, members of the NCSG, and associated with many other reputable organizations in the trade, such as the NFI, the HPBA, and more. Along with this, we are highly ranked on multiple websites, and we have received countless 5-star reviews and positive testimonials. Combine all that with our A+ rating with the BBB, and you’ve got a company that is clearly dedicated to offering the best care possible!

Ready to set something up? Call today! We’re eager to work with you soon.