Tiled Concrete Fire Place Surround
are these difficult to remove and does the concrete contain asbestos?
Hi Sean, do you mean just the tiled surround or the whole fireplace unit? None of it contains asbestos as far as I’m aware. You can remove the whole unit, flue etc, it is a big job but I wouldn’t say difficult. You can see a post about it here:
I don’t think it would be difficult just to remove the tiles and concrete on the front. That’s what I plan to do and just leave an open decorative (non-functional) fireplace.
Thanks Ed, a Colleague seems to have had the same type fitted in the 50’s to his Victorian house and managed to use a crowbar to leaver it off the concrete floor and break it up for removal!
Is it a pink tile fireplace by any chance? A friend of mine has one exactly the same as ours in his (non-BISF) house, so I think they were standard issue for council housing at one time. Certainly it doesn’t even fit properly on the fire box thing (it sticks out in front of the mantle piece), so it obviously wasn’t designed for a BISF house.
I remember now that he said it was a bit tricky to remove as the tiles and reinforced concrete back are one unit. It wasn’t a case of just prizing the tiles off as I imagined.
That’s exactly the same pink tile fireplace I have in Bath, and my friend in Bristol had one too. He said the concrete behind it is reinforced so it requires some work to get it out.