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Masonry Chimneys VS Factory-Built Chimneys

Chimney systems are available in two types: masonry and factory-built, or prefabricated (prefab). The experts at All Seasons Chimney has been taking care of chimneys in the lower Hudson Valley region for over 25 years. We provide professional installation services for masonry and prefab chimneys. If you are considering adding a new chimney and fireplace system in your home, we can help you decide. To help you understand the differences between these chimneys, we would like to tell you more about them.

MASONRY CHIMNEYS

spalling masonry chimneyMasonry chimneys are built to last a lifetime. They are the traditional type of chimney that most people think of and know about. You will know if you have this type of chimney by looking at the firebox. If you see yellowish firebrick, a specialized masonry material that can withstand extremely high temperatures, then you have a masonry chimney. It is durable and dependable, a masonry chimney and fireplace system should give you years of cozy and warm fires.

However, you do need to keep up with a few important maintenance responsibilities to prolong the life of this system. To help you with these tasks, All Seasons Chimney provides professional chimney sweeping and inspection services. It is recommended by the industry experts like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) to have at least one sweeping and inspection a year. We also offer waterproofing treatment services to protect your masonry chimney against water penetration.

FACTORY-BUILT CHIMNEYS

If you look into your firebox and see refractory panels, you have a prefabricated chimney system. This type of chimney system is manufactured from metal, and it is designed to be installed as a complete unit. Growing in popularity over the past several decades, factory-built systems typically include a chase made of wood or masonry materials. The wood or masonry materials hide the metal chimney pipe so that it looks like a traditional chimney.

Although this type of chimney can give you years of service, you should know that they don’t last as long as masonry chimneys. For safety reasons, you should look out for signs of aging such as cracks in the firebox panels. Cracks and aging of these systems can lead to an increased risk for residential fires. You should also be careful to not overuse your prefab fireplace, as these units are generally not made for heavy use.

No matter which type of chimney you may have, you can depend on the CSIA-certified chimney technicians at All Seasons Chimney to take care of your system. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for our professional annual chimney maintenance services!

We Install Prefabricated Chimney Systems

Gaining in popularity over the past 20 years, prefabricated chimney systems are typically found in newly-constructed homes instead of the traditional masonry chimneys. You can easily spot a prefabricated chimney system on a home by its metal pipe that extends from the roof instead of the usual brick stack. At All Seasons Chimney, we have been installing and connecting prefabricated chimneys and fireplaces for decades. You can trust our experience when you hire us to set up a prefabricated chimney in your home. We provide the proper prefabricated chimney installation services that will give you years of usage and will help you operate your fireplace with the best efficiency. If you are thinking about adding a prefabricated chimney system, we would like to share with you some considerations from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) suggests you should know.

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The installation instructions of a prefabricated chimney must be followed exactly.

Prefabricated chimney systems have specified clearances from the firebox and the chimney to any combustible materials. If these clearances are not met, it can be a dangerous fire hazard. This is why professional installation of prefabricated chimney systems is so important. You can trust All Seasons Chimney to follow all clearance guidelines when installing your system.

Prefabricated fireplaces are tested and listed as decorative heating appliances.

This means that a prefabricated fireplace cannot take severe overfiring as this can result in devastating chimney fires. Before you use your new fireplace system, it is essential to read the instructions thoroughly. Keep the operating manual in a safe place so that you can reference it if needed. Regular maintenance of your prefabricated chimney system is also recommended.

Prefabricated chimneys can be a favorite nesting spot for birds and other animals.

The importance of covering your prefabricated chimney with a chimney cap equipped with meshing on its side is crucial to prevent birds and animals from nesting within the chimney. Many times the chimney caps that come with prefabricated chimney systems are not very effective at keeping birds and animals out. Our technicians at All Seasons Chimney have years of experience in making prefabricated chimneys safe from bird and animals invasions, and we can help you find the perfect chimney cap to prevent bird and animal nesting from blocking your chimney and becoming a fire hazard.

Regular maintenance of your prefabricated chimney system is essential.

To ensure the safety and efficiency of your prefabricated chimney and fireplace, you should contact All Seasons Chimney for all of your maintenance needs. We can provide you with annual chimney cleanings and inspections as your system ages to guarantee it is functioning properly and safely. We are also here to help you if you experience any problems with your prefabricated chimney system.

Considering a new fireplace? Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to learn more about prefabricated chimneys.