Whitehouse Station Turns to Highpoint Chimney Services for Their Chimney Repairs & Services
We’ve traveled to homes in Whitehouse Station, Readington Township, Branchburg, Tewksbury, Neshanic Station, and countless other nearby towns and cities. Rely on our crew for all of your chimney and fireplace needs and installation services. We’d love to be your trusted local chimney experts.
When Whitehouse Station residents aren’t out and about enjoying spots like Pickell Park, Cornhuskers Park, or Hillcrest Park, we like to hope they’re inside enjoying a crackling fireplace. That said, we know this isn’t possible without help from a certified and knowledgeable team of chimney sweeps.
That’s why we’re here for families all throughout Middlesex County, Somerset County, and Hunterdon County. Trust us for all your chimney and fireplace needs.
Book Your Next Inspection, Sweeping, or Repair With Us
What’s your least favorite type of weather? For some, it might be a summer rainstorm, while others dread the first signs of snowfall. Whatever the case for you, even a simple trip to the post office in unwelcome conditions may seem like too much.
But don’t worry too much about it, because when you invest in fireplace services with us, you can rest easier knowing your time indoors can be warmer and more comfortable than ever. Rely on us for your annual chimney inspections and chimney sweepings, and if you’re in need of a level 2 chimney inspection, we can take care of that too. Then, put your feet up, grab a book, and enjoy some crackling flames throughout it all.
Did your inspection reveal the need for some chimney or fireplace repair services? Count on us for the following:
- Masonry Repairs
- Tuckpointing Services
- Brick Replacement Services
- Chimney Leak Repairs
- Chimney Cap Installation
- Chimney & Masonry Waterproofing
- Chase Cover Installation
- Chimney Damper Repairs
- Lock-Top Damper Installation
- Chimney Relining
- Stainless Steel Liner Installation
- HeatShield® Relining
- Smoke Chamber Parging
- Refractory Panel Replacement
No matter what type of system you have, what fuel you burn, or where your damages lie, we’re certain our crew can help. We’re a full-service company that prides itself on our expertise, experience, and safety-first mindset. There’s no better crew to trust in than us.
Ready to Schedule a Dryer Vent Cleaning?
Are your clothes taking multiple cycles to dry? Don’t go out and buy a new dryer just yet – it could just be that your dryer vents need to be cleaned. In fact, homeowners should be scheduling this maintenance at least once every year to avoid lint buildup, fire hazards, and potential gas leaks.
Our techs are Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians (C-DET), and we’d be happy to help you out.
Need a New System Installed? We Can Set You Up With a Stove or Insert
If you don’t have any type of fireplace installed or if you need your current system upgraded, we can help you out with that too. An upgrade can boost efficiency, lower your carbon footprint, and turn an outdated system into something sleeker and more modern, while adding a system when you don’t have one can boost the value of your home considerably.
For those without a chimney or fireplace, ask us about putting a new gas or wood stove in. Both fuel types come with their own venting system that our techs can install through your wall or ceiling, leaving you with a highly efficient and great-looking home appliance at the end of it all.
Or, if you have an open wood fireplace, we can install a new insert. This will boost efficiency significantly, and it offers a relatively easy and straightforward way to upgrade from wood to gas, if that’s something you’d be interested in.
The biggest necessity in any of these services is trusting a professional for installation. When lighting fires in your home, ensuring everything is set up correctly and venting just right is imperative for keeping your entire household safer. Our experts are experienced and educated, so rest assured – we know what we’re doing.
What’s the Difference Between a Fireplace, Stove & Insert?
If you’re looking to add a heating appliance to your home, there’s some questions you should explore before diving into it. Questions like… Where do you want it to be? What type of fuel do you want to use? Do you want it to look more traditional or more modern?
All that said, before you can get into these specifics, you have to decide what type of appliance you want in the first place – a fireplace, a freestanding stove, or a fireplace insert?
- Fireplaces: Fireplaces are the more traditional option, coming in both masonry or prefabricated systems. They typically consist of a firebox, a chimney, and a mantel, and can burn wood, gas, or pellets. And while they tend to win out in aesthetic appeal, they tend to lose a lot of heat up the flue, making them less efficient in terms of heating your space.
- Stoves: Stoves are freestanding and, like fireplaces, can burn wood, gas, or pellets. They’re typically made of cast iron or steel and are known for being super efficient when it comes to radiating heat back into your living space – which makes them a great option for those looking to lower their monthly bills. One of the biggest draws of stoves is that they don’t require you to have a chimney in place ahead of time.
- Fireplace Inserts: Inserts are meant to be inserted into an existing fireplace, and are often used to convert an inefficient and open wood-burning fireplace into something more efficient that offers your home more heat (without breaking the bank in the process). Unlike stoves, though, these will require you already have a chimney in place.
