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Why People Love Awnings

Have you ever thought about purchasing an awning for your home? Because we think you should! Awnings make a great contribution to any patio, window, or outdoor area. Their look and easy to operate controls make them ideal for all kinds of get-togethers and backyard barbecues. Learn more about why people love awnings by reading below. Then, talk to us about purchasing yours today!

Aesthetic Appeal

A major reason why people love awnings so much is their aesthetic appeal. They make any home look great, and you’ll be amazed at how they transform the atmosphere of your outdoor space. It’s an easy way to change the look of your home, without investing in major restoration jobs. And we know your friends and neighbors will love your newest addition!

The best part is that awnings come in a wide range of styles and colors. It’s so easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, and it will give you an opportunity highlight your unique tastes. If you’re ready to add some stylish new decor to your home, consider purchasing an awning – you won’t regret it!Why People Love Awnings Image - Toledo OH - Luce's Chimney

Added Protection

Another benefit to owning an awning is the increased protection from sun and outdoor elements. You won’t have to worry about your nice patio furniture fading from UV rays because awnings provide all of the shade and coverage you’ll need! Worried about water damage? Worry no more… the awning will protect your belongings while dispersing any excess water away from your home’s foundation.

All in all, you’ll face less wear and tear and your chances of water damage will decrease significantly. Just one more way awnings help your home look better than ever!

Keeping You Cool

Sometimes the outdoor heat is just too extreme. Despite wanting to relax and enjoy the sunshine, you’re forced to either stay inside or go out only to wind up feeling sticky, hot, and gross the rest of the day. Not anymore! With awnings, you get the best of both worlds. Simply relax outside in the shade of your newest purchase. Grab a book, a drink, or whatever you need to unwind and head outside for as long as you’d like!

And did you know that awnings can actually keep the inside of your home cooler, too? The shade keeps the sun’s rays from beating through your window and into your home, so you don’t have to worry about cranking the A/C all day long. Talk about energy savings! That’s a deal that you simply cannot beat.

We Sell Awnings!

Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop doesn’t just specialize in chimneys and fireplaces. We sell awnings, too, making us your one-stop shop for it all! We believe these products make the perfect addition to any home, which is why we are so passionate about bringing you the best of the best. Check out our website to learn more, or give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions. Can’t wait to hear from you soon!

Fireplace Remodeling

Is your system old and outdated? Are parts of your fireplace breaking down? Are you ready for an update that matches your unique style and tastes? Fireplace remodeling is no small job, but it is one that the staff at Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop can tackle, no problem.

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When it comes to picking out a new stove or fireplace, there are many options out there. For instance, would you burn a more traditional wood-burning appliance? Or maybe you’re looking for a more modern, gas-fueled insert? Whatever it may be, we can help you out! We want to create a look that you’ll love for years to come!

Where Do You Want It?

This is another area where you call the shots. We can install new appliances in bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and more! Wherever you want it, we are sure that we can accommodate. Getting the fireplace of your dreams has truly never been easier, and we can’t wait to get started in your home soon.

Stonework & More

We also do stone and brickwork for all of our appliances. We have endless options, so you are sure to find something to match your unique tastes. And to top it all off, we do chimney renovations, too. If you are looking for a company to do it all, we are the place to turn – and we are sure you’ll love the end result!

Trust Our Experts

When it comes to knowing the ins and outs of your chimney and fireplace, we have the knowledge you are looking for. Our experts are trained and certified by the CSIA and the NFI, so we have got you covered, no matter what. We work hard to make sure we have the tools and experience necessary to give you the best results possible.

And trust us when we say that hiring a professional is the way to go. If you’re an ambitious do-it-yourselfer, you may think you can tackle this job on your own. Yet, with this type of specialized and intricate work, hiring out will be your best bet in the long run. By going alone, you risk injury, further damage, and incorrect installation, all of which lead to bigger financial burdens. Save yourself the stress and give us a call today.

Serving You For Over 30 Years

We have been doing this type of work for well over 30 years, and we have countless satisfied customers all throughout the area. Call us today to set up your appointment, and we can get started on a plan for your home. We will get your consultation done fast… and at no charge to you! What have you got to lose? Pick up the phone now.

