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Firebrick Patterns For Interior Fireplaces

One of the newest trends in home interiors is firebrick patterns. Whether you are adding a new fireplace to your home or renovating an existing fireplace, creating firebrick patterns allows you to add personality and style to your fireplace system.

Safety and firebrick lining

Firebrick Patterns For Interior Fireplaces img - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of MichiganThe firebrick lining of the firebox is one of the most important safety features of your fireplace system; not only does it reflect heat back into your home, but it also protects the surrounding building materials from damage from heat transfer. Made of refractory ceramic materials that can withstand extremely high temperatures, firebricks are used in the fireboxes of both manufactured and masonry chimney systems.

Even when creating firebrick patterns, safety standards must be followed. Most fireplaces require ASTM C-27 firebrick lining of 1 ¼” thick or 2 ½” thick. 2 ½” firebricks must be used on the floor of the firebox, but either 1 ¼” or 2 ½” firebricks can be for the sides and walls of the firebox.

Popular firebrick patterns

Customizing your firebrick is an unexpected way to add style to the most utilitarian part of your fireplace. In addition to selecting the firebrick tile color and size, these five firebrick patterns can turn any fireplace into a focal point!

  1. Running bond. This easily-recognizable pattern is the standard for most fireplace systems. This simple pattern is created by alternately stacking horizontal firebricks; it is easy to install and creates little waste due to the minimal cutting required. Give this traditional a modern twist by using several different firebrick colors, an unexpected size tile, or even creating a vertical instead of horizontal pattern.
  2. Stacked bond. The stacked bond pattern, also known as stand bond, features continuous vertical and horizontal lines. This simplistic pattern can create an understated, modern look; use alternating colors to create a checkerboard pattern or oversized firebricks to add visual interest.
  3. Standard herringbone. Standard herringbone is made by laying firebricks in alternating directions to create a “V” pattern. The increased popularity in herringbone in recent years makes this an on-trend design update for your home.
  4. Split herringbone. Split herringbone puts a twist on the standard herringbone pattern. Use 2 ½” firebricks in the standard herringbone pattern on the floor, then create the same pattern on the walls and back using the narrower 1 ¼” firebricks.
  5. Basket weave. This Old English pattern, once considered old fashioned, has found increased popularity in recent years. Created by alternating horizontal and vertical pairs of firebricks, basket weave firebricks creates a vintage, rustic look in your home.

When building a new fireplace or renovating an existing heating appliance, creating a pattern using firebricks is a unique way to turn your fireplace into the focal point of your home. For more information about creating a firebrick pattern in your interior fireplace, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today!

Why You Need A Chimney Cap

While all chimney components serve an important purpose, few protect your chimney as well as the chimney cap. Because of its location at the top of the chimney, however, chimney caps are often overlooked. Understanding the importance of the chimney cap, especially during the spring, can help ensure yours stays in good condition and can protect your fireplace system for years to come.

Why You Need A Chimney Cap Image - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of MichiganWhat is a chimney cap?

Chimney caps are fitted hoods made out of metal such as aluminum, stainless steel, or copper. They are designed to cover and protect the top of the flue. While chimney caps have a solid top which keeps moisture out, they feature mesh or wire sides; this allows smoke, hot air, and gas to safely vent while keeping animals and debris out of the chimney.

Is my chimney cap damaged?

Few of us spend much time on our roofs; because of this, chimney cap damage may go unnoticed until signs of the damage begin to appear. Chimney cap damage is often discovered through a chimney inspection. Chimney leaks, blockages caused by leaves and branches, or animal entry can all be caused by chimney cap damage.

Repairing and replacing your chimney cap.

If your chimney cap is damaged, it may need to be repaired or replaced. Because chimney caps come in a variety of sizes and styles, it is important to have a chimney professional help you find the right cap for your chimney.

While chimney caps serve an important purpose in protecting your home, they can also add a decorative flair to your roofline. Different metals, sizes, and styles can create a unique look that complements your home’s exterior while still protecting your chimney system.

Why you need a chimney cap this spring.

While a chimney cap is an important part of your chimney all year long, it is especially important in the spring for two reasons:

  1. Animal entry.
    Spring is known as the season of baby animals, and an unprotected chimney is an inviting nesting spot for many animals. Birds, squirrels, roof rats, and many other animals will attempt to nest in a chimney; chimney swifts, a protected migratory bird, are known for nesting in chimneys each spring and are protected by law. While a nesting animal might not seem like a hassle, they can cause strong odors, damage to the flue and other chimney components, and chimney blockages.
  2. Water entry. April showers bring May flowers – and chimney leaks.
    Heavy spring rains can cause chimney leaks if your home has a missing or damaged chimney cap. Even small amounts of water can damage interior fireplace components; the firebox and damper, for example, are built to withstand heat but are easily damaged by moisture.

This spring, don’t let your chimney go unprotected. Have your chimney cap inspected to ensure it keeps moisture and animals out of your flue. For more information on the importance of your chimney cap or to schedule your next chimney inspection, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today!

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