Fireplace Mantel Surrounds

Written by Robert Mac
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Fireplace mantel surrounds complement the design of your fireplace and help it blend in with the decor of your room. This is particularly helpful if you are installing an electric firebox in your home, or are upgrading from a gas- or wood-burning fireplace. Using fireplace mantel surrounds, you (or a builder) can make the installation of an electric fireplace appear to be original.

As technology hurtles us into the future, traditional ways of doing things--such as heating a home--get upgraded in the process. My home, for instance, has an old coal-burning fireplace in the kitchen; it's been converted to a pantry. We also have an obsolete wood-burning fireplace in the living room--the chimney has dangerous cracks and we may have to upgrade it to an electric fireplace.

Fireplace Mantel Surrounds Disguise a New Installation

Luckily for us, an electric fireplace with realistic flames would fit into the pre-existing fireplace; we wouldn't need anything than the actual firebox. But installations in other areas--for example, a wall--would require other components. We'd need a mantel and fireplace mantel surrounds to create the full fireplace effect.

Installing a new electric fireplace is easy. Just mount the trim on the firebox (i.e., the electric fireplace unit without attachments), plug it in, and push it into place, making sure the trim is flush with the mantel surround. Like that, you have a built-in fireplace that looks like it's been there forever.

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