Are you busy getting your home ready for the colder weather? Adding a working fire into your home can add instant warmth and is often a low cost heating option once you've set it up. There can often be some confusion of what tiles are suitable for fireplaces and log burners so people usually opt for fireproof bricks, keep reading to find out how you can decorate your fireplace differently.
The log burner
The popularity for log burners has significantly risen over the last few years and we certainly see their appeal. Free standing units that come in a range of sizes offer a simple yet attractive solution to a natural fire whether for coal or wood burning.
It's a myth that you need to use really thick tiles around a fireplace or log burner, as long as the tile you've chosen is suitable for fireplaces then whatever it's thickness you can use it. We'd recommend either a porcelain or natural stone tile to sit underneath your burner as this will offer the strength and durability required. Make sure to seal your chosen natural stone correctly before fitting the burner, that way your stone will be better protected. Many porcelain tiles are already pre-sealed but it is always worth checking before purchasing. For our full range of suitable tiles search online or visit us in-store and ask one of our tile specialists.
Create a focal point with your log burner by using an eye-catching design on the wall behind. If you want to create a classic look, choose a neutral toned tile or choose a textured finish like our Devon range for a more contemporary twist on neutrals.
If you're looking for a plain tile but still want to create a feature, experiment with different lay patterns like herringbone and basket weave, they will still add interest to your space but will also blend nicely into the rest of the room.
Renovating original features
If you've got a penchant for traditional fireplaces like the classic Victorian versions then you have more freedom when tiling around the outside as there is significantly less heat surrounding this style of fireplace. Ceramic tiles are a great choice, offering versatility in sizes, colours and finishes. If you're looking to restore a Victorian fireplace we'd recommend our Minton Hollins range, based on the original designs from the 1800s by William Morris, Henry Dearle and William De Morgan. The vibrant designs and intricate patterns are the perfect choice to create a traditional cosy snug.
Fixing your tiles
It's extremely important to use the correct adhesive and grout when tiling your fireplace, the amount of heat that hits the tiles determines what product you require. The closer your tiles are to the central heat spot the more resilient materials need to be used, for example an enclosed log burner is far hotter than one with an open wall.
All our BAL adhesives withstand temperatures of 150-200⁰C and the BAL Micromax2 grouts up to 100⁰C; anything above this temperature will need a cement based product. If you're still unsure, ask one of our in-store specialists for more information.
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