Expert Chimney & Fireplace Tear-outs & Rebuilds
There are an array of reasons why you might be considering tearing out your current chimney and fireplace and rebuilding them.
While brick and mortar are very durable building materials, the effects of years of fires and the constant onslaught of the weather can wear down your system over time. We sometimes see historic homes with chimneys that are still strong after decades of use, but we also see chimneys with extensive masonry erosion and decay. In many of these cases, the chimneys were built and used for decades without a chimney liner, or were improperly maintained and neglected. For many historic chimneys, a rebuild is the safest and most efficient option.
Another common reason for a rebuild is improper installation. Perhaps your masonry chimney was not built correctly, or the concrete footing it sits upon was improperly designed and constructed. These and many other marks of poor workmanship can cause a chimney to degrade, lean or pull away over the years. To avoid the problems associated with improper installation, it is wise to hire technicians who are highly trained and certified by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
Major weather incidents can also make it necessary to tear down a chimney system and rebuild. If large cracks or other signs of serious damage form as the result of an earthquake or a major storm, it’ll likely be recommended that your chimney be rebuilt.
A major chimney fire can also make it necessary to tear down and rebuild. These events generally fall under the category of “sudden occurrences”, and are typically covered by your homeowner’s insurance. However, chimney system neglect can render coverage null. Talk to Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney about your individual circumstances, and we’ll be glad to talk you through your insurance claim.
Rebuilding A Masonry Fireplace Isn’t Your Only Option
Prefabricated or factory-built fireplaces have become incredibly popular in recent years, and for good reason. These units are built with lighter materials that allow for far more flexibility in installation. They can also be much more affordable than a full masonry rebuild. And since factory-built fireplace systems undergo rigorous testing to meet efficiency and safety standards, you know that you’re getting an appliance you can rely on to save you money and keep your home safe. If rebuilding a masonry fireplace is out of your budget, or if you’d just prefer not to make the time commitment, a factory-built unit might be the right choice for you.
At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time finding products that we believe to be the industry’s best in terms of quality, style and warranty. We can recommend a wide variety of wood, pellet and gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts that we firmly believe to be of the highest caliber.
If your current fireplace and chimney system needs to be replaced, call Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney at 303-679-1601. We’ll have you back to enjoying a safe and efficient fire in no time at all.
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