The Importance Of Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

If you’ve worked with us at Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop, you are likely aware of our long list of chimney and fireplace services. But did you know we can clean your dryer vents, too? This is an important service and one that we pride ourselves on completing for our loyal customer base. Learn more about dryer vent cleaning below!

Avoiding Fire Hazards

For homeowners, keeping their house and family protected is always a priority. Many people do not know the risks behind improper dryer use. If your vents are not regularly cleaned out, you leave yourself vulnerable to house fires. And cleaning the lint trap out frequently won’t keep this from happening. An overheated system could easily put your loved ones at risk.

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Harmful gases and toxins can back up into your home if excess lint has clogged up your venting system. These fumes can land people in the hospital and trigger health issues for anyone exposed. If you’re worried about the state of your appliance, call us in so you can rest easy knowing your home is as safe as possible.

Watch For Signs

If you are not sure when your last dryer vent cleaning took place, then it would be in your best interests to get it done right away. You could also keep an eye out for the following signs.

  • Your clothes take abnormally long to dry. If you are running multiple cycles or if a load takes more than 45 minutes to dry, then you likely have a problem.
  • You notice strange odors in your laundry room. An overheating system will give off an unpleasant smell. If you notice odd smells, give us a call so we can check things out.
  • Your appliance is very hot. Your dryer may be hot to the touch or your clothes may feel warmer than normal when they finish a cycle. You may also notice higher than normal temperatures in the laundry room itself.
  • You see a lot of lint accumulation. Lint will build up in the dryer, as well as outside of it, when your dryer vents have gone too long without a cleaning. You also may see more lint in your lint trap, too. If you notice this, we can inspect your system and get things back to normal in no time.

Don’t Put It Off

With something this serious, there’s simply no point in putting it off. This service is affordable and we can get it done quickly. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us call – we will do the rest! To learn more or ask any questions, give us a call. Or feel free to browse our website for more information. Don’t waste any more time – let us help today!

Get Ready For Summer – Buy A Primo Grill Today!

If you are itching to grill up some good food this summer, we can’t say that we blame you! At Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop, you can purchase the best grills and smokers for your summer get-togethers. Whether you are cooking for friends, hosting a big event, or simply grilling up some burgers for your family, we want you to get as much as you can out of your appliance. That’s why we urge you to invest in one of our Primo grills.

Get Ready For Summer Buy A Primo Grill Today! img - Toledo OH - Luces ChimneyWhy is Primo the best around? Read below!

Made In the USA

Primo grills are made entirely in the United States, so you get genuine, American craftsmanship in any one that you purchase. Headquartered in Tucker, Georgia, these products have truly made a name for themselves all across the country (and throughout other countries, as well).

A Unique Oval Shape

An oval-shaped grill offers more versatility and flexibility when cooking your food. You can cook multiple food items at once and you never have to worry about over-cooking or under-cooking anything! It also enhances flavor, and simply makes grilling more fun all around.

Entirely Ceramic

What makes these especially unique, is their ceramic build. The use of this material keeps the heat in and ensures your meat stays moist and juicy. And you’ll definitely notice a pop in flavor! If you are investing in a new grill, then ceramic is definitely the way to go. People will be talking about your barbecue all summer long!

Great Accessories

And what good would a grill be without some personalized accessories? Primo offers a wide range of accessories and add-ons that enhance your entire grilling experience. Let us know what you are looking for, and we are certain we can find some great options for you! Ask our staff about all that we offer when you come in to check out our amazing products.

Wide Range Of Options

There’s a lot to offer in the Primo line, so we know that you will find exactly what you’re looking for. When it comes to grilling up some good food, we realize that everyone’s needs are different! No matter the size, style, or model, there is something in this brand for everyone [http://www.primogrill.com/en-us/products/grills].

Questions? Let Us Know

If you have any questions about our product line, feel free to give us a call! Our qualified and experienced staff can help you out, and we will do everything we can to set you up right this upcoming season.

And don’t forget about our indoor fireplace services, too! Cleanings, inspections, repairs, remodels, and more… We are CSIA trained and certified to complete all types of work throughout your home! Invest in us today – when you work us, you’re family!

Are Odors Coming From Your Chimney?

