The Elegance of A
Marble Fireplace Mantel
When most folks think about marble in their homes, they
think of kitchen countertops or marble floors. Well, let's not
forget another area where marble can make an excellent choice
of materials, and that is a marble fireplace mantel.
As a natural stone product, marble has been used in
construction projects throughout the ages. The Greeks and
Romans used marble as a decoration, flooring, support columns,
and statues in many of the structures that still stand today.
Marble exudes elegance and class, and has withstood the test of
time. Marble is now being quarried all over the world, bringing
the benefit of an unbelievable diverse range of colors and
patterns, plus very competitive pricing.
One of the amazing things about marble is that no two pieces
are alike, the fault lines and fossils that have engrained
themselves into the stone over the centuries creates an
everlasting beauty that cannot be matched by any man made
Besides the most common use of kitchen and bathroom
countertops and flooring, marble makes an excellent choice as a
fireplace mantel and surround. In years past, the only way to
purchase a marble fireplace mantel was to have it custom
crafted and that usually took it out of many peoples home
Recently however, an industry producing a line of standard
marble fireplace mantels has been created. These manufacturers
are situated all over the world from the UK to China, the US
and many of the South American countries. The products are
being found in high end home remodeling centers and are
relatively easy to install. Most home handymen are quite
capable of performing the installation.
The one drawback in using marble is that it does need some
added care and maintenance to maintain its unique beauty. As
with most other natural stones, marble is porous and needs to
be sealed, preferably with a penetrating sealer ever 12 months.
A penetrating sealer will prevent dirt and grime from entering
the microscopic cavities within the stone.
For those with a higher remodeling budget, you can have
custom crafted fireplace mantels made from marble in a variety
of different designs. Nowadays, most marble fireplace mantels
are now hollow, reducing an old problem of using marble, that
Adding a marble fireplace mantel will create a room with an
incredible atmosphere. It will turn any room with a fireplace
into a main focal point. Just don't forget to go all the way by
installing a marble floor and some nice lamps to give it an