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Modern Fireplace Designs

Check out these modern fireplace designs from Henges Insulation & Fireplaces!

This Kansas City home has a modern interior design with a red wall background that makes a statement.

This Brookside Misouri home displays a jet black fireplace in a red room.


This modern Leawood home has a new white built-in fireplace. 

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We assist with choosing the proper insulation or finding the fireplace that fits your lifestyle. Our certified professionals then install your product at a fair price. 

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Is Your Roof Leaking?

Is Your Roof Leaking

Letting a leaking roof go can cost big money. Make sure to look for these signs to see if your roof is leaking from Enlightenme:

  • Missing or damaged shingles. It’s a good idea to inspect your roof periodically. If you spot missing or damaged shingles, this is an obvious entrance point for water, which can rot the wood sheathing underneath and can lead to extremely costly repairs. Get the shingles repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
  • Issues with flashing. Flashing (the material, usually metal, that covers the joints on your roof where water would otherwise get in) is a common source of leaks. Look for corroded spots, small holes, or signs of rust. There may also be places where the flashing is coming loose and allowing water to stream in.
  • Problems with the ceiling. The first visible sign of leaks on the inside of your home will often be on the ceiling. Any sagging, bubbles, or soft places should be investigated right away. You might notice peeling paint or discolored spots, too.
  • Problems with walls. Like the ceiling, water damage often takes the form of peeling paint or discolored spots. You might see moisture marks, or gray, yellow, or brown stains. Drywall may also come undone in places.
  • Mold. When leaks go undetected for a long time, they are very likely to cause mold in your home. This can cause symptoms like sore throat, itchy skin, and coughing in you or your family members, so it’s a good idea to have a mold inspection performed if one or more people in your household are having these symptoms. After the mold is removed, the leak should be found and addressed.
  • Signs in the attic. If you have an attic that you can access, go there and look for signs. If you have a leaky roof, they’ll likely be pretty obvious. You might see water stains, discolorations, or even moldy areas.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation and fireplace industries in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

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3 Reasons To Love Henges

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation and fireplace industries in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

Henges Insulation & Fireplace Reviews

Superior Customer Service:

Many of our customers in the Kansas City area have hired us more than once. This is our greatest compliment. Repeat business is very important to us because it tells us that we are delivering a satisfying customer experience. We believe that our commitment to excellent service is one of the main reasons that our company has been able to stay in business for over eight decades.  You can count on Henges to get the job done right!

  • “A HUGE shout-out to Steve! He came out today to look at our attic insulation and told us our house looked awesome (R-49!!)! We appreciate his honest opinion. He is a man of integrity. Thanks Steve!”
  • “Both of our gas fireplaces had an unusual smell when they were burning; it was not a gas smell. We had Henges do some cleaning/maintenance work. The service person was friendly and helpful. He answered all my questions. Now that the maintenance work has been done, we no longer notice the smell when we burn either fireplace.”
  • “We remodeled and added to an existing older home. Henges worked closely with us while we explored several insulation options for the new and existing areas in our home. Provided a competitive bid, and completed the work quickly and accurately.”
  • “This is a great company with well trained and professional people.”
  • “Professional attitudes and competitive pricing!”

Professional Staff

Our goal is to provide the best field technicians and educated consultants who work together to serve all of our customers’ insulation and fireplace needs in the Kansas City area.  All of our installers are trained professionals who take great pride in their work, ensuring a high quality product installed to every customer’s complete satisfaction. Each and every one of our technicians has gone through extensive training, which means they know what needs to be done to handle your commercial or residential projects like home insulation, attic insulation, wall insulation or fireplace repair or installation. We even have award winning technicians!

Experience Matters

We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932. Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is part of the strong, privately-owned team of Jay Henges Enterprises Inc. in St Louis, Missouri. A successful and diversified building specialty contractor, Jay Henges Enterprises began to expand its services to the Kansas City area in the early 1940s. We have remained privately-owned and continue to operate independently to serve customers in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Henges has continued to grow and build our relationships in the area for the past eight decades.

If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete a contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

One of the most common emergencies in our homes is losing power. At first, losing power is just an inconvenience, but if it lasts more than a few hours, it can become a more serious situation.

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

During the cold months, power outages can result in loss of heat, making it uncomfortable or even impossible to stay in our homes. When this happens, we appreciate our fireplaces and stoves more than ever. Here’s how to be prepared:

Wood-burning Hearth Products

  • If you have a wood pile and a wood-burning fireplace or stove, you’re in good shape to keep your house warm during a power outage.

