A Fireplace hearth is a fire-resistant area placed around a fire.
The Decorative Hearth sits over the constructional hearth and is usually made from stone, slate or ceramic tiles. It must cover the constuctional hearth if floorboards are exposed.
Slabbing is the method of filling the underneath of the hearth with reinforced concrete. This provides a stable base for the tiles.
Slabbed Glazed 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.
An 8 tile glazed hearth with a kick or tongued back made from 6 inch tiles.
Glazed Fireplace Tiles are high quality double-fired tiles available in 4 inch or 6 inch sizes in the following colours
The colours are shown on our fireplace tile colours page
The standard size is 54 inches x 15 inches x2 inches thick with or without a kick (a tongue extending back).
All Other sizes are available.
Individual Hearth Tiles
Individual Hearth Tiles are available in various finishes and shapes.
In Edwardian times the fenders would commonly sit over a hearth flush with the floor and cover the gap between it and the floorboards.
Our Edwardian style fenders are made from 6 inch x 3 inch tiles with 3 inch x 3 inch corners. A hearth can be incorporated in the middle if required
These fenders can be made to any size in any of our standard tile colours.
Victorian Kerbed Hearths
These Hearths with shaped edge tiles are suitable for Late Victorian and Edwardian Fireplaces and are available in in the following colours:-
We can also hand-glaze the kerbs to go with our other standard plain coloured tiles
( Price on Application )
Hearths made from cut tiles
Tiles can be cut from 4 inch or 6 inch tiles to make patterned Hearths.
Cross Bonded Hearths are a typical Edwardian feature and are available made from 6 inch x 2 inch and 6 inch x 3 inch tiles. Originally these cross bonded style Hearths would be laid flush with the floor but we have adapted them to be 2 inches high to comply with current gas regulations.
A Glazed Cross Bonded Brick Effect Hearth
made from 6 inch x 2 inch cut tiles:
Standard size 54 inches x 15 inches
Our glazed tiles can be also be cut to make herringbone patterned Hearths available in all our usual tile colours.
Herringbone Hearth made from 6 inch x 2 inch cut tiles
can also be made from 6 inch x 3 inch cut tiles
Our hearths can also be made with a cental heatplate
steel with a brass finish heatplate shown here
(also available in brushed steel or black)
Hearth with Heatplate in Brass or Steel
We also supply hearths more suited to fireplaces from other periods from the 1920s to 1960s.
The C20 Fires Kerbed Hearth
A kerbed hearth made from 4 inch x 4 inch tiles with round edges on both sides and our own special corner tile with an internal reveal.
Chamfered Edge Kerbed Hearth
A style more typical of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s these chamfered edge hearths use our special corner tiles and are available in all our standard colours.
Glazed Easy Clean Hearth
Glazed fireplaces can be made with a snout nosed front typical of 1950s fireplaces that prevents ash from falling forwards but has no hard to clean corners.
The Easy Clean Hearth can have an optional central pad. It is also available without the stripe at the front of the hearth.
Individual Hearth Tiles Individual Hearth Tiles are available in various finishes and shapes.
A Standard Size Hearth is 54 inch x 15 inch x2 inch thick with or without a kick (a tongue extending back) but all other sizes are available.
Flat back Hearths are for use when the fireplace opening is level or just in front of the brickwork of the chimney.
Kicks or tongues accomodate fireplaces openings that step back behind the wall line of the chimney breast.
A back hearth is an outsized kick for where the chimney breast has been opened up to take a stove of firebasket. They can be attached to the front hearth or be a separate piece depending on the size and shape.
A cut out is required when the fireplace system is fixed in the floor and is forward of the chimney e.g. Baxi Burnall underfloor and similar systems.
Boxed and Lipped
Boxed and lipped is the standard format for slate, limestone and marble hearths. The top of the hearth overhangs by 0.5 inches (1cm) at the front and either side.
Boxed flush slate, limestone and marble hearths have the vertical returns of the hearth are the same size as the top piece (this costs £10 more than the boxed and lipped price).
There are strict regulations governing the size of a fireplace hearth.
For a Gas Fire the hearth must be a raised plinth 2 inches thick that extends at least 15 inches in front of the fire opening.
Solid Fuel Fireplaces
With an open fire it is recommended that the hearth be 18 inches deep. If there is a fixed fender then there is no defined limit.
For firebaskets with an open fire the hearth is recommended to be 18 inches in front of the fire as with all solid fuel fires. If there is a fixed fender then there is no defined limit.
We can supply separate back hearths for use with fire baskets.
Solid Fuel Stove
The hearth should extend 12" in front of any open access to the fire in the stove.
We can supply separate back hearths for use with stoves
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