How to choose a facing material for the fireplace?

The place by the fireplace is a warm cozy corner in any house. Undoubtedly, in order to make this place as comfortable as possible, you will have to make a lot of effort. That is why facing the fireplace is an important aspect that should be given special attention.

The choice of cladding material for the fireplace is influenced by several factors. Before buying, you should immediately determine the flue material. If it is a tree, then it is enough that the lining carries the temperature up to 900. If solid fuel is used, a material should be selected that will withstand temperatures up to 1200⁰.
We also determine the place of installation. If you have a decorative design that is placed in a heated room, then in principle any material will do. If you will be installing on a summer terrace, consider such an indicator as frost resistance.
Types of cladding:
1. Stone.
Quite often for facing the fireplace choose natural stone. This material is not cheap. In addition, a special tool is needed for its processing, since the stone is very difficult to cut and grind. The most convenient stones to use are shell rock, limestone, etc.
2. Plaster.
This type of finish is used, perhaps, most often, especially recently, when the traditional solution was replaced by decorative plaster. This is due to a number of positive characteristics that this material has.
3. Drywall.
This material for facing the fireplace is used quite often. It acts as a quality base for attaching almost any kind of finish.
4. Shungite tiles.
Construction shungite tiles are not inferior to modern materials in terms of physical and mechanical characteristics. This material can be used in various types of construction. This is confirmed by the first class certificate of quality, and by its decorative properties, shungit is second class in accordance with GOST. Shungite protects the room from electromagnetic radiation that saturate the home around the clock: the radiation of electrical appliances, computers, telephones, microwave ovens, televisions, and also from geopathic effects. The screening properties of the mineral create a unique atmosphere in the house. Also, the material is endowed with sorption, catalytic and bactericidal properties. Absorbs bactericidal cells, pathogenic saprophytes. Reduces electromagnetic energy in the frequency range of more than 100 MHz at a level of at least 100 dB.