self levelling compound to raise hearth

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Hi

I've opened up an old fireplace and want to tile the hearth and the inside (floor) bit. I want the tiles to sit approx. with the finished carpet level (the carpet is not fitted yet)

Can I use self-levelling compound to 'raise' the hearth by say 10mm or would it not be strong enough?

I don't really want to remove the current hearth (which sits level with the wooden floor) as it is in a fair (and flat) condition

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Hi,

I'm only a DIY'er, so feel free to ignore! :)

But it sounds to me like you could just lay a sheet of cement board (cut to fit!) on top of the original hearth and that would be good enough to tile over?

Though, are you going to have a fire in the hearth?
There is a good reason for having the hearth and carpet at different heights!
 
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Yes you can no problem. Made sure it’s a moisture tolerant smoothing compound ( latex, bag & bottle ) like Laybond ultimate , ardex NA , Mapei trade plan , f ball 1200 pro
 
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Hi,

I'm only a DIY'er, so feel free to ignore! :)

But it sounds to me like you could just lay a sheet of cement board (cut to fit!) on top of the original hearth and that would be good enough to tile over?

Though, are you going to have a fire in the hearth?
There is a good reason for having the hearth and carpet at different heights!

Thanks, I should add that the fireplace won't be used. It will just be decorative! So the "fireplace" is now just an opening with new lintel fitted and boarded up inside. I just want to have the hearth and interior floor of the opening tiled

Good idea about the cement board, I'll take a look, although I will still need to level the inside of the fireplace (I'm sure that bit has a name) as it is currently quite bumpy. I'm not sure what it consists of but it is rock hard and has stones in it, the house was built around 1900 if that's useful.
 
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Yes you can no problem. Made sure it’s a moisture tolerant smoothing compound ( latex, bag & bottle ) like Laybond ultimate , ardex NA , Mapei trade plan , f ball 1200 pro

Thanks, why does it need to be moisture tolerant? (genuine question!) It is for a fireplace on the first floor, cheers
 
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Slightly old picture but just to give some context, the sides and back has been boarded/skimmed now and the hole at the back fill with cement
 

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Thanks, why does it need to be moisture tolerant? (genuine question!) It is for a fireplace on the first floor, cheers


Didn’t think to ask that. Should be ok with any then as you won’t have any moisture to worry about.
 
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