Prefab Chimneys on Long Island NY
Prefabricated or factory built fireplaces are a cost effective alternative to custom built masonry structures on Long Island. However, these units still need regular maintenance; many homeowners are surprised to find that their prefab chimneys have the same issues as their masonry counterparts.
While prefabricated chimneys are not flimsily built, they are also not designed to last a lifetime. The average lifespan of a prefab chimney on Long Island is similar to other major appliances; with regular service and maintenance, homeowners can expect their prefabricated chimney to last 20-30 years.
Unlike masonry chimneys, many prefab fireplace systems come with a warranty. While a warranty can give homeowners peace of mind about future maintenance costs, it may come with some stipulations. Many prefab chimney warranties have very strict terms and conditions; for example, damage caused by extreme weather may not be covered under the warranty. However, chimney services caused by major equipment failure are often covered. To see if you can be reimbursed for the cost of maintenance or materials, ask your chimney sweep to help you check your warranty.