Cost to Install a Fireplace Mantel

Cost to Install a Fireplace Mantel

How much to install a fireplace mantel? The contractor cost to install a fireplace mantel is $1,498 vs. doing it yourself for $750 and saving 49 percent. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 15.3 Diy 20.0
Money Pro $1498 Diy $750
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 Cost to Install a Fireplace Mantel

Cost to Install a Fireplace Mantel

How much to install a fireplace mantel? The contractor cost to install a fireplace mantel is $1,498 vs. doing it yourself for $750 and saving 49 percent. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 15.3 Diy 20.0
Money Pro $1498 Diy $750
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
 Cost to Install a Fireplace Mantel

Cost to Install a Fireplace Mantel

How much to install a fireplace mantel? The contractor cost to install a fireplace mantel is $1,498 vs. doing it yourself for $750 and saving 49 percent. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 15.3 Diy 20.0
Money Pro $1498 Diy $750
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
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By Gene and Katie Hamilton

A fireplace is often the focal point of a room, and giving it a facelift with a new mantel can create a dramatic impact. This is often the case in a typical track house built with bare bones moldings or in an older home with a less than stylish mantel.

You'll find an array of mantel styles and elements in the millwork department of home centers and lumberyards sold as components or kits. Kits typically include a shelf, surround and the pilasters that decorate the surround, and are designed with do-it-yourselfers in mind. You'll find several sources online, such as www.mantelsdirect.com, where you can use a mantel measuring worksheet Measuring a Mantel Fireplace Surround to determine the dimensions of the components you need.

A carpenter will install a moderately priced unfinished hardwood mantel and surround for $1,498, which includes the material and labor. A handy homeowner with some carpentry tools and experience can buy the components and install it for $750 and pocket a 49 percent saving.

Before you order any materials, make a drawing of the fireplace and take accurate measurements of the opening to determine the size and components needed. Check with your local building inspector to learn the building code requirements about spacing combustible material near the firebox opening. And don't forget to allow additional time to finish the mantel.

Looking for a carpenter to do the job? Click Home Advisor, a free referral service that connects homeowners with local prescreened contractors.

That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install a fireplace mantel lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors' experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.


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