When considering a fireplace, or Kitchen Hood, GFRC along with High Performance Concrete emerge as excellent choicesLandmark Stone offers a range of options for those seeking to incorporate impressive and beautiful Mantel Designs and Kitchen Hoods for both Interior and Exterior use, including front to back Fireplace applications. Key points to consider:

  1.  Aesthetic Appeal:

Landmark offers an impressive range of Fireplace Mantel and Kitchen Hood styles, or you can Create your own design.  Visit our Gallery on this website for many options.  Mantels can be enhanced with surrounding Wall Panels, Cladding, Overmantels, Raised Hearths and Floor to Ceiling Designs.

  1. Variety and Styles:

Mantels, with various Cap, Leg and Hearth Styles, Colors and textures allow homeowners to choose the perfect fit for their desired look and Architectural Style.

3. Cost-Effectiveness:

GFRC is generally more budget-friendly than natural stone, making it an attractive option to maintain Distinction within a reasonable budget.

4. Easy Installation:

Landmark will assist Owners and Contractors with Field verification of Measurements, if necessary, to prepare an accurate set of shop drawings prior to fabrication of a Mantel or Kitchen Hood and its components.

5. Lightweight Material:

GFRC is lighter than natural stone, making it easier to handle during the installation process.

6. Durability and Longevity:

High-quality Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete stone is durable and can withstand the test of time, maintaining its appearance for years.

7. Customization:

GFRC fabrication can always be customized to fit specific design preferences and fireplace dimensions.

8. Maintenance and Care:

Maintaining your Precast GFRC Mantel is relatively easy, requiring minimal upkeep to retain its appearance.  Landmark applies a coat of Sealer to all Mantels and Kitchen Hoods to make cleaning a simple dusting and light wipe down task.

9. Environmental Considerations:

Precast Stone is manufactured with eco-friendly practices, appealing to those looking for sustainable options.
Choosing a GFRC fireplace from Landmark Stone provides a balance between cost, aesthetics, and ease of installation. Homeowners seeking an attractive and cost-effective way to enhance their fireplace’s appearance should consider exploring the array of artificial stone options available for facing projects.

What type of sealer or coating should I use to coat a GFRC Mantel?

Sealing a Mantel will not only provide a protective layer, making it easier to keep clean, but Sealers can also be selected for various finishes, including Gloss, Satin or Natural Finishes.  Here are some considerations and suggestions for selecting the appropriate varnish:

1. Type of Stone:

Identify the type of Precast, Cast Stone or GFRC stone you are using. Some stones may react differently to certain varnishes, so understanding the stone’s properties is crucial.

2. Polyurethane Sealer:

Polyurethane sealer is a common choice for coating a Precast Mantel to achieve a glossy finish. It provides durability and protects the stone from wear and tear.  Sealers are also available with Satin or Natural Finishes.

3. Water-Based Sealer vs. Oil-Based Sealer or Varnish:

Both water-based and oil-based polyurethane sealers are suitable for synthetic stone. Water-based sealers dry faster, have a lower odor, and are more environmentally friendly. Oil-based varnishes may offer greater durability but take longer to dry and have a stronger odor.  In some cases, depending on various Building Codes, Oil based products may exceed the VOC levels as required by local cities and counties and are prohibited.

4. Acrylic Sealers:

Acrylic sealer is another option that provides a clear, glossy, satin or natural finish. It’s quick-drying and can be a good choice for enhancing the natural beauty of the stone.

5.  UV Protection:

Opt for a sealer that offers UV protection to prevent the stone’s color from fading over time due to exposure to sunlight. Typically chosen for use with Exterior Mantels.

7.  Compatibility, Adhesion:

Ensure that the sealer you choose is compatible with the specific stone material and that it adheres well to the surface.  Always check with your sealer supplier or the manufacturer’s website for guidance in this regard.

8. Application Method:

Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding the application method (brush, roller, or spray) and number of coats needed for the desired finish.

9. Test on a Small Area:

Before applying sealer to the entire surface, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the stone to ensure it produces the desired shine and appearance.

10. Sealant Properties:

Check if the sealer has additional properties to protect the stone from stains and spills.

Selecting the right sealer and following the application instructions carefully will help you achieve a beautiful, desired finish on your natural or Precast stone, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and longevity when used.