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Whether you’re planning to remodel an existing mantel or adding a new one to your home, there are a few things to consider.
Pick the right Material
There are few options for a stone mantelpiece. You can go with a natural stone or veneer.
Natural stones such as limestone, quartz and granite can be used for a mantel. These natural stones will give a rich, authentic look and feel. These mantels require careful and precise installation and can be very heavy.
A veneer stone fireplace mantel is made from a thin layer of stone that’s attached to a base material. This is a more cost effective and solution and this approach is far easier to install while still giving the look of a stone mantle.
Consider the space
How big of a mantle should you have? You don’t want to over power a small room with big heavy stones. You also don’t want your new focal point to feel lost in a large room. Find the right balance.
Plan ahead for a heavy load
Plan for the weight of a stone mantel. A stone mantle place isn’t light. Your installation will need to account for supporting the weight. When getting in to heavier pieces of stone it’s best to consult the experts.
Match your pallet
Get a sample. Make sure the stone you want works in your space and with your other finishes. Remember the type of stone, size and how it’s assembled will all affect the look of your fireplace mantel.
Whether you’re looking for sleek and contemporary or rustic and natural, a stone fireplace mantel will complete your room and fill your home with warmth and elegance. Come visit one of our showrooms and one of our staff will be glad to help you plan your new stone mantel.
It may not be the most glamorous investment but it is one of the smartest. Adding additional insulation to your home not only increases comfort but saves on energy costs.
R-Value describes how effective the insulation is at stopping the conductive flow of heat. The recommended R-value for attic insulation in Ontario is between R-50 and R-60.
Different insulations have a different value per thickness.
R-VALUE PER INCH
Loose-fill Cellulose 3.1 – 3.8
Loose-fill Fiberglass 2.2 – 2.9
Loose-fill Stone Wool 2.2 – 3.3
Fiberglass Batting 2.9 – 3.8
Stone Wool Batting 3.3 – 4.2
Polyurethane Foam 5.6 – 8.0
Cementiotious Foam 2.0 – 3.9
When deciding where to spend your renovation dollars adding insulation is one of the smartest investments. It lowers energy costs, decreases sound pollution, increases comfort, prevents moisture condensation and maximizes ROI.
Easy spots in your home to add insulation too are the attic, exterior foundation walls (in an unfinished basement. Also look at increasing your R-value anytime you’re doing a renovation.
More insulation will help you have a comfortable, quiet and energy efficient home.