3 Reasons Not to Go With a Builder Grade Fireplace
The countless decisions involved with building or remodeling a home can make the task as exhausting as it is exciting. Getting everything to fit into your budget within construction time constraints often leads homeowners to take advice from their builder regarding cutbacks. A common mistake that homeowners make is agreeing to a builder-grade fireplace. The following are just a few of the reason not to settle for a builder grade fireplace.
1 – Not a Fireplace Expert
There is an incredible selection of stoves and fireplaces today that offer improved efficiency and unique beauty. A person would have to be an expert to keep up with all of the available products and the benefits they offer. Contractors and builders specialize in a variety of tasks, but they are not fireplace experts. It is highly unlikely that your builder will know which applications are right for you, with regards to fire products. Think of it like getting a plumber’s advice on the type of roofing you should go with, which is obviously not recommended.
2 – Diminished Value
When it comes to fireplaces, builders typically agree on builder boxes or models that help maintain the lowest cost, to stay within the budget. These types of fireplaces often lack charm, efficiency, and the best features that are available in fire products today. When you go with the lesser technology and/or style offered in a builder-grade fireplace, the investment is eventually recognized as one that lacks value.
3 – Removes Options
One of the primary reasons it’s a mistake to go with a builder-grade fireplace is because it removes the process of you as a homeowner exploring the many fireplace and wood stove options that are available. You may be so impressed with the convenience of gas, you might choose to go with a gas fireplace instead of a wood-burning fireplace. Gas provides convenience that can’t even be compared with burning firewood, since it removes the need to chop, haul, stack, and dry firewood and then bring it into your home to burn. With gas, you simply turn a switch, use a remote control, or adjust a thermostat to get the gas fireplace started. This makes it entirely feasible to go with zone heating, as a cost-cutting measure. Install gas fireplaces throughout your home, which is entirely possible with zero-clearance appliances. The following are some other fireplace options:
- Some gas fireplaces are available that require no ventilation system. These appliances are efficient and can be installed in spaces throughout your home.
- Direct-vent. Another type of gas fireplace is direct-vent, which channels gasses and fumes outside without the need for a chimney. These are affordable options and considered by many to be economical.
- B-vent. The feature homeowners like about B-vent fireplaces is that their doors and screens give a similar look to real wood-burning fire but without any of the hassle. B-vent fireplaces, however, are not as efficient as ventless or direct-vent fireplaces.
Another option you miss out on with builder-grade fireplaces is design. A fireplace, more than most features in a home, provides an ideal opportunity to inject unique character or beauty into your home. Surrounds and mantels can be made with granite, stone, brick, marble, and other materials. You can choose a style that fits your décor, such as elegant or rustic.
Don’t settle for builder-grade fireplaces. Visit one of our hearth stores and check out the many options available to you.