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Give your fireplace a facelift with cultured stone

A hearth can anchor a home’s living space, or it can do the opposite. If your fireplace is outdated, it can drag down the look of your entire home. Perhaps your hearth doesn’t fit with the vision you have for your fireplace and home. In this case, you can give your fireplace a facelift and make it the showpiece it should be, with cultured stone.

Cultured stone is manufactured from colored concrete. It’s made to mimic the look of real stone. Because it’s lighter and cheaper, it’s more affordable, easier to install and more accessible. With cultured stone, you can give your fireplace a facelift in a variety of ways and styles.

Cover an existing, unsightly fireplace surround

masonry chimneyCultured stone is sold as a veneer, which means it can easily be placed over nearly any existing surface. Cultured stone can also be installed over outdated brick or tile fireplaces. With cultured stone, you can get the look of smooth cobblestone, stacked river stone or beautiful limestone to create a new, updated fireplace.

Frame your fireplace

Sometimes fireplaces aren’t outdated or unsightly, but they lack detail to make them standout in your home. Cultured stone let you frame your fireplace to give it interesting detail, and it highlights your fireplace. In addition to simple stone veneers, cultured stone comes in arches, keystones and framing pieces. This gives your fireplace an unique look with architectural detailing that makes it stand out.

Create a statement

One of the greatest benefits of cultured stone is that you can use it to create a statement in your home. Because cultured stone is lightweight, it doesn’t require extensive infrastructure or foundation. It’s also cost effective when compared with other hearth materials. Due to its easy installation, light weight and low price, you can use cultured stone to create your dream hearth.

You can install a floor to ceiling fireplace feature, or create a wall-to-wall hearth with built-in nooks and crannies for storing firewood, books or décor. Cultured stone provides you with the opportunity to create a statement that wouldn’t be possible with traditional masonry stones.

If you are ready to give your fireplace a facelift with cultured stone, call Total Chimney Care to schedule a consultation! We listen to your vision, and we can help you design your dream fireplace that also fits your budget.

By Steve Sobczak on December 17th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Give Your Fireplace a Fresh Look With Cultured Stone

A hearth upgrade can vastly improve the look of your home. A hearth sets the tone for your living space, and investing in a new look for your hearth can give your home a whole new atmosphere. One way to make a dramatic change to your fireplace — or to install a new hearth to dramatically change your home — quickly and relatively inexpensively is with cultured stone.

Cultured stone – what is it?

Cultured stone is manmade to look like natural masonry products. Concrete creates a stone-like texture after molding. The molds include stones of different sizes, shapes and shades. One panel appears to be constructed out of several different rocks. Cultured stone comes in different colors and rock textures to create a variety of different looks, from broad fieldstones to stacked river rocks.

Why choose cultured stone?

More and more people are turning to cultured stone to achieve masonry accents on fireplaces, outdoor firepits, home exteriors and indoor accent walls. That’s because cultured stone offers many benefits over real quarried stone. First and foremost, cultured stone is considerably cheaper, costing as little as one-quarter of the price of natural stone. It’s also lighter, so it doesn’t require the foundation and infrastructure needed to support heavy stone structures. The paneled construction of cultured stone makes it quick and easy to install. For those looking to lessen their environmental impact, manufactured stone comes without the heavy environmental damage that quarries cause. Finally, cultured cement stone is easy to clean and durable.

What are your cultured stone options?

Despite limitations on the available stone types in your area, cultured stone comes in different varieties. First, the stones are molded into a variety of shapes. Next, the final molds are hand painted with iron pigments. This helps achieve a variation in color and appearance. In all, you can easily find cultured stone in more than 20 textures and 100 colors. With cultured stone, you can find the look you want for your hearth.

How can you make over your fireplace with cultured stone?

At Total Chimney Care, we are happy to provide our customers with cultured stone options for rehabbing the look of their fireplaces, or for installing a brand new fireplace in their home. Therefore, if you love the rich look of stone and want to find the perfect cultured stone for your hearth, call Total Chimney Care to schedule a consultation. Our hearth experts can show you all of your cultured stone options and help you create the look you want.

By Steve Sobczak on July 17th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment