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What is a Fireplace Surround?

Mary McMahon
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Updated May 16, 2024
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A fireplace surround is an architectural element which surrounds a fireplace, providing aesthetic and safety benefits. There are a number of different styles of fireplace surround which can fit in a range of design schemes, from modernist concrete designs to formal tiled ones. Many home improvement stores sell or can order fireplace surrounds, and it is also possible to install a custom version of a fireplace surround, or to modify an existing surround to change its look and feel.

From an aesthetic point of view, a plain metal, brick, or concrete fireplace is not very exciting, and it can look rather stark and bland. A fireplace surround can make the fireplace more visually interesting, so that it is engaging to look at whether or not a fire is present. Brick, tile, stone, and certain types of woods can all be used to make a surrounding element for a fireplace, and the surround can be decorated with paints, stains, carvings, and other ornamental features.

Safety-wise, a fireplace surround is also important. The surround can provide additional layers of fire protection, making the fireplace less dangerous. A brick or tile surround will retard escaping sparks, ensuring that they cannot penetrate the wall around the fireplace and cause a fire, and a built-in surround can provide additional fireproofing insulation around the fireplace, so that a fire will not start inside the wall. Due to safety concerns about fireplaces, many regional building codes specifically address fireplace surrounds and their design.

If a fireplace is being utilized for heating, the surround can increase efficiency. Using tiles, for example, will create more heat, as the tiles will absorb heat from the fire and radiate the heat later, after the fire has been allowed to go out. A roaring fire in the early evening can heat the tile or stone, and the house will be gently heated as the heat dissipates out after the fire is extinguished. The surround can also radiate heat while the fire is burning, and in combination with a small fan, it can help to spread heat around the room or house.

Manufactured surrounds can fit fireplaces of a standard size, allowing people to quickly and easily replace or install a new fireplace surround. Many companies also offer custom surrounds which will be made in accordance with measurements provided by clients. People who prefer to design their own can purchase the raw materials and construct a fireplace surround from scratch, as long as they read up on local building codes to confirm that their fireplace is in compliance.

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Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a HomeQuestionsAnswered researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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