A fireplace is often the centrepiece of a home, where friends and family gather to relax and converse. It seems to epitomize comfort and luxury, warmth and charm. Yet, for many homes, a natural stone fireplace is not a practical option. Besides the high cost of the stone itself, the weight of the mantel-piece, the surround, and the hearth usually mean something. It means that the building the firebox and chimney in an outside wall above a solid foundation. It can also mean for interior design — seriously reinforcing the floor. We can help you make your manufactured stone fireplace in Toronto and other locations across Ontario.
Whether it’s the rough-hewn look of fieldstone or the gentle contours of stream stone, quality manufactured stone, often referred to as artificial stone or faux stone. It perfectly emulates the look and feel of natural stone it can fool even experienced masons.
This remarkable achievement comes from using a formulation of Portland cement, and natural aggregates. It is also carefully selected pigments in detailed molds modelled after natural stone. The result is a finished product virtually indistinguishable from the original.
Manufactured stone typically weighs much less than natural stone, about two-thirds the weight of natural stone veneer and less than a quarter the weight of the full-block natural stone. This provides significant savings in shipping and labour costs, as well as reducing the need for costly structural reinforcing.
Thanks to its light-weight and convenient sizes and shapes, with a little planning and attention to detail even weekend handymen can successfully install artificial stone veneers. All that’s required is following the vendor’s simple instructions and observing basic precautions.
Other than perhaps a circular saw with a masonry blade for cutting stones to size, there’s no need for many of the heavy-duty power tools often required when working with natural stone. Standard hand masonry tools will do.
Since its light-weight eliminates the need for special footings and foundations, and since it can be applied to any structurally sound wall surface, artificial stone veneer is a perfect building material for fireplaces. It simplifies the construction of new fireplaces and remodelling of older, plain brick units. We can install your Manufactured Stone Fireplace today in Toronto or other places in Ontario.
Reputable manufacturers of artificial stone provide a 50-year warranty on their product, but that’s not the limit of the stone’s life expectancy.
Properly applied, quality manufactured stone can be expected to last much longer, even on external walls subject to the elements. Inside a home, on a fireplace. For example, manufactured stone veneer should provide service for many generations.
Obviously, when constructing a wood or gas-burning fireplace, the flammability of the building materials is a concern. By its very nature, manufactured stone is non-combustible. It contributes zero fuel and produces no smoke.
Available in dozens of different styles, textures, and colors, artificial stone veneer can emulate any natural stone. This gives you broad flexibility in designing a fireplace that perfectly complements your home and lifestyle, whether traditional or contemporary.
Using manufactured stone veneer saves you money in three ways. First, the product itself costs less than natural stone.
Second, because artificial stone veneer weighs so much less than natural stone, the cost to ship the stone to your job site — which can be prohibitive for natural stone — is much less.
Third, labour costs are usually lower, since manufactured stone is lighter and easier to work with. Masons can install the product faster, saving both time and money.
Once you’ve decided on artificial stone veneer for your fireplace, the next question is where to obtain it. Choose a vendor that offers a sound warranty, a wide selection of stone, and that has a reputation for quality as solid as the stone itself.
For Canadian builders, Interior Stone Exteriors satisfies all of these criteria. Interior Stone Exteriors is the authorized Canadian distributor of artistic stone and Canyon Stone. They offer a 50-year warranty on dozens of varieties of artificial stone suitable for both interior and exterior projects including stone walls and fences, chimneys, pillars, and of course fireplaces.
Based in the greater Toronto area, Interior Stone Exteriors supplies manufactured stone veneer to wholesalers, construction companies, and individual buyers across Ontario, from Windsor to Ottawa, from Niagara to Thunder Bay and beyond.
To have a Fireplace is considered a privilege as it has the quality of adding an elegant touch to a room. People therefore deliberately construct fireplaces in their houses. These days there is a growing trend of using Manufactured Stone Veneers to build attractive looking fireplaces. As they allow creating novel designs, Fireplace Stone Veneers remain always in demand. This type of faux stone is made to offer high durability and therefore is suitable for fireplaces. In addition to being appropriate for fireplaces, artificial stone veneers are also extensively used for the purpose of Stone facing.
Available at reasonable prices, Fireplace stone veneers can add value to the living room by their distinct appeal and natural look.
Contact us to get your Manufactured Stone Fireplace today in Toronto or other places in Ontario.