|Repairing & replacing fireplace tiles|
How to repair and/or replace fireplace tiles. Various types of
fireplace are discussed including marble and wooden fireplace
The tiles that run vertically down the sides of some fireplaces are
also known as cheek tiles. You will need to remove the fireplace
surround and the fire grate in order to change a tile.
Removing a fireplace surround
First look for and locate the fixings for the fireplace surround.
Removing a marble fireplace surround
Marble fireplace surrounds are often fixed to the wall with hidden ties. The fixings will usually be covered with plaster. Once you have located the fixings dig into the plaster to free them up. As you undo the fixings please be aware that most marble fireplace surrounds consist of several pieces, so be prepared to support the different pieces, as they come apart.
Removing a wooden and cast iron fireplace surround
Wooden and cast iron surrounds are usually fixed on with screws. Cast iron fireplace surrounds will often have lugs at the sides.
Removing fireplace tiles
Fireplace tiles are often fixed in a metal frame held on with nuts.
Once undone remove tiles.
Cleaning fireplace tiles
Lead stains can be removed using paint stripper or thinners.
Repairing fireplace tiles
The next step will be to glue the tile together.
You can do this using PVA glue or epoxy.
Re-positioning the tile.Once dried, you can re-assemble the mended or new tile into the frame, and bolt back into the grate.
Using little slivers of wood, you can press the tiles into the front of the grate. Fix the tiles back into place using plaster of Paris.
If the surround is made of marble you should use fine casting plaster to fix back into place.