Spring has finally arrived! This leads to an exciting time of year as families start gearing up for the summer months ahead. Yet, as temperatures rise and some humid days make an appearance, many homeowners notice unpleasant smells coming from their fireplace. These are less than ideal, but never fear! We have solutions for you.

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First of all, you’ll want to schedule a cleaning to ensure all of that nasty creosote and debris is out of your chimney for good. These are the source of your chimney odors and, the more you have, the worse your smells will be. A good cleaning is a great step in remedying the situation, and there’s no doubt your chimney needs it after facing more use throughout the previous cold months.

On top of that, spring is a great time to get your cleaning done and out of the way! Chimney sweeps get extra busy during fall and winter, so finding the time to get everyone in for repairs, cleanings, inspections, and more can be a challenge. By scheduling with us now, you beat the rush, and have more freedom to pick a time slot that works ideally with your schedule.

Prevent Moisture From Entering

Creosote smells bad – throw water in the mix and the smell is even worse! To keep water out on the cold and rainy days, you’ll want to have a chimney cap installed. It’s an easy, efficient, and inexpensive step with priceless benefits. Help keep your chimney protected, and let us install a custom chimney cap today!

Chimney caps also work hard to keep out animals, leaves, dirt, twigs, and more. They also stop stray sparks dead in their tracks, and they block downdrafts, as well. Purchase one today – we guarantee you won’t regret it.

Stop Negative Air Pressure

One of the biggest problems when it comes to chimney odors has to do with negative air pressure throughout the home. The warm air outside swoops down your chimney and sends all of those nasty odors into your living room. Sometimes opening a window or two will help relieve this pressure, but you need something that will stop downdrafts for good!

For this, we recommend having a top-sealing damper installed. These products are located at the top of your flue, and they seal off your chimney so that drafts won’t be a problem anymore. On top of that, they reduce the amount of cold air that enters your chimney in the winter, so you can heat your home more efficiently – say hello to lower energy bills!

Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop is CSIA trained and certified – you can trust us with any job thrown our way! Call today to set up your appointment.

Reasons Your Chimney Is Leaking

If you discover water damage in your fireplace time and time again and don’t know why these issues keep happening, we can help you out. There are lots of reasons why leaks may occur, and Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop is here to help. When it comes to customer care, we are the number one place to turn!

A Busted Chimney Cap

It’s common knowledge that every fireplace should be topped with a chimney cap. Without a chimney cap, water is allowed full access to your chimney. You will face countless issues every time bad weather hits! A chimney cap is a simple and inexpensive way to protect your chimney so, if you don’t have one, ask a professional to install yours today!

If you do have a cap, but it has seen better days, it may be time to get yours replaced. We can set you up with the right fit for your home – contact us to learn more!

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The chimney crown does a lot to ward off water-related damage. It directs the water away from the brick and mortar so that it doesn’t seep in and break it down. Unfortunately, crowns face damage from time to time. All too often homeowners discover that their crown was inadequately built and/or positioned in the first place!

The staff at Luce’s Chimney knows their stuff, so any type of crown repair or replacement is no problem for our CSIA certified staff!

Broken Down Flashing

Flashing is the seal between your chimney and roof. The chimney and roof materials expand and contract at two different rates during weather changes, so flashing works to prevent water from entering. Having strong and reliable flashing installed will do wonders when it comes to keeping water out of your home. Yet, rust and tears can take their toll, and your flashing will wear down fast once damage starts to occur.

Count on us for repairs you can depend on for years to come!

No Waterproofing

Applying the appropriate waterproofing products gives your chimney a strong line of defense while allowing it the opportunity to breathe and vent out vapors. Having a professional company waterproof your brickwork will ensure your chimney stays protected and water-free for years.

Call Us!

Whether you need waterproofing, roof repair, tuckpointing, or something else, we are the only place to turn for any and all of your fireplace needs. When it comes to water damage, we can keep your fireplace safe and running strong for every season! We aren’t scared of rot, rust, stains, clogs, build-up, deterioration, or anything else water damage brings – when it comes to chimneys, we know it all!

Call our staff in, and say goodbye to chimney leaks for good!

Looking For Portable Heat? We Recommend Edenpure!

