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Old 10-16-2001, 05:46 PM   #1
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We currently have a wood-burning fireplace that has a tile-surround. The tile is on top of slate. We would like to replace the tile with marble. We would like to know what steps are involved inreplacing the existing tile and whether or not we should use marble tiles or marble slab cut to fit.
Any and all input will be extremely helpful
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Old 10-16-2001, 06:23 PM   #2
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Hi Virginia,

Slab or tiles? Well, it really depends on what you want to look at. Either way it's expensive. If you are thinking about a do-it-yourself project, slab would be out of the question.

Do you mean the tiles were installed over slate? Or is the tile above a slate hearth, maybe?
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Old 10-16-2001, 06:29 PM   #3
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Virginia,

If this is a do-it-yourself project there are a few things you will need to know about the products.
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Old 10-17-2001, 07:49 AM   #4
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marble fireplace surround

The existing tiles are on top of slate. Maybe we should call the professionals on this one ?
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Old 10-17-2001, 04:31 PM   #5
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We ARE the professionals, Virginia. Don't give up so quickly.

Again, though, if it's going to be marble slab, you're going to have to have it done. Those pieces are fabricated (milled and worked) in a shop. And it is expensive. You will have to locate a small slab and purchase it before the work commences. Depending on the size of the slab, you may have to purchase more stone than you actually need to do the job.

If you want to do something with tile, we can help you, and we'll be happy to do so.

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Old 10-17-2001, 07:04 PM   #6
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Hi Virginia

I order a fair amount of slabs for installation in my bathroom remodels. If you go the route of getting slabs fabricated, make templates for what you are ordering. This will ensure that you know that what you want will fit together, and it will leave the fabricator no excuses for not getting the pieces done correctly.

When it comes time to install the pieces, we can help you with that , too.
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