Gas Fireplaces – Standing Pilot

  • If your gas fireplace has a standing pilot, it should light itself fine during a power outage since it doesn’t require electricity to activate the pilot flame. If you need to light it manually, consult your owner’s manual.

Gas Fireplaces – Intermittent Pilot Ignition

  • If your gas fireplace was manufactured recently, it may have an energy-saving intermittent pilot ignition system, which requires electricity to spark the pilot flame each time it’s used. Many models, like Heat & Glo gas fireplaces and inserts are outfitted with IntelliFire or IntelliFire Plus ignition systems, which have battery backup systems that can be used to light the pilot during a power outage. Generally, IntelliFire systems require two D cell batteries, and IntelliFire Plus systems require four AA batteries. If you have a remote control or a wall switch with a display, find the control box in the lower controls of the fireplace or behind the stove. There will be a switch that slides between ON, OFF and REMOTE – slide this to ON for the appliance to operate with the power off. If you have questions, consult your owner’s manual.

Pellet stoves and inserts

  • They require electricity to light the flame and many models are available with battery backup systems. Consult your owner’s manual to determine what size and how many batteries are needed. Also, keep in mind that sometimes power outages can cause power surges that may damage circuit boards and motors. For this reason, it’s a good idea to unplug your pellet stove during a storm, or plug it into a surge protector. Another option for lighting your stove is to plug it into a generator, if you have one.
  • Keep in mind that batteries should be used only in the event of a power outage, as battery longevity can be affected by the temperature of the appliance. So, remove the batteries when you’re not using them during a power outage.

Hearth products become great assets during power outages! If you have questions, please consult your owner’s manual or your local hearth dealer.

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Air Sealing Tips

You can reduce your home’s costs through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Checkout these air sealing tips and learn more at Energy.gov.

Air Sealing Tips

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Air Sealing Tips:

  • Test your home for air tightness.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
  • Inspect dirty spots in your insulation for air leaks and mold. Seal leaks with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose and install house flashing if needed.
  • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists, and caulk them.
  • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows. See theWindows section for more information.
  • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
  • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
  • Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
  • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
  • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

Insulation for your home is a major decision, whether you are building a new home or doing structural remodeling. Your decision should be based on your needs, desires and budget. At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our certified professionals undergo extensive training followed by continuing education and re-certifications throughout their careers.  When choosing insulation for your home, our experts will provide you with options and help you select the best insulation products available.

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Help My Gas Fireplace Won’t Light!

Help my Gas Fireplace Won’t Light! First, check your pilot light. Perhaps you forgot that you switched off the pilot light and gas supply to your fireplace last season, or a maybe it accidentally got shut off. This is a very common problem in gas fireplaces and it’s easy to fix.

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Follow these instructions to re-lighting your pilot light from Hunker.

Electronic Pilot Light

Step 1

Make sure the supply line to the gas fireplace is on. If you will be using the electronic setting, which controls the operation of the unit to maintain a specified temperature, make sure the electric switch for the unit is on. If you have an electronic pilot light, but the electricity is off, you can light the unit following the directions under “Flame-Lit Pilot Light.”

Step 2

Locate the control knob that reads “Pilot Ignite” (or Ign). The control knob may be behind a removable panel. The control knob also will have positions for “Off,” “On” and “Electronic” if your unit is designed for temperature control.

Step 3

Push and twist the control knob to the “Pilot Ignite” setting. Keep the control knob depressed to release a small amount of gas.

Step 4

Push the ignitor button at the same time you are depressing “Pilot Ignite.” When you hear clicking, indicating a series of sparks is being sent to light the gas, release the ignitor button but continue to press the “Pilot Ignite” control. 

Step 5

If the pilot does not light within a few seconds, wait 10 seconds and then push the ignitor button again. It may take a few tries to ignite as air is forced out of the gas line. Release the “Pilot Ignite” control when the pilot lights. Turn the control knob to “On” if you want the flames on continuously or to “Electronic” to have the system maintain a specified room temperature.

Flame-Lit Pilot Light

Step 6

Make sure the supply line to the gas fireplace is on. Light a match or butane candle lighter. Hold the lit match or lighter near the burner in the fireplace.

Step 7

Turn the gas key to allow gas to flow to the burner. If lighting an electronic-operated pilot when the electricity is off, turn the control knob to “Pilot Ignite” and press the knob.

Step 8

Pull the match/lighter away when the burner lights. On a non-electronic fireplace, adjust the flame height by turning the gas key. On an electronic fireplace, you can now turn the control knob to the “On” position (the “Electronic” position on the system will not function without electricity).

