The days are getting longer. The sun is shining brightly. The world feels good about itself. So why should you think about buying that new fireplace?
Well actually, spring or summer is the best time to buy a new fireplace or fireplace surround. The reason is that fireplaces can be a bit more complicated than they first appear. Let me explain.
In the old days it used to be the case that you had very few options in fireplaces. Before the big DIY superstores, if you wanted an original design that wasn’t just a brick or glorified fireplace, you would often have to travel great distances to find highly specialized (and expensive) specialty stores that could hand-design a large fireplace for you. you. .
The good news is that those days are long gone and while the costly “design it yourself” route will always be open to anyone imagining themselves as a budding fireplace designer. There really is no need. Instead, you can go to a myriad of locations, and you’ll be able to find a staggering array of options.
Herein lies the first of our “problems”, and a good starting point for why summer is really a great time to go shopping for a new fireplace.
All that choice is confusing and time consuming!
You could literally spend months camping at your local DIY store (ok. Maybe not months. But you get my point;)) and still not exhaust the variety of options they have.
Therefore, you really need to spend much more time on your purchase from that point of view than it may seem at first glance. You should start by perfecting the style of fireplace you are ideally looking for, as well as deciding whether you want an electric, gas, or natural fire. Since deciding on each of these can make a fundamental difference in the options you have at your disposal when choosing your fireplace.
The second reason it is better to start earlier to buy such a fireplace is because installing it may take longer than expected. You see, the work is really half done when you choose exactly what kind of fireplace you want. Then comes the technical part of putting it together and installing it in your home.
Now if you are really “handy”, you can do it yourself. But fires are dangerous and things like gas leaks can kill you very quickly if you mess up. Therefore, you really need to hire a trained professional to do it. Okay. Good so far. The only problem is that these guys (sorry women, but most of these people are men!) Are in high demand. Therefore, getting one that is suitable for fire can take several weeks to a month.
Now, that is not a problem in the summer. Because it is hot. But try to be without fire in the winter for a month. AND THEN see how good it feels when the fire fitter arrives.
Not much, I would hasten to guess!
So in conclusion, get it now. Take a leisurely pace. Choose the style and type of fire you want and remove it while it’s hot enough to make it a nice company.