Marble Fireplaces and limestone Fireplaces can be quite easy and intuitive to install provided they have been manufactured in a fitter friendly way, and if they are supplied with the correct fitting brackets. Marble Fireplaces can either be manufactured in one solid piece with the header, mantle and fireplace body stuck together, or alternatively they can be supplied in individual easy to assemble sections. Supplying a marble fireplace in sections minimises the risk of damage during transportation and makes them easier to handle during the installation stage. Marble Fireplaces can either be fastened to a wall or chimney breast using external or internal fitting brackets. An external fitting brackets system leaves brackets exposed and need to be decorated at a later stage. It is possible to have brackets fitted on the inner edge the fireplace column while the fire surround is manufactured, hence eliminating any visible trace of brackets on the outside of the fireplace. Our entire range of marble fire surrounds are supplied with factory fitted in fitting brackets ease of installation and to provide more luxurious finish.

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Limestone fireplaces are a lot softer the marble fireplaces and for this reason require extra care when installing. A large range of limestone fireplaces are manufactured using chunky sheets of limestone (80mm to 90 mm thick), and for this reason they can be quite difficult to handle as each section can weigh in excess of 40 kg. Is important also note that care is needed when cleaning Limestone fireplace after installation, as the material is extremely porous and in any residue left on the surface of the limestone will inevitably lead to stains (this is not the case in marble).

Legal requirements to consider when installing either in marble fireplace or limestone fireplace

Both limestone fireplaces and marble fireplaces can be installed by anyone who is DIY inclined, especially when the fireplace is supplied with factory fitted fixing brackets. However, there is a legal requirement to have all gas fireplaces installed by a “Gas Safe” registered installer (formerly Corgi). All solid fuel fireplaces (burning wood or coal) would also require a specialist installer (HETAS installer required). Electric fireplaces simply connect to a standard 13 amp socket and do not require specialist tradesmen for this reason.