Choosing the Best Fireplace Type for Your Home, Part 2

choosing best fireplace type

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over the major fuel type options at your disposal when you’re choosing a new fireplace for your home. This is one of several factors you’ll want to consider closely when you’re looking at your available selections, and will depend on your preference, warmth needs and other elements.

At Comfort Solutions Fireplace, we offer a huge variety of custom fireplace types for you to browse, from gas and outdoor fireplace options to electric fireplaces and many others. In today’s part two, we’ll go over the options you have when it comes to choosing your fireplace style once you’ve picked the fuel type, plus some basics on mantel and surround choices available.

Fireplace Style

Generally speaking, there are two broad fireplace styles available today:

  • Traditional: Still the most popular choice out there, the traditional fireplace is one that, in many ways, mimics the look and feel many of us remember from our childhood. A traditional fireplace includes real logs and an authentic, timeless masonry appearance that invokes comfort and warmth at all times. It gives many users a feeling of nostalgia and often brings back memories – plus helps make new ones for your family today. There are many varieties of traditional fireplace available, as well, so you aren’t stuck in a single style template.
  • Linear: For those looking to go a bit sleeker and more modern, whether as a stand-alone item or to match the design of surrounding areas of the home, the linear fireplace is the way to go. Linear fireplaces offer wide flame options, often behind illuminated glass that provides both great aesthetics and protection for children or pets. You can create linear fireplaces up to six feet in length, helping provide a centerpiece to any major room in the home.

Mantel and Surround Choices

Finally, it’s vital to take some time to consider proper mantel and surround installations along with your new fireplace. There are numerous mantel options available, and you should be thinking both about aesthetics and safety here – many of our mantels are designed to protect the fireplace area, meeting specific measurement and safety requirements.

The surround, meanwhile, refers to all the nearby areas of the fireplace. Many people choose granite, marble or slate for their fireplace surround, bringing a classy companion to the fireplace and allowing it to set the tone for the entire room. Speak to our fireplace professionals about the kind of wood or stone materials that tend to combine best with the fireplace type you’re installing.

For more on choosing the perfect fireplace for your home, or to learn about any of our custom fireplace or mantel options, speak to the staff at Comfort Solutions Fireplace today.

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