There’s no denying that a well-maintained fireplace is known for creating a warm, cozy ambiance and adding value to your home. And it can be an eye-catching focal point for your space, too! That is, if the front of it isn’t outdated, damaged, or simply not your style… in which case, you may want to consider making some changes.
Fortunately, getting the update you’re desiring is more achievable (and affordable) than you may think – just invest in a fireplace facelift!
What Is a Fireplace Facelift?
So… what exactly is a fireplace facelift? Much like the name implies, this is a way of enhancing or updating the look (or “face”) of your fireplace.
Basically, if you’re happy with the performance of your existing fireplace and it’s still functioning safely and efficiently, a facelift is an economical way to transform your dated hearth without a ton of work or hassle. And it’s definitely more convenient than investing in an entire remodel or renovation.
With a facelift, you’ll also have lots of style options. Most fireplace facelifts are completed with one of the following: brick, stone, tile, cast concrete, or metal. (We’ll get into the specifics on those later.) One thing is for certain, though – with all these choices available, we guarantee there is a match for your desired aesthetic!
There are several reasons one might want a fireplace facelift:
- Switching Fuels/Appliances: Sometimes installing a new heating appliance requires fireplace refacing as part of the process. When we remove your old appliance, we will most likely have to remove part of the facing, too, which gives you the chance to revamp your current set-up.
- Upgrading an Outdated Look: Have an old or outdated fireplace front that needs a new look? This can put a big damper on get-togethers, and it can make it harder to relax and enjoy your evenings, too. A custom fireplace facelift is the perfect solution.
- Changing Up Styles: Tastes change over time! Your system doesn’t need to be outdated for you to want to change things up. If your sick of your current set-up, call us in to change things up.
- Recently Moved: Another reason to reface your fireplace is when you move into a new home and want to change the decor of the existing fireplace. One of the benefits of owning a home is decorating to your desired style – that’s what elevates it from a house to your home! So, if you’ve found your dream property, but the fireplace isn’t to your liking, don’t stress. We’re here to help.
- Planning to Move: An outdated fireplace can detract from the overall appeal and value of your home. If yours is worn down, damage, or just clearly needs some work, consider a facelift to get your house sold quicker.
Have you decided that a fireplace facelift is the right route for you? Great! The next step is picking the materials that work best for your needs and set-up. Let’s go over each.
If you want to go the more traditional route, we suggest considering a brick design. When it comes to brick, there are a lot of different color, style, and design options to explore, so matching with your current set-up won’t be a problem at all. For instance, using different shades of black and gray bricks give a sleek, contemporary look to a hearth, while white bricks add elegance to the room. And weathered, antiqued bricks provide a more rustic vibe. The possibilities are endless!
Love brick, but worry about it looking too old-fashioned? No worries. Brick is surprisingly versatile and can be laid in many different patterns, so you can easily get that classic look, while still enjoying a modern and unique space.
Brick is also extremely durable and known for standing the test of time (when placed correctly by a professional). Keep in mind, though, that brick is a heavier material, so you’ll likely need some extra structural support to back it up. Our experts will ensure you’re set up with everything you need.
Want to incorporate some color and pop into your facing? Tile offers a long list of colors, finishes, and textures to explore, ranging from granite, marble, ceramic, terra-cotta, and more. Essentially, we can create an original mosaic facing that will make your fireplace stand out and be uniquely yours.
Already have a brick front? Tile is easy to apply on top of bricks, which makes it the perfect choice for those who want to give an old fireplace a facelift but do not need to replace the heating appliance. And as added perk, it’s also pretty low-key in terms of cleaning and maintenance!
Just remember that what you choose has to be able to withstand very high temperatures, so it’s important to do your research and consult with one of our CSIA-certified techs throughout it all.
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to dress up an aging fireplace is to give it the look of stone. Stone has been a favorite material for fireplaces since people first started building hearths thanks to its durability and natural color (that, frankly, marries well with virtually any design or decor choice).
That said, while natural stone like limestone, marble, and granite can be stunning, their cost can be quite expensive. But there’s good news! If you’re on a tight budget, cultured stone can replicate the look of any natural stone only at a much lower price point.
Cultured stone comes in over 100 different colors and a wide variety of textures, too, which makes it easier than ever for you to find the exact look you want for your fireplace. Choose from ledgestone, limestone, river rock, and more!
A couple more benefits of cultured stone… It’s lightweight, making the installation process a lot simpler, and whatever style you like is almost always readily available, since it’s manufactured. In the end, this is a low-cost, flexible, and stress-free route, and you’re sure to love the end results.
Poured-in-Place/Hand Cast Concrete
Cast concrete is a naturally durable and long-lasting material that can be formed into any shape or size. When creating a concrete fireplace front, the sides and mantle are usually formed as individual pieces, then once placed together, give the appearance of one solid unit. This type of fireplace facing helps heat your home more efficiently because the thermal mass qualities of concrete allow it to absorb and redistribute the heat from your fireplace quite easily.
And it’s easy to match with your home. Just choose the color, texture, and finish that’s best for you, and you’ll be good to go – there’s tons of options. And if you’re looking for an even more decorative look? Some homeowners opt to add ceramic tile directly to the flat areas of concrete, which helps to tie in the fireplace with other colors and/or design elements in the room.
The one thing to really consider with this material is the extra weight it’s going to add to your system overall. This can be an issue for some, so be sure to discuss this option with our expert technicians before diving in.
Sick of traditional styles and want something different and modern? Metal fireplace styles look sleek and streamlined, and they definitely stand out from the crowd. And because steel is available in many different finishes, you are sure to find the right type to fit with your interior decor. This material is perfect for giving your room that spacious, more industrial feel, which many are opting for nowadays.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
For all your fireplace facelift needs in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area, we’re the team to trust. Our techs undergo rigorous training, and we’ve obtained certifications with both the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), so you can rest assured that we know our stuff.
No matter what type of design you may have in mind, we’d be happy to make it happen!