What tiles should you use for a fireplace?
There’s little that beats curling up in front of a roaring fire come wintertime and binge watching a new series on Netflix.
And what better way to compliment your fireplace as the centre piece to your room, than with some stylish, heat resistant tiles.
Is it OK to use tiles inside a fireplace?
Definitely, just as long as they are a safe distance away from the source of the heat. The minimum should always be 150mm around the back and the side of your stove. The other key consideration is that your walls need to be flat (and sound) in order to take the weight of the tiles.
What are the best tiles to use around a fireplace?
If you already have a fireplace or are thinking of having a wood burner or stove installed in the near future, then we would always recommend using porcelain tiles. If you require some inspiration then why not check out our range of great quality, great value porcelain wall tiles.
While ceramic tiles are heat resistant to a certain degree, and most multi-fuel stoves come with insulation blocks around the back and sides to minimise heat escaping, porcelain acts in a similar fashion to fire bricks, absorbing the heat without transferring it to surrounding areas due to its density. If you are in any doubt, then always looking for the ‘Suitable for Fireplace’ symbol on this and other websites.
What tools will I need to tile a fireplace?
It’s not hard to tile a fireplace as long as you have the right tiles as well as tools. For this particular job you will need:
You will also need clean water and a sponge to clean your tiles after they’ve been grouted together with suitable protective clothing as well as gloves and eye wear during the install.
Need more information?
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