Fireplace fitting - can I put hearth on oak flooring?

29 Oct 2006
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I've just had a solid oak floor laid, and will have a fireplace delivered shortly. The question is, can I lay the granite hearth on top of the wood flooring? I would guess it would have less stability than a solid floor, but it would be a huge issue to have to cut out the wood to accomodate the hearth.

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This would allow you to cut through the floor boards so you could let in the hearth. Its a vibrating tool.
Many thanks for the reply. I'll certainly keep that in mind should I need to take that course of action.

However, would somebody be able to tell me whether I actually need to do this, or whether it is safe to fix the hearth on top of the oak flooring?

as long as the hearth is make from a non flammable material then there should not be a problem. Might have to build up the inside of the fire cavity to match the top of the hearth though.
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From what I've been reading recently, I am currently installing one myself, it would be a bad idea. The heat in the hearth stone can make the wood flooring tinder dry creating a high fire risk should any embers get on it. Depends if you're using a soiild fuel fire (then cut the boards out) or gas (no need to bother).

The choice is yours...

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