Brick Fireplaces can look very attractive in the right room setting and decor. They can be built either from new brick or reclaimed materials depending on your decor.

Brick Fireplaces explained

1. Brick fireplaces are a very classical style that is found in many Victorian homes. This type of fireplace was often used for real fires. 2. Bick Fireplaces are suitable for use with Solid Fuel (Burning coal or logs). Frequently special fire resistant brick has to be used to fabricate the fireplace if the fireplace will be used with open fires. 3. It is important to note that open fires often mark and stain bricks, and it is difficult to remove the markings once they occur.

Brick fireplaces Vs. Marble Fireplaces

1. Marble Fireplaces can also be designed to suit classical traditional homes, however they are always a polished finish rather than a matt brick effect. 2. Marble fireplaces are manufactured using 20mm thick sheets of marble, and have far fewer joints than brick fireplaces. This makes it much easier to look after and maintain a marble fireplace than a brick fireplace. 3. Marble fireplaces are manufactured in factories and easy to install. There is often very little difference between the price of a marble fireplace and a brick fireplace once all costs have been taken into account. 4. Marble fireplaces can be used with conventional Gas and Electric inset fires, however brick fireplaces often need specialist fires (or only open fires) due to their wide opening. A conventional opening in a marble back panel is 16.25 inches (wide) x 22.25 inches (high). 5. Marble fireplaces are not suitable for solid fuel as standard and need to be slabbed if solid fuel will be used (cut into sections and re-joined). Brick fireplaces are almost always suitable for solid fuel.