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Get A “New” Fireplace By Re-Facing Your Old

29 September 2010       Bookmark and Share

When living in any home for years (or when moving into a new home) certain things about the home will naturally bother you.  For example, that dated fireplace begins to scream at you but your ears tend to tune it out for fear of a huge expense associated with replacing the eyesore.  Acquiring a modern and attractive looking fire place is actually quite affordable with The Fireplace Showcase re-facing products and services.

Re-facing the fireplace involves using different fireplace accessories on the exterior face of the fireplace. Our professionals create a high-end elegant look with marble slabs, a modern look with concrete slabs, or a Craftsman look with small tiles in different shades and complementary woodwork. You can either add a mantel or remove one. You can change the shape or the size of the mantel to provide different proportions to your fireplace. Another option is to sheetrock or plaster parts of the fireplace. If the mass of the fireplace is too much for the room, you can reduce it by adding sheetrock or paneling to the exterior. There are even veneer stone and brick materials that are fairly easy to apply that can give your fireplace a very traditional look.  Finish it off with new fireplace glass doors.

The important thing to remember when re-facing a fireplace is to understand your local code. Combustible materials such as wood mantels and paneling must be kept a certain distance from the firebox (generally 6 inches or more). The building code also limits how far these materials project from the face of the fireplace, how large the hearth extension must be, and so on. Codes vary around the country - it is important to evaluate your project relative to the codes enforced in your area.

This is a good project to invest in if you are unsatisfied with your current fireplace. Let us evaluate your fireplace and give our expert opinion on which option is best for you and your fireplace at home.

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