Slate Hearths – made-to-measure: oiled and bevelled
Just a quick word about our slate hearths. The slate is bought in by the pallet and our in-house installers cut on site to the right size. Then, to give your hearth the right look, we will bevel the edges and oil the slate, giving it a deep and rich patina to complete the sumptuous look of your fireplace.
Usually the hearths will be cut in one piece – either as a rectangle across the front of your fireplace or, for wood burner installations, in a T-piece to sit in the builder’s opening, giving a solid base to your stove.
We recommend slate for your hearth as it is very forgiving. The small scratches and “dinks” that are picked up during the day to day use of your fire or stove can be removed with light sanding and that deep patina can be simply restored with just a little oil and clean white cloth.
The oiling of your hearth will also help pick up the riven surface of natural patterns – veining and striations – existing in all slate adding unique character to your fireplace.
Just one word about the slate itself
Slate is a natural occurring substance and every slab is different to every other slab – some are plain, some patterned. Some are dark and some are light.
Here is a useful leaflet explaining all about slate, from our suppliers.