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Benefits of a Professionally Installed Fireplace Mantel

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Benefits of a Professionally Installed Fireplace Mantel

When your fireplace serves as the focal point of your room, it deserves more than a passing effort as you construct it and maintain it. The fireplace mantel frames the fireplace and holds the beautiful décor you want to show to your family and friends.


If you have basic construction skills, you might not have an issue with installing the fireplace mantel over your fireplace. Even with handy do-it-yourself skills, however, you might prefer to contract with a professional to build and install a fireplace mantel. There are benefits to entrusting this project to a seasoned expert.

  1. 1. Fireplace Style and Design

    Fireplaces can fit every decorating style and design, from contemporary to traditional to primitive. The mantel you choose should match your fireplace in design to add a cohesive design touch to your room. A professional can also provide style guidance to help you choose the right mantel for your fireplace and your other décor to ensure that your end result is a smooth transition of design features. The size and style of the mantel should complement the rest of the room. Some mantels might require separate preparation and finishing prior to installation and other mantels might be ready to install without any preparation.

  2. 2. Fireplace Measurements

    With a professional contractor on the job, you will have the expertise necessary to ensure accurate fireplace measurements. The expert will measure the entire width of the fireplace facing and the distance between the right and left edges of the fireplace to the outer edge of the fireplace facing. The expert should also measure the dimensions of the fireplace and the height, depth and width of the hearth as well. Measurements should also include the total height from the hearth or floor up to the point where you want the bottom of the mantel.

  3. 3. Site Preparation

    Preparing the site for installation involves removing an existing mantel, if necessary. If you intend to replace the fireplace facing in addition to the mantel, the expert will complete this work first before proceeding with mantel installation. Careful measuring and marking will be of paramount importance to ensure correct and accurate installation of the mantel.

  4. 4.Problems That May Arise

    If measurement problems occur, the mantel installation will not fit or sit correctly over the fireplace. The even placement at just the right height over the fireplace will ensure professional results. If anything interferes with this process, the mantel will not provide the desired results. The fireplace surround might contain a variety of materials, including brick, fiberglass and marble. The method for installing the mantel depends on the materials of the surround. If the expert does not use the correct tools and hardware, the mantel might not remain secure. If the professional does not use the correct installation hardware and tools, the mantel might not stay safe and secure over the fireplace. An unsecure mantel might result in the mantel coming loose from the fireplace surround.

  5. 5. Site Cleanup

    After installing the mantel, the expert will continue to work until he finishes the site cleanup. Site cleanup involves removal and disposal of the old fireplace, if applicable. This will eliminate your need for disposing of the mantel yourself. Any other messes associated with the mantel installation, such as dust, debris and trash, should be included in the cleanup services provided by the professional. If any damages occur with your surrounding walls or flooring, the professional will repair and restore these issues for you.

  6. 6. Cost to Install Fireplace Mantel

    The cost to install your fireplace mantel depends on several factors. The type of mantel, the size, other work required in the project and your geographic location all factor into the price of the installation project. The cost to install the fireplace mantel will range between $140 and $384, with an average cost being $232. Mantels in the high end of the price range typically involve special preparation or the fireplace surround contains materials that necessitate special installation techniques.

  7. 7. Redbeacon

    Let Redbeacon handle the details installing your fireplace mantel. Submit a work request that outlines the important points of the project, your geographic location and how you prefer Redbeacon to contact you. Redbeacon takes this information and pushes it through a wide network of professionals available for construction work. You will receive up to four quotes for qualified professionals who have availability and skills for your project. Book the project through Redbeacon with the professional of your choice and the work on your fireplace will begin. Redbeacon will provide you with unparalleled customer care, scheduling the work with the professional and managing the entire work process. You’ll also have Redbeacon’s satisfaction guarantee that ensures your satisfaction with the finished project. If you’re not happy, Redbeacon might even apply $1000 toward resolving the work issues. Redbeacon will process your payment online and the contractor will receive payment through Redbeacon.


    By finding a professional to install your fireplace mantel, you can sit back and enjoy your new fireplace look without any of the effort and hassle of installation. You can also rest assured that your new mantel will remain strong and beautiful for many years.

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