Our Honed Brazilian slate hearths are available in 1200x800x25mm calibrated and offer all the same convenience as our riven hearths, but with a perfectly flat and smooth surface helping to bring out the natural beauty of the slate, honed hearths are perfectly suited in both modern and traditional settings.
The front edge of our slate slabs are cut straight and square, but they can be easily polished up and smoothed over with light sanding and then, if required, finer sanding to give a more polished look.
Traditionally slate has been used around fireplaces for hundreds of years, and with the quality that can be obtained from a Brazilian slate this trend is sure to continue long into the future. There really isn't any need to change to inferior substitutes when you can still get a quality material at an affordable price.
If you're interested in find out more about our range of beautiful Slate Hearth slabs or need to check the stock levels of our Hearths near you, please contact our hampshire branches in Portsmouth, Winchester and Tadley and our Dorset Branch in Poole for more details.
Black honed slate hearths are available in 1200x800x25mm
Slate is a not suitable material for open fires or anywhere naked flames or direct heat can come in contact with its surface.
As slate is a natural product and each piece will have its own particular characteristics, the texture of the surface can vary and may also contain natural flaws, with slight laminations and veins of quartz and iron pyrite please be aware of this when ordering.
For more information on installing slate into a fireplace please follow the link below:
The shade of the final product will differ compared to the sample you may receive or the images shown on this website, all natural products have colour variation within and between different batches. You must ensure that you are happy with the colour variation of the product you have received before you start laying, as after installation exchange will no longer be possible.
Do not use acidic cleaners on natural stone as they can cause permanent, irreparable, damage to the colour and structure of the stone.
Slate hearths can quite easily be scratched, these scratches are more visible on honed surfaces compared to natural riven, but they will just fade and disappear to some extend over time, or if you apply a coat of slate oil this will keep you hearth looking perfect even if under heavy use.
Yes we believe slate is the best material for Fireplace hearths and has been used for centuries with great success. Always look for a good quality slate supplier who is sourcing from either Brazilian quarries or if your budget will stretch from home grown Welsh slate Quarries. I would avoid any Chinese slate as the quality does not tend to be good enough and I would questions the longevity of the material.
Black slate is extremely easy to maintain and cleaning will generally consist of a dust pan and brush or a wet mop and soapy water if heavily soiled. On occasion you can apply a coat of Slate Oil to bring back the lustre of the natural slate, this will also offer some protection against staining.
In the UK market by far the most common material for Fireplace Hearths is Slate, we source our slate from Brazil as it offers an excellent surface finish and is strong enough to withstand the punishment of everyday use.
We would always recommend creating a plywood or cardboard template before starting to cut your Slate hearth blank. You need to fully measure all sides of the opening and establish what over hangs you are going to need to meet current building regs, link to guide below:
When you have transferred these measurements onto the plywood, cut this out carefully and then test this template in the fireplace opening to ensure you have correctly measured. When this is correct the template can be used to mark out the Slate ready for installation.
You have two options when it comes to bedding down your fire place hearth, you can go for traditional sand and cement mortar mixed at a ratio of 4 parts sand to 1 part cement or alternatively you can use a pre-mixed powered tile adhesive. If you need build up one end of the hearth to help with levelling, it sometimes might be easier with sand and cement mortar, as tile adhesives have a maximum depth.
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