A beautiful and functional fireplace or stove can add a certain warmth and togetherness to your home. Prefabricated or factory-built chimney units have become increasingly popular with homeowners over the years. Some 75 percent of annual fireplace installations (according to figures from the Health, Patio & Barbecue Association), are pre-fabricated fireplace units.
There are many reasons why these units are so popular. Since prefabricated fireplaces and chimneys are constructed as one unit, and are specifically designed and rigorously tested to work together, you can expect a high level of efficiency and safety. Plus, prefabricated units can be installed without a concrete footing, which means you’ll have broad installation options. And since prefabricated units are constructed out of metal and glass (largely), they can be highly affordable additions, too.
Four Seasons Chimney & Roofing builds and installs all kinds of fireplaces and chimneys, including prefabricated chimney units. Talk to our technicians about the options and benefits, and we’ll help you decide on a system that best suits you.
Building a Chase For Your Prefabricated Chimney
Prefabricated chimneys are highly functional and cost effective, but aesthetically, they don’t always provide homeowners with the kind of curb appeal they’re looking for. They are essentially a large stainless steel pipe that protrudes out of the roof.
To give the prefabricated chimney a more complete and attractive look, homeowners can elect to have a chase built around it. This will also help to protect the chimney from the harmful elements of the outdoors.
Chases are designed and built to mimic the shape of a masonry chimney. They are sometimes finished with a siding that matches the rest of the home, or with a facade that mimics brick or stone. A stainless steel chase cover is then installed at the top of the chase to keep water from entering the chase. A well-constructed chase around your prefabricated chimney can be a truly beautiful and durable addition to your home’s exterior.
If you’re interested in adding a prefabricated chimney to your home, or need to replace an old one, call to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you find the perfect unit at the right price.