We all know that granite is one of the most popular surfaces around for making one-of-a-kind kitchen countertops thanks to its beauty, functionality, and durability. But granite doesn’t have to stay in the kitchen; a granite fireplace can provide a beautiful centerpiece to your home, and one that you’ll enjoy cozying up to for years to come.
As a fireplace element granite brings with it all the many benefits that make it one of the most sought-after surfaces for kitchen countertops. Granite fireplaces are beautiful, durable, scratch-resistant, and add value to your home. One of the same features that make granite countertops so great for cooking and baking also makes granite a perfect choice for fireplaces: it is extremely heat resistant, meaning that your granite fireplace is one that your family can treasure for years, whether you use your fireplace every day or just a few times a season. When we think of a fireplace, most of us think either of the hearth itself—the place where the fire goes, and the small stone shelf just in front of it—or of the mantle above, where we may keep family photos, keepsakes, or seasonal decorations like Elf on the Shelf. But the fact is that any part of the fireplace that can be made of stone can be made of granite!
Most fireplaces consist of the hearth itself—which can be either raised or at floor level—as well as a fire box and grate where the wood and ashes go; the fire surround that makes up the exterior façade of the fireplace, the part we look at every day; the mantel and over mantel area, which may run the entire height of the wall or extend just a bit above the fireplace itself; and the crown that tops the over mantel. Almost any of these can be made from granite.
Granite mantels and fireplace surrounds add beauty and class to your home and make a great centerpiece for any room or conversation starter when you have guests. A granite hearth is durable and resistant to heat, and is a warm and inviting place for you or a family pet to cozy up when the winter nights get cold.
Whatever you use granite for in your fireplace, you’ll want to keep it looking its best with the help of the proper granite care products. Fortunately, while granite is a unique natural stone surface that requires special care, keeping your granite looking, feeling, and functioning great is a snap with Rock Doctor’s full line of granite cleaning and granite care products, available from fine retail stores such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, as well as participating True Value, Home Depot, Do it Best, and Ace Hardware locations.