If you are remodeling a room that has a fireplace or are considering adding a fireplace to a room you need to consider the fireplace design. One of the most popular choices is stone. You can choose between natural stone or stone veneer. Both types will give your fireplace a great look. How do you know which is the best choice? We are going to look at some of the different choices for fireplace design ideas with stone. Once you are armed with more information you will find it easier to make a choice as to which type of stone is best for you.
Types of Stone Used in Fireplaces
Limestone looks great and comes in different shades such as gray, cream, tan and white. It is a softer stone and will not dent or crack except under intense heat. Therefore, limestone is not the best choice for a wood burning fireplace. However, if you have an electric or gas fireplace limestone will work well. Limestone is less expensive than most of the other stones.
While slate is more expensive than limestone it is available in darker shades such as red, black, dark green, gray and multicolored. Since slate is also a softer stone it is a great choice for the gas and electric fireplaces but not a wood burning one. It has a great texture and will last for years.
One of the most common choices is granite. It is more expensive that limestone or slate but less expensive than some of your other options. You have a much larger color choice and you can decide to leave it in its natural state or have it polished. Granite is a harder stone making it very durable and it can work with any type of fireplace.
Marble is one of the most expensive choices. It is formed from limestone and may chip, but it is heat resistant so it works with all types of fireplaces. You have many color choices with marble and you can also choose to leave it in its natural state or have it polished.
While soapstone only comes in shades of green or gray it is can withstand high heat so it works with any type of fireplace. It has a soapy feel to it. While it is more expensive than limestone or granite it is less expensive than marble. One con is that soapstone is a softer stone and has a tendency to crack overtime.
Open vs. Enclosed Fireplaces
What are the differences between open and enclosed fireplaces? An enclosed wood burning fireplace keeps the smoke, ashes and soot behind the doors and not in your room. You can also leave an enclosed fireplace unattended but you should also watch an open fire because sparks can fly out. If you are counting on your fireplace to give you more heat than you want to choose an enclosed fireplace. An open fireplace loses heat because it is pulled up the chimney. You also do not need to worry about not being able to enjoy watching the fire burn with an enclosed fireplace. The panels used for enclosed fireplaces are made to ensure the viewing area is always clear.
Benefits of a Stone Veneer Fireplace
There are many benefits of choosing stone veneer over natural stone. One of the most important reasons is that stone veneer is less expensive than natural stone. So what are the other benefits of stone veneer?
1. It is hard to tell the difference between natural stone and stone veneer.
2. You can install stone veneer on almost any type of surface.
3. Stone veneer is much lighter than natural stone and is very easy to install.
4. Stone veneer is flexible and can be installed in curved areas which you cannot do with natural stone.
5. Stone veneer is easy to cut to the shape desired.
6. You have many more choices of color and shape with stone veneer. You can even have the color customized.
7. Stone veneer is heat resistant and is able to be used with any type of fireplace.
8. You don’t have to worry about maintenance with stone veneer since it is non porous.
9. Stone veneer is a hard material and is shock resistant.
10. The color will not fade over time.
As you can see, there are many reasons why you might want to consider using stone veneer for your fireplace design.
Why Not Consider a Stacked Stone Fireplace Surround?
If you are looking for a rustic, old world or contemporary look you may want to consider a stacked stone fireplace surround. You have an option of using natural or stone veneer and you will be creating a focal point in your room. Stack the stones from floor to ceiling to create a dramatic statement.
If you choose to use natural stone you will need to use mortar to apply the stones. You can choose stones of every size; however the larger the stone the more work involved. If you choose the stone veneer stones you will install using liquid nails. You can buy stacked stone veneer in panels and special corner pieces.
As you can see you have many options for fireplace design ideas with stone. Whatever choice you make you should be sure to stick to your budget. You also have to know if your fireplace will be wood burning or gas since some of the options are not able to withstand the high heat given off by the wood burning fireplace. You also want to create something that fits you and your style so that you will be happy with the design for many years.