By Andrea Wichterle. Fireplace. Published at Sunday, December 09th, 2018 - 11:30:44 AM.
There is much written about the benefits of an electric fireplace and much is also written about the common differences between electric fireplaces and traditional fireplaces. Of course, both have their value but for many people there are a number of reasons why people purchase an electric fireplace as opposed to purchasing a "real" fireplace. Cost and installation often play a role in the decision to purchase an electric fireplace as opposed to purchasing a traditional fireplace. Of course, this does bring up an overlooked question: what happens to those who have already purchased a traditional fireplace. Do they completely shut down the traditional fireplace and opt to not think about purchasing an electric item? Absolutely not! Instead they can simply install an electric fireplace insert into the traditional fireplace and they will be in business once again!
Though having a fireplace can complete the overall look of your home and add warmth to the whole area, you cannot ignore the risk of starting a fire. This accident can happen when a log or an ember falls to the carpet or the furnishings and when a spark jumps out of the fireplace. In order to prevent these accidents, it is recommended to have a fireplace screen. Aside from its safety purpose, a fireplace screen can add beauty to your fireplace as well as to your home. Most fireplace screens are made from different materials such as steel, cast iron and other hard metals that have the ability to bear extreme heat from the fireplace. The fireplace screen is designed in a way that they can prevent the logs, sparks and embers to leave the fireplace. Fireplace screens are important as they can lessen the risk of having a fire. A screen for the fireplace is divided into two sections - the outer part has the decorative design while the inner part has small holes on the screen. These tiny holes prevent the sparks and embers from leaving and also let air pass, allowing the fire to burn more.
One of the most important decisions you need to make when installing a fireplace is choosing the type and style of mantel. This can be a tad overwhelming as there is such a range of materials and styles available these days. A beautiful mantel will always contribute towards the overall look and feel of a room so it is important to get it right. Your choice will of course depend on the type of property you own and how much money you want to invest in adding a fireplace your home. Naturally if you have plenty of cash to spend a custom designed fireplace mantel is always going to be the best option especially if you want a fireplace mantel specifically to enhance the look of the decor in your room. Some of the most spectacular country house fireplaces are made of stone or marble. These not only have a timeless appearance that can add both charm and elegance to any room but they are built from a material that is durable and long lasting. A well-built stone fireplace requires less maintenance and creates a classic and commanding presence which immediately commands attention, making it the focal point of any room.
You just have to know the precise measurement of your fireplace and you can find a fireplace screen that fits. If you are into traditional type, you should go for the metal fireplace screen. Brass, steel, aluminum and iron are some of the most popular metals used in fireplace screen. Most of these metal screens have a mesh screen that helps prevent ash and sparks from flying. You must remember that metal screens can reach extreme temperature so it is best to be cautious and avoid touching them. There are also stained glass types of fireplace screens and these types come with lead and wooden frames.
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