Whether you are simply looking to upgrade your current fireplace, or you have just moved into a brand new home and want to install one, there many different styles and types to choose from. And, it can seem more than a little overwhelming! Continue reading for a comprehensive guide to choosing the right fireplace for you.
Is Any Home Suitable For A Fireplace?
Wonderfully, it is entirely possible to install a new fireplace in any style of home. Naturally, it is crucial to invest in the right type of fireplace for both you and your property. For example, if your home lacks thorough ventilation, a wooden fireplace may not be the right choice.
There are essentially three different types of fireplaces, all with their own individual benefits, and within these umbrella categories, there are individual specialist fireplaces to truly suit everyone’s needs.
Arguably, an electric fireplace is one of the safest types of fireplaces you can choose, as there are no wayward ashes or chances of sparks falling on the surrounding carpets. An electric fireplaces is a good choice for smaller homes or homes with a limited capacity for ventilation.
It is incredibly easy and safe to install an electric fireplace yourself. And, to operate the unit, simply switch it on at the plug and off again when required. Usually, electric fireplaces do little to increase the overall value of your property, but they do make for a simple and effective aesthetic, even if they can be somewhat understated.
The beauty of choosing a gas fireplace for your home is that, as some are incredibly light and portable, you are able to bring the fireplace outside on chilly autumnal evenings, or conversely make it a permanent focal point by affixing it to the wall of your bedroom or living room. Gas fireplaces are incredibly easy to use and require little to no maintenance, so are ideal for a busy working couple or a family home with young children.
Easily the most spectacular and stunning addition to any living room, wooden fireplaces create the perfect warm, cozy, and inviting home. Moreover, if you have decided on investing in an authentic, wood-burning fireplace, antique fireplaces are by far the best choice, so be sure to check out a reputable, experienced, and knowledgeable supplier such as stonewoods.co.uk.
Antique fireplaces are usually of somewhat grand proportions, with fine, ornate, and lovely details, and as such, they usually contribute to an increase in the overall value of the property.
Regardless of the type of fireplace you choose (but even more applicable to wood-burning fires) it is vital that you keep the area around the fireplace as clear as possible. When you have the fire switched on, ensure there is a window kept ajar on the same floor as the fireplace, and in the case of wood-burning fires, be sure to invest in a durable and sturdy fireguard.
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