Everything You Need to Know About Natural Stone Fireplaces

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Traditionally, most fireplaces are made of hearths and bricks, which can wear and tear after years, forming cracks and chips. Luckily, you can restore the glory of your client’s fireplace and make it a masterpiece by using natural stone.

If you are helping a client redo their space, natural stone is oftentimes an awesome material to work with for a variety of reasons. First off, it is incredibly trendy. Natural stone has become one of the most used materials when it comes to countertops, stone flooring and other stone pieces in homes. This is typically because it is so beautiful and you can find very unique pieces. With natural stone, no two pieces are the same, which means each home gets a unique element. 

Another reason why many people recommend natural stone to homeowners is because it is generally low maintenance. You just need to clean it with soap and water and be sure to clean up any spills right away. Some stones will need to be sealed and resealed, but the everyday maintenance is pretty low. 

If your client wants to use natural stone in a unique way other than just their countertops, a great suggestion is to liven up their old fireplace or build a new one using natural stone. This can create many different beautiful fireplace looks and actually add value to a home. 

Natural stone fireplaces not only bring an end to repainting your furnace but also improve curb appeal. Additionally, with proper care and maintenance, your natural stone fireplace can last a lifetime.

Considerations

When selecting natural stone for your client’s fireplace, Firenze knows that it's vital to choose one that won't hinder the opening of the firebox as this can be hazardous. How you lay the natural stone will make all the difference here.

You should also ensure you don't lose floor space during the installation process since some remodels result in a fireplace that juts further into the room. Instead, hire an expert in installation as they can maintain the same amount of space your previous fireplace occupied.

Choosing the right stone for your fireplace

At Firenze International, we know how important it is to find the right stone for your client’s fireplace. It should complement the style of their room and their mantel. Some popular natural stones for fireplaces include:

  • Marble- it's easy to clean and produces an extravagant finish
  • Granite- it provides a clean and contemporary look and feel
  • Limestone- you can stack limestone to achieve a rustic style fireplace
  • Travertine- it can be carved, stacked or tiled
  • Budget-friendly natural stone fireplaces

If your client doesn’t have the money to replace the fireplace's entire surround with natural stone, you can remodel the mantle. This is the decorative surround of your fireplace or the shelf above the firebox. Installing natural stone on your mantle is a simple and budget-friendly way to add elegance to your living space.

However, ensure you pick a natural stone that complements the existing brick or tile. Alternatively, you can customize the hearth with limestone to make the inside of the fireplace stand out.

Need natural stone fireplaces?

If you're looking for natural stone fireplace surrounds and hearths, contact Firenze International today.

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