Should You Add A Fireplace To A Rental Unit?

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For landlords, inexpensive amenities can boost a unit’s appeal to new renters and renters’ desire to stay longer or become repeat customers. One such amenity that many landlords consider is a fireplace — either indoor or outdoor. Should you add a fireplace to your rental property? What can you do to ensure safety and beauty? And where should you start? Read on to learn the answers to a few of your questions.

What Are the Benefits of a Rental Fireplace?

Fireplaces in rental properties may help your bottom line. They give a luxurious feeling to any room and represent the cozy warmth of home. For vacation rentals, a fireplace can be especially important if it looks great in listing photos and sets the unit apart from other competing options.

A fireplace can be a cost-effective way to add an amenity in a unit that does not have much space or many luxuries. Modern fireplaces often require little or no floor space and can be installed just about anywhere. They’re also reasonably inexpensive to operate and maintain. And today’s units are often very user-friendly.

What Are the Drawbacks?

The biggest risk of installing a fireplace in any home occupied by other people is the fire danger. Improper use by renters increases this risk. Short-term renters, especially, will always be unfamiliar with your fireplace and what to do or not do. Tenants may use the wrong materials, fail to keep the fireplace clean, or use incorrect settings. The landlord will be liable both for repairs and for any injuries.

The landlord must also spend money and effort on the fireplace. You’ll need to budget for proper installation, regular maintenance, and fixing issues or replace the fireplace when it breaks — which could be sooner than expected due to tenant misuse.

How Can You Boost Fire Safety?

If you want a fireplace in your rental, you can do several things to keep your residents safe. First, choose a style with lower risk. Gas and electric fireplaces are often the best choices for rental properties, as these are simple to turn on and off and produce the least amount of flammable material. Avoid high-maintenance wood fireplaces if possible.

Make the surrounding area as safe as possible as well. Use proper, nonflammable materials around the fireplace itself. Avoid placing fabrics like curtains and upholstered chairs in the immediate area. The choice of flame-resistant furniture in the room as a whole can help reduce fire danger.

Some landlords put the fireplace outside to better control flammable items around it. Use flame-resistant hardscape materials like stone, brick, and tile instead of fabrics and woods. Install the fireplace in a protected location with less wind. And assess the home’s exterior for durability against fire — a process known as house hardening.

What Else Can Protect You?

Aside from adding physical protection, check your insurance to be certain you have proper coverage for a fireplace. Landlords should require their tenants to have renters insurance, provide a fire extinguisher, and perform routine maintenance on the extinguisher, all smoke detectors, and the fireplace.

Because you chose a simple type of fireplace, renters will have an easier time using it safely. But include written instructions near the unit to demonstrate safe operation — and to spell out what not to do. Put these reminders in tenant communication or contracts as well.

Where Can You Learn More?

Want to know more about adding a fireplace to a short-term or long-term rental property? Start by meeting with the fireplace pros at Alpine Fireplaces. We’ll work with you to identify the right fireplace for any investment property and help you give your renters the best experience possible. Call today to make an appointment.

Which Type of Gas Fireplace Is Right for You?

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Gas fireplaces are some of the safest and most convenient options, especially when compared to wood fireplaces. However, you have more than one option available if you’re considering a gas fireplace. If you would like to know which type of gas fireplace is right for you, keep reading.

Traditional Gas Fireplace

A traditional gas fireplace has many advantages over a traditional wood-burning fireplace. First, since it doesn’t use wood, there’s no risk of creosote buildup. Creosote is a byproduct of burning wood. If ignored, it can build up on the sides of the chimney. Since creosote is incredibly flammable and hard to remove, this can easily start a fire.

Reasons to Install Fireplaces in Your Bed and Breakfast

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Fireplaces can do a lot of good things for bed and breakfasts. If you run a bed and breakfast that doesn’t have fireplaces in its rooms, here are many good reasons to put them in.

Set Your Establishment Apart

First, fireplaces can help set you apart from many other lodging options in the area. You’ll be in a better position to compete with any other businesses that have fireplaces, and you’ll have a distinct advantage over any business that doesn’t have fireplaces in its rooms.

5 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Fire place Instead of Heaters

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Heating your outdoor entertainment space makes it more welcoming and enjoyable to everyone and ensures that you will get the maximum use from it. But why should you opt for an outdoor fireplace rather than standard outdoor heaters? Discover five o the best reasons.

