The Face Of Your Fireplace
The process of choosing stone for your fireplace surround starts with the understanding that the fireplace is going to be an integral part of the room ’s theme. Whether it’s rustic, Old World, modern minimalist, or something else, the stone should follow the rest of the decor to create the desired mood.
Heat resistance is an essential component of choosing fireplace stone. Some of the softer possibilities are acceptable for use with an electric or gas fireplace, but wood fires can be intensely hot and therefore softer veneers can crack. Examples of those which are too weak for wood fires are slate and limestone. Even soapstone can break after many years of hard use. The best solution is to buy stone which is safe for the desired application.
Examples of fireplace safe materials which hold up well under heat are granite and even marble, although the later can be a little more costly. Since drywall is a combustible material, a twelve-inch radius of non-flammable, fireplace safe stone is desirable to help keep your home safe.
The surround is comprised of five basic parts which create the fireplace facing. These parts connect to create the framework of the front portion of the fireplace. The header is the bar across the top of the front, the two legs run horizontally, one on each side, the hearth out front and center, and the riser, which is the horizontal bar that sits on the hearth.
A fireplace face should always be made out of stone which is strong enough to hold up well under intense heat without cracking, but also, as previously mentioned, should blend seamlessly with the decor theme. Color, texture, and even the size of the pieces are major considerations as they will have an impact on the final product. The options, even within these restrictions, are abundant.
Regardless of which look you choose, a natural stone fireplace face will be an exquisite addition to your home decor. Stone elements will create an exceptional fireplace which family and friends will enjoy for years to come. Fire and stone also have a unique synergy, one which will readily add ambiance and value to your home.
Countertop material of choice has been granite for years but it always has been an expensive material, until it recently started to go down in price. Granite shows beauty and elegance in a kitchen.
For a nice modern look, Onyx would be the natural stone used. Onyx has a variety of colors, most being natural earth tones. Onyx offers the qualities of marble and can be polished for an amazing finish.
Marble is a natural stone used as kitchen countertops. Every sheet of marble is different so every countertop will be unique. Marble does have a high price tag, so its not usually used as all the countertops of a kitchens but more often as the island. Marble may not be the best choice for kitchens, due to it does stain and scratch. Sealers can reduce that but not eliminate.
Quartz is an engineered stone product that contains 93% quartz particles and other minerals, shaped into slabs and bound with resin. Quartz was created as an adaptable and better-performing alternative to granite and marble. It has a large range of colors and has a nonporous surface that resists both scratching and staining. Unlike natural stones, quartz does not require sealing.
Quartzite is increasing as a popular choice for countertops. Quartzite is often confused with quartz, but the two products are quite different. It’s a naturally occurring stone that is quarried in a similar way to granite. It has the look of marble, but it’s easier to care for, this is a great alternative.
Soapstone is a natural stone, a smooth, silky feel and dark gray in color. This stone has been an alternative to granite. In time, soapstone takes on an antique-look that is attractive in some kitchen styles and why we are starting to see in antique homes. Unlike granite, soapstone is hard to stain.
If you are looking for beauty with antique, the beautiful travertine kitchen countertops are perfect refined elegance. The tiles surface has a velvet look and feel. Travertine is an environment friendly natural stone as well as an economical choice.
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