Choosing a fireplace may seem like a simple enough task. But selecting the right fireplace can often be the most challenging part of the process. Because there are so many designs and styles to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Outdoor or indoor? Gas, electric, or wood burning? Marble, or stone? The options are endless. Fortunately, the experts at Igne Ferro can provide some useful advice on how to choose the right fireplace. Here are some tips and tricks:

Consider the Main Function of the Fireplace. Before choosing the perfect fireplace, consider what you’ll be using it for. Will its function be to provide warmth, simply look good, or a combination of both? Deciding the purpose of the fireplace will help narrow your search in designing or purchasing a product.

Choose Colour and Trim. Once you’ve decided on a particular model, the next step is selecting an appropriate colour and trim to match your home décor. Common types include brick, natural stone, wood, and metal. Most options are available in a wide variety of colours, so you can personalize your fireplace to perfectly suit your individual style.

Pick the Right Type of Heat. When selecting the perfect fireplace, there are three main styles to choose from: gas, electric, and wood burning. Here are a few advantages of each model:

Gas Fireplace

  • Produces real flames without burning wood or pellets
  • Zero air pollution
  • Can be easily controlled with intensity knobs
  • Can increase the value of your home

Electric Fireplace

  • Can conveniently be mounted to walls, or transported from room to room
  • Simulated flames mean less risk of a house fire
  • Can be operated with a remote
  • Easy temperature control

Wood Burning Fireplace

  • Traditional ambience, smell, and sound
  • Gives off significant heat
  • Can increase the value of your home

Know Your Budget. Prior to purchasing or designing a fireplace, it’s important to know your budget. Digging deep into unique features and add-ons can rack up your bill, fast. If you’re shopping on a budget, gas and electric fireplaces generally require the most inexpensive installation.

Consider the Type of Fuel You’ll Need. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s an easy one to forget. If you live in a big city, access to fuel shouldn’t be a problem. If you live off the grid, however, you may not have access to a regular fuel supplier, and would be better off with a wood burning unit.

At Igne Ferro, we offer a number of top-quality fireplace services, including design, accessories and fabrication, installation, and maintenance and repairs. To start designing your dream fireplace, get in touch with our experts today!