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Firebrick Patterns For Interior Fireplaces

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One of the newest trends in home interiors is firebrick patterns. Whether you are adding a new fireplace to your home or renovating an existing fireplace, creating firebrick patterns allows you to add personality and style to your fireplace system.

Safety and firebrick lining

The firebrick lining of the firebox is one of the most important safety features of your fireplace system; not only does it reflect heat back into your home, but it also protects the surrounding building materials from damage from heat transfer. Made of refractory ceramic materials that can withstand extremely high temperatures, firebricks are used in the fireboxes of both manufactured and masonry chimney systems.

Even when creating firebrick patterns, safety standards must be followed. Most fireplaces require ASTM C-27 firebrick lining of 1 ¼” thick or 2 ½” thick. 2 ½” firebricks must be used on the floor of the firebox, but either 1 ¼” or 2 ½” firebricks can be for the sides and walls of the firebox.

Popular firebrick patterns

Customizing your firebrick is an unexpected way to add style to the most utilitarian part of your fireplace. In addition to selecting the firebrick tile color and size, these five firebrick patterns can turn any fireplace into a focal point!

  1. Running bond. This easily-recognizable pattern is the standard for most fireplace systems. This simple pattern is created by alternately stacking horizontal firebricks; it is easy to install and creates little waste due to the minimal cutting required. Give this traditional a modern twist by using several different firebrick colors, an unexpected size tile, or even creating a vertical instead of horizontal pattern.
  2. Stacked bond. The stacked bond pattern, also known as stand bond, features continuous vertical and horizontal lines. This simplistic pattern can create an understated, modern look; use alternating colors to create a checkerboard pattern or oversized firebricks to add visual interest.
  3. Standard herringbone. Standard herringbone is made by laying firebricks in alternating directions to create a “V” pattern. The increased popularity in herringbone in recent years makes this an on-trend design update for your home.
  4. Split herringbone. Split herringbone puts a twist on the standard herringbone pattern. Use 2 ½” firebricks in the standard herringbone pattern on the floor, then create the same pattern on the walls and back using the narrower 1 ¼” firebricks.
  5. Basket weave. This Old English pattern, once considered old fashioned, has found increased popularity in recent years. Created by alternating horizontal and vertical pairs of firebricks, basket weave firebricks creates a vintage, rustic look in your home.

When building a new fireplace or renovating an existing heating appliance, creating a pattern using firebricks is a unique way to turn your fireplace into the focal point of your home. For more information about creating a firebrick pattern in your interior fireplace, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today!