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What type of stone to use on fireplace ?

Posted by ibjammin (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 20, 07 at 16:03

I am about to reface the brick fireplace and hearth in my living room and was wondering what type of stone seems to be the most popular to use and are there any advantages or disadvantages of one over the other ? I would prefer to stay away from the real shiny look.

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RE: What type of stone to use on fireplace ?

In my area, riverstone is out and drystack is in: people got tired of looking at all the mortar between those round rocks.

'Cultured' stone is a trademark of Owens corning, but has become a generic term to stone cast of lightweight concrete. Weighs less than real stone, costs more to buy but less to install. Can be used in situations where real stone would require too much structural retrofitting. Cultured stone and el dorado stone are two popular product lines.

One of the least expensive looks is to use granite or travertine tiles: sleek and elegant.

Choose a stone that compliments the style of the room, and that you'll enjoy looking at for years to come.

RE: What type of stone to use on fireplace ?

We are looking at purchasing a home with two 60's style brick fireplaces and I would really like our first project with the home to be resurfacing the brick with stone. As this would be a "do it ourselves project" could anyone point us in the right direction for just getting started. Like where would I go to begin looking for a stone to compliment the interior of the home and where would we find step by step instructions on how to tackle this project ourselves.

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