Every company has there own verbiage or lexicon that they follow. If something is confusing please ask. Here is a list of some common words and phrases and what they mean below.
Inner Slips: is the inner surround or the panels that come up to the firebox. These inner slips are made from the same material as the fireplace. They are used to give each fireplace a proper fit. Some fireplace mantels may not require these inner panels while for some additional inner panels may need to be purchased. Cast stone and marble inner panels can and may need to be cut on site for a great fit.
Hearth: this is the base of the fireplace. Some fireplaces may not require a hearth. A hearth maybe raised. This is when panels are added below the hearth to have the fireplace sit slightly above the floor. This is called a raised heath. Raised hearths are typically 6″, 8″, 12″ or 16″ high.
Natural stone: is a stone that comes from the quarry. Such as marble, limestone, travertine, cantera stone, and sandstone. There are many other natural stones and each of those listed come in various colors and textures. Natural stone different from man-made or faux stone.
Cast stone: is a man-made stone. It is sometimes called faux stone, cultured stone, cast stone, precast and so on. All this means is that the stone is a manufactured stone. Artisan Kraft uses a limestone base for its cast stone giving it a great look and feel. Our cast stone is made to resemble either a cut limestone or a travertine. Two very different looks and textures. Call for more details.