A prefabricated (or factory built) chimney, just like its name implies, is made out of steel instead of traditional bricks and mortar and is also assembled on site. The main difference between a prefab chimney, and a regular masonry chimney, is that a prefab chimney consists of steel, and a masonry chimney consists of mortar and bricks. These chimneys are manufactured in a factory, and shipped to the site of the intended location where it is needed. No mortar is used during assembly. There are a few benefits of a prefabricated chimney.
Prefab Chimney Benefits
One of the main benefits of a prefabricated chimney, or factory built chimney, is that it is much faster than a traditional masonry chimney, and can be put up in less than 2 hours. With a regular masonry chimney it can take up to 6 hours, or even more depending on the size and placement, to build. Also, in some cases the chimneys have to be removed prior to burning, which can be problematic.
A prefab chimney system may not require any type of fire certificate, or even a building permit. This means that your fireplace will be completely legal, and safe for your home. You will be pleased to know that the cost of prefabricated models is often far less expensive than the cost of building a traditional wood burning fireplace, and it can be purchased ready to assemble (RTA). The convenience of having your chimney system professionally installed is another great advantage to having a prefabricated system.
Another benefit to buying prefab chimney systems, is that many come with a warranty, or guarantee. Because they are constructed with special materials, and are assembled by professionals, many warranty options are available for these products. These warranties can cover not only the warranty on the product itself, but also on labor costs associated with installation. Many warranty options are available for many of these products, which can help to ensure that your purchase provides you with the longest possible lifespan.
Another great reason to buy prefabricated chimneys, or factory installed chimneys, is that they provide you with an opportunity to save money. When you buy a prefabricated system you can often get them for as little as half the price of a regular masonry chimney. Of course, you have to consider any custom work that needs to be done, which may be extra. In addition, because the product is shipped in pieces and assembled, you have less of a chance of damaging the finished product in transportation. This is particularly important if you live in an area that experiences high winds, and other elements that could cause damage to a prefabricated chimney.
So, if you have decided that installing a prefabricated chimney or fireplace system is right for you, but you are concerned about the long term cost of the product, be sure to consult a professional chimney professional. While there are many different prefabricated fireplace systems on the market, many of them are not certified by the Better Business Bureau. If you purchase a prefabricated fireplace system, it is important to make sure that it is installed by a certified installer. This will ensure that it is installed properly, will meet your expectations, and most importantly, will provide you with the best value for your money.