Plain Square glazed tiled fireplace hearths
Glazed tile hearths are ideal to go with tiled fireplaces including cast iron inserts with decorative tile panels. They are an important addition to a focal point fireplace. The range of colours available means we can make a hearth to compliment most interior decor schemes.
Our traditional fireplace tiles are twice fired through a kiln and are more robust than wall tiles. Fireplace tiles also have rounded edges that makes them distinctive from other tiles. Our fireplace tiles are made from an Earthenware body, 9mm thick, and finished in a range of period glazes. We offer a good range of standard glaze colours and we can also offer a degree of colour matching of tiles. The tiles are manufactured to BS 6431 and are not guaranteed against crazing. Whilst most tiles do not normally craze the thickness of glaze necessary to reproduce the very shiny Victorian colours may often causes this to occur. It does not affect serviceability and actually achieves a truer degree of reproduction effect.
We can make tiled hearths in almost any shape or size from 4 inch and 6 inch square glazed tiles. All our tiled fireplace hearths are suitable for use with solid fuels such as coal or logs as well as with gas or electric fires.
From the early 20th Century and through the 1920s and 1930s up to the 1960's, glazed tiled hearths would accompany a tiled fireplace insert or all tiled fireplace.
A kick (also known as a tongue) can be included where the fireplace opening is recessed behind the front of the chimney breast. The tiling of the kick does not extend right to the back of the fire - only so far that the back edge of the tiles is hidden from view in normal operation of the fire.
Fireplace inserts often had hearths laid flush into the floor with a raised fender round the edges. We can do restoration work on these or provide replacement loose tiles with a matching tiled fender. Gas fire regulations mean that the majority of hearths are now produced at 50mm (2 inches) thick but for solid fuel fires flush tiles with a raised edge are allowed.
All our hearths are usually made in one piece and are grouted and ready to lay. For very large hearths it is possible to make the hearth in 2 or even 3 pieces - when fitting only the join lines will need grouting. We usually grout our hearths in white unless specified differently. Glazed black hearths are usually grouted black. If you wish the hearth can be made at any thickness above the normal 50mm (2 inches).
Tiled hearths made from 6 inch square tiles
The most common types of tiled hearths that we make are simple shapes made from 6 inch tiles, laid out with the grout lines all aligned.
These hearths are very popular nowadays for use with cast iron fireplaces and with stoves. As shown in the picture the hearth need not be all the same colour - often a border in a contrasting colour adds to the decorative nature of the hearth. It is also possible to include a 'pad' in a second colour to stand a stove on or to compliment a fireplace opening. The area just in front of a fireplace opening is always subject to wear and tear from the fret and ashpan so a harder glaze such as our Basalt Black is ideal for a pad.
We can also incorporate a metal heatplate, usually in polished stainless steel but also available in brass, to act as a pad.
We make kerbed hearths and fenders in a number of different styles.
In the 1950s a version of a raised edge known as 'Easy-clean' hearths was introduced. Easy-clean hearths slope up at the front but do not have raised or kerbed sides so there are no corners for dust and ash to collect in. We can make tiled hearths with this feature in 6 or 4 inch tiles.
As shown in the photograph the Easy-clean edge can be tiled in a different colour to the flat section to make a decorative feature. The picture also shows a pad at the back of the hearth in the same glaze.
Tiled hearths made from 4 inch square tiles
We also make tiled hearths in simple shapes from 4 inch tiles, laid out with the grout lines all aligned.
The majority of hearths are made as simple rectangles from 6 inch tiles but the smaller 4 inch format allows for a greater decorative variation. Different coloured borders, pads, heatplates and Easy-clean fronts are easily incorporated as with the 6 inch tiles but variations of shape can also be added.
Art Deco tiled fireplaces often had back panels with stepped shoulders (as our reproduction all tiled fireplaces) and the hearths were often made with stepped corners to reflect this. Where two round edged tiles meet and form an internal right angle of the step a special glazed tile known as a 'mitre' is needed - we manufacture these tiles to order in our factory. Both single and double steps were common features.
Another frequently desirable decorative feature is a stripe of a different colour. The stripe can either follow the stepped profile of the hearth or simply emphasise the rectangular shape. The stripe can vary in width between 0.375 inch up to 2 inches wide - the thinner stripes are also known as 'piping' and are usually used around the edge of a hearth as shown in the picture.
Damage and durability
With a reasonable degree of care our fireplace hearths will last a lifetime. Any accidental breakage of a single tile is repairable without the need to replace the entire hearth.
The hearths of all-tiled fireplaces are designed to be replaced without disturbing the main body of the fireplace or the fire-back if they become very worn.
We still offer a replacement hearth service if your original is too damaged for repair. We usually copy from the original hearth or a template of it but we can of course work to measurements.