Why Natural Stone Hearths Are Best
by Rebecca Armstrong
If you are planning to install a wood burning stove (and why wouldn’t you?) you may be considering whether or not to fit a natural stone hearth.
While there are other materials that you could opt for, a stone hearth comes with a whole quarry full of advantages.
Let’s take a look at just some of them…
Natural stone hearths are tough and durable
If you see an old building that is still standing hundreds of years after its construction, chances are it’s going to be made from stone.
When you install a hearth, you want to use a material that is going to stand the test of time.
Natural stone is extremely tough and hard-wearing.
This means it should last for a long, long time and still look as good as, if not better than, the first day you bought it.
Stone hearths require almost no maintenance
Depending on the type of natural stone you choose for your hearth, it may require sealing. Other than that, natural stone requires very little maintenance.
If you would rather be spending your time enjoying reading a book in front of your fire, rather than performing maintenance on your hearth, a natural stone hearth could be your best bet.
Natural stone retains heat
Ever stood next to a stone wall that has been in the sun all day? It will remain warm and keep emitting heat long into the night.
A stone hearth can absorb heat from your fire and carry on giving off heat, long after your fire has burned out.
A natural stone hearth looks stunning in almost every home
Whether your home is new or old, modern or more traditional, a natural stone hearth can look beautiful in any setting.
Just like wooden beams, stone hearths can add character to our homes in a way that is almost impossible to replicate with man-made materials.
Hearths must be made of non-combustible materials
This may seem obvious, but it is vital to building a hearth out of something that will not set on fire.
Ensure that whatever you choose, whether it be a natural stone hearth or something else, you are sure that it is safe.
Invest in a hearth that will last…
When you buy a natural stone hearth, you are investing in something that will not only look good now but will also last many years into the future.
For many of us, our fireplace is the centrepiece of our room. Opting for a natural stone hearth is not only the practical option but also makes your fireplace look pretty darn good.
Add an oak beam to your fireplace to really set off the look. Then sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that you shouldn’t need to repeat all that hard work again any time soon!
Need some advice about your fireplace or have any questions about this article? Get in touch and ask away!
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