How to Reface a Fireplace

A fireplace is the focal point of any room. Is yours stained, outdated and in need of a makeover? Refacing a fireplace might be a solid option for you! What does refacing entail? What materials can you use? Can you do it yourself or do you need a professional? You will find the answers to those questions in this article.

EVALUATE THE SITUATION

Refacing a fireplace means covering up the existing finish material and replacing it with an appropriate substitute. For example, covering up the existing brick with a new, modern cultured stone product. Or removing the brass around your gas fireplace and replacing it with tile or marble.

Refacing a fireplace is normally considered major surgery. It will make a mess in your house, guaranteed. But the short-term pain is definitely worth the long-term gain! There are several important items to keep in mind when contemplating a project like this. The first thing you should probably do is have your fireplace evaluated by a professional. Is it still in good working condition or does it need some repairs?

CONSIDER AN INSERT

If the evaluation shows the fireplace is in poor shape, you might want to consider installing an insert. An insert may be less expensive than repairing a masonry fireplace and/or chimney. Plus, an insert will provide high efficiency regardless of the fuel you’re using. Wood burning inserts are in the low 70% range. You will get more heat from less wood with today’s highly efficient EPA certified wood burning fireplace inserts. Gas inserts are typically in the range of 70 – 80 %. You’ll have pellet and electric insert options, too. Your experienced WE LOVE FIRE® expert has a large selection of inserts to show you.

If the fireplace is in good working order and you’re mainly concerned about its outward appearance, consider a refacing project. Again, this will be a fairly intense and aggressive project, so depending on the scope of the work to be done, you may want to hire a professional. There are lots of competent do-it-yourselfers out there who would love to dive into a project like this. If you’re one of them, excellent! Go for it!

KNOW THE RULES

Start with a sketch, a picture or an idea in your head of what you want the final result to look like. But before making any changes or modifications to your fireplace, schedule some time with your WE LOVE FIRE® dealer. By getting them involved early on in the planning stages, they can provide details regarding any appropriate codes and clearance requirements.

CHOOSE THE MATERIALS

You’ll have many options and materials to choose from when refacing a fireplace. The least expensive is to paint the existing fireplace. A fresh coat of paint can give your fireplace an updated, modern look. Your local hardware store can be helpful in recommending the type of paint required for a project like this. Once you start a paint project on bricks, there’s no turning back. You’ll never get the brick back to its original color. Make sure you’re all in before that first brushful is spread!

MASONRY FIREPLACES

So, let’s talk about refacing. First, let’s discuss a masonry wood-burning fireplace. Ceramic and porcelain tiles may be options, but most will use a cultured stone or brick product that can be applied right over existing brick. If you’re planning to install an insert, the existing fireplace opening can be reduced during the refacing project to eliminate or reduce the size of the inserts surround panels.

If your masonry fireplace is built out of river rock or a combination of large and small uneven stones, it will be nearly impossible to reface it. You’ll need a relatively flat surface to mortar and apply the new cultured stone to.

ZERO CLEARANCE FIREPLACES

If your fireplace is a zero clearance (ZC) model, either gas or wood, you will have many more options for updating and changing the look. A basic understanding of how a ZC fireplace is installed will help you when upgrading. A ZC fireplace is built into a framed wall and can be finished with a variety of materials. An afternoon of demolition will get the unit prepared for the makeover. Ceramic tile, marble, cultured stone or brick, or even steel or other metals will work fine with a ZC fireplace.

The fireplace manufacturer has published the specific side and top clearance requirements for your fireplace. Know what they are. Be aware of the hearth requirements. This is especially important with a wood-burning fireplace. Some gas fireplaces have hearth requirements and some don’t. Whether it’s gas or wood, all ZC fireplaces will have requirements for combustibles. This is very important, so be aware of the clearances necessary for your model.

MANTLE

Many people want a mantle above their fireplace. A mantle is the place to show off important family photos and mementos. There are specific height clearances for a mantle, regardless of whether it’s combustible or non-combustible. Often, the mantle is connected to trim around both sides and the top of the fireplace. With a wood fireplace, this side and top trim must be a non-combustible material. These sorts of details are where your WE LOVE FIRE® expert can be a huge help to you.

Mantles need to look proportionately correct for the size of the fireplace and must be securely mounted. Your WE LOVE FIRE® dealer has an impressive selection of mantles that are worth checking out.

How to Reface a Fireplace - Gas Fireplace Intrigue by Ambiance with an Ambiance Mantle Rough Sawn Beam

Gas Fireplace Intrigue by Ambiance with an Ambiance Mantle Rough Sawn Beam

ADDED VALUE

When working on their fireplace, people often tend to spruce up the surrounding area also. Consider a new set of doors for the fireplace. There are beautiful upgrades for gas and wood-burning fireplaces available. How about a new ‘hearth center’ complete with storage for tools, logs and gloves? If space permits, adding the big-screen TV above the fireplace is very popular today. Bookcases on either side of the fireplace add a custom touch.

Whatever improvements you do, one thing is for sure, refacing your fireplace adds value to your home. Now is the time to get the refacing and upgrading project moving forward. It all starts with a call or email to your experienced WE LOVE FIRE® dealer.

