Today, fireplaces made of marble are not uncommon in country houses and cottages. They can decorate the room in any style. Make fireplaces made of marble is easy, you can do it yourself with the right tool.
Marble fireplace for a baroque living room.
Luxury and beauty of a marble fireplace.
In this article, read:
- 1 Strengths and weaknesses of marble
- 2 Methods of facing the fireplace
- 3 Care for the portal of marble stone
- 4 Portals for fireplaces made of marble. Video
- 5 Marble fireplaces in the interior of the house
Strengths and weaknesses of marble
The undeniable virtue of marble is its beauty. Marble fireplaces adorned in the old days rich palaces and manors. Also, marble, natural stone, does not emit harmful substances when heated. This is one of the most durable materials. Fireplaces made of marble and granite are able to withstand any loads and temperature changes. And the portal of this material can be given almost any form: it can be easily processed.
Marble fireplaces as a work of art in the luxurious interior of the Art Nouveau style.
The fireplace is lined with marble in the hall of a country boarding house.
Corner fireplace in black and gray colors. Project for a modern living room.
The disadvantages of finishing marble can be attributed to the large weight of the structure and the presence of certain requirements for the care of this natural stone.
As an alternative and more budgetary option, you can use artificial marble. It has a lighter weight and is quite unpretentious in care, however, because of its strength and durability, it can hardly compare with natural material.
Ways of facing the fireplace
You can buy and install a ready-made marble portal for the fireplace, which will save your time. It is also possible to independently make a facing with a stone of a ready-made or made-in-own fireplace.
Installation of the purchased marble portal is easier and faster. The finished structure is installed according to the instructions attached to it. However, you need to be careful when buying the product and make accurate calculations.
You need to make sure that the portal in its size and shape fits the existing furnace (if you bought it separately or made it yourself), and also check its equipment.
Before installing the marble fireplace, you need to pay attention to the floor surface. If it is made of granite or marble, there will be no further hassle. In the case when the floor is wooden, it is necessary to provide it with protection from incombustible materials.
The project of a budgetary fireplace made of marble.
The marble fireplace and the interior of the living room as a whole are the perfect design solution.
Traditional execution of fireplaces in the Mediterranean style-marble and mahogany.
Ready-made version of the marble portal for the fireplace. Came, chose, brought, installed.
Facing the finished fireplace with marble will take a little longer, but the technology itself is simple and can be done by any home master who does not have special skills. In the retail network, various sets of marble items are sold, able to satisfy the tastes of even the most demanding consumers.
Installation work is carried out in stages. First, prepare the base surface. Performing the work must be done with quality, with all responsibility, since it depends on the appearance of the fireplace and the durability of the finish. It is necessary to clean the surface of the old coating and make groove grooves up to 1 cm. This will ensure better connection of the solution to the base surface. Then for the reliability of the fastening the grid is mounted: in the seam, screws with washers are hammered, which secure the grid to prevent it from moving.
Then follows the stage of fixing the marble. You can strengthen it in two ways. The first is the fixing of the stone with the help of mortar directly onto the brick. The second is the collection and fixing of the marble structure. Marble parts are attached to each other in a customary and convenient way to you, and then the whole construction is mounted on the fireplace.
Whichever way you choose, before starting the laying of marble, you need to prepare a project: draw a large piece of paper on the floor or on the floor with a complete fit of the dimensions and place on it the desired pattern or shape. To adjust the stones to each other in the figure you need to clearly and exactly how you plan to lay the marble on the base. The ideal option is to mount the facings simultaneously in one and the other way.
The laying of the marble stone should start from the bottom of the fireplace from the front corner and gradually move upwards.
Note that in the beginning of the work you need to use the largest elements. Minor details of natural stone should be placed on low-visible areas. For connections use only special heat-resistant adhesive. Figure 2.
After finishing the facing work, it is necessary to wait 2 days before grouting the seams. After this time, smooth the seams between the stones in any way you like. On this marble fireplace can be considered ready.
Care for the portal of marble stone
To your fireplace for a long time had an excellent appearance, you need to take care of careful care for it and its proper operation.
If you periodically wipe his surface with a soft cloth soaked in water, freshness and attractiveness of the portal will be provided. You can use special means to care for marble, but in no case do not use formulations containing acid: this stone is slightly resistant to the effects of corrosive substances.
There is a special wax coating, after application of which, the surface of the fireplace will less often need to be cleaned. Wax should be spread evenly over the entire marble surface, and then carefully polished with a piece of soft tissue.
Due to the effects of soot and dust on the wax, a kind of plaque sometimes forms, from which it can be disposed of with the help of turpentine. Apply it to a soft cloth and wipe the surface of the marble fireplace. Then you can again apply wax or another special tool that will give the portal a radiance and shine.