Hearth plates for standalone stoves are available in a variety of materials including sandstone, granite, limestone, slate, concrete and glass. Glass floor plates are stylish, easy to clean, and very affordable too. No wonder then that they are one of the most popular types of hearths. However, any glass plate won’t do. Let’s take a look at some essential aspects to consider when buying glass hearths.

Hearth Regulations

This is an important consideration. The hearth regulations are pretty straightforward for standalone woodburning stoves that heat up the floor plate no more than 100°C. You don’t need a fully thick constructional hearth. However, the glass plate should be at least 12mm thick.

Moreover, the boundary of the hearth must be obviously apparent so as to ensure the combustible floor is not exposed to the heat produced by the stove. To that end, your glass hearth plate must measure at least 840mm x 840mm with at least 225mm before the stove door. However, if the stove has been designed to burn with the door open, then the frontage should be at least 300mm.

At Wharfe Valley Hearths, all the hearths we sell strictly comply with hearth regulations for your complete peace of mind.

High Quality Glass

Ensure that the glass hearth you are buying is a toughened glass. You might think that all glass is the same. However, that’s not the truth. If the glass is not made of high quality materials, it may crack or damage easily. Be sure to buy from a reliable retailer.

Quality also refers to the finish of the glass plate. Ensure that the edges are polished consistently. Avoid buying a glass plate with unpolished edges as there’s the risk of cuts.

Wharfe Valley is a reputed provider of glass hearths in Leeds. We have a wide range of glass hearths that meet the highest standards of quality.


Although glass floor plates are one of the most affordable among all types of hearths, it is important to ensure that you are paying the right price for your purchase. At Wharfe Valley Hearths, we price our products competitively to ensure you get the best value for your money.


Sometimes the standard product might not be your first choice. You might want a glass plate that’s bigger than the minimum size requirements. Perhaps you may want a colour glass plate. Be sure to check with you provider the customisation options.

In Conclusion

There you go. Those are some important aspects to consider when buying a glass hearth. Wharfe Valley Hearths has built a reputation for offering high quality glass plates. So when you are looking to buy a glass hearth in Leeds, look no further. Order online right away.