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Quick tips for buying fireplace surrounds in the UK

Fire surrounds are not particularly common items to find online. The best places to shop for them is usually offline or at dedicated merchant sites like eBay. However, that is not to mean you cannot find fireplace surrounds online because you can.

Specialised websites like House to Home (housetohome.co.uk) and Fires & Surrounds (firesandsurrounds.co.uk) also welcome buyers from across the globe. Here’re some quick tips to help you buy fireplace surrounds anywhere in the UK confidently and safely.

Considerations

There are several factors you should consider when purchasing fireplace surrounds in the UK, including the material and condition of the piece and whether it meets the fire code.

Fireplace surrounds material

The material used to produce fireplace surrounds often dictates the price of the piece. Fireplace surrounds can be made from different material, including pine oak, mahogany, brass and cast iron. Choose your material carefully depending on your budget, preference and composition of the material. Composition of material is important because it affects things like heat-absorbing properties and appearance.

Fireplace surrounds size

The size of your fireplace surround is very important. If the fireplace surround is too big it will overpower your room. If it is too small, it will under-power your room and look insignificant. Work out the size of your existing hearth, chimney breast and flue to determine the appropriate size of surround for the room.

Consider altering some structural features if necessary to get exactly what you want. Keep in mind that there are no hard and fast rules as to how much space you need to have on the left and right hand side of the surround legs. That being said, try and allow at least 0.5 of an inch on each side, of course, still depending on your room.

Fireplace surrounds colours

The colours of fireplace surrounds will look different in real life than on a computer screen or even in fireplace showrooms because of lighting. Order wood samples beforehand to make sure they fit what you are looking for.

Fire code requirements

Our last tip for buying fireplace surrounds UK is probably the most important. Check that your fire surround unit meets today’s requirement for fire safety. This is especially important if you are buying a fireplace surround unit to use with a working fireplace as opposed to a unit to use as a decorative fireplace. Most reputable fireplace brand manufacturers, contractors and installers in your local area will provide this information in addition to an installation service.

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