1. Fireplaces Add Coziness

Snuggling up to a source of warmth on a cold evening is enjoyable, but a heater can’t provide the same level of coziness that a real fire feature does. Real flames dancing in the dark and the warm glow of the fire make the entire space – from the closest seats to the farthest edges of orange shadowing – more friendly and relaxing.

Important Considerations When Buying a Firepit

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Firepit - Alpine Gas FireplacesA firepit is an invaluable addition to your backyard, patio, or porch that keeps you warm and cozy during chilly days. It’s the perfect area for you to host friends and family or simply relax after a long day.

A firepit also increases your yard’s aesthetics, giving it a beautiful glow and warm ambiance. However, buying a firepit can be daunting, especially with the innumerable options in the market. Learn essential tips and considerations for purchasing a firepit that meets your needs, style, and budget.

Local Ordinances and Codes

Choosing Where to Place Your Outdoor Firepit

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Nothing is better than gathering around a toasty fire pit on a mild summer evening. Fire pits make your outdoor space more versatile and homey. You can roast marshmallows or drink a cup of cocoa under the stars whenever you feel like it.Outdoor Firepit - Alpine Gas Fireplaces

When you are planning out the perfect place to put your fire pit, there are a few things that you should consider.

Safety

The most important part of deciding where to place your fire pit is safety. You need to make sure that wherever your fire pit is, it’s not going to be dangerous. Here are some quick tips for fire safety with a fire pit.

4 Useful Accessories for Your Backyard Firepit

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A firepit creates a natural gathering point that fits into any backyard seamlessly. If you want to get the most out of your firepit, you will likely be interested in some of the most popular add-ons for this feature. Here are four examples of useful accessories that can enhance the convenience and safety of your firepit.

1. Fire Media

The pieces of glass or stone that fill your firepit are known as the fire media. The fire media is essential to protect your firepit from scorching and warping. The media distributes gas and heat evenly around the firepit to prevent focused heat from damaging the feature.

A Buyer’s Guide for the Best Firepit for This Summer

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Getting a firepit is often one of the best decisions you can make. Besides its versatility, it offers different fuel options, it’s great for parties, and it adds coziness to
any space, small or large. But before you purchase yours, read through this guide on five things to consider before getting a firepit. 

1. Local Regulations

First off, check in with your local authorities about the city’s building codes to inquire about outdoor firepit placement regulations. Also, learn about the safety
restrictions regarding fuel types, precisely on burning wood. If you live in an apartment, condo, or community home, check in with your homeowner or building association.

Different cities and counties will have various regulations, but common ones will often include the following:

4 Things to Know About Electric Fireplaces

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Almost everyone loves the idea of curling up in a favorite chair with the soft glow of a roaring fire in the background. You may believe that installing a fireplace is expensive and time-consuming if your home does not currently have a chimney or venting system.

Fortunately, an electric fireplace is an excellent option. Read on to learn a few important things you should know about electric fireplaces.

3 Outdoor Gas Log Fireplace Design Elements

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Fireplace — Alpine Gas FireplacesIf you would enjoy the ambiance that your outdoor fireplace provides, but are tired of the maintenance a wood fireplace needs and would prefer to burn a cleaner energy source, then you should consider converting your wood fireplace to a gas log fireplace. This conversion is simple and affordable.

However, don’t think that all gas log fireplaces are alike, because you have many design options to choose from during the conversion process. Learn about three outdoor gas log fireplace design elements and what options you should consider for each.

1. Gas Valve Type

The gas valve you choose for your gas fireplace determines how you must light your fireplace in the future. The three gas valve types on the market today include:

Manual valves. When your fireplace is equipped with this valve type, you must light a match and hold it near the gas valve as you open it. Once your fireplace is lit, you can then adjust the flame level as desired.
Manual safety pilot valves. This valve type is equipped with a pilot light that stays lit at all times, similar to the pilot light on other gas-powered home appliances. When you would like to light your fireplace, you simply turn the valve and then continue turning it to adjust flame level.
Millivolt safety pilot valves. These valves are similar to manual safety pilot valves, although they are typically controlled with a remote control or wall switch for added convenience.

While manual valves are very affordable, most homeowners prefer the convenience and added safety of valves equipped with pilot lights.

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