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As a home owner, you want to invest in your home for two main reasons: you want to make it look better and closer to your “dream home” and you want to make sure that its efficiency is maximized and that you reduce the costs of living. You may want to do this just to increase your own comfort or you may want to do it in order to increase the value of your home on the real estate market (maybe because you want to rent or sell it in the future). Whatever the reasons behind your investments are, you want to make sure that even the smallest things you invest in are extremely good and high in quality.
If you have a chimney fireplace, then you know that there is a very special kind of attractiveness to it. The old-fashioned, warm and cozy look makes more and more people out there invest in modern, safe chimney fireplaces. If you have one and you are thinking of making changes to it or if you are just building the first one, then you should know that the refractory panels for fireplace can be an important choice to make.
Deciding exactly on which model of refractory panels for fireplace to buy and have installed can be extremely difficult to do, since there are so many models on the market nowadays. Still, if you manage to keep in mind some very basic ideas, you will be able to decide on what is best for you, for your family, for your home and for its value.
One of the first things you will probably look at when it comes to choosing refractory panels for fireplace is the way they look. There are a lot of designs out there nowadays, so making this choice can be difficult when you like more than one of them. However, do think of your home’s general design and décor when you buy these. If your home is decorated in a more traditional style and in warmer colors, then choosing refractory panels that come in the classic “brick red” color may be the best choice. However, if your room and house are decorated in a more modern style and if you have used mostly cold colors (or whites, for that matter) in its decoration, then you may want to settle on panels that are grey or more contemporary-looking.
Furthermore, another thing you will definitely have to take into consideration (sometimes even more than the design of the refractory panels) is their ability to increase the efficiency of your fireplace. Choosing high quality refractory panels that maintain heat for a longer period of time in your fireplace (and thus, in your house) can be a very good way of making sure that you actually do reduce the costs for heating even more than with cheaper, lower quality panels. Remember not to choose your chimney panels based on their low price because you may end up disappointed and you may need to change them sooner, rather than later because they will crack more easily.
Author is the manufacturer and supplier of various chimney tools and its parts. He also writes articles in his leisure time and currently, he is writing the contents on the methods of choosing the best Refractory Panels for a Fireplace.