Change The Face Of Your Fireplace
Fireplace Surrounds St. Louis, MO
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.
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.