Fuel-burning appliances such as fireplaces and wood stoves must have a hearth made of noncombustible materials to prevent fire. Natural stone often is used for hearths, but there are several types available. The most commonly used stones also are durable and heat resistant.
Gone are the days when natural stone was limited to just kitchen countertops. It is a new year, a new decade and the perfect time to give your fireplace a facelift. Natural stone fireplaces are appealing for a number of reasons: aesthetic, durability, eco-friendly, heat-resistant and add value. There are so many different options to choose from, but which type of stone is the best for natural stone fireplaces? While there is no right answer, the most popular options are:
Choose granite for a contemporary and clean look. This natural stone is one of the most durable on the market and is very easy to keep clean. Not only that, but it is scratch, chip and crack resistant. It is also heat resistant and a popular choice for wood burning fireplaces. Granite requires resealing about once a year, but it should stand up to just about anything.
Surrounding a fireplace with marble will give it a modern, bright and sleek look. However, marble does require more maintenance than most natural stone. If it is properly cared for, marble can last a long time.
Travertine is a very versatile stone and can be installed as stacked bricks for a more rustic look or laid as tile for a more modern look. It can also be carved for an older look. Travertine wears like limestone and marble which makes it extra sensitive to stains and scratches. It should also only be used on electric and gas fireplaces.
Slate is a fine-grained, foliated metamorphic rock. A durable, hard material, slate offers a darker color options, such as reds, greens, blacks and grays. This option is a little more expensive than limestone, but less than granite.
Crystal stone is one of the types of limestone that is formed due to very high pressure and temperature in the underground layers.
This stone has a very high durability, strength and strength. One of the most important features of crystal stone is its very high resistance to heat. In fact, crystal stone is a thermal insulator against heat. Therefore, using this stone as a fireplace stone is a very good choice. In addition, the crystal stone has the ability to engrave and create beautiful patterns that can double the beauty of the fireplace.