If you are considering a new fireplace, you might want to think about a prefabricated system, also called factory-built. Since masonry chimneys are built on site brick by brick, they are much more costly to add to your home.
Prefabricated chimneys have several advantages. One advantage is that they are typically less expensive to install than masonry chimneys. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been installing both masonry and prefabricated chimneys. We would love to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about prefabricated chimneys.
What is a prefabricated chimney?
In the 1960’s, a prefabricated chimney is manufactured to be sold and installed with a specific fireplace as one piece. Introduced as an affordable alternative to masonry chimneys, and they are typically made of metal, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
A prefabricated chimney looks very different from a masonry chimney. It is spotted as a metal pipe extending from a roof. If you would like your prefabricated chimney to look more like a masonry chimney, the expert masons at All Seasons Chimney can build a chase or a masonry shell to cover the metal chimney pipe too.
What are the advantages of a prefabricated chimney?
As mentioned above, a pre-fab chimney is considerably less expensive to install than a masonry chimney. You can choose between wood-burning and gas fuel types for a prefabricated fireplace. This is especially great for those who love the convenience and ease of gas. Another advantage of a prefabricated chimney is the height, weight, and depth of the unit. It is all properly proportioned when it arrives at your home.
What are the concerns with a prefabricated chimney and fireplace system?
Over the past couple of decades, you have probably heard horror stories about devastating residential fires that started with a prefabricated system. However, majority of these fires were caused by the incorrect installation of these factory-built system that did not follow the required clearance measurements.
However, you can trust the installation process to our experts at All Seasons Chimney for your new prefabricated system. Our technicians have been trained and certified by the CSIA, and we always make sure everything meets building safety codes and standards when installing fireplaces and chimneys. If you are wanting a new fireplace, consider adding a prefabricated chimney system. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney today to learn more about our professional chimney installation services!