Tips on Choosing a Fireplace Installer
How exciting, you’ve decided to add a fireplace to your home. Today’s fireplaces are highly efficient and provide the beloved ambiance that no other home feature can mimic. A fireplace is unquestionably an asset that will even increase the value of your home, but it is also a potential hazard. It’s essential to hire a qualified fireplace installer, so that you can rest easy knowing the job has been done right. If your motto is that if you want something done right, you do it yourself, keep in mind that the manufacturer’s warranty on your new fireplace may only be valid if the appliance is professionally installed. In addition, any damage that may occur in connection with the fireplace may not be covered by homeowner’s insurance, unless it is installed by licensed experts. The following are helpful tips for choosing a fireplace installer.
Choose a licensed, bonded, and insured fireplace installer
Do some research on a fireplace installer before choosing who you are going to hire. Licensing is not required in all states, but installers who are serious about their work will at least obtain a certification. Both licenses and related certifications provide evidence that the installer should have the knowledge and skills needed to correctly install your fireplace.
Make sure the fireplace installer is bonded, which provides protection to you, in the event that something goes wrong. For instance, if a contractor fails to pay for permits, complete a job, or pay for damages caused by workers on your property, the bond will have you covered. Ask a potential installer for a bond number and certification and verify that the bond is in effect.
The installer should also have liability and workers’ compensation insurance. The liability insurance provides you with additional protection, if, for example, the contractor does damage to your home. Workers’ compensation coverage provides assurance that benefits will be paid in a contractor’s family, in the unlikely event a fatal accident occurs. Ask for certificates of insurance and check to be sure policies are up-to-date.
Check customer reviews
The sad truth is that installers sometimes have the insurance coverage, bond, and license but don’t provide good service. Whether they are notorious for doing a poor job or leaving houses messy after completing the work, you may want to pass on certain fireplace installers based on customer dissatisfaction. The fireplace industry isn’t regulated like most industries are, and the lack of oversight opens the door for people to hang a shingle and set up business while at the same time lacking knowledge about the work. Fellow consumers can help steer you in the right direction. Keep in mind there is such a thing as manipulating reviews. It’s sometimes necessary to dig deep to find the true picture about a contractor.
Ask if the installer has a showroom
It’s very important to choose a fireplace only after looking at it in person, to avoid being disappointed with the hearth you choose. Visiting a showroom and looking at the wide range of fireplaces available will do more than anything else to make sure you choose the right fireplace. With the help of an expert installer, you can gain insights into the different models of fireplaces. You can also get some direction on whether a gas, wood, or electric fireplace is best for you.
Inglenook Energy Center serves the entire Denver area and carries the best selection of fireplaces. No matter what you are looking for in a fireplace, you’re sure to find it at Inglenook. We can recommend experienced professional fireplace installers we routinely coordinate with, if desired.