Since both materials, brick and stone, are long-lasting and strong, the choice between brick and stone for a fireplace will often fall heavily on design factors. Brick can give a sense of strength and warmth to a room. Stone, on the other hand, adds a more natural aesthetic to the room’s atmosphere.
Bricks are available in a wide variety of colors and textures, including both new and reclaimed. This allows the designer to match any room style, from traditional to contemporary. At the same time, brick is not always the choice for someone seeking a high degree of individuality. Its standard sizes and limited patterns can cause some people to desire a more random stone arrangement for their fireplace. Stone can also blend with a room’s decor better because of the natural variations in color.
Stone may be either natural stone or cast stone. Natural stone types are granite, marble, travertine, slate, and limestone. Limestone is particularly expensive if it is carved to make a custom design. Cultured or cast stone is manufactured to resemble natural stone using cement, dye, and stone aggregate. It can resemble all of the natural stone varieties, even river rock. While not as long lasting as natural stone, most manufacturers offer up to a 50-year guarantee on their products.