A fireplace is a natural focal point in any house, so choosing a material to surround the fireplace will dictate the feel of the whole home. There are several types of materials that can be used for fireplace surrounds ranging from old-school classic to modern. Choosing the one that suits your needs will reflect the style, personality and ambience of your home. The following is a list of some of the most popular materials used for fireplace surrounds.
Granite is an igneous rock meaning it was formed by cooling lava or magma. The Latin root word, granum, means grain and refers to to the rock’s grainy appearance. Granite comes in many colors and patterns with each piece being unique. Therefore granite makes a popular and versatile choice for fireplace surrounds.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock meaning it was created by high heat and pressure. It’s composed of mineral talc making it a relatively soft stone. Altering the type of finish, whether natural, honed or polished changes soapstone’s appearance allowing it to accentuate a variety of surroundings.
Slate is a metamorphic rock. It began as a shale that was subsequently subjected to high heat and pressure. Slate is most commonly a grey stone, but is also found in purples, greens or greenish blues. Slate can give a rustic look and is resistant to staining making it a popular choice for fireplaces.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that comes in a wide variety of colors. Used by ancient Roman and Greek sculptors and architects, marble exudes a sense of luxury and drama. With each slab being unique, marble has long since been used for fireplace surrounds.
Caesarstone is a relatively new innovation that was created in the late 1980’s. It’s a brand of engineered quartz material that’s available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It’s typically sold at a lower cost than natural stone varieties which makes it attractive for use in large installations such as fireplace surrounds.
Neolith is an even newer brand name innovation that evolved from ceramic and stoneware materials. It is created by exposing minerals from granite, glass and silica as well as natural oxides to high temperatures and pressures. Neolith is a light yet durable material which makes it ideal for use in fireplace surrounds.