Fireplace Fitter Abbots Langley Hertfordshire (WD5): Installing a brand new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Abbots Langley home is a wonderful way to add character and a homely feel to any room. If you choose to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove during the nippy winter evenings, you will also be supplied with plentiful boiling hot water.
There are some important things you must think about before you begin any work, in order to create a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your home. All work carried out must adhere to Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of flue linings, hearths, fireplaces and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also be needed before work begins if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodel of a current fireplace can be achieved by a skilled DIYer, however if any building work is necessary there's a possibility of encountering structural issues which need to be dealt with by a professional. It might be the case that when you remove the boarding surrounding a disused fireplace to uncover a hidden gem that needs little more than a good clean up and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a fire roaring once again. What you will most likely find is a patch of old, crumbling bricks that conceals issues such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a stopped up chimney.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause serious respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace installer in Abbots Langley with the experience and knowledge to install it effectively. A major factor of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn safely and efficiently. Lethal carbon monoxide can soon build up from an inefficiently burning fire in a poorly ventilated room.
To successfully get over any problems with air flow, vents might be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also need to have air vents installed as they can often trap moist air inside them causing damp to develop inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A substantial amount of soot and other dust can be discharged from a bricked up fireplace upon opening it up for restoration. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets for your furniture and provide a bit of protection, however it is wise where possible to remove carpets and furniture from the room before work starts. If your fireplace is being installed as part of a larger renovation project then it ought to be one of the first things to be worked on once you've got the room back to bare floors and walls. This avoids any discolouration damage to any restored work you might have already completed.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you can see the fireplace opening it is time to sweep and clean the hearth and chimney and work out what is fit for restoring. The first item on your checklist should be to call in a competent chimney sweep. They will not only make certain your chimney and flue are nice and clean, but they can additionally take a look at the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide guidance about whether you need to upgrade any section of the flue and chimney.
It could be essential to install a new flue liner to comply with the all important UK Building Regulations, and construction work may also be needed to reinforce the original chimney and breast. This kind of work must be done by a competent tradesman who is acquainted with the building regulations and good construction practices.
If it is necessary to adjust the size of opening of your existing fireplace to a more suitable size for your design, a supporting concrete lintel must be installed. When this has been completed the next step for your Abbots Langley fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you will need to raise it to observe the latest building regulations. You can get tailor-made solutions to fit pretty much any style and size of fireplace, or you can choose from a variety of popular sized hearths to match your decor.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your ideal fireplace can be difficult amongst the many designs and styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online store. Every fireplace may not be appropriate for your flue and chimney therefore it is wise to accept any guidance and advice from your sales and installation team with regards to your specific situation.
You home's age, and the style that you are trying to create for your room, should all help you decide on the design and type of fireplace which is best for you. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look stunning in this surrounding, which also has the benefit of deflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
If your Abbots Langley home does not have a chimney breast you still have options for a feature fireplace by putting in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. So long as you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the stove can be routed, you do not need an existing chimney structure in place to enjoy a "real" fire.
GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a "real" fire can't be surpassed, however what options are available if this type of fireplace isn't possible in your Abbots Langley home?
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can be used with various fuels such as smokeless coal, briquettes, wood and other combustive materials. An open fire is a delight to the eye and contemporary fireplaces are no longer the smoky, inefficient and draughty objects that they once were.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and being more efficient when compared with wood burners, there are a wide range of designs and styles to suit any type of Abbots Langley home. A Gas Safe certified contractor must maintain and fit any gas fire in your property.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide variety of styles to suit any type of property in Abbots Langley, and can even be freestanding. A back boiler is an added benefit and could provide steaming hot water for personal use, or for heating for the house via radiators.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any house in Abbots Langley, can easily be fitted by anybody who's reasonable competent. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to mimic an open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use oil, coal, wood and gas to deliver a multi-purpose stove for any property in Abbots Langley. They can be used not simply for heating a room, but some designs like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole house if they are plumbed into a system of radiators.
Fireplace installation is available in Abbots Langley and also in nearby places like: Chipperfield, Watford, Garston, Hemel Hempstead, Park Street, Hunton Bridge, Bedmont, Cassiobury, Frogmore, Kings Langley, Nash Mills, Bricket Wood, Leavesden, Chiswell Green, Pimlico, St Albans, and in these postcodes WD5, WD4 8LU, WD5 0LU, WD4 8LX, WD5 0LF, WD5 0BX, WD5 0BY, WD5 0LY, WD5 0DH, WD5 0JB. Local Abbots Langley fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode WD5 and the phone code 01923. Simply click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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Around Abbots Langley
In the last twelve months fireplaces had been installed in these Abbots Langley streets: Shackleton Way, Old Mill Road, Hunton Bridge Hill, Wharf Way, Harthall Lane, Pope's Road, Bridge Road, Redwing Grove, Hawthorn Close, Margaret Close, Highwoodhall Lane, Wander Wharf, College Road, Hercules Way, School Mead, Hop Garden Way, Tom's Lane, Watford Road, Parnell Close, Whitley Close, Langleybury Lane, Gallows Hill, Dowding Way, Royce Grove, Blenhiem Road, Dellmeadow, Railway Terrace, Cherry Hollow, Woodland Way, and in these Hertfordshire postcodes: WD5, WD4 8LU, WD5 0LU, WD4 8LX, WD5 0LF, WD5 0BX, WD5 0BY, WD5 0LY, WD5 0DH, WD5 0JB.
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