Countless homeowners love a good DIY project. It can be a fun and rewarding challenge to improve the look, feel and value of your home. If there is one project you shouldn’t try to do yourself, however, it is a fireplace installation. So why should you hire a certified professional to install your fireplace?

A professional will make sure your chimney fits your fireplace.

If you are installing a new fireplace or heating stove unit into an existing fireplace space, it might seem like an easy job to hook your new heating appliance into the chimney. But not all chimneys and fireplaces are a perfect match. Chimneys need to be properly sized to the fireplace, fireplace insert or heating stove to draft and vent properly, or you risk filling your home with smoke or carbon dioxide when you light your unit. Also, some types of chimney liners are not made for certain types of heating fuel. That means if your chimney was built for a wood-burning fireplace or stove, you absolutely should consult with a professional before hooking in a gas fireplace or insert.

A professional will follow all building codes to make sure your fireplace will burn safely.

There are countless building codes that apply to fireplaces and chimneys. The fireboxes and chimney liners require proper clearance of surrounding wall supports and home materials to avoid fire risks. A heavy masonry fireplace or metal fireplace insert might require additional foundational support. A certified fireplace professional has been trained in building codes that apply to fireplaces. Having your fireplace installed by a professional means that your fireplace will be installed following all building codes and manufacturer’s recommendations so that your fires will burn and exhaust safely.

A professional will ensure that all necessary infrastructure is in place for installation.

For all but open-hearth wood-burning fireplaces, there is additional infrastructure that goes into installing fireplaces, fireplace inserts and heating stoves. A gas fireplace, insert or fireplace fitting with gas logs will need a properly run gas line. Electric fireplaces and even wood-burning, pellet and gas inserts and stoves require electrical hookups to power pilot lights, fans, blowers and augers. A professional fireplace installer will make sure you have electrical and gas hookups to install a fireplace properly.

If you are ready to upgrade your home with a fireplace, don’t do it yourself; call the professional fireplace installers at Total Chimney Care! We can help you design your hearth, pick the perfect fireplace for your home-heating needs. At Total Chimney Care, we install fireplace in newly constructed homes and existing homes. We install gas, wood-burning and pellet fireplaces, heating stoves and fireplace inserts, as well as gas logs and outdoor fireplaces. Whatever your fireplace installation needs, you can be confident that the professionals from Total Chimney Care will install your new fireplace the right way.