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How Do I Choose the Best Gas Fireplace Mantel?

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Homeowners have built and maintained fireplaces for thousands of years. Whether the fireplace burns wood or coal or uses electricity or natural gas, all fireplaces have two things in common: the insert and the mantel. The insert is usually integrated with the chimney and wall, but the mantel is largely a decorative element for the fireplace. The best gas fireplace mantel or gas fireplace surround incorporates several basic elements: quality construction, durability to withstand high temperatures and a design that enhances the overall architectural style of the home.

Manufacturers offer numerous types of mantels in every size, shape and material to suit every design style and preference: marble, wood or a wood composite, stone, faux stone, tile and more. The type of mantel you choose will depend greatly on the existing style of your home. A traditional home, with its high ceilings and wood floors, deserves a traditionally styled mantel. Talented craftsmen style wood and wood composite materials in works of art in a multitude of architectural styles: neoclassical with lathed legs, dentil trim or Grecian columns; Shaker style with its simple lines and neat appearance; or English or French country with its emphasis on carved florettes and leaves. A contemporary or modern mantel sports simple, clean lines with minimal decoration.

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The gas fireplace mantel should enhance or accentuate the existing design style of the home. If your home is more formal and classical, select a more formal and classical style that reflects the architectural details of your home. If your home is contemporary with bold strokes and geometric shapes, select a gas fireplace mantel that continues the theme. The best gas fireplace mantel is one that accentuates your home's design scheme and architectural blueprint. Decorating a gas fireplace adds character to the room in which it belongs, and you can create a beautifully stylish focal point with a mantel's natural design and additional decor.

The best gas fireplace mantel features high quality craftsmanship. You can choose from a very wide variety of mantel materials, from inexpensive medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to luxuriously expensive carved marble, but be aware that inexpensive, low-quality materials might deteriorate sooner than more expensive mantels. The flames of a gas fireplace remain very consistent and do not wax and wane as wood fires do. Therefore, the best mantel for a gas fireplace is one that endures consistently high temperatures. Marble, stone, tile and hardwood are excellent choices for a long-lasting and beautiful mantel.

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