Soot and smoke can ruin your wallpaper, paintings, and walls when a fireplace hood must be replaced. The extensive cleaning process of soot can be an onerous task, a good fireplace hood can prevent serious damage. The installation process is fairly easy. Fireplace hoods retail for $70 or so, but the price can increase significantly, depending on the bells and whistles. The investment you make, however, will pay for itself by protecting your belongings from heat and smoke damage.
In order to install a fireplace hood, you will need a drill with a masonry bit, construction adhesive, masonry anchors, and a Phillips head screwdriver. All fireplace hoods will come with instructions that are specific to the individual hood, and the parts needed to mount the hood will be included with the hood itself.
Considering the Fireplace Itself
The mounting surface must be stable. If there are cracks in the masonry, they will need to be repaired. A hood must sit on a stable surface in order to be able to do its job. If you can do the job right the first time, you should not have to replace the hood for many years to come.