The hearth is half the fireplace and it is well worthwhile giving serious thought as to how it should look and be made .
Fitted carpets were rare up to the 1940s. Most fireplaces inserts would have had a hearth made with loose tiles that finished flush with the floor level. These would be laid on site by the fireplace fitter.
If you want a truly authentic look we can either supply the hearth tiles loose or prefabricate a 2 inch deep tiled hearth slab with no edges.
If we supply a tiled slab (usually 2 inches thick), we need an accurate measurement
The fireplace fitter would need to excavate the constructional hearth to around 2.5 inches down, in order to fit the slab flush.
Unless you have solid (not wooden) floors, you should have a "Constructional Hearth" in place in the floor in front of the fireplace opening.
This can be any size, but is usually about 4 feet wide x 18 inches.
If you are keeping your original wooden floor as your finish or fitting a laminate floor over it you may wish to have a raised hearth that covers the constructional hearth. If this is the case, your wooden mantel will stand directly on the floor.
The hearth can be shaped to go round the foot of the mantel or, more commonly, the wooden mantel would be cut out round the hearth. Making the hearth in this way will give you a very authentic look, while providing the raised hearth that is nowadays generally specified for both gas and solid fuel fires.
If you have fitted carpets and wish to keep the hearth size small and subtle, we can make a small hearth that fits easily between the legs of the mantel. This is a good option if available space in your room is limited. It will still be wide and deep enough to conform with the fitting needs of most gas or open fires.
The whole of the fireplace and insert can sit directly on top of a large hearth. This is a very good option for covering larger constructional hearths or for putting fire irons and fuel on. Hearths like this only became common from the 1960s onwards.
We do produce four different styles of fender in tiles. They can be supplied as a separate item or incorporated into the hearth itself when we make it.
And there is an "East-Clean" style of sloping front hearth that we can incorporate.
Last but not least we can shape tiles hearths to almost any profile, the most common ones being stepped or curved hearths