Once you have decided to add a >fireplace mantel to your home, you will need to select a material. This can be a difficult decision because the material needs to be safe, durable, and attractive. Here's a closer look at the advantages of some of the more popular options.
Wooden Fireplace Mantels
Depending on the type of wood you choose, wooden fireplace mantels also can be very affordable additions. However, certain ones made of a higher quality wood, like oak, typically cost significantly more. Regardless of the type of wood, they are remarkably versatile and complement a variety of different decors.
Stone Fireplace Mantels
Besides safety and durability, the addition of stone can create a dramatic and appealing effect, which many people enjoy. A stone fireplace mantel will quickly make the fireplace the focal point of the room.
MDF Freplace Mantels
Medium Density Fiberboard is another common material used to build fireplace mantels. Not only is this material affordable, but it also can create the same look a wooden fireplace mantel would create without the safety issues.
Most people that choose this option like the strength and durability that a MDF fireplace mantel provides. It features a smooth finish that can easily be painted or stained to enhance your current decor.