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How to Choose the Right Fireplace Mantels?

By Joe Grogan Subscribe to RSS | January 13th 2012 | Views:

Most home owner who lives in country that have winter season might have a fireplace at their home. It is a place where people drink hot coffee and relish it’s existence during the winter. Besides that, a fireplace becomes a focal point of a room. It is the first thing that people or your guest noticed when they are entering your house. It makes a fireplace become essential thing that should be added in the house.

To make a fireplace more appealing, installing a mantel on it is a wonderful thought. A fireplace mantel adds more personality into a room. It also make the fireplace looks more beautiful and great. A fireplace will not be excited without a mantel.

When you are planning to install a fireplace mantel for your room, there are a various number options you can choose for. However, this various number sometimes makes us confused when choosing the right mantel. So, to make it easier when making any decision, there are some tips in choosing the right fireplace mantels, as mentioned bellow.

To avoid choosing oversize or wrong mantel, make sure you have known the dimension of your fireplace before purchasing one of it. You should measure the width and the height of the fireplace from edge to edge.

After you have the size, check the space that available on the wall. This space will determine what the maximum size of the mantel that you can choose for.

When the first and second tips are completed, now you have to decide the material that you will choose. There are three different materials that usually used to make a fireplace mantel, such as wood, marble and stone. Wooden mantel is popularly used since it creates warm and comfortable feels. Its flexibility has become a favor for some customers. Stone mantels are fire resistant. It required no space between firebox and mantel. It is perfect for gas fireplaces. Marble mantel can stand on high temperature of fire. But it is expensive. Beside those materials, there are also other materials that you can choose for.

Next, you have to think what fireplace mantels design that you like. You can choose the antique, traditional, modern, simple or minimalist mantels. Just shop around, then you will discover that there are a lot of design that you can choose for.

The price of a mantel is also can be a thing you should consider. Before you purchase a mantel, ask yourself a question, is it worth the price or not? Compare the price between some shops. You can also browse the internet for online store to compare the price.

The last thing you should remember is the warranty. Most mantels come with warranty support. Make sure you choose the mantels which have warranty support.

Choosing the right mantel for your fireplace is not an easy decision. It needs a lot of thing to be considered. By reading some tips mentioned above, you can choose what mantel is perfect for you.

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If you need more tips about fireplace mantels, including how to decorate it, mantels designs and plans, read it at Fireplace Mantels and Surrounds

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