Tips on tiling your fireplace

 

Winter is on it’s way for 2018

If you’re thinking about installing or refurbishing a fireplace in your home, it’s a good idea to consider surrounding it with some beautiful tile work. Depending on which type of fireplace you have, this will impact your decision on which stone to choose, along with the type of finish.

 

Open Fires & Wood Burners

When it comes to surrounding your beautiful wood-burning fireplace, it can be a costly mistake to select unsuitable tiles for the project.

At A&J, we recommend using quarry tiles or full bodied porcelain tiles for your open fireplace or iron wood burners. Slate can also be a consideration, although you do run the risk of burning and staining the tile with hot ash and soot.

Tiles we recommend you keep clear of include glazed finishes and be weary of using natural stone.

Wood-burning fireplaces give off strong heat so glazed finishes aren’t suitable, as they can crack under the pressure of constant, extreme high temperatures. Natural stone is certainly something to be cautious of. If your stone has veins running through it, the heat will more than likely, expand the tile. When the tile cools down, it will shrink back to it’s original size, which can also cause cracks.

 

Electric & Gas Fires

There really isn’t any risk in which type of stone and finish you use when it comes to these types of fireplaces. Electric and gas fires don’t give off any direct heat, providing little to no risk of damaging the tiles you select.

It really just depends on the style of your fireplace and the colour palette in the room it belongs to when choosing a tile, allowing your creative side to take over to refine the look you’ve always dreamed of!

If you’re having trouble choosing the right tiles or have any further questions about the risks of surrounding your fireplace with stone, feel free to visit our showroom for a coffee and a chat. We would be more than happy to provide you with professional advice and recommend some tiles from our stunning range.

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