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Nothing can bring that homely atmosphere into your home like a natural stone fireplace. Stone is not flammable and absorbs the warmth of the fireplace nicely, making it an additional means of heating your house. Stone & Building offers granite fireplaces for those longing for that sophisticated, dark look, no matter where in London you live. Granite possesses a raw, natural quality because of its veining and is one of the most sought-after materials.

If granite is not to your liking, marble is another popular material, filling users with awe through its selection of light colours. We offer even more possibilities – just give us a ring and ask for details.

Granite Fireplaces

Granite can be best described as the king of all stone materials - its noble looks with intricate patterns have captivated people for eons. It's no wonder, then, that it has since become a popular choice for fireplaces. Naturally sturdy, granite fireplaces are the ultimate expression of refined living room elegance. Keep in mind, however, that it cannot directly come into contact with fire – which shouldn’t be a problem today, with most fireplaces being of the gas variety.

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Quartz, Composite Fireplaces

Composite stone boasts all the good looks and durability of natural stone while being much more customisable thanks to its unique structure. What quartz lacks in the natural stone patterns provided by granite it makes up for with the variety of colours that can be achieved due to the fact that it is an artificial stone.

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Corian Fireplaces

Corian is the original solid surface material. It was invented in 1967 by DuPont, the first manufacturer of solid surface materials in the world. It is a durable, non-porous, homogeneous surface material, consisting in approx. 1/3 of acrylic resin and approx. 2/3 of natural minerals. It is available in a palette of 100 colours.

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Marble Fireplaces

Commonly used since time immemorial, marble remains one of the most popular choices of stone. With its incredibly sleek, bright looks, it's the perfect choice for a fireplace if you want something that will really draw attention as the focal point of your living room, just as long as you take proper care of it. Highly decorative, exceptionally beautiful - our marble fireplaces are definitely a solid choice.

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Limestone Fireplaces

Though not as commonly encountered as marble or granite, limestone is nonetheless a fantastic choice for a fireplace. Available in some spectacular natural colours, limestone fireplaces provide as much heat resistance as necessary, as long as you seal them right, and can serve as quite the striking visual addition to your living room.

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Slates Fireplaces

With its raw, fine-grain texture, slate is an exotic yet effective choice for a fireplace, though it’s at its most effective as hearth material. It comes in three basic colours: black, grey, and green, as well as three unique finishes – honed, brushed, and riven. While relatively durable, it’s not as scratch-resistant as granite, hence why it’s better suited for hearths than traditional fireplaces.

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Natural Stone Fireplaces FAQ

The cost of a real stone fireplace can vary widely, depending on factors such as the type of stone, size of the fireplace, and complexity of the design. Generally, prices can range from $2,500 to $10,000 or more. Basic natural stone fireplaces might start at the lower end, around $2,500 to $5,000, while high-end, custom-designed fireplaces with premium stone can exceed $10,000. Additional costs may include installation, which can be around $500 to $2,000, and potential structural modifications to your home. It's advisable to get a detailed quote from a professional to understand the specific costs for your project.

Updating a 1970s stone fireplace can be done in several ways. One option is to paint it, which can immediately transform its look. Choosing a light color like white or cream can modernize and brighten up the space. Another option is to reface the fireplace with new stone or tiles, which can completely change its style. Adding a new mantel or replacing the existing one can also refresh its appearance. For a more comprehensive update, consider installing a new insert or updating the fireplace surround. Remember, any structural changes should be done by a professional to ensure safety and compliance with building codes.

To clean a stone fireplace, start by dusting the surface with a soft brush or cloth to remove loose dirt and debris. For general cleaning, use a mixture of mild dish soap and warm water. Gently scrub the stone with a soft-bristled brush, then rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Avoid using acidic cleaners or abrasive tools, as they can damage the stone. For tougher stains, you might use a stone-specific cleaner following the manufacturer's instructions. Always test any cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area first. Regular maintenance and gentle cleaning will help preserve the beauty of your stone fireplace.

The best stone for a fireplace depends on your aesthetic preference, budget, and the fireplace's functionality. Common choices include:

  • Granite: Known for its durability and resistance to heat, making it ideal for high-use fireplaces.
  • Marble: Offers an elegant and sophisticated look, but it's more porous and can be prone to staining.
  • Limestone: Provides a natural, rustic appearance, but requires regular maintenance to prevent staining.
  • Slate: Highly durable and heat resistant, with a unique texture and color variation.
  • Soapstone: Has excellent heat retention properties and a smooth, matte finish.
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