Technical Information

Are you considering adding a fireplace surround to your fireplace? Before making that decision, it’s important to know as much as possible about fireplace mantels and how they can liven up your space. These decorative pieces are a great way to emphasize and often improve the focal point around your fireplace. We will discuss both the functional and decorative aspects of a fireplace surrounds, while also discussing styles, types, and crucial information you should have before beginning your installation. You will have a better understanding of the purpose and process involved with choosing the perfect fireplace mantel for your home. And if you’re an avid DIYer, we’ll even offer some tips on how to build a mantel using one of our fireplace surround kits.

A fireplace surround appeals to a wide range of consumers. The timeless elegance provided by these beautiful additions can improve the look and feel of any home. Using decorative pieces to highlight your personal aesthetics, a mantel is also a great way to draw the focus of a room towards the fireplace, transforming it into your own piece of art. Not only does this offer a warm invitation to everyone who enters the home, but it also showcases your style.

Beyond their appealing look, fireplace mantels are also quite functional. These pieces offer protection and storage to the areas above the fireplace. They can also keep heat from damaging walls, a mounted television, or pictures while preventing other issues from occurring. Using a mantel to hold precious knick-knacks, family pictures, and other heirlooms is an ingenious way of not only keeping them safe but for displaying them to your guests.

There are still a few crucial pieces of information you will need to know before making your fireplace mantel selection and placing your order.
Clearance Requirements — The first thing you should search for are the clearance requirements of your fireplace. This will directly influence the size and type of mantel required.

Width Requirements — The second thing you’ll need to do is measure the width and length of your fireplace on all sides. This will ensure the mantel is proportional to the size of the fireplace since a fireplace mantel must be several inches wider than the fireplace itself, on all sides.

Room Requirements — It is equally important to take into consideration your individual room requirements. Room size, ceiling height, and other room features play an essential role in choosing the right fireplace mantel for a room.