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A home in the beautiful Colorado mountains is the perfect setting for a roaring living room fireplace, and winter is a great time to consider installing one. Fireplace types can range from traditional wood burning to more modern gas or electric fireplaces. Based on location, preferences, and the architecture of the home, there is a fireplace to suit almost any Colorado household.
Wood burning fireplaces are undoubtedly the most popular, as this type is known to set a cozy and relaxing ambiance as well as provide a cost effective way to heat the home. While they produce the most traditional feel, wood burning options also create the most work. Owners must maintain a collection of kindle and fire wood in or around their homes and wood burning fires necessitate some effort to start and maintain. This type also requires the most cleaning and maintenance.
If you currently have a wood-burning fireplace and are looking to convert it into a more maintenance-friendly version, this can easily be done with the help of a professional installer. Gas fireplaces allow owners to adjust the size of the flames and use ceramic logs that are designed to look like the real deal without creating the hassle of having to chop down or purchase wood. Unlike wood burning options, gas fireplaces are easy to start and can be controlled with a remote or switch.
For those who want the look of a fireplace with virtually none of the work, electric fireplaces are the way to go. This option provides heat while simulating the appearance of a flame and can be easily plugged in. These convenient options can be mounted on a wall or installed into non-working existing conventional fireplaces for a more traditional look.
If you decide that a fireplace installation is something that you want for your home, it’s important to remember that safety should come first. It’s extremely important to make sure your fireplace undergoes yearly maintenance by a chimney specialist. The best time to get this done is late summer or early fall to ensure that the fireplace is safe for the upcoming winter months.
There are many choices to consider for each individual homeowner, so it’s best to consult or hire a professional fireplace installer. Some things to examine when preparing to consult a professional:
- Where do you want your new fireplace?
- Is there an existing fireplace?
- What is your budget?
- What is the main purpose for your new fireplace?
- Does anyone in the home have allergies or asthma?
Not sure what the best option is for your home? Below is a list of fireplace installation experts in the Denver area.
Home and Hearth Outfitters
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri—9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed—11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat—10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun—Closed
Lehrer Fireplace & Patio
Hours: Mon to Fri 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun Closed
Rocky Mountain Stove & Fireplace
Hours: Mon to Fri—9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat—9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fireplace Warehouse Etc
Hours: Mon to Thurs- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun- Closed
Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.