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The AJ Rustica Collection is a member of the AJ Hearth Originals family. The natural Vermont slate or real veneer brick offer a warm, rustic alternative to ceramic tile. Rustica Collection floor protectors are standard with Metal Edge Banding. AJ Metal Edge Banded floor protectors are among the strongest and most durable available anywhere. The 1¼” steel angle iron provides rigid support and impact protection around the entire perimeter of the hearth. NEW for 2012 our Rustica Collection Vermont Slate is available with our Solid Ash Wood Trim. See our Wood Trimmed Hearth Originals page for stain color selection.

Please Note: Rustica Collection Antique Brick is available with Metal Edge Banding only.

AJ Rustica Collection hearths are tested and approved to by OMNI Labs. They are available as or protection.

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Please Note:  The colors depicted are digitized samples only. These are natural stone products. Actual colors can vary significantly from those pictured above. We recommend you Visit your local AJ Dealer to see material samples.

In 2009, UL adopted UL 1618-2009 as the standard for Wall Protectors, Floor Protectors and Hearth Extensions. AJ, and other manufacturers of hearth protectors, worked closely with UL to develop this standard. The result is a system that simplifies matching the appropriate floor protection to the hearth appliance. Floor protectors are divided into two basic categories – Type 1 Ember Protection and Type 2 Thermal protection.

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Many modern hearth appliances do not require thermal protection (heat resistance) on the floor. These products may specify a non-combustible material or ember protection. A Type 1 floor protector provides protection from accidental ash or ember spillage. A Type 1 protector has a thermal resistance of R = 0.

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If any amount of thermal resistance is required by your appliance, then Type 2 Thermal Protection is necessary. The appliance may express the requirement as a “k” factor, an “R” value, or an equivalency in thicknesses of millboard. AJ Type 2 floor protectors have a minimum R value of R = 1.1. R values up to R = 10 are available. Check with your hearth retailer to ensure you choose a floor protector that meets or exceeds the appliance specifications.

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