A fireplace can raise your home’s cozy quotient just about anywhere, indoors or out, magically transforming the ambiance of an entire space. No matter how well maintained, wood-burning fireplaces can still emit smoky odors along with soot and ashes.
Sure, gas fireplaces have solved a lot of these problems overall, especially in terms convenience and eliminating mess. But if you’re planning for a home improvement project that involves either the replacement or installation of one or more fireplaces, why not bump things up a notch and “burn” glass rocks?
Let’s face it: ceramic fireplace “logs” have become pretty run-of-the-mill. The gorgeous glass rocks intended for fireplace use are easy to use, clean, and of course, don’t emit smoke or residue. Reflective fire glass also makes the flames look more intriguing and dramatic. Fire glass heats up easily, so you don’t have to wait long if you do need to warm things up, especially when you and your guests are enjoying some wine on the patio long after sunset. The glow of glass rocks really adds some panache to the atmosphere.
Home Improvement and Fireplaces: Let Experts Take Charge
If you already have a gas fireplace and are considering putting in conventional glass bricks or stones from a craft store, for example, here’s the best advice: don’t even think about it. Ordinary glass products are not suitable for this purpose and will break as they heat up, clearly a dangerous idea.
Although fireplaces using glass rocks are relatively straightforward to install, as with any job of a specialized nature, it is best to have experienced experts at the helm. The right kind of burner has to be installed in order to work properly with the glass, and components to adjust and control the flames must be compatible and given proper consideration. Keep in mind the different regulations for fireplaces. Always consult with a licensed contractor regarding requirements for any specific home improvement projects within your zoning area.
Keep a Cool Head and Choose the Right Materials
There are various burners, pans and pipes on the market. Some online sources may also provide pictures that show actual flame patterns, which allow you to see how the fire would burn once it’s installed in your fireplace.
There is definitely some decision making to do, especially to achieve exactly the fireplace effect you want. If you are not sure which style of glass, burner type and flame pattern would work best for your fireplace, consult with the home improvement specialist who is doing the job. Experts will ensure not only that your new fireplace looks fantastic, but also that everything is properly installed and working safely. You’ll be amazed by how incredible it looks!
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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