Now that summer is upon us, the sunny weather and warm temperatures may cause the chilly nights of winter to be the furthest thing from our minds, but it’s never too early to plan for the best ways to go about staying warm and comfortable on some of those frigid winter nights.
When looking at your options, it’s easy to keep coming back to a fireplace. Fireplaces provide a charming aesthetic that will complement any home. While the installation of a fireplace complete with custom hearth and mantel can easily cost you $10,000 or more, there are possibilities that exist for gas or electric fireplaces that are significantly easier on your wallet.
Without further ado, we are going to take a look at the various fireplace options that exist for your home, allowing you to see which options fit in your budget. When you’re ready to commit to a fireplace, give Ignite Fireplace a call. Ignite is a locally-owned and operated fireplace installation and repair service, offering top fireplace service repair in Murray, Utah that serves the entire Salt Lake Valley. Our prices are competitive, and our services are second-to-none.
Costs of a Wood-Burning Fireplace
A wood-burning fireplace is undoubtedly beautiful, and will immediately improve the aesthetic and property value of your home. If you’re looking for an open-hearth fireplace, complete with a beautiful mantle, you will need to enlist the help of a skilled, professional mason and a budget that may be in excess of $10,000.
In addition to the extensive masonry involved, it may also be necessary to renovate your home in order to accommodate a wood-burning fireplace. The renovation work required is considerable, including additions to your roof, the building of the chimney and flue, and foundation work. You will likely be paying anywhere from $5,000-$10,000 (or more) for these services.
Costs of a Gas-Burning Fireplace
If the cost and other considerations of a wood-burning fireplace make it prohibitive or undesirable, a gas-burning fireplace may be an attractive alternative. A propane or natural gas fireplace unit will likely cost from $1,500-$2,500 for the basic materials. For proper installation, including the installation of a gas line, expect to spend approximately another $2,000-$2,500.
Costs of an Electric Fireplace
Gas and wood-burning fireplaces can be expensive. There are other options, specifically with electric fireplaces, that are much more affordable. There are trade-offs in the aesthetic, design, and warmth produced, but there are attractive electric fireplace options that may make sense. A gel-fuel fireplace or an electric fireplace starts under $400. These are portable units that can be plugged in anywhere.
If you include a mantel package, expect to pay somewhere between $800 and $1,500.
For a wood-burning fireplace, figure on $100 to $200 a year for a comprehensive chimney and flue cleaning, not to mention the cost of firewood if you choose to purchase it. Gas fireplaces also need an annual service check that will run you around $100, plus a chimney inspection. Electric fireplaces don’t need regular maintenance.
If you have any further questions, please give Ignite Fireplace a call. We will gladly help you make a decision that is right for your family. As Utah’s premier fireplace servicing company, we would be honored to help. Give us a call today!