Guide to Fireplace Tiling

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When it comes to tiling around your fireplace, there are a lot of considerations to take into account. From ceramic to natural stone, how do you know which type of tiles will withstand the heat and still give the perfect, contemporary finish? Here at Tiles 2 Go, we are Preston’s favourite tiling experts. As a result, we know how important it is to tile your hearth perfectly. This is our guide to fireplace tiling.

guide to fireplace tiling

Gas and Electric Fires

When it comes to gas and electric fires, a surrounding hearth can help you home look personalized and incredible. However, with these types of fireplace, there are no concerns relating to direct heat. As a result, you don’t have to worry about tile damage or staining to your tiles. This means that you have a wide range of choices available to tile your hearth. This includes both glazed ceramic tiles, and natural stone tiles.

Real/Open fires

Tiling around open fireplaces is more complicated than tiling around gas or electric fireplaces. This is because of the amount of heat produced, and the fact that this heat is direct.

As a result, when it comes to your open fireplace, we would not recommend using glazed tiles. This is because the glaze can crack because of the heat.

In addition, you also need to be careful when it comes to natural stone. This is because if the natural stone has veins running through the body of the stone, these can expand and shrink because of the heating and cooling process.

Slate is an option that can be used to stunning effect an remains a popular tiling choice. However, slate tiles present a risk when it comes to staining. This is because burn marks and dark marks left by the heat and spitting ashes cannot be cleaned off from this surface.

Full porcelain tiles can be a great tiling solution for open fireplaces. This is because they are able to withstand higher temperatures, and can maintain their appearance over time.

In summary

When it comes to tiling around your fireplace, if you have a gas or electric fire you have the easiest option. However, if you have an open fire there are a range of factors you should take into account. These include cracks, and staining. We hope our guide to fireplace tiling has been helpful. For more information or advice, contact the professionals at Tiles 2 Go today.