When it comes to home improvement, some projects work well with a DIY approach, but others should really be left to the professionals for best results. In our experience here at Swept Away Chimney, chimney installation is an example of this second type of project. In this article, our team will explain our reasoning and tell you why you should hire professionals for your chimney installation needs.
- Safety. The most important reason to hire professionals for chimney installation is that they will make sure that your new chimney and fireplace are safe to use. If the chimney is not sized correctly or installed properly, smoke will not flow up the shaft correctly and will instead disperse into your living space. This is already dangerous enough, but an improper chimney set-up is also a serious fire hazard, so it’s important to get this process right.
- Code Compliance. In addition to keeping your home safe, professional chimney installation technicians will also keep it compliant with your local building codes. These codes are more than just red tape–they are designed to make your home safe to live in and to make sure that every part of it works optimally. For instance, a heavy masonry chimney may require some additional support in the foundation in order to not damage the surrounding floor, which trained professionals will know but amateur DIYers may not.
- Quality of Results. A third reason to hire professionals for your chimney installation needs is that they will be able to deliver better results and do so in a shorter space of time than you likely could achieve on your own. Our team has been installing chimneys for many years now, so we have had plenty of time to master our craft.