After years of searing-hot blazes, fireplace mortar can crack, crumble, and fall out. Gaping mortar joints are not only unattractive, but they leave the bricks more vulnerable to damage. So as you continue to enjoy this wood-burning season, examine the condition of the mortar, chimney interior, and overall aesthetic of your fireplace. Fireplaces are one of the home features people really covet, and in this article, we will explain how your old masonry fireplace can provide your home with more heat than it normally does with a fireplace facelift.
Install a new chimney liner.
A fireplace facelift isn’t just about the aesthetics. A great way to increase the amount of heat within your home is to have a chimney liner installed. Not only do they protect the house from heat transfer to combustibles, but they also protect the masonry from the bi-products of combustion that can cause corrosion. Types of chimney liners include clay tiles, metal, and cast-in-place chimney liners.
Fix that brick!
This is an obvious fireplace facelift need. If you have brick that is chipped or missing mortar, cracks of gaps between panels, or obvious holes in the fire-box or smoke chamber, these are repairs that can achieve a significantly updated look. Additionally, giving your hearth a more unique and modern touch can be achieved by using different patterns and placements of bricks. There are a variety of colors of bricks that can add to the existing decor of the room.
Have you considered tile?
According to The Tile Home Guide, a fresh fireplace tile upgrade is one of the smartest and most economical home improvements you can choose even when on a budget due to the fact that the total area to be tiled is usually fairly small and will only need a minimal amount of tiles, time, money, and effort to complete. Fireplace tile is not just used for its looks, as it also functions as a non-flammable barrier between the opening of your fireplace and the rest of your home. The majority of tile materials can handle the extremely high temperatures that fireplaces reach and the extreme changes in temperature that take place very quickly without damage. In addition to the functionality being strong, but the wide variety of tile styles, colors and themes is always growing. There are so many unique options to make your fireplace facelift stand out!
Get yourself a mantel!
A mantel is the signature piece for any fireplace and can truly complete a fireplace facelift in the best kind of way. Adding a custom mantel changes the entire look and feel of a room, and with so many styles to choose from, you are sure to find something you love that fits your vision. The simplest style can help the fireplace blend in, while something more complex and unique will make your fireplace stand out and become the focal point of a room.
Appearance matters. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, more buyers cited looks (46%) than quality (31%) as an important fireplace trait. As the focal point of a room, don’t you want to gaze on it lovingly?
It is common for homeowners to use the opportunity of replacing a fireplace or having the flue relined as a chance to give their fireplace area a facelift, and here at Chimney & Masonry Outfitters we are certified and experienced in this remodeling job. We would love the opportunity to give you that fireplace facelift you’ve been considering and envisioning. Give us a call to discuss: 317-500-1250 or visit www.cmoutfitters.com.