When it comes to heating up your home on cold days, zone heating is the way to go. It saves loads of money because you are not heating rooms that go unused, and it truly brings people together so initiating family time is a breeze!

If you’re ready to implement zone heating in your home, we recommend Edenpure portable heaters. Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop sells these top-of-the-line products because we believe in their long-lasting durability!

Benefits Of Investing In Edenpure

There are many benefits for buying one of these great machines. Here are just a few!

  • Save Money
    These units are worth every penny, especially when it comes to saving on your heating bills. They heat so efficiently that you will rarely need to use your heating system, and your bills will be lower than ever!
  • Versatility
    These products are also super versatile, so you can choose whichever one best suits your personal style and tastes. There are many different options in each line that we offer, so you can find the perfect unit for any room in your house!
  • Outdoor Use
    Did we mention these units can be used outdoors? Make any backyard get-together a success, by bringing these babies out when temperatures start to drop. No need to go back inside, stay out and enjoy the fresh air for as long as you’d like! And don’t worry about a little rain or snow. Edenpure heaters are waterproof and weatherproof, so they won’t break down when the weather goes south.
  • Ideal Air Flow
    These appliances are built just right, so that you get the perfect amount of heat and airflow. They can heat the entire room! It’s a brand that simply cannot be beat. Invest in yours today!

Ready To Accessorize?

On top of providing well-built and highly efficient products, Edenpure also offer a long line of heater accessories! Whether you need dust jackets, covers, remote controls, filters, or more, we are certain that we can help you out. We want to personalize any product to your specific needs, so that you get the highest quality experience possible.

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It!

Edenpure heaters never fail to get rave reviews, and our customers are always recommending them to their friends and family. We are constantly hearing positive feedback about how these products help homeowners save money, while providing strong and dependable heat. Check out just some of this feedback online today!

Count On Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop Today

At Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop, we want our customers to have the best products and services available. That’s why we are confident in saying this will be a purchase you won’t regret. Stop on by today to see all of what we offer!

All About Zone Heating

Would you like to heat your home more efficiently? All while saving yourself loads of money on energy bills? It may sound too good to be true, but this is easily done when you invest in a stove, fireplace, or insert for your home. Zone heating brings families together and saves you lots of money. So, you are set for every holiday, birthday, and unexpected expense that comes your way. Learn more below!

All About Zone Heating Image - Toledo OH - Luce's Chimney & StoveWhat Is Zone Heating?

Most heating systems are designed to heat every room of your home at once. If you have a multiple room house, with more than one story, you are likely heating rooms that rarely ever get used. Seems kind of pointless, right?

Are you frustrated with your heating bills and want to make some changes? Zone heating can help you out immensely. It is simply the act of heating only one or two areas of the home at a time. This is a great option for when only a small amount of people are in a larger home!

Benefits of Zone Heating

The biggest and most obvious benefit of zone heating is the cost savings. Most people utilize their fireplace the most right around Christmas time and throughout the winter months. During a period where people tend to spend the most money, any type of savings is welcome! You will be shocked at how low your future bills are, and you will find yourself with a lot more spending leeway throughout the holiday season.

Another benefit is the way zone heating can bring people together. Loved ones will gather around the same spot night after night, allowing the opportunity to talk, tell stories, and reminisce. You could even initiate a game night!

Have Your Appliance Installed Now!

Now is the time to purchase your stove, fireplace, or insert from Luce’s Stove and Chimney Shop! With springtime upon us, our books are more open, so we will have all the time you need to get everything set up perfectly. Why waste time trying to work around everyone else’s schedule throughout the fall and winter months? Get your dream fireplace set up now, so you are good to go when the temperatures drop!

When you call us in, we can do a thorough inspection and cleaning of your chimney, as well! Our staff is trained and certified in all things chimney, so we can check things over and get you right to where you need to be. If repairs are necessary, there isn’t a better time of year to get them in. The products we use will be able to cure properly in this ideal temperature range, and our staff will feel safe and sound on your ice-free roof.

Call us today or browse our website for more information. You can easily schedule an appointment through our online forum, making your chimney maintenance a breeze!

Contact us now – we can’t wait to help you out!

