Product Guide - Fireplaces

A new fireplace has the power to completely transform the look and feel of a room and provide a real focal point for many years to come. Generally speaking a fireplace is constructed from a fireplace surround (sometimes called "mantle"), backpanel and hearth. With so many styles, designs and materials it can be a little overwhelming choosing the right one for your room. The choice of fireplace may also vary depending on the type of gas fire, electric fire or stove selected as some materials and finishes are not designed to work with high temperature fires.

Who can install my fireplace?

For gas installations the most recognised independent body is Gas Safe Register (Bord Gais in ROI). 

If you have your new fireplace fitted by a Gas Safe Register (Bord Gais in ROI) registered fitter you will be given a certificate stating that your installation has been carried out in accordance with the Building Regulations. If you do not have one of these certificates then you will have to arrange for your local Building Control Officer to inspect your installation and approve it.

All installations must be carried out in accordance with the requirements set out in the Building Regulation documents, in particular, Approved Document J. There are independent bodies which have been approved to carry out installations in accordance with these regulations.

Making sure the fireplace fits your chimney breast or wall

To make sure that the fireplace surround or fireplace suite is suitable for your chimney breast or wall please check the product specification table. The specification table is specific to each product.

What types of materials are the fireplace suites and fireplace surround available in

At Superior Fires we sell natural stone (Agean limestone, carrara marble, granite), wooden (painted white, oak veneer, walnut veneer, pine) and micromarble fireplaces. Please note that the micromarble fireplace suites are not suitable for our Grosvenor high efficiency range and our Westbury flueless range of gas fires.

Does the backpanel have an opening?

The polished black granite, honed black granite and slate honed backpanels all have a standard opening size of width 420mm x height 570mm and have a depth/thickness of 20mm.  You can also specify an Agean limestone backpanel which is available as a 3 piece set and has depth/thickness of 20mm.

Do the fireplaces suite and fireplace surrounds require assembly?

All of our natural stone (limestone, carrara marble, granite), wooden (painted white, oak veneer, walnut veneer, pine) fireplace surrounds and our micromarble suites will require assembly.

My hearth is an odd size and I don't want to replace the carpet. What are my options?

We offer bespoke made to measure boxed and lipped hearths which are available in: Black Granite (Polished or Honed), Slate (Honed), Micro marble (Perla Finish), Agean Limestone and Portuguese Limestone. For a competitive quote all you need to is call us on 0800 230 0212 and provide us with the dimensions of the finished hearth. Don't forget to make sure you confirm whether the dimensions are the actual footprint as a Boxed and Lipped design is 1" wider (1/2" either side) and 1/2" deeper due to the lip dimension.

What is a boxed and lipped hearth?

A boxed and lipped hearth is a hearth (boxed shaped) which has 1/2" over hang on the sides and the front of the hearth to create the lipped edge on the hearth.

What is surround rebate?

A rebate is the difference between the outside and inside leg return on a fireplace surround. To work out your fireplace rebate simply subtract the inside leg return from the outside leg return.

Who will install my fireplace?

At Superior Fires we offer a Home Survey & Installation service to ensure you get the right fireplace installed at a competitive price without the hassle of doing it yourself.