What can your NJ Home Improvement Contractor tell you about a Gas Fireplace!

What can your NJ Home Improvement Contractor  tell you about a Gas Fireplace!

Whether you are building a raised level, an addition or even just an interior renovation, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can help you decide if a direct vent gas fireplace will be able to be installed in your home renovation.

FRAMING             

Depending on which unit you choose, each model has its own individual framing requirements. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will need to know what the opening will be for the unit. Your renovation contractor will frame around the insert (which is the actual fireplace itself) and this is where the fire place will be placed. The insert will be framed on an outside wall so the exhaust fumes can directly be vented outside. The easy part about this is there is no need for a chimney to be extended above the roof. The insert installation crew directs the exhaust fumes through the wall “Directly” behind the insert. With the appropriate fittings, your fireplace is ready for its utility connections

 

NEW CONSTRUCTION

Ultimately, installing any item in new construction would be cheaper and faster since the construction is open and exposed.  With that being said, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can run the necessary utilities quicker and more direct. This obviously would be more beneficial to you.

EXISTING CONSTRUCTION

Anytime you have to make an installation, in this case a gas fireplace, if you are working with existing or “old” construction the price will be higher. The simple reason is that the utilities need to be installed and ran to the appropriate spots. When the walls and floors are closed up, then running the utilities is more labor intensive for your NJ Home Improvement Contractor.

 

 

WHAT UTILITIES ARE NEEDED

Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will arrange for a licensed plumber and electrician to make the necessary connections.

Gas Line

When installing a gas fireplace, most models will have two utilities that will need to be extended to it. First, a gas line will need to be connected. Depending on the size of the unit, the proper gas line will need to be extended directly from the gas meter to the gas fireplace. Your licensed plumber will usually run the necessary flexible gas line in one run meaning there are no breaks in the line except at each end where the connections are made. Before connecting, an inspection will be needed to make sure the gas line has no leaks. After the inspection, the plumber can install the gas line to the fireplace and turn on pending the electric connection.

Electric

The other utility needed will be an electric line. Again, pending the size of the unit, you will have a licensed electrician run the proper electric line to feed the unit. The electric is used for the lighting mechanism. Many times in the area very close to the unit, the electrician will mount a switch that you will use to turn the fireplace on or off.

 

FINISHING

After the utilities are connected, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can finish  off with sheetrock, spackling and paint. Many times the insert’s manufacturer will sell specific mantles, surrounding and screening as options. Other times you can install stone or your favorite tiling.

 

FIRE PLACE ACCESSORIES

Pending the size of your fireplace and  its BTU output, a nifty option that is very affordable is a blower fan. The blower fan simply takes all that heat that is produced and when the blower switch is on, sends the hot air out into the room. This option is worth every penny. In a matter of minutes, your room is feeling nice and comfy.

 

Another option for your gas fireplace is a remote control for the unit. The remote is used to operate the fireplace. Rather than having to get up  to turn the system on and off, this function can be controlled with our remote. Also some remotes have digital read out showing what the room temperature is at.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor