Best Flooring Options for Your Fireplace Hearth

Best Flooring Options for Your Fireplace Hearth

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Whether you already have a stone fireplace/stone fireplaces in your home or you’re planning to have one installed, you need to consider the flooring for your fireplace hearth. The hearth of the fireplace begins with the floor of the fireplace and extends into the living area in front of the fireplace itself, plus the fireplace surround. The hearth is the area where you would keep your extra wood and kindling, and any other accessories you have to build and maintain your fire.

 

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What Are the Safety Concerns With a Fireplace Hearth?

Since the fireplace hearth is directly in front of the fireplace and surround, you need to be careful about safety hazards that can happen on or near the hearth area. No matter how safety conscious or careful you are, accidents happen to the best of us. Some of the safety concerns that you should be aware of with your fireplace hearth are:

Sparks and Embers

Sparks and embers from the fire can fly out unexpectedly from a fire. Although it’s more common from fires with wood that is partially wet, these sparks can happen with any fire. It has very little to do with the skill of the person who built the fire, so sparks are almost uncontrollable.

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If these sparks land on carpet or other textiles, however, there is a danger that damage or an unplanned fire can occur. A spark can land on the carpet or textile, smolder, and then build into a dangerous fire hazard.

Tripping and Falling

Some fireplace hearths cause another kind of home safety hazard, and that is the danger of tripping and falling. If you have a hearth that is raised above the natural level of the room’s flooring, the sudden change in elevation can cause visitors in the home to trip or fall, because they are unaware of the step up. Homes with small children face a similar problem, as youngsters tend not to be as aware of uneven flooring as adults.

Why Hearths Make a Home Safer

In most cases, though, the hearth makes the home safer. Hearths provide a natural area around the front of the fireplace and surround that signals to the residents and visitors that the fireplace is there. The hearth truly is the heart of the home, and having a custom stone fireplace and hearth is one of the most satisfying ways to make your home cozy and warm for your family, friends and guests.

What are the Best Flooring Options for a Stone Fireplace Hearth?

There are certain flooring options that help to make a fireplace hearth safe, beautiful and functional. These are all qualities that will work to bring value and style to your home. You obviously want to make your hearth safe, but you also want the hearth area to complement your home’s décor. Of course, the hearth also needs to perform the function that it’s intended for.

 

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Slate

Slate tile is a natural flooring solution that goes with just about any living area flooring. Slate is a natural type of thin rock that lends itself well to home décor. It does not burn or singe easily, and can withstand extreme wear and tear. It’s available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Concrete
Concrete is a fantastic hearth flooring solution for those who are eco-minded. Concrete hearth flooring is safe and protective for any potential sparks coming from the fireplace, as well as offering a decorative flooring option.

Stone Veneer/Manufactured Stone
For the discerning homeowner who wants a natural look, there is perhaps no better choice than manufactured stone or stone veneer for the hearth. Stone Veneer is beautiful, functional, safe and affordable for the fireplace hearth.

Brick

Brick can also serve as a fireplace hearth. They also will prevent accidents from happening around the fireplace, but brick may not suit every home décor due to the lack of color options.

Whichever kind of flooring options you choose for your fireplace surround, be sure to consider all the issues mentioned above to ensure a lifetime of satisfaction. Learn more about our stone veneer and take a look at our stone fireplace galleries and see how we use stone veneer to make fireplaces beautiful.

Stone Veneer For Lowes In Vernon Hills, IL

Stone Veneer For Lowes In Vernon Hills, IL

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Lowes uses Stone Veneer from North Star Stone in Libertyville Il. The Lowes Store in Vernon Hills, IL needed new manufactured stone installed on the front of their building and needed a stone vendor that could quickly manufacture a high quality stone to install on the front of their building before winter.

The challenge for the Lowes store was to closely match the existing stone on the sides of the building and also to have the stone veneer coordinate and closely match the other commercial properties surrounding the development. The Lowes general contractor and masonry contractor worked together to select North Star Stone of Libertyville, IL to manufacture over 4000 square feet of our drystack stone veneer in a custom color. The combination of quick turn around, good pricing and local delivery is what earned North Star Stone the opportunity to manufacture the Lowe’s store stone veneer.

When you consider all the big box stores like Lowes, Home Depot and Menards all carry their own line of manufactured stones, it is nice to know that a local business like North Star Stone can still deliver a high quality stone veneer.

