Fireplace Fitter Altrincham Greater Manchester (WA14): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to fit a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is a good way to add charm and a homely feel to your Altrincham home. Nippy winter evenings can become a pleasure as you sit beside your new fireplace listening to the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can also benefit from a plentiful supply of hot water too.
There are some vital things to consider before you commence any work, if you are to establish a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your home. Any work that's completed on your flue lining, chimney breast, hearth and fireplace must adhere to the UK's building regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you should check with local council to see if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your home.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodeling of an existing fireplace can perhaps be accomplished by a keen DIY person, however if any construction work is needed there's the possibility of running into structural problems which need to be dealt with by a professional. It may be your good fortune when you remove the covering from an old fireplace to find a hidden gem which requires little more than a quick clear out and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What you'll most likely discover is a wall of old bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
Due to the severe fire risk and health issues that can be caused by a poorly installed or renovated fireplace, it is best to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a competent fireplace fitter in Altrincham. There must always be enough airflow into a room where there's a fireplace to guarantee sufficient quantities of oxygen for the fire to burn properly. Not enough oxygen means that the fire won't burn well, and carbon monoxide fumes could accumulate, which can lead to death.
To overcome this concern a professional fireplace installation team will assess the circumstances and fit vents in the room, or underneath the floor, to ensure an adequate amount of air flow for the fire to burn safely and properly. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents might have to be installed by the installation team to enhance the airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's surprising how much soot and dirt can accumulate inside an old chimney and fireplace and you will not know exactly what is there until you open it up. It is good practice to remove any carpets, furniture and rugs from a room where you are planning to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them being affected by dust, soot and dirt that might be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning work. If you are installing a fireplace as part of an overall home restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be done once you have brought the room back to its bare walls and floors. By opening a fireplace first you'll prevent any chimney soot causing damage to other phases of your project, such as fresh plasterwork or wallpapered walls.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you can see the opening of your fireplace it's time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and identify what is fit for restoring. The very first job on your agenda should be to bring in a decent chimney sweep. Not only will they make sure your flue and chimney are nice and clean, but they can also investigate the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer guidance about whether you need to replace any part of the chimney and flu, such as the flue lining.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all relevant Building Regulations must be complied with. This kind of work should be completed by a qualified tradesperson with experience of the relevant building regulations and decent construction practices.
In buildings that are older you might discover the existing fireplace is too wide for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be required to modify the opening. When your concrete lintel is in place and secure you may now get on with the installation, updating and renovation of the fireplace hearth. In past times the hearth was sunken into the floor, but the current building regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf options from slate, marble or concrete are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace builder in Altrincham may be able to offer a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match the style of your room.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be tricky amongst the various designs and styles available from a fireplace showroom or online retailer. Not all fireplaces may be suitable for your existing flue and chimney therefore it's sensible to accept any guidance and advice offered by your installation team with regards to your specific circumstances.
Whether you opt for a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will be based on the overall style that you are trying to establish, your existing decor and maybe, your property's age. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a wood burner can look amazing set inside it, and has the added benefit of reflecting heat into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you don't have an existing chimney breast in your Altrincham property, it is still entirely possible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. Providing that you have an external wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you don't need to have an existing chimney in place to enjoy a "real" fire.
WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the warmth and glow of a natural fireplace on a dark evening, however if your situation doesn't permit this, what are the other alternatives?
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a wide range of designs to suit your property and are generally more thermally efficient than wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and installed by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) technician.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for any room and can utilise a variety of solid fuels. An open fire is a delight to the eye and contemporary fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, draughty and smoky objects they were in the past.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a diverse choice of designs make electric fireplaces the obvious choice for Altrincham homes without a chimney. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be installed that looks almost like a real fire with an authentic flame effect.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with a range of fuels, (wood, oil, coal, gas) to create a focal point in your property in Altrincham. Some designs, like the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your entire property.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become extremely popular in many properties in Altrincham, and can have classic or modern styling to complement your decoration. A model with a back boiler can supply supplementary heating by transferring the piping hot water to radiators in cold rooms in your home.
Fireplace installations are available in Altrincham and also in nearby places like: Dunham Town, West Timperley, Bowgreen, Hale Barns, Broadheath, Ashton upon Mersey, Bowden, Oldfield Brow, Brooklands, Davenport Green, Rostherne, Hale, Timperley, Little Bollington, and in these postcodes WA14 1ES, WA14 1BY, WA14 1LQ, WA14 1RL, WA14 1EZ, WA14 1NQ, WA14 1DU, WA14 2BZ, WA14 1HB, WA14 1JN. Local Altrincham fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode WA14 and the dialling code 0161. Click the "quote" banner to get information on fireplace installation in your area.
Searching On the Internet For Fireplace Installation
Simply "Googling it" seems to be the way in which almost all property owners in Altrincham look for all sorts of services and tradesmen these days. You can obtain instantaneous results with the use of Yahoo, Bing, Google or Ask, and naturally that is the wonderful thing about such search engines. One problem is often that the 1st page listings dished up the top search engines may not exactly be the ones that you were looking for. When you are looking around for fireplace installers for example, you'll bring up a search engine and type in "Altrincham fireplace installation", "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation in Altrincham" or "fireplace installation Altrincham".
Nonetheless, you'll soon discover that the majority of the resulting page one listings on these search engines will either be entries from major lead creation sites such as Rated People, Quotatis, Local Heroes, My Builder, Checkatrade or TrustaTrader, business directories like Yelp, Yell, Free Index or 3 Best Rated, or pay per click (PPC) advertisements that Google or whoever has automatically positioned there. So as to get the websites of actual fireplace installers, you will need to scroll to page 2 and 3 or possibly even further down the search engine results. If you can't uncover anybody suitable in the search engine results, it is fine to use one or more of the trade portals such as Rated People or My Hammer, where you'll be able to consider customers appraisals, read through reviews and obtain free price quotes.
Fireplace Enquiries Greater Manchester
Recently posted Greater Manchester fireplace requirements: Ayat and Elliott Bains recently requested an estimate for re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new electric fire in a semi-detached house in Hazel Grove, Greater Manchester. Alexia Dowell and Marco Dowell recently enquired about getting a price for installing a multifuel stove in Shaw and Crompton. Parker and Esther Goodwin recently asked for a quotation for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fireplace in a cottage in Standish. Pranav and Trinity Taggart recently asked for a quotation for re-opening and repairing an old marble fireplace in a bungalow in Lees, Greater Manchester. Helena Farr and Kajetan Farr recently enquired about the possibility of installing a wood burning stove in a cottage in Lowton, Greater Manchester. Kyle and Genevieve Oates recently asked for a quotation for installing a wood burner in a bungalow in High Lane, Greater Manchester. Anika and Gruffydd Mcguinness recently requested a price quote for the installation of an open fireplace in a detached house in Mellor. Esther Wilton and Andy Wilton recently enquired about getting a price for re-opening and restoring an old, boarded up fireplace in a cottage in Dukinfield.
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