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What To Consider When Building A New Chimney

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Do you wish you could sit in front of a roaring fire to keep warm this winter? Have a fireplace in the living room but wish there was another one in a different part of the house? There’s still time to have a new chimney system built before cold weather arrives!

Building a new chimney is a major undertaking – but also comes with major payoff. While there are a number of things that should be considered before building a new fireplace and chimney, there are also a number of benefits.

Things to consider before building a new chimneymodern living room with new fireplace

The choice to build a new fireplace or chimney is not one that should be taken lightly. While there are a number of benefits, it is still a major construction project. The following are a few of the things that should be considered before making the decision to build a new chimney system.

  • Fuel choice. Wood? Gas? Pellets? Coal? Choosing the right fuel source is the first step in determining what kind of chimney system you need.
  • Aesthetics. Building a new chimney allows homeowners unprecedented choice when it comes to designing the aesthetics of their new fireplace system. By working with our team of expert masons, you can design a fireplace that meets your heating needs – and fits into the style of your home.
  • Building materials. Budget, style, and fuel source are just a few of the things that should be considered when choosing the building materials for a new chimney. Natural stone and bricks are the most popular building materials due to their durability and ability to withstand heat.

Benefits of building a new chimney

Building a new chimney system is a major undertaking that reaps major rewards. The following are three of the many reasons to build a new fireplace system.

  1. Add value. There’s no way around it – building a new chimney and fireplace is a major investment. However, it also has major returns. The National Association of Realtors found that 40% of potential buyers would pay extra for a home with a fireplace. Likewise, a survey by the National Center for Real Estate Research found that “fireplaces have a strong, positive effect on selling price with each fireplace adding about 12 percent.”
  2. Make damaged chimneys useable again. Chimney fires, settling, or years of neglect can make chimneys unsafe to use. By choosing to tear down and rebuild the chimney system, homeowners can make it safe to use their fireplace again.
  3. Stand out from the crowd. A survey by the National Association of Homebuilders found that fireplaces are the second most requested home feature; adding one on to your home can make it more attractive to potential buyers if or when you decide to move.

There is still plenty of time to get a new chimney built so you can enjoy the benefits of a roaring fire all winter long. For more information about building the fireplace of your dreams, contact the masonry experts at Clean Sweeps of Michigan to set up a free consultation.