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Why Use Quartz for Fireplace Surround
November 4, 2020
by Eric Presley

Why Use Quartz for Fireplace Surround

Take your living room from outdated to elegant and sophisticated with a stone fireplace surround. No, really - your favorite stone doesn't just have to stay in the kitchen or bathroom. One of our favorite ways to elevate our living space is with a quartz stone fireplace - an instant upgrade for a crisp, modern design.

A quartz fireplace is a stunning addition to your living space where all your loved ones can gather around, with a stone focal point to add chic detail to your home renovation. We have a lot of fireplace surround ideas, but our experts at ProStone put together everything you need to know about stone fireplaces, beyond just the aesthetic benefits.

Let’s get started with our go-to fireplace design favorite - a quartz stone fireplace.

Best Fireplace Stone

Want to add an elegant pop to your space? A quartz fireplace instantly elevates any room with a beautiful, sleek stone finish that takes your fireplace up a notch. Not only is this a durable option to use when remodeling your fireplace, but it’s chic and timeless - making for a design choice your family and friends will love to gather around for years to come.  

Not convinced? Here are some reasons why you should choose quartz for your fireplace surround.

Durability

Since quartz stones are typically made with about 93% quartz and 7% resin, quartz is an incredibly durable stone that is resistant to cracking, staining, scuffing, denting, or burning. Plus, quartz is heat resistant - making it perfect for using as a fireplace surround. This means it won’t only remain strong against hot temperatures, but its pattern and design will also remain intact.

However, while quartz is a strong stone choice, its color will fade under UV sunlight, so avoid using it in your outdoor remodel.

quartz fireplace surround

Maintenance

The benefits of quartz continue! Since quartz is an engineered stone, it doesn’t need to be resealed - making it super easy to maintain. To keep your quartz fireplace looking shiny and new, avoid using harsh solvents and chemicals that can cause damage. Instead, opt for light soap and warm water to clean any messes, and avoid using markers and dyes on this surface to avoid discoloration.

Style

Quartz around fireplace instantly improves the style of your space. Finishing a modern fireplace with stone gives any room an elevated, contemporary finish. The sleek texture and finish of a quartz fireplace mantel provide a living room with an upscale look, drawing attention to this unique feature everyone will love. Plus, you can utilize stone in a variety of ways, whether you want to use it in a floor-to-ceiling application, for just the fireplace mantel and shelves, or the fireplace hearth.

Cost

Quartz is beautiful and durable, and for that reason, it can come at a price. Typically, quartz costs anywhere from $50-$200 per square foot. This price will depend on the quality of the stone.

However, in addition to the initial price of the stone, there are also installation fees that can impact the total cost of your quartz fireplace. These factors include:

  • Fabrication
  • Seam joining
  • Leveling
  • Adding supports

Heat Resistance

Quartz stone fireplace is great for both gas log and natural wood log fireplaces with a heat-resistant stone. The resin in quartz can withstand temperatures of about 150 degrees, great for the ambient heat that comes off of a fireplace.

Colors

One of the greatest perks of using quartz for fireplace hearth designs is the fact that it is an engineered stone, and for that reason, comes in easy-to-match slabs. These stone slabs come in a range of colors to match your room’s design, and it’s much easier to find slabs that match each other when they are quartz than a more natural stone choice. ProStone offers a wide variety of quartz stone options - perfect for finding the one that matches your unique style. This makes the process of creating a quartz stone fireplace seamless with a stunning result.

fireplace surround quartz

Other Stone Options for Fireplace

While quartz is an elegant, durable stone option at the top of our list of fireplace surround ideas, there are plenty of other choices of stone that may better suit your style. A stone fireplace surround can come in a variety of options, from granite to limestone and marble. The choice is yours!

To help make your decision, we’ve put together some other stone fireplace surround ideas that will also make for great choices in the remodeling of your fireplace.

Granite

granite fireplace surround

Unlike quartz, granite is a 100% natural stone with a unique color and pattern many love. With each slab having a one-of-a-kind design, it adds a special touch to any space that cannot be replicated.

Similar to quartz, a granite fireplace surround is relatively low maintenance as it can resist wear and abrasions, and it’s also easy to clean and heat resistant. Additionally, it won’t stain from the soot or grime that comes from the fireplace - perfect for a long-term design.

Marble

marble fireplace surround

Marble is a beautiful stone choice that provides a luxurious finish to a stone fireplace surround. This tasteful stone won’t be damaged by the ambient heat, but it’s best to use with a gas fireplace that won’t develop an abundance of grime. Also, keep in mind, putting marble around fireplace can be a more expensive stone choice.

Limestone

A limestone fireplace surround adds a timeless touch to a modern space. This versatile stone has a natural and soft look that will keep your room cozy. It’s also one of the more cost-effective stone options that’s durable and low maintenance. However, this is a more porous stone. Thankfully, when used in a fireplace’s design, it won’t get wet, so this shouldn't be too big of an issue.

Travertine

For a clean, elegant, and modern look, travertine is the way to do. Travertine is a sensitive stone, so it doesn’t resist stains and scratches. Like marble, It should also be used with gas and electric fireplaces.

In Summary

No matter the stone you choose for your fireplace surround, the new stone finish is sure to elevate your space for a timeless, sophisticated, and elegant fireplace. Ready to take the plunge and remodel based on one of our fireplace surround ideas? We’ve got you covered. At ProStone, we have a range of stone options, perfect for designing your dream fireplace. Contact us today to learn more about our stones and installation process, and we can get started on your latest remodeling project.

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