A fireplace on its own is similar to a diamond without a ring. Just as a diamond needs to be set in the ring to display its true magnificence, a fireplace needs stone veneers to display its beauty and become a pleasure to behold, not an eyesor
(PRWEB) July 19, 2010
Jerry Lebiedzinski, the president of Stone Selex – a premier supplier of artificial and natural stone veneers, announced the introduction of vent free interior stone fireplaces to their product line portfolio. This revolutionary concept in stone fireplace design uses ethanol biofuel, a premium high quality and wholly renewable pure plant derivative made from only the purest ethyl alcohol, to maximize energy efficiency by supplying heat straight into the room rather than being lost through the chimney. Their unique design and high-quality finish combine the beauty and warmth of a real fire in any setting whether indoors and outdoors. In contrast to conventional wood-burning stone fireplaces, biofuel fireplaces need no fixed installation, are fully mobile, and do not need to be cleaned (ex. ashes) once the fire has burnt out. This versatility provides unparalleled design flexibility for your home and spreads a moderate and pleasant warmth right from the start.
8 Reasons to Build Your Stone Fireplace with Artificial and Natural Stone Veneers
A stone fireplace is often the centerpiece 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. The high cost of the stones, the weight of the mantel-piece, the surround, and the hearth usually means building a firebox and chimney in an outside wall above a solid foundation, or, for an interior design, seriously reinforcing the floor.
Fortunately, there is another alternative. Artificial stone from a quality supplier provides many advantages of natural stone for your cast stone fireplace without any of the drawbacks.
Artificial Stone Veneers perfectly match the appearance of natural stone.
Whether it's the rough-hewn look of fieldstone or the gentle contours of streamstone, quality manufactured stone, often referred to as cast stone or faux stone, so 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, natural aggregates, and carefully selected pigments in meticulously detailed molds modeled after natural stone. The result is a prefab stone fireplace virtually indistinguishable from the original.
Artificial stone is light weight.
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 full-block natural stone. This provides significant savings in shipping and labor costs, as well as reducing the need for costly structural reinforcing.
Artificial stone is easy to install. Thanks to Stone Veneer’s light weight and convenient sizes and shapes, a little planning and attention to detail allows even weekend handymen to successfully install artificial stone fireplaces. 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.
Artificial stone can be installed on virtually any wall.
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 cast stone fireplaces. It simplifies the construction of new stone fireplaces designs as well as remodeling of older, plain brick units.
Artificial stone is durable and maintenance-free.
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 prefab stone fireplace for example, manufactured stone veneer should provide service for many generations. Artificial stone is safe for interior stone fireplaces. Obviously, when constructing a wood or gas-burning stone fireplace, 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.
Artificial stone offers wide variety.
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 cast stone fireplace that perfectly complements your home and lifestyle, whether traditional or contemporary.
Artificial stone is less expensive than natural stone.
Using prefab stone veneer saves you money in three ways. First, the Stone Veneer 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 with natural stone, is much less. Third, labor costs are usually lower, since cast stone is lighter and easier to work with. Masons can install the product faster, saving both time and money.
Stone Selex, a premier supplier of artificial stone wall and manufactured stone in Canada. Stone Selex is based in the Greater Toronto Area and works with clients throughout Ontario, from Ottawa and Cornwall, to Sarnia and Windsor (Tecumesh, LaSalle, Lakeshore), to Thunder Bay. They offer standard delivery to all Ontario cities including St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, Milton, Mississauga, Port Credit, Georgetown, Brampton, Bramalea, Etobicoke, Toronto, Willowdale, North York, Scarborough, Woodbridge, Maple, King City, Concord, Richmond Hill, Markham, Unionville, Stratford, Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington, Acton, Erin, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, Brant, Brockville, Woodstock, Barrie, Carp, Innisfil, Midland including Tay and Penetanguishene, Orillia, Ramara, Leamington including Kingsville, Sudbury, Chatham, Kent, London, Kingston, South Frontenac, Peterborough including Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield, Belleville, Cornwall, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Kawartha Lake, Muskoka, Norfolk, Timmins, Owen Sound, and many more.