Cozy Up in Front of the Fire - Free Online Photo Gallery Exhibits Ideas for Designing Concrete Fireplace Surrounds

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With the winter season quickly approaching, The Concrete Network offers an online fireplace surround photo gallery featuring great design ideas using concrete for creating a beautiful new look for a winter favorite.

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There's no denying it - winter is upon us, and the fireplace is one of the must-have amenities for today's homeowner. Not only does a fireplace provide warmth, but it also serves as the centerpiece of a room, is the symbol of family togetherness, and adds value to your home.

The Concrete Network, the largest and most comprehensive source for concrete information, has just updated their Fireplace Surrounds photo gallery with new photos of innovative, architecturally influenced fireplace surrounds made out of concrete.

Now, combining the qualities of fire resistance, heat retention, and moldability, concrete is fast becoming a popular material for fireplace surrounds, mantels, and hearths. Artisans can replicate virtually any look, ranging from ornate to contemporary.

The concrete photo gallery is updated every Friday offering new photos of custom and unique designs and applications. Photos for the photo gallery have been collected from contractors around the United States and Canada and are for design idea purposes only.

Established in 1999, The Concrete Network's purpose is to educate consumers, builders, and contractors on popular decorative techniques and applications including stamped concrete, stained concrete floors, concrete countertops, polished concrete, and much more. Over 872,000 visitors researched The Concrete Network Web site in June, 2006.

The site excels at connecting buyers with local contractors in their area through its Find-A-Contractor service. The service provides visitors with a list of decorative concrete contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is fully searchable by 23 types of decorative concrete work and 200 metropolitan areas throughout North America.

News image courtesy of Monterey Bay Cast Stone. Attached photos courtesy of Advanced Concrete Enhancement.

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