The Time Is Ideal For Chimney Repairs

With spring just around the corner, you may be looking to freshen up your home. Warm weather is great for home renovations and outdoor projects, but we want to remind you to schedule your chimney repairs, as well! Rising temperatures make this the best time of year when it comes to patching up and restoring your brickwork. Call us now to get a good time slot!

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There’s no doubt that chimney technicians feel safer working on repairs during warmer months. An icy roof is a dangerous spot to be, and we want to ensure our staff stays as safe as possible, so we can help out our customers as efficiently as possible all year long!

Yet, there is more to it than that. Scheduling chimney repairs in the spring and summertime is actually ideal for the health of your chimney, as well! If we were to patch things up during cold weather, the materials we use would not cure properly, meaning you will be facing the same issues again in no time. That’s the last thing we want for our customers!

By getting repairs in now, you help ensure that your chimney receives the best possible care. Repairs will stay intact for a longer time, leaving your chimney standing strong for years and years. Make the smartest choice possible by scheduling your repairs today!

Once your repairs are completed, we can easily set you up with protection for the winter months ahead. Check out our waterproofing services today to learn how we can help you prepare for any type of weather! It’s an investment you will be glad you made.

Increasing Your Convenience

At Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop, we want to make your life as convenient as possible! That’s why we aim to get you in the books as quick as we can, so that scheduling conflicts are never an issue you have to face.

As we near the end of the year, homeowners want to ensure their fireplaces are in the best condition possible before they are put to frequent use throughout the winter months. This means that slots fill up fast! It may be a challenge to fit in repairs and, if things take longer than expected, time becomes a big issue!

Save yourself the hassle and never work around someone else’s schedule again by reserving your time slot today. You also ensure that you get every service you need before gearing up for regular fireplace use throughout the winter. Being without a fireplace would be a disaster! Don’t let that happen. Contact us today!

Learn More

To learn more about our wide range of repair services, browse our website! If you find yourself facing more questions, just give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist you. We look forward to making your home great. Work with us and you won’t regret it!

Why Your Chimney Needs An Annual Inspection

When it comes to chimney health, the CSIA recommends scheduling an inspection at least once per year. This applies to all types of appliances. Whether your unit is gas-fueled, wood-burning, pellet-fueled, or something else, an annual inspection is always necessary and will ensure your chimney stays standing strong for years to come.

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One major reason inspections are needed? To see whether or not a sweeping is in order. A thorough sweep will clear out any excess dirt, debris, and creosote. In addition, it will help your entire fireplace function more efficiently. If these things are given the opportunity to build up, your chimney is much more prone to start on fire! So, don’t take the risk. Schedule your inspection today.

Remove Blockages

Blockages of all kinds can occur in your chimney. Many critters like to use your ventilation system as a storage facility for nests, nuts, twigs, leaves, and more! While this works great for them, it doesn’t bode too well for you. These blockages mess up air flow and cause harmful toxins and smoke to back up into your home. Not only does this make your furniture and carpets stink, it may lead to illness and hospital visits, should too much be inhaled by family members.

Take the safer option by giving us a call. We can look things over and will ensure your chimney is up to par before it is put to regular use!

Addressing Repairs

If deterioration, cracks, holes, and more start to occur, this could mean bad news for your chimney down the line. The more damages you have, the less efficiently your fireplace will function. You’ll face improper air flow, heating issues, smoke back-up, and lots more, and will turn what should be a fun and inviting experience into a disaster.

On top of all this, if repairs are not addressed in a timely manner, the problems you face will only get worse and worse! You could either pay less for an easy fix now or pay more for a long-term repair in the future. Not a hard choice to make!

Also, keep in mind that damages could lead to dangerous situations for your home and family. Should a chimney collapse occur, your home will wind up need tons of repairs and falling bricks could lead to major injuries for anyone in the vicinity. A clean, strong chimney is always the safest option. Avoid major problems by working with us!

What Can We Do?

At Luce’s Chimney & Stove Shop, we have the tools and expertise necessary for setting you up right. Not only do we have over 30 years of experience under our belt, our staff is also CSIA trained and certified, so we know what to do in any situation!

Let us inspect your chimney so that you can rest easy knowing your home is in the best hands possible. Call today!