Fireplace Fitter Addlestone Surrey (KT15): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a great way to add a bit of character and a homely feel to your Addlestone property. If you opt to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove on those cold winters' evenings, you will also be provided with plentiful hot water.
But before you begin bashing down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some essential considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed in residential homes in Addlestone must follow Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, and this covers hearths, fireplaces, chimney breasts and flue linings. If your home is a listed building you'll also need to ascertain if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work can commence.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic restoration of a current fireplace can perhaps be completed by a skilled DIYer, however if any building work is required there's a chance of encountering structural issues which have to be handled professionally. It could be that so as to get a fire burning once more you'll need nothing more than a good clean of the hearth and a sweeping of the chimney. What's more common however is a patch of crumbling, old brickwork covering a stopped up flue, and also requires some degree of structural modification before it can be used safely.
Owing to the serious health and fire risk issues that can result from an incorrectly installed or renovated fireplace, it is better to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of a reliable fireplace fitter and builder in Addlestone. Airflow has to be adequate in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a key requirement of Part J of the Building Regulations that this is so. If the airflow is not sufficient then it is possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be lethal.
To safely get over any airflow problems, vents might be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. They may also have to fit vents into unused chimney flues which can trap condensing air and lead to staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Opening up an old fireplace can cause large amounts of soot and grime to enter your home. Even with coverings for your furniture, the chance of damage from soot and grime is still possible and it is advised to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning commences. If you are engaging in a full restoration of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are dealt with. This stops any discolouration damage to any refurbished work you've already finished.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you're able to see the opening of your fireplace it's time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and work out what is fit for restoring. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the first items on the to-do-list. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing so will be able to check the structural condition of the chimney and offer you guidance on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
It may be necessary to put in a new flue liner to conform to the all important Building Regulations, and construction work might also be needed to strengthen the original chimney and breast. These are tasks that need to be done by a skilled tradesman with a good understanding of the relevant building regs and quality construction skills.
If the size of the existing fireplace is bigger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be put in. When your new concrete lintel is safely in place you may now press on with the installation, renovation and upgrade of the fireplace hearth. You might find the original hearth has been sunken into a floor void, however to be in accordance with latest regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. There are made to measure solutions to fit virtually any style and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a variety of popular size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will illustrate the options available for the different fireplace designs and styles. It's quite possible that because of your current flue and chimney, that some fireplaces may not be appropriate, and it's a good idea to follow the recommendations from your fireplace company in this respect.
You home's age, and the style that you are trying to develop for your room, will all help you to decide on the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to a traditional cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its character and reflects the heat into the room.
Even if you do not have an existing chimney breast in your Addlestone property, it is still feasible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. This style of fireplace can be installed with its own flue that's channeled through an external wall and does not require a chimney, to be safely installed.
OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the flickering of a natural fire on a cold evening, but if your circumstances do not permit this, what are the other alternatives?
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a diverse choice of styles make electric fires the obvious choice for Addlestone properties without a chimney breast. Contemporary electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to replicate an open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of homes in Addlestone, and can have modern or classic design to complement your furnishings. A model with an integrated back boiler will provide additional heating capabilities by transferring the hot water to radiators in cold spots in your house.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many styles to suit all types of property and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. Must be professionally fitted and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies they can be fired up with with different fuels, such as oil, coal, wood or gas, and become an attractive focal point in any living room or kitchen in Addlestone. Some designs, such as the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, can also be used for generating hot water, cooking and heating your entire property.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace which can use different fuels such as smokeless coal, briquettes, wood and other burnable materials. A skillfully installed contemporary open fire will be no comparison to the smoky old fireplace that was perhaps boarded up by earlier owners, and its glowing charm is a welcome addition to any property in Addlestone.
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