Stone Fireplace Mantles
Stone fireplace mantles enhance the look of your fireplace. You can
turn an old or dreary looking fireplace into a magnificent focal point
of your room simply by adding a spectacular stone mantle.
If your budget cannot support a limestone mantle, a cast stone
fireplace and/or surrounds are an economical choice. Many higher
valued homes use limestone, which is beautiful but it is also much
more costly. The great thing about cast stone is that no one, unless
they are a fireplace specialist, will be able to tell the difference.
The stone mantle comes in all different colors and can often be
customized specific to your needs. Check with your local fireplace
or home improvement store for the various options available.
Additionally, a stone mantle is fire proof and extremely durable.
About the only drawback is that if you purchase a cheap cast stone,
it can scorch. Therefore, even when you save money by using cast
stone over that of limestone, you still want quality.
The fireplace mantle is the one part of a fireplace that stands out.
You want a mantle that will bring life to your room and provide the
perfect place to display some of your prized collectibles. If you
have a contemporary room, a nice slate look will blend perfectly.
However, if your style is more traditional, you can choose from warm
colors or tones that will carry on the traditional décor.
While not required, if yo have a stone mantle installed, consider
having surrounds made from cast stone or limestone installed as well.
This will complete the fireplace look, which is sure to please. While
you can obviously choose any color you like, keep in mind that you may
want to change the look of your room someday, so try to stick with
colors that will offer flexibility.