Best Materials Used for Fireplace Mantels

Best Materials Used for Fireplace MantelsIf your fireplace seems slightly boring, consider enhancing its appearance with a fireplace mantel. Fireplace mantels come in many styles and designs including British colonial, French country, contemporary, art deco, and rustic fireplace mantels. All of these different types have their own unique look that can be customized further by using different materials.

The best material to make a fireplace mantel out of is stone. Stone is a great material for fireplace mantels because it will never burn, dissipates heat well so it will not get too hot, and it is very easy to clean. There are many different types of stone that fireplace mantels can be carved from and each one has its own benefits.


Marble is the most popular stone for fireplace mantels because it is very elegant and comes in a wide variety of colors including white, maroon, peach, gray, green, and more.


Many people prefer to use travertine for their fireplace mantel because it looks similar to marble but is less expensive. Travertine provides a unique texture that is also commonly favored.


Sandstone makes an excellent material for a fireplace surround because of the insulation it provides. Heat from a fireplace can easily be wasted or can even create a dangerous situation if it leaks out. A sandstone fireplace mantel will ensure that the heat produced by the flames only goes where it is intended.

Cast Stone

Cast stone is a great choice for custom fireplace mantels. Instead of carving a mantel from a solid piece of stone, cast stone can be molded into the desired shape. This allows for very intricate designs without the fear of breaking an expensive stone like marble.

If you would like to know more about these materials and the one that is best for your needs, stop by our showroom today to view them in person and to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales reps.

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