What Are Factory Built Fireplaces?

Factory built fireplaces are metal and refractory brick fireplaces that are designed to operate in conjunction with a U.L. tested metal chimney system. Unlike fireplace inserts, factory built fireplaces are not retrofitted into existing masonry fireplaces. Because factory built fireplace systems are prefabricated or built in the factory, they have some advantages over masonry fireplaces.

Some of those advantages are:

  • You don’t have to worry about hours and hours of labor and construction by a mason inside of your home, which can be costly and disruptive.
  • Factory built fireplaces are designed and manufactured, so you know what your fireplace will look like before it is installed in your home.
  • Factory built fireplaces are typically built of lightweight materials designed to resemble your favorite stone or brick. Since these materials are lightweight, factory built fireplaces can be installed in rooms that don’t have the footing to support the weight of a masonry fireplace.
  • Factory built fireplaces are typically more efficient than traditional open fireplaces.
  • You don't have to worry if you don't have a masonry chimney, because factory built fireplaces are U.L. tested to work with a prefabricated chimney.

However, there are some advantages masonry fireplaces have over factory built fireplaces, like length of service life. Although factory built fireplaces are typically more affordable than masonry fireplace construction, masonry fireplaces can last decades when well cared for, while factory built fireplaces will need to be replaced at some point.

How Long Do Factory Built Fireplaces Last & Why Do They Need To Be Replaced?

Factory built fireplaces are more like ovens, dishwashers, and other appliances you expect to replace, because they are made of metal components susceptible to rust and part failure. On average, factory built fireplaces last 20-30 years when well-maintained. Typically these systems are replaced rather than repaired because it can be difficult, if not impossible, to find replacement parts, especially if the manufacturer is no longer in business.

Why Choose A Superior Factory Built Fireplace?

Our team of professionals has been installing and maintaining factory built fireplaces for years and has seen the different levels of quality and craftsmanship out there.We’re proud to offer our customers Superior factory built fireplaces, which are just that - superior. You’ll enjoy more flames per BTU, faster installation, and reduced emissions with Superior factory built fireplaces. Superior offers both gas and wood-burning fireplaces in a variety of styles and designs from modern see-through or multi-view units, to beautiful stone styles, or plain and simple classic units. Whatever you’re after, we’ll help you find the perfect factory-built fireplace for your space.

How Long Do Factory Built Fireplaces Last & Why Do They Need To Be Replaced?

Factory built fireplaces are more like ovens, dishwashers, and other appliances you expect to replace, because they are made of metal components susceptible to rust and part failure. On average, factory built fireplaces last 20-30 years when well-maintained. Typically these systems are replaced rather than repaired because it can be difficult, if not impossible, to find replacement parts, especially if the manufacturer is no longer in business.

Why Choose A Superior Factory Built Fireplace?

Our team of professionals has been installing and maintaining factory built fireplaces for years and has seen the different levels of quality and craftsmanship out there. We’re proud to offer our customers Superior factory built fireplaces, which are just that - superior. You’ll enjoy more flames per BTU, faster installation, and reduced emissions with Superior factory built fireplaces. Superior offers both gas and wood-burning fireplaces in a variety of styles and designs from modern see-through or multi-view units, to beautiful stone styles, or plain and simple classic units. Whatever you’re after, we’ll help you find the perfect factory-built fireplace for your space.

Is Installation A DIY Thing?

Installing a new factory built fireplace by yourself is not encouraged. These systems are only U.L. tested and approved as safe when they are installed and used exactly as intended by the manufacturer. For your safety, the manufacturer’s instructions MUST be followed to the letter. Professional installation is typically required, as well, if you want your warranty to be honored.

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