If you have a gas or solid fuel stove such as a wood burning stove, it is a legal requirement to have a hearth installed beneath your stove. These hearths are in place for your protection and can also add aesthetic appeal to your stove and fireplace.
What is a Hearth?
A hearth is essentially a piece of flooring that will go underneath and around your stove or fireplace. The hearth needs to be made from a non-combustible material such as slate, granite, glass, tile, micro-marble or limestone that won’t crack to ensure that your flooring is protected from the heat generated by your stove. Not only does the hearth protect your flooring underneath, but it is also used to protect the stretch of floor in front as heating stoves, especially log burners, commonly tend to spit ember out in front. Therefore, it’s a legal requirement for the hearth to extend by at least 12 inches in front of your stove and solid fuel hearths need to be cut and slabbed, so the hearth can expand when it heats up, preventing it from cracking. Additionally, the extended hearth also protects the occupants and pets around it as by walking around the hearth, you are safe from getting any hot ember on you.
A hearth isn’t just a feature to protect you and your flooring from your stove, it can also be a feature that complements your stoves and helps your fireplace become the gorgeous centrepiece of your home as you can choose a pattern and material that suits your style and home décor.
When do you Need a Hearth?
A hearth is needed with any fireplace that has a gas, multi-fuel, wood burning stove or any other stove that uses solid fuels. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, the hearth still needs to be in place with all these types of heating stoves. If you don’t want to have a hearth in your living room or property due to the lack of space available, then the only heating stove that you can have installed would be an electric stove as these don’t require hearths.
Hearths at Dorset Stove Installations
Here at Dorset Stove Installations, we have a fantastic range of hearths that will complement any stove and fireplace within your home. Whether it be traditional or contemporary, we have the hearth for your stove.
With exquisite glass hearths for a fantastic contemporary look, you can have a stunning smoked glass effect or have the glass hearth completely clear if you want your flooring underneath to still be seen. We also have a range of Vlaze hearths, natural stone hearths and various other materials to give you as much choice as possible.
Within each material class of hearths, you can find a stunning choice of designs and patterns that can stand out to be the centre point of your home or blend into the background to give your stove more focus. Additionally, all our hearths are available in a large range of sizes to fit the size of your stove and home.
To ensure you get the most out of your hearth, we have a great range of hearth care products which allow you to clean your hearth safely, without hindering its beautiful appearance.
If you purchase your hearth through Dorset Stove Installations, you can qualify for free delivery (over £500 spend) and finance options with 0% APR on orders over £250. Moreover, the teams at Dorset Stove Installations are HETAS approved, meaning that we can professionally install your hearth for you in line with government standards (location dependent).
If you have any questions or require assistance in purchasing a hearth for your stove, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team on 01202 89 03 21.