Q- What kinds of tile are appropriate for fireplaces?
A- Almost any tile can be used for fireplaces. Since most tiles are fired at temperatures of at least 1300 degrees, the heat will not affect the tile. There are a few exceptions with some tiles that may have a copper coating. Be sure to get professional advice when you purchase to ensure the tile you choose is rated for a fireplace application.
Q-How do I choose tile for a fireplace?
A- Selection of the product really depends on what you want to emphasize in the room from a decorative standpoint. If you want to emphasize other features in the room (such as wallpaper, a paint color, or light fixtures) a subtle stone or slate look might be in order. If you want to emphasize the fireplace itself, you may choose a glass tile, a ledger stone, or a natural stone product with a lot of movement or veining.
Q- Why would I choose ceramic vs porcelain tile for a fireplace?
A- Simply consider the look you want to achieve in your project. Fireplace applications get little to no traffic so ceramic, porcelain, or stone, or glass tile are all valid options. Keep in mind that any natural stone does need to be sealed and does require a specific cleaner.