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Marble Fireplaces

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The marble fireplace has become a staple in people’s homes over the last decade and in this article I am going to discuss the pros, cons and vast selection now available to the UK consumer.

The first topic I will discuss is the different grades or kinds of marble which into three categories.

1. Conglomerate Marble.

This is a man made material which consists of natural marble being crushed down and pressed together using a mixture of colorants and resins which achieves a blotchy, large patterned effect the most common conglomerate is called bottocino and can be found in most showrooms and large DIY outlets.

2. Micro Marble.

Again this is a man made material but unlike conglomerate this natural marble is ground down to a fine powder and then reassembled using resins which creates a much more subtle tone of creams and of-whites
This process has fast become the most popular marble product in the UK with the likes of marfil stone and bianco beige leading the pack.

Both conglomerate and micro marble are not suitable for solid fuel purposes but are the perfect compliment for gas or electric products.

3. Natural Marble.

This product as its title suggests is untouched by man and is simply dug from deep pockets in the earth, cut and polished to suite, natural marble however has fallen out of favour with the consumer over the past few years as it can be unpredictable in tone and colour with every single piece being unique, but it is still a mainstay in the solid fuel market as due to the resin in manmade marble extreme temperatures will cause them to crack.
The most popular tones are estremoz and carrera.

So once you have decided on the type of marble you require the designs and styles are endless with most marble manufactures now offering a made to measure service on your fireplace from the simply and petite to the grand and ornate.