Here’s A Handy FAQ On Installing Fireplace Mantels

Published On May 28, 2018 | By Clare Louise | Featured

Installing a fireplace mantel in your house is not a piece of cake, it requires a precise skill set in order to do so. Here’s where the professionals of Omega Mantels come to the greatest use. You might also need a basic set of tools to make sure that the installation of your fireplace mantel is implemented with perfection. Also, to make sure that nothing slips through the cracks, our professionals have armed themselves to ensure that no detail is left uncovered. Here are some of the FAQs when it comes to installing a fireplace mantel.

Q1. Is there any difference between installing the fireplace mantel with stone or wood style?
A: Stone, as well as cast stone, are deemed to be a non-combustible material. On the other hand, wood is not. One of the biggest distinctions lies in the type and amount of non-combustible material needed between mantel body and wall for the reasons of safety. Wood mantels need more of the nailing part, whereas stone mantels just need a hint of adhesive to put it together and secure it in position.

Q2. How high should a mantel shelf be installed on the top of your fireplace mantel?
A: There is no specific height for installing a mantel shelf. However, the local building rulebook does assist in ascertaining the perfect measurement for the mantel shelf. On the other hand, it is entirely your call. Our experts highly recommend the homeowners to measure and outline the wall dimensions with the help of a blue painter’s tape, before you can take a moment to settle down in your favorite spot in your room, to gain a slight hint of what kind of placement you would prefer. To make it easier and less painful, map it out beforehand.

Q3. How to ascertain the height and depth of the mantel when installing its surround?
A: Ascertaining the exact measurements of the height and depth of the fireplace mantel surround is one hell of a taxing job. Hence, there is an easy measurement guide you should pay heed to. Firstly record the height of the material and minus half an inch for the height of your surround. The depth of the mantel surround can be measured by determining the thickness of the non-combustible material which is surrounding the fireplace. Add a quarter inch to the number. Make sure you research the fire codes set for your county to ascertain how much of a non-combustible material would be needed to surround the wood mantel as the fire codes are prone to change according to the state and the county.

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