Hearths

We can supply hearths in a variety of styles for gas or solid fuel use.

A fireplace hearth is a fire-resistant area placed around a fire. It is important when ordering a fireplace and hearth to know what type of appliance is going to be used. A hearth material and construction suitable for a gas fire may not be suitable for a solid fuel fire

We can supply hearths in a variety of styles and materials for gas or solid fuel use. If your fireplace is purely for decorative use then you can have any kind of hearth you like.

The Constructional Hearth

The Constructional Hearth is a flat area of fireproof material (usually concrete) in a wooden floored house that should finish flush with the floorboards around where the fire is to be fitted.

The Decorative Hearth

On top of this constructional hearth sits the Decorative Hearth which is what usually refer to as a Hearth. This hearth is usually made from stone, slate or ceramic tiles.

Stone Fireplace Hearths

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Unslabbed Granite hearths are not suitable for use with solid fuel as the intense heat generated may cause cracking

Slabbing

Slabbing is the method of filling the underneath of the hearth with reinforced concrete. This provides a stable base for the tiles or stone and the steel reinforcements help spread the heat more evenly so that the slate or granite is not subject to heat stresses which might cause it to crack.

Tiled Fireplace Hearths

Our Slabbed Tiled Hearths are available in a range of colours in high quality glazed ceramics - suitable for all types of fuel including gas and solid fuels. These hearths are available in flat back and in tongued back models.

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Glazed Fireplace Tiles are high quality"double-fired" tiles available in 4 inch or 6 inch sizes in the following colours

Burgundy, Victorian Blue, Basalt Black, Ivory, Victorian Brown, Teapot Brown, Victorian Green, Steele Green, Midnight Blue and two Mottled tiles

Individual Hearth Tiles are available in various finishes and shapes.

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Tiles can be cut to make herringbone patterned or cross bonded hearths

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Quarry Tile Hearths

Quarry Tiles are a robust unglazed tile that is hard wearing

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Our quarry tile hearths are available in black, terracotta and offwhite and can be made with or without a border

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Fenders

We can also make fenders from 6x3 inch tiles with 3 inch x 3 inch inch corners or from 4 x 4 inch tiles to any size

Edwardian style fender

Individual Hearth Tiles Individual Hearth Tiles are available in various finishes and shapes.

Our Standard Sizes

A Standard Size Hearth is 54" x 15" x2" thick with or without a kick (a tongue extending back) but all other sizes are available.

What Hearth Shapes are Available?

The standard hearth shape is rectangular (a flat back hearth). These flat back hearths are for use when the fireplace opening is level or just in front of the wall line (the front of the chimney breast).

Kicks

Kicks or tongues accomodate fireplaces where the fireplace opening steps back behing the wall line of the chimney breast.

Cut Outs

A cut out is required when the fireplace system is fixed in the floor and is forward of the wall line e.g. Baxi Burnall and similar systems.

Back Hearths

if you have a large open fireplace or "Inglenook Fireplace" we can supply a separate Back Hearth with our stone hearths or incorporate it into a one piece tiled hearth as long as the size is reasonable.

Fireplace Hearth Sizes

There are strict regulations governing the size of a fireplace hearth.

For a Gas Fire the Hearth must be 15" in front of the flame and 2" thick.

For Solid Fuel Fires the Hearth can be flush with the floor and less than 15" deep provided there is a fixed fender, otherwise it must be 15" in front of the fire.

For a Solid Fuel Stove the Hearth must be at least 12" in front of the opening door of the stove.

Once the regulations are complied with the size and shape of your hearth is down to aesthetics.

If you have exposed floorboards then the hearth should fully cover the constructional hearth to avoid seeing the concrete. If your fireplace has a mantel then the hearth size will vary depending on whether the mantel stands on the hearth or the hearth sits between the mantel legs