Fireplace Fitter Abingdon Oxfordshire (OX13 and OX14): A marvelous way to add some character to any Abingdon home is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those cold winters' evenings can even prove to be cheaper than certain central heating systems, so long as you've got a good source of timber. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of steaming hot water at the same time.
There are some crucial considerations you must think of before you start any work, if you are going to create an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your property. Any combustible appliance installed within domestic homes in Abingdon must conform to Part J of the UK's buildings regs, and this applies to flue linings, hearths, fireplaces and chimney breasts. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple renovation of an existing fireplace can perhaps be executed by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any building work is required there's the chance of running into structural issues which will have to be dealt with professionally. You may be lucky when uncovering your old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a decent chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth in order to get a fire roaring once more. Much more likely you will come across old brickwork that needs structural modifications and a stopped up flue.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there is not only a fire risk to your home, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it's best to bring in a professional Abingdon installation team for fireplaces. There always has to be a decent air flow into a room where there's a fireplace to guarantee sufficient levels of oxygen for the fire to burn safely. A deficiency of oxygen means the fire won't burn effectively, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can lead to breathing problems or even death.
To overcome this problem a fireplace specialist in Abingdon will analyse the situation and install vents around the room, or under the flooring, to guarantee a satisfactory air flow for the fire to combust efficiently and safely. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also need to have air vents fitted because they can trap moist air within them causing damp to develop inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's amazing how much dirt and soot can accumulate inside an old chimney and you will not know precisely what's there until you proceed to open it up. Even with dust sheets for your furniture, the likelihood of impairment from muck and soot is still possible and it's advisable to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace renovation work starts. If your fireplace is being installed as part of an overall renovation then it should be one of the first things to be worked on once you've taken the room back to its bare floors and walls. This stops any staining damage to any refurbished work you might have already completed.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace revealed, it is time to see what can be renovated or replaced and to give the hearth and chimney a comprehensive cleaning. The first thing on your to-do list should be to bring in a proper chimney sweep. They will be able to offer professional guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, regarding the situation with the chimney and if it is advisable to exchange the existing liner.
Following a chimney sweeps examination it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as set out in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. These are tasks that require a capable craftsman with a good understanding of the pertinent regulations and reliable construction skills.
If it is necessary to adjust the width of opening of your original fireplace to something more suitable for your design, a lintel support should be put in. When you have successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be necessary to repair or upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to observe the latest building regs. You can find custom-made solutions to fit any size and style of fireplace, or you can select from a range of common size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will illustrate the choices that are available for the different designs and styles of fireplaces. The advice and suggestions from your installation team, which will hinge on your specific requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace that's both suitable for your chimney and flue, as well as for your home's decor.
Some houses and rooms will be more suited to an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. As an example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks splendid set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the character and charm of the stove and deflecting the heat back into the room to good effect.
Even if your Abingdon property doesn't have a chimney you still have options for a fireplace feature by installing a wood burning or multi fuel stove. This style of fireplace can be fitted with a stainless steel flue that's taken through an outside wall and doesn't need a chimney, to be installed safely.
GAS, WOOD, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the crackling of a natural fire on a cool evening, however if your situation doesn't allow for this, what are the other available options?
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in many properties in Abingdon, and can have classic or modern styling to complement your decor. If fitted with a back boiler they can provide hot water to heat radiators or for use around the house.
Gas Fireplaces - Providing instant heat and being more thermally efficient than open fireplaces, there are a wide range of designs and styles to suit any type of Abingdon home. Have to be professionally fitted and maintained by a Gas Safe registered technician.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates they can be fired up with with a range of fuels, such as wood, coal, oil or gas, and become an attractive focal point in any kitchen or living room in Abingdon. The AGA range for example is well known as being able to provide heating for the whole home, a constant hot water supply and a hob and oven all in one unit.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for any room and can be used with a range of solid fuels. An open fire is a sight to behold and modern fireplaces are no more the inefficient, draughty and smoky objects they were in the past.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any house in Abingdon, can be easily fitted by any competent person. Contemporary electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to replicate a real open fire when set into into an old fashioned fireplace.
Fireplace installation is available in Abingdon and also nearby in: Culham, Sutton Wick, Harwell, Radley, Steventon, Sunningwell, Shippon, Nuneham Courtenay, Clifton Hampden, Caldecott, Northcourt, Sutton Courtenay, Dry Sandford, Drayton, Marcham, and in these postcodes OX14 1JG, OX14 1GY, OX14 1NG, OX14 1HF, OX14 1PN, OX13 6YH, OX14 1AA, OX14 1LU, OX14 1LY, OX14 1NX. Local Abingdon fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode OX13 and OX14 and the telephone dialling code 01235. Simply click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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Doing a Search On the Internet
The compulsion for most people when trying to find a service or tradesman in Abingdon, is to hook up to the internet with their smartphone or laptop. It's fairly certain that you are scanning this web page at this point after you stumbled upon it by looking on Bing, Ask, Google or Yahoo, or another search engine. What you'll very quickly realise is that such popular search engines churn out listings that are relatively obscure. When hunting for fireplace installers in Abingdon, you'll probably type "Abingdon fireplace installation", "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation Abingdon" or "fireplace installation in Abingdon" into your search engine and see what results this displays.
However, you'll shortly come to realise that a lot of the page 1 listings on the major search engines will be either paid results or listings from multi-million pound companies such as Quotatis, TrustaTrader, Checkatrade, Rated People, Local Heroes or My Hammer or business directories like Yell, ThreeBestRated, Yelp or Thomson Local. The individual sites of fireplace installers in Abingdon (if they have one), will probably be hidden on page two or three of the listing results. So you will have to navigate further. Abingdon fireplace fitters don't invariably their own individual websites, so to obtain a representation of precisely who is currently available, it is still beneficial to try out a trade vetting site such as Local Heroes or Rated People.
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In the last twelve months fireplaces had been installed in the following Abingdon streets: Badgers Copse, Brookside, Appleford Road, The Quadrant, Sudbury Lane, The Ride, St Helens Court, Schongau Close, Courtiers Green, Suffolk Way, Austin Place, Barrow Hill Close, Checker Walk, Caldecott Road, St Marys Green, Caldecott Court, Dearlove Close, The Glebe, Binning Close, Buscot Drive, Southby Close, Bath Street, Amey Crescent, Blossoms Glade, Trinity Close, Caldecott Close, Beagle Close, Sugworth Lane, and in these Oxfordshire postcodes: OX14 1JG, OX14 1GY, OX14 1NG, OX14 1HF, OX14 1PN, OX13 6YH, OX14 1AA, OX14 1LU, OX14 1LY, OX14 1NX.
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