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service ()

Auburn, AL

Top Hat Chimney Sweeps
1280 Financial Ct.
Auburn, AL 36830

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Elk Grove, CA

Custom Fireside Shops
9097 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624

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Sacramento, CA

Custom Fireside Shops
5455 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

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Durango, CO

Durango Outdoor Living
140 Rock Point Drive
Durango, CO 81301

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Durango, CO

Four Corner Stoves & Spas
3001 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301

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Grand Junction, CO

Stove Depot and Chimney Works
330 North Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

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New London, CT

Family Hearth and Patio LLC
571 Broad Street
New London, CT 06320

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Ridgefield, CT

Yankee Doodle, Inc.
71 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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Dover, DE

Byler's Stove Shoppe, Inc.
1368b Rose Valley School Rd.
Dover, DE 19904

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Destin, FL

Doodlebuggers Service Network
36054 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541

Bettendorf, IA

Fireplaces Plus, Inc.
1745 State Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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Rockford, IL

Advanced Chimney Systems, Inc.
3486 Lonergan Drive
Rockford, IL 61109

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Wauconda, IL

Grass Roots Energy, Inc.
28751 N Route 12
Wauconda, IL 60084

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Evansville, IN

Firemaster, Inc.
5300 E Morgan Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715

Jeffersonville, IN

Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales
915 Nachand Ln
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

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Overland Park, KS

Kansas City Fireplace Center
10470 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66212

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Erlanger, KY

TateBuilder's Supply, LLC
3511 Dixie Highway
Erlanger, KY 41018

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Littleton, MA

Woodstove, Fireplace and Patio Shop, Inc.
60 White Street
Littleton, MA 01460

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Seekonk, MA

The Fireplace Showcase
775 Fall River Ave
Seekonk, MA 02771

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Sudbury, MA

Woodstove, Fireplace and Patio Shop, Inc.
348 Boston Post Road
Sudbury, MA 01776

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Duluth, MN

Duluth Stove & Fireplace
2431 W Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55806

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Minneapolis, MN

Woodland Stoves & Fireplaces
2901 Franklin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Oakdale, MN

Energy Savers of Minnesota
6298 Highway 36 Blvd N
Oakdale, MN 55128

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Rochester, MN

Brekke Fireplace Shoppe
1904 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904

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Walker, MN

Wilkening Fireplace Company
9608 State 371 NW
Walker, MN 56484

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Charlotte, NC

The Hearth and Patio
4332 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

Fargo, ND

Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C Inc.
701 28th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103

Fargo, ND

Hebron Brick Company
2300 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103

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Omaha, NE

Fireplace By Design
13913 R Plaza
Omaha, NE 68137

Epping, NH

The Stove Shoppe
285, Calef Highway Rte. 125
Epping, NH 03042

Windham, NH

The Stove Shoppe
25 Indian Rock Road
Windham, NH 03087

Hamilton, NJ

Bowden's Fireside - Hearth & Home
1731 Nottingham Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619

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Voorhees, NJ

Rettinger Fireplace Systems, Inc
476 Centennial Blvd
Voorhees, NJ 08043

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Yorktown Heights,, NY

Fire Glow Distributors, Inc.
173 Tomahawk St
Yorktown Heights,, NY 10598

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Canfield, OH

Youngstown Propane, Inc.
4445 Boardman-Canfield Rd.
Canfield, OH 44406

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St. Henry, OH

Buschur's Refrigeration, Inc.
541 N Eastern Avenue
St. Henry, OH 45883

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Portland, OR

Classic Heat Source Inc
18430 SE Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97233

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Emmaus, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
683 State Rd/Lehigh St
Emmaus, PA 18049

Media, PA

Chimney Cricket
101 State Road
Media, PA 19063

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Stroudsburg,, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
1523 N. Ninth Street
Stroudsburg,, PA 18360

Tamaqua, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
561 West Penn Pike
Tamaqua, PA 18252

Rapid City, SD

Hebron Brick Company
1543 Deadwood Ave
Rapid City, SD 57709

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Sioux Falls, SD

Hebron Brick Company
2211 W. 50th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-6525

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Vermillion, SD

Kalin's Indoor Comfort Inc.
710 Cottage Avenue
Vermillion, SD 57069

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Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Barre, VT

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop
1284 US Rte, 302 Ste 10
Barre, VT 05641-2317

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Bennington, VT

Friends of The Sun
126 Hicks Avenue
Bennington, VT 05201

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Manchester, VT

Friends of The Sun
159 Depot Street
Manchester, VT 05255

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Shelburne, VT

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop
3113 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

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White River Jnct, VT

Home Comfort Warehouse
54 Bridge Street
White River Jnct, VT 05001

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Burlington, WI

Burlington Fireplace & Heating LLC
857 Milwaukee Ave.
Burlington, WI 53105

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Madison, WI

Top Hat
5117 Verona Rd
Madison, WI 53711

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West Salem, WI

American Home Fireplace & Patio
240 County Road M North
West Salem, WI 54669

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Morgantown, WV

Rustic By Design
709 Beechurst Ave. Suite 15
Morgantown, WV 26505

Laramie, WY

High Country Stoves & Fireplaces
860 N. 3rd Street
Laramie, WY 82072

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