A fireplace hearth is the bottom section of the fire surround and is usually the same width as the fireplace mantle. There are several factors that stipulate the depth of a fireplace hearth.
Gas fireplace hearth depth considerations
There is a legal requirement to have a 300mm overhang from the edge of the fire surround back panel and the tip of the fireplace hearth if you are installing a gas fireplace. In most cases a standard 15 inch / 380 mm deep hearth will be more than adequate to cover this requirement.
When you are installing a Balanced Flue fireplace
or a Flue less Gas fireplace
then you will need a large fireplace rebate to accommodate the fire. This means that more of the fireplace body sits on the hearth, and hence this reduces the distance from the edge the hearth to the back panel. In these circumstances it is advisable to have an 18 inch deep (457mm) hearth.
There is no legal stipulation in regard to the minimum depth required on a electric fireplace hearth. It is possible to have the fireplace hearth cut down as much as you like. We have had many customers in the past request a 13 inch (330 mm) deep hearth as they would like it to protrude as little as possible in the room.
We make non standard hearths
At Creative Fireplaces
, we are unique in the fact that we custom make all our fire surrounds in our Nottinghamshire
factory and are able to offer bespoke customisations to all our products. By purchasing direct you are able to cut out the middle man and make the cost savings. We are on average 70% cheaper
than high street alternatives.
Whether you are looking for an entire custom made fire surround or a tailor made hearth we are always happy to help.