Mounting TV Over A Gas Fireplace

Mounting TV over a gas fireplace in the Charlotte NC area

Myth Busted: Mounting TV Over Gas Fireplace Damages TV | Debunked

You might have heard  that mounting a tv over a gas fireplace can damage TV or cause neck strain. Neither is true. If by chance you’re thinking about mounting a tv above your gas fireplace, Samsung says have no worries: In the hands of a custom tv mounting specialist, these false myths hold no merit.

Why Mount Your TV Over A Gas Fireplace

To liberate your cluttered Living Room, mounting a TV over a gas fireplace might be what the doctor ordered. Fireplaces are they the most aesthetically-pleasing, attractive, and outright gorgeous focal point of the house. For mounting tvs, they are some of the most structurally sound places to mount as well. Often the theme of a home will feature the fireplace as the focal point in a living room or great room– mounting your TV to the fireplace can free up much need space for other pieces, create a wow factor to the room while also alleviating a TV tip over tragedy.

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The Three Most Common Fallacies About Mounting A TV Over A Gas Fireplace
  • There’s no way to run power to the TV at all, or at least not without visible wires.
  • The angle of an LCD TV against the fireplace will strain your neck.
  • The heat or soot from the fireplace combustion will detrimentally affect the bottom edge or insides of the TV mounted above the mantel on a stone or brick fireplace.

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No Truth in Myths: Mounting A TV Over A Gas Fireplace Is OK

Fireplace TV Wire Concealment


Prewiring or outlet relocation is a straightforward process in many cases. In other cases behind wall wire concealment while possible may not be economically feasible. If you have a more recent home, your fireplace is most likely already pre wired for electrical, HDMI and coax, and even if you do not have a prewired fireplace, the ability to become properly wired is possible be it at a higher cost than you might be willing to pay. There is also the option of wire tracking to conceal wiring. While not invisible it offers an attractive alternative to the more expensive option of hiring a electrician, drywall and painting crew. Then you still have to mount the tv afterwards. While many fireplaces can be post-wired, due to housing code and fireblocking many simply can’t be done without extensive work. As I mentioned earlier, anything is possible but are you willing to pay for it?

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TV Mounting Above Fireplace Causes Neck Strain


When mounting a TV above a fireplace we recommend either a tilt mount or articulated mount. Articulated mounts tilt both on a Y and X axis– which means no glare or sore neck. While the use of tilt mounts are acceptable,  the use of a reasonably priced, commercial grade full motion arm or “swivel” bracket to hold the flat screen will allow you to alter the angle and the axis of the flat screen for superior viewing.

Mounting  A TV Over A Gas Fireplace Damages TV

First off the heat and soot is minimal in wood burning and non-existent in gas fireplaces 24 inches over a firebox.  Have you ever touched the top of your fireplace, was it warm? A flat panel or LCD TV, like a laptop or most electronics, will give off a certain amount of heat during normal working conditions, but a TV properly mounted over your gas fireplace, even wide-open, will not trigger the TV to become any hotter than normal.  Gas fireplaces are always safe. Would burning fireplaces are a little different and must be treated that way. Most wood burning fireplaces must meets basic residential building code is constructed to trap all the heat and smoke of a flames inside the flue– and are so well-insulated so that no smoke or heat should ever ruin your TV. That being said if your friends go crazy stoking the fire and a flame is leaping out your firebox nothing’s safe.

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Why Choose South Charlotte Services To Mount Your TV In Charlotte

The fireplace TV mounting experts at South Charlotte Services have done honestly hundreds of brick, sheetrock and stone fireplace TV installations in the Charlotte-area. Our specially-trained techs have the practical know-how and experience that comes with daily exposure to these and other types of specialty-installations. No two fireplaces are precisely the same, but our experts have never come upon one which was impossible to mount. We know what we’re doing period. This means your installation, whether above a fireplace or on a ceiling, will be of the highest possible quality and will always meet or go beyond your exact expectations.

Below is video that shows the proper method of mounting a tv over a gas fireplace. In this case it was a stacked stone fireplace, which required commercial still toggles. We never compromise the stacked stone by drilling directly into it. This can break the cleats holding the stone in place causing displacement. By using 4 inch commercial toggles we can go through the mortar joints and backer board ensuring a stable tv wall mount without damaging the expensive stonework.

If you would like a free online quote or would like to learn more about fireplace TV installs, contact the audio/video tv installers at South Charlotte Services at 704-442-7019 or visit southcharlotteservices.org for more information.

TV Mounting Height

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TV Mounting Height | How High Should You Mount A Flatscreen TV

TV mounting height | How high should you mount a flatscreen TV. That will always fluctuate depending on the distance you will be viewing the TV from, the room layout, and whether you’ll be sitting, upright standing or a relaxed lying down position while watching TV. But due to the simple fact that no tv viewing perspective is alike, THX encourages you to  either sit or stand where you anticipate you will be watching the tv then your eyes should be looking at the bottom third of the TV. Once you’ve identified a position that is comfortable for your neck, you’ve found the ideal height for your situation. Note that most people mount their TV too high, such that their neck is arched too far backward which after prolonged periods of time can produce neck strain. 

Suggestions for Flat Screen TV Mounting Height

For the majority of living room installations where you will be sitting while watching, the focal point of the TV will generally be 3-4 feet from the floor. Low Profile tv mounts will operate well in this environment, as you will be looking at the TV precisely at eye level. However, if you prefer the appeal of a higher installation or if you’re mounting over a fireplace, you will certainly need a Tilting TV mount. Tilting mounts will permit you to point the TV downward so you can still view the TV easily. The average height for most tilting mount scenarios is four to five feet off the floor.

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Articulated Mounts For Enhanced Viewing

If you think you’ll be watching TV from various angles (in many cases lying down in bed or standing up from various points a room), you should consider a Articulated TV Mount, as these mounts not only tilt downward but swivel left and right as well. Swivel mounts are also most ideal for company or business office environments where space is . Articulated mounts also offer the greatest overall flexibility to adapt to an ever changing environment. If you decide to remodel or improve your store/business setup you can rest assured these mounts are fully adjustable and will not require moving. Much like the tilt TV mounts, articulated mounts will also commonly be mounted about four feet from the floor depending on customer desired tv mounting height.

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If you are looking to get your TVs mounted please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 704-442-7019 for a free over the phone estimate. We have the best TV mounting prices and service in the Charlotte and surrounding area.