A Granite Hearth For Any Types Of Fireplaces
A granite hearth can create a beautiful finish in a home and is suitable for a variety of types of fireplaces. Granite hearths are perfectly smooth and polished with softened edges. The hearth is the area that surrounds the lower portion of a fireplace. The fireplace will often be set into concrete by the home builders. This concrete may be covered with any type of material that is sturdy and non-flammable. Hearths are generally made of tile, stone, slate, brick, or granite. The flooring surrounding the hearth should be taken into consideration when choosing a new hearth, as it will need to smoothly transition from one material to another. Granite can be adhered onto the future hearth location using thin set mortar. This is generally sold at home improvement stores as a dry mixture to which water must be added by the user. Thin set is typically applied using a tiling trowel. The granite hearth for fireplaces may then be sealed into place using any type of grout. Homeowners unfamiliar with the use of these tools may wish to have the hearth secured by a professional.
Fireplaces may be fueled with gas, electricity, or by burning wood, which is also known as a solid fuel fireplace. The type of fire burned will dictate the materials suitable to use in the hearth. A granite hearth, designed from one solid piece of stone, should only be used around a fireplace using gas or electricity. Solid fuel fireplaces may be surrounded by slabbed granite, which is assembled in sections. This type of hearth can withstand the high-intensity heat generated by burning wood.