Fireplace in the house is according to the choice of the homeowner. Some prefer it to be in the living room and some in the master bedroom. Many look alike, but using a unique type of tile will make it look different. There are tiles which match with the background and there are contrast colors also. The value of the house increases definitely by remodeling the fireplace. This is the focus point of any living area. It is better to have a pristine looking fireplace with some stylish tiles. The surround, backdrop and hearth of the fireplace have to be installed to give the best look.
Ceramic Tiles: These tiles can be used for the surround or hearth. There are many colors available and it is within the budget. These tiles are used for a plain looking fireplace. PEI rating of the tile should be 4 to 5 for using it for the hearth. These tiles are tough to tolerate the heat.
Porcelain Tiles: These tiles are expensive and more durable than the ceramic tiles. There are tiles which look like natural stone and wood in these tiles. They are tough as stone and are affordable. It is necessary to take the PEI rating 4to 5 for using it for the fireplace.
Granite: This is natural stone, scratch and heat resistant. In natural stone, granite is the strongest for a fireplace. It does not chip or crack and makes the best surround. It is easy to maintain this stone. It gives a special look for the place when installed.
Marble: They give a luxurious look to the place. It is more appealing with its variety of colors and elegant veins. It is best for both hearth and surrounds.
Slate: Though this natural stone is not as durable as granite, it is popular for its natural variation of color. The varying texture and color give more beauty to the place where it is installed. There are colors like gray, purple, orange and black in slate. They look natural for hearths and surrounds with their elegant color.
Antique tiles: Antique tiles define the fireplace. They are reproductions of the antique tiles. The designs are hand painted, hand-made and some are popular motifs. These tiles are completely different from the tiles available in the market.
The hearth and the surround tiles are the smartest option for any house. This adds to the beauty and keeps the family safe.