Designing Fireplace Surrounds: Natural Stone vs. Faux Stone in RI

fireplace-surroundsOne of the best things that you can do to make a beautiful impact on the look and feel of your living space is to upgrade your fireplace with beautiful fireplace surrounds. Tile and stone services in Rhode Island can provide you with a wide variety of options with regard to natural stone or natural stone veneer that will turn your plain living room into a beautiful and cozy space that you will want to spend more time in all year long.

Protecting Your Investment

Whenever you do work like this on your home, it is important to be prepared to make an investment. Fireplace surrounds, when done right by a quality Southeastern Massachusetts stone installation craftsman, will add value to your home. Real estate data shows that a brand new natural stone veneer fireplace can add thousands to your selling price and will also help your home to sell faster than a home without natural stone.

In a time when real estate values can fluctuate throughout the year based upon consumer demand, it is important to have a selling feature like a beautiful fireplace as installed by professional tile and stone services in Rhode Island. Arena Tile & Stone provides installation services to homeowners throughout the South Coast area including Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Connecticut.

What About Fake Stone?

There have been a lot of advances made in the world of fake or faux stone. You will see people on the DIY channels touting the benefits of this product and comparing it to natural stone veneer. The thing is, no matter how good the fake composite stuff looks, it’s still not natural stone. In the end, they are comparing it to natural stone because it is the superior material choice for fireplace surrounds. While there are a lot of big brand names making some beautiful faux stone products from concrete and other durable materials, it’s still just not the same thing as natural stone materials.

Faux stone is made from concrete that is poured into molds that are made from replicas of real stone. Again, the goal is to make fake stone look like the real thing, reminding us that natural stone veneer is best. You can choose from various brands, colors, shapes and types of manufactured stone, but it will still be manufactured stone. It is sometimes called “cultured” stone, like cultured pearls which look like natural pearls but they are really made in a lab. Almost the same thing, but not quite. There’s just something about natural that makes a difference.

A fireplace is the focal point of any room, whether it is in the living area, dining room, kitchen or bedroom. While it is a little more costly to use natural stone veneer than faux stone, real estate agents, appraisers and home owners all agree that having fireplace surrounds made from natural products always wins out over any other products. To find out the difference between the cost of natural stone veneer and faux stone, speak with your Southeastern Massachusetts stone installation professional.

Decisions, Decisions: Gas or Flame?

The next hurdle that many homeowners have to decide is whether to have their new natural stone fireplace be wood-burning or gas. There is a certain convenience to gas, just flick on a switch and you’ve got a beautiful roaring fire in a jiffy. But is it really a roaring fire? If you are going to go to the length to have natural stone fireplace surrounds installed by professional tile and stone services in Rhode Island, don’t you owe it to yourself to have a real honest to goodness real fire too?

There’s just something about the smell of a real wood fire. The cracking and popping, the ambiance that it adds to a room. Sure it can be a pain hauling all of that wood, but when it comes down to it, you just can’t beat the look and feel of a real fire in a real natural stone veneer fireplace in your own home.

Call Arena Tile & Stone for Beautiful Fireplace Surrounds

If you are in the market for a brand new natural stone veneer fireplace in the South Coast or Cape Cod region, contact Arena Tile & Stone. Our team of experienced tradesmen will build you a beautiful natural stone fireplace that you can be proud of for many year to come. Choose from a wide variety of natural materials, such as granite or marble for a modern look and feel, or natural limestone or slate for a more earthy and Old World appearance. Give us a call at 508-971-5200 for a FREE consultation or to learn more about all the types of services we are able to provide.