When you think of sitting around the fire with people you love, it should bring a relaxed and peaceful feeling. That is because modern fireplaces make a cozy central meeting place for any home. It can also increase the value of your home when the time comes to sell. Perhaps you are ready for these benefits but are uncertain of which type of fireplace to install. Below are descriptions of some of the most popular types to help you make an informed purchasing decision.
This is probably the most low-maintenance option you can choose in modern fireplaces. After you install according to the instructions, all you need to do is plug it into a wall outlet and you get instant heat. Although the logs and fire are artificial, an electric fireplace has many of the same benefits of other types with little to no upkeep required.
A gas fireplace burns natural gas to create heat and a flame. This is the one major way they differ from wood-burning fireplaces. They are the same in that both types are constructed in the same manner and include a firebox that vents through your home’s chimney. You have a range of choices for what you can burn to create the fire and warmth you desire. Ceramic logs that resemble real logs tend to be the most popular choice.
This type sits inside of a stone enclosure and has dozens of stone pieces on top of it that go up the side of one wall. The chimney on this design typically reaches as high as the ceiling. This type is significantly more decorative and aesthetic than other types. You need to select a color and pattern of stone that matches well with your décor as well as figure out the specific details you want in a fireplace.
This is one of the oldest and most traditional types of fireplaces for the home. People appreciate a wood-burning fireplace for its aesthetics and the fact that the smell, look, and feel of the fireplace is as authentic as sitting outdoors at a campfire. However, it is even better than that because there are no bugs or poor weather conditions to ruin your time around the fire.
If you decide on this type of fireplace, you will need to make room in your home to store the logs it will need for burning. You will also need to arrange for periodic maintenance and chimney sweeping services.
These are just four popular types of modern fireplaces that might interest you. Be sure to view any type you’re considering in person and ask questions of the salesperson until you feel confident that you’re making the right choice.