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Whether you have a fireplace in your home, which perhaps needs updating, or are considering installing an EPA-approved stove, which doesn’t require any major construction except the simple installation of a chimney, you should still hire a contractor who is qualified to assist you with all aspects of fireplace installation. Part of the reason for this is simply safety, the other part is that building departments are very strict about anything to do with fireplaces, especially in light of the new EPA standards.

All existing wood-burning fireplaces have liners and flues that require periodic cleaning and maintenance for both safety and non-polluting emissions. If you wish to update the look of your gas or wood-burning fireplace, you should look into the new and exciting selection of surface or surround materials for the part of your fireplace that is underneath the mantelpiece. Brick is out. Marble and stone are in.

The mantelpiece is an important component of your home’s interior design and a style that complements your home is a must. Many people are going with today’s trends to utilize marble or stone mantelpieces and in fact, the preponderance of homes in the $100,000 plus categories do have marble or stone, much the same way as upscale kitchens seem to all feature granite countertops and backsplashes and stainless steel appliances. Amazingly, these trends contribute greatly to the value of a home in today’s real estate market.

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