Feel free to look at our website for examples of how our thin stone can be used for your project either locally in the Chicago area, or to have our stone shipped.  Call 847-996-6850 to schedule a visit to our showroom.

Remodeling Your Two Story Fireplace

Remodeling Your Two Story Fireplace

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Many of the new homes built in the last 15-20 years have great rooms with ceilings ranging from 14’-28’ feet high. The most common ceiling heights are 18’ high with a fireplace set on wall usually 6’-7’ wide and set between two very large windows.

Typically these large fireplaces are flush against a wall and covered in drywall with a mantel, or if you have a builder upgrade you are looking at a very large brick fireplace that matches your home’s exterior. The good news is with stone veneer, you can tastefully create a beautiful new stone fireplace in a wide range of stone styles and colors. As you create your new stone fireplace you can add a wood mantel or possibly hang a TV over the fireplace.

This Blog post will discuss the best styles of manufactured stone that you might want to select for your new fireplace.

If your home has a more formal style our cobble stone is elegant with larger pieces of stone that fill the wall and blend together perfectly. Most often the cobble stone fireplaces are lighter in color so they don’t dominate the formal setting. If you have ceilings that are exceptionally high, you might want to add some field stone pieces that break up the fireplace and draw the eye upward.

For a causal family room you have more options. Our most popular blend of stone veneer is our Wisconsin Prairie Stone. It has blend of stones offering a medium texture with some strong defined linear lines, yet also offer the irregular pieces of field stone scattered in at about a 20% mix help create both volume and height. The stone can be installed with or without a mortar joint.  (See our related blog post on selecting a mortar joint).

The Mountain Stack stone veneer is the same as the Wisconsin Prairie, less the field stone. Some customer’s find the irregular shapes of the fieldstone disruptive to the clean flow of the Mountain Stack Ledge Stone.

For a family room where you want a more refined look, but you still appreciate some of the texture of the ledge stone family, we suggest the Drystack Ledge Stone and add a mortar joint to help create the feeling of height.

 

You can really use any stone that fits your style, from River Rock to all Field Stone or one of the many blends. This blog article on manufactured stone veneers is meant as guide to help you select the perfect stone for your stone fireplace transformation.

North Star Stone, Inc of Libertyville IL custom manufactures all of its own stone veneer and has the advantage of every batch is custom colored. In the surrounding area we offer expert installation and also can ship the stone. Please contact us for further information at info@northstarstone.biz or visit is at www.northstarstone.biz

Quality Home Exterior Stone Siding

Quality Home Exterior Stone Siding

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For those who are looking to renovate their home exteriors, manufactured stone might be the best option. The reason behind it is that home siding plays two-folded purpose–protection and décor. The exterior express how your house look but it need to be durable and strong. Mostly people think decorative exteriors are not efficient to bear the harshness of weather variations. While planning to replace the old siding of your house, take time to figure out exactly what you want with your siding. Continue reading

North Star Stone Announces Launch of Custom Stone Color App

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Chicago area North Star Stone develops application that allows customers to custom design and color their stone fireplaces and stone exterior veneer online.

Libertyville, Illinois– April 25, 2013   Stone Veneer manufacturer North Star Stone has announced the launch of their new Stone Veneer Color Selector online. The custom color selector allows users to custom design a wall that would represent the colors their stone fireplace or exterior walls would have once installed.

The Stone Color Selector uses a combination of HTML5 and Javascript to allow users to drag and drop the stone veneer bricks they like to their wall and create a customized design. They can then send their custom stone wall to North Star Stone as well as a copy to themselves.

NSS Custom Color Stone Veneer App

NSS Custom Color Stone Veneer App

“We’re excited to allow customers a more active role in choosing the color of the stone veneers they have installed in and on their homes. This new feature will allow users to truly customize their designs and match their décor and color schemes as well as their individual tastes,” owner, Alan Andrews says of the custom color selector.

The Stone Color Selector is now live on the North Star Stone website for users to start custom designing stone for fireplacesinterior stone and exterior stonework.

About North Star Stone
North Star Stone, Inc., founded in 2004 offers custom stone fireplaces, exterior stone work and interior stone design for homes throughout Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs. North Star Stone custom manufacturers stone veneer to transform old and outdated fireplaces, update home exteriors and add new style to interior structures like wine cellars, interior walls and stone columns. Find out more about the custom stonework that North Star Stone offers at http://www.northstarstone.biz.