Whichever appliance you decide on, you can’t go wrong. While open fireplaces aren’t the most efficient, they still offer good heat output, and what else matches these classic setups in aesthetic appeal? That said, inserts and stoves also excel in providing a great ambiance, and they can offer that efficiency everyone hopes to gain.
Whether you have a system and are looking to upgrade, or don’t have anything and want to know where to start, our professional and friendly crew is here to help. We pride ourselves on always putting the customer first, and we’d be happy to answer your questions and get you where you need to be.
Which Fuel Is Better – Wood or Gas?
When you’ve decided on the type of system you want, the other big concern is what type of fuel you should burn. So, what’s better? Wood or gas?
Well, wood-fueled systems tend to be more popular for those looking to create a more genuine and classic aesthetic. They offer those wood-burning smells and crackles that you simply won’t get in a gas-fueled option. All that said, they’re definitely more work – and more mess. Count on hauling wood, building/extinguishing fires, sweeping up wood chips, and regularly scooping out ash piles.
Gas systems, on the other hand, are highly convenient, mess-free, and extremely easy to operate. No stacking wood and lighting kindling… just flip a switch and you’ve got flames and heat. Gas units are also known for being highly efficient, so no worries about heat loss. That said, there is some sacrifice on authenticity. While modern units look more realistic than ever, there’s nothing quite like burning real wood logs.
In the end, you’ll need to figure out which is the best option for your preferences. There’s not really a better fuel to go with. Rather, you’ll just need to decide which would fit best with your lifestyle. If you’re happy to put in the work involved with burning wood, go for it. If you’re busy around the clock and just want to be able to turn your system off and on, as needed, then gas would be the way to go.
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Wood or Gas Stove?
This is something that can vary widely, depending on which fuel you go with, the size of the stove, which design option you’d most prefer, and whether or not you already have a venting system in place. Because of this, we don’t like to provide a price point right up front because it likely won’t be accurate.
For example? A high-end, large-capacity wood or gas stove with advanced features (like remote controls and different settings) will obviously cost more than a basic, standard model. And if the stove needs to be installed in a location that requires additional materials, such as a chimney or venting system, the cost will increase as well.
The best course of action would be to reach out to us, so we can get all the specifics about your needs and current setup.
And remember – installing a new freestanding stove requires specialized skills and knowledge, and should always be performed for a certified and experienced chimney tech. Incorrect installation can lead to hazards, like gas leaks, fires, and more, and it might not meet necessary coding requirements either. Trust a pro, so you can gain that peace of mind you deserve from the very start.
What Clearances Are Required Around a Wood Stove? How About a Gas Stove?
When operating your new freestanding stove, maintaining proper distances from nearby combustibles, like your walls, furniture, flooring, and more, is imperative for keeping your household safer. That said, the clearance requirements for a wood stove or a gas stove can vary depending on several factors, including the type of stove, the manufacturer’s recommendations, and your local building codes.
For wood stoves, the clearance requirements can range from 12 inches to 48 inches or more, depending on:
- the stove’s size
- the amount of heat output
- the type of wall or ceiling material surrounding
- the location of the stove
For gas stoves, the clearance requirements can vary depending on:
- the type of gas stove
- the type of wall or ceiling material surrounding it
Direct vent gas stoves typically require less clearance than vent-free gas stoves – which sometimes require up to 48 inches of distance surrounding.
In the end, you want your system functioning as safely and as efficiently as possible. This is why trusting a professional for your installation needs is so important. It’s also important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, as well as any local building codes in your area. Fortunately for homeowners in our service area, we can help with all of this.
Is a Fireplace Insert Upgrade Worth It?
If you’re looking to improve efficiency, save on energy costs, and update the look of your system, then yes – upgrading with a fireplace insert is well worth it. Adding an insert is also great for those looking to switch from a wood-burning system to a gas one, without inviting too much hassle into their life in the process.
Other benefits of switching to an insert?
- There’s less heat loss out of the chimney – and a lot more poured into your living space.
- You can rely less on your central heating system, which will help lower energy bills.
- They contain sparks and embers with glass doors, making them a safer option.
- They burn cleaner, making them a more eco-friendly option.
- They’re known for their aesthetic appeal.
- They come in a variety of fuels and design options.
Ready to make this change? Get in touch with our techs, and we’d be happy to set you up right.
Count On Us to Keep Your Chimney Running Smoothly – Contact Us Now
Homeowners in Whitehouse Station and any areas nearby consistently turn to us for their fireplace and chimney needs because we offer quality services at affordable rates. In addition, we care about putting the needs of our clients first, always taking their preferences and concerns into consideration throughout the entire process.
Whether you’re looking to have a new heating appliance installed or your current system repaired, inspected, or upgraded, we’ve got you covered for it all. Trust our full-service and ethically-minded crew today.
Get started by either reaching out to us online or by giving us a call at 908-864-4114 now. We can’t wait to work with you.