 

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our experienced team offers nothing less than outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and competitive pricing. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete the contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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What We Do

At Henges, we are dedicated to helping you find the fireplace or insulation best for your situation. Whether you are a homeowner, builder or commercial contractor, we will help you understand the products we have to offer and arrange the installation or service at your convenience.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is part of the strong, privately-owned team of Jay Henges Enterprises Inc. in St Louis, Missouri. A successful and diversified building specialty contractor, Jay Henges Enterprises began to expand its services to the Kansas City area in the early 1940s. We have remained privately-owned and continue to operate independently to serve customers in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Henges has continued to grow and build our relationships in the area for the past eight decades.

Kansas City Fireplace Installation & Repair

We carry a large variety of fireplaces (direct vent, B-vent, wood burning, outdoor and electric) and wood burning stoves to suit any building or home. We professionally install Majestic fireplaces, Vermont Castings fireplaces and stoves, and Country Flame flex fuel stoves and wood burning fireplaces. We look forward to helping you choose a hearth product that meets your needs and preferences.

Our field technicians not only install fireplaces, they have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and perform fireplace repairs and tune-ups on nearly any unit.

Kansas City Insulation Services

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our certified professionals undergo extensive training followed by continuing education and re-certifications throughout their careers. When choosing insulation for your home, our experts will provide you with options and help you select the best insulation products available. We work with builders, commercial contractors and homeowners throughout the metro Kansas City area. 

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We are members of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Angie’s List.

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How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes in the winter shouldn’t be an issue if you have a properly insulated home. If you experience this problem you are probably lacking insulation in the walls of your home and maybe your attic. Don’t wait too long to fix the issue, or you could have a real mess on your hands that will cost you a lot more money than having insulation installed. Here are the top 10 ways to prevent frozen pipes. 

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

  1. Drain water from pipes that are likely to freeze. This includes your swimming pool and sprinkler water supply lines.
  2. Disconnect any hoses from the outside of your home, drain the hoses and store them in the garage. Make sure to close the indoor valves supplying these outdoor access points.
  3. Insulate the area around vents and light fixtures. This helps prevent heat from escaping into the attic.
  4. Seal any wall cracks. Be sure to pay careful attention to the areas around utility service lines.
  5. Open kitchen cabinets. This allows the warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  6. Keep the garage doors closed to protect water lines.
  7. Allow your faucets to drip cold water on the coldest days. The movement will make it harder for the water to freeze.
  8. Keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Never let it fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you leave your home.
  9. Ensure you have proper seals on all doors and windows.
  10. Place a 60-watt bulb in areas where you’re concerned about pipes freezing. Make sure there are no combustible materials near the bulb.

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We will be happy to talk to you further to help you decide which type of insulation is best for your Kansas City home. Our technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation. 

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What Is An Energy Audit?

What is an energy audit and do I need one? A KC home energy audit will help you determine how much energy your home is consuming and help you find the problem areas.
What is an energy audit

What is an energy audit:

A home energy audit is your first step in making your home more efficient, safer and more comfortable. An energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you find out how much energy your home uses and also evaluates the measures you should take to improve efficiency. Don’t forget, energy audits alone don’t save energy. You need to implement all the recommended improvements in order to save money! 

What does an energy audit include:

  • Blower Door Testing (which tests for air leaks, balancing of air distribution, duct leakage and air exchange)
  • CAZ Test (Combustion Appliance Zone)
  • Take Off (Thumb print of floor plan) with Efficiency Report
  • Complete Report & Recommendations for Improvement with best ROI (Return on Your Investment).

Call Henges Insulation & Fireplaces to set up your KC energy audit! Henges’ experienced team is dedicated to providing you with superior customer service. 

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Frost And Snow On Your Roof

Did you know that how the frost and snow melts on your roof indicates what insulation your attic needs? If your attic has little or no insulation, the frost and snow will melt quickly. If your attic needs more insulation in spots, you will notice parts of the frost and snow melting. If your attic insulation is good, the frost and snow will last longer. 

What Can You Learn From Snow On Your Roof?

  • Examine your roof and compare it to your neighbors. 
  • If your roofing is asphalt shingles, the frost and snow should stay for a long time unless the air temperature rises above 32 degrees. 
  • If it melts unevenly, make a note of where the bare roofing shows through first. That is likely to be a place where extra heat is escaping from your house into the attic. 

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We assist with choosing the proper insulation or finding the fireplace that fits your lifestyle. Our certified professionals then install your product at a fair price. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

 

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