Now, zero-clearance fireplaces are more affordable to construct compared to classic masonry block built fireplaces. With zero-clearance fireplaces, the iron fireplace frame is boarded up with plywood. The relatively light weight of cultured stone allows veneers to be placed on these wood surfaces. The stone veneers are held securely in place by a metal lath attached to the wood surface, then by a thin application of mortar.
As we have stated, the cost of applying thin faux stone veneers is much lower than real stone given the weight and shape differences. Real stone requires laborious craftsmanship, as is normal for every natural limestone work. It is so much so that the total value will warrant the master worker's signature to be affixed somewhere on the finished stonework. Another thing about natural limestone fireplaces, in particular, is that the costs for each work will always be according to your own skilled taste and preferences.Nevertheless, a reason for thinking twice about faux stone veneers is that it can take in moisture; furthermore, when it is chipped, when chipped, the surface has a mark that is glaring. Consequently they be demanding in terms of care and maintenance. Watch out also, and be careful about falling on to recurring and redundant patterns in your design which ought to look natural.
A lot will actually depend on how you and your master craftsman work together to achieve the result. Faux stone veneers look and feel like real stone, and enables stunning stone fireplaces to be built at a fraction of the cost of traditional stone.
Add value to your home
Looking to boost the beauty and value of your home with a stone fireplace? Think about it: stone is as
and as classic as the best investments come. If you are mulling over the
stone to use in your new construction project, check which do you think
will fit into the style, weather and feel of your home; it's either
going to be in natural stone or cultured stone. Natural stone is the
investment per excellence; it is pricier, weightier, and a testier work
of art to handle compared to cultured stone. Your options for this
category tend to be limited, too. Granite, Marble, and Limestone are the
typical options. Cultured stone products can however be designed to
"match" the stone surface type you are going after, are typically more
striking and durable than real stone products for fireplace projects.
Imagine also the pleasant bonus of lesser costs.
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