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Tile Types Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design can help you select your fireplace tile from a wide variety of tile manufactuers supplied by local San Diego county tile stores including discount tile companies.

Natural Stone Tiles                   LINKS: »Dal-Tile »ArizonaTile
Granite is a decorative natural stone that is truly eye-catching, delivering a unique, classy look to any fireplace. Due to its hardness, its resistance to heat and other forms of stress, as well as the versatility which is offered by granite, your granite fireplace will add value and pride of ownership to your home.   Available as tiles and slabs in a variety of colors.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock consisting mostly of calcium carbonate and is formed from the remains of ancient sea life, that have dropped to the sandy bottom of ancient seas and then compressed over millions of years. Limestone generally varies in earthy colors such as off-white, grey or beige. It can be polished to a shine much like marble and can be used  to produce an elegant look for fireplace surrounds and hearths . 
Marble was once limestone that underwent a metamorphosis from the intense pressures and high temperatures within the earth resulting in a natural stone with unique colors and veining. Most marble products are generally softer than granites and have more porosity than granite. Polished marble is a very popular product that will produce a classic look for any fireplace surround.
Onyx is created when quartz crystals are formed in cold-water springs, forming translucent layers of marble. The result is an exquisite natural stone that is characterized by warmth and incredible depth of color, usually yellow, brown, green, orange, and white. True onyx is nearly pure crystalline silica closely related to agate, a semi-precious stone.
Quartzite is a hard, metamorphic rock which was originally sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts. Pure quartzite is usually white to grey. Quartzites often occur in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide. Other colors are due to impurities of minor amounts of other minerals. As one of the most affordable natural stones, quartzite continues to be a favored choice for homeowners and designers looking for a durable, but aesthetically pleasing stone for their fireplace.. Quartzite tile and slabs are strong, heat-resistant and easy to maintain.
Slate is a strong stone that can easily bear all the heat emanating from the fireplace and can be safely used for years to come with no fear of breakage. Available in different finishes in different shades of green, gray, copper and brown, the durable slate stone fireplace resists cracking, fading and erosion. The beauty of slate comes from the striking stone texture and earthy color tones of the tiles, which are cut from natural rock. The many variations in color, pattern and surface profile of slate provides a classic and dramatic décor to your fireplace.    
Travertine is a beautiful natural stone material from the limestone family available in different colors and finishes. Colors range from natural, neutral colors such as creamy white, beige, tan, to bolder colors such as reddish brown. Surface finishes or textures include a traditional tumbled finish, a polished finished with defined veins and reflective surface, and open or closed holes. As a natural stone, no two pieces are the same therefore you will have a “one of a kind”  elegant look for your home fireplace.

Manufactured  Tiles   

Ceramic Tile
“Ceramic” or non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze and available in every color imaginable. Due to a noncombustible composition, ceramic tiles are completely fireproof at any temperature. They work especially well around open flames, hot objects (fireplaces, barbecues).  Ceramic tiles will not burn or feed to a fire in any way. Recent innovations in production technology have made more beautiful styles available than was previously possible.Note: Those who like the appearance of natural stone but also require maximum durability can now purchase ceramic tile that emulates the look and feel of natural stone.

Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish in a rainbow of colors.


 Mosaic  Tiles
Mosaic tiles are made from both Natural Stone and Manufactured Stone. They come in a  wide range of colors and patterns .

Plain tiles of one or more colors can be arranged to form a mosaic in geometric patterns and decorative tiles can also be used in combination with geometric tiles to produce a great effect for your fireplace surround.

 Decorative  Tiles
Decorative tiles can be made from a number of materials. Some of the most common tiles are ceramic; these are the tiles most frequently found on fireplace surrounds usually as tile accents. Tiles can also be made from natural stone, glass, terracotta, marble and porcelain. With such a wide variety of materials for tiles and no limits on size, shape, pattern or color, the possibilities are endless. Decorative tiles can be used in so many ways that there is no limit to the creativity that can go into personalizing your home fireplace. Tiles can allow a person's individual touch to be incorporated into a fireplace design  in any number of ways, whether it be a unique combination of colors, a personal mosaic or a simple, elegant border.
Decorative tiles can also add value to your home as valuable works of art:  
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Fireplace Tile Installation
A common way to use tile on a fireplace is to install it on the fireplace surround where the tile is applied to the area directly surrounding the fireplace box below the mantle. Here the tiles can be of uniform size or mixed and matched with a variety of sizes, decorative tile types, mosaics, and in combination with straight and diagonal patterns.  

Tile can also be installed on the fireplace hearth.
Tile can be applied to hearths that are level with the flooring  to shield the floor from heat and sparks. Raised hearths are built as an elevated seat and individual tiles or stone slabs can be installed on the face and seat portion of the hearth. Often we can add a contrasting natural or manufactured stone material to add interest to make your fireplace unique.

Tile can also be installed above the mantle adding height to your fireplace creating a breathtaking floor-to-ceiling  focal point in your home. Integrating tile with stone above the mantel is also possible.

Creating a unique eclectic look with tile can be accomplished by tiling your fireplace surround, adding decorative tile accents and combining other materials such as stone and a wood mantel.

The possibilties are endless with a custom fireplace from  Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design

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