Fireplace Fitter Andover Hampshire (SP10): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is a great way to add a homely feel and some charm to any Andover property. Adding a multi-fuel stove or open fire for those chilly winter evenings can even be more cost effective than certain central heating systems, as long as you have a regular source of fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plenty of steaming hot water at the same time.
But before you start smashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some vital considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with a safe and efficient fireplace. All work must abide by Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of fireplaces, hearths, flue linings and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. If you own a listed building you will also have to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work begins.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're an enthusiastic and competent DIY'er it might be possible to refurbish a blocked or bricked-up fireplace, but the probability of encountering structural issues in many cases is high. You may be lucky when you uncover the old fireplace and find out you need little more than a thorough chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth in order to get your fire roaring once more. What's more typical however is an area of old brickwork covering a stopped up flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there's not just a fire risk to your home, but there can be health hazards, which is why it is best to bring in a competent Andover installation company for a fireplace. There always has to be enough airflow into a room where a fireplace is installed to guarantee adequate levels of oxygen for the fire to burn effectively. If the airflow is not good enough then it is possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be lethal.
It might be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fireplace to get enough oxygen to burn efficiently and safely all the time. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also need to have air vents fitted since they can often trap moist air within them causing damp to build up inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A substantial amount of soot and other grime can be discharged from a blocked up chimney upon reopening it for renovation. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the chance of impairment from dirt and soot is still likely and it is advised to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace restoration work commences. If you are engaging in a full restoration of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. This stops any discolouring damage to any renovated work you have already done.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace open, it's time to see what can be renovated or replaced and give the chimney and hearth an intensive cleaning. You should now get hold of your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. Not only will they make sure that your chimney and flue are clean, but they can additionally look at the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer advice about whether you need to upgrade any area of the chimney structure and flue.
After a chimney sweep's assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue liner as laid down in Part J of the Building Regulations. A good fireplace installer in Andover will be required to complete this task, and will need the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all building regulations.
If the size of the original fireplace is greater than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel should be installed. When you've successfully supported your fireplace with a lintel it will then be time to update or repair the hearth. In the old days the hearth would be set into the floor, but current building regs require it to be raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf solutions from slate, marble or concrete are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace builder in Andover should be able to offer you a bespoke, custom-made hearth to match your room style.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you go to a fireplace showroom you are spoilt for choice with a wide array of different options available to you. The recommendations and advice from your fireplace installers, which will be specific to your requirements, will enable you to choose a fireplace that's both perfect for your existing flue and chimney, and suited to your decor.
Certain properties and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For instance, a cast iron wood burner looks wonderful set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the charm and character of the stove and also deflects the heat back into the room to good effect.
Even if you do not have a pre-existing chimney in your Andover property, it's still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. This form of fireplace can be installed with a flue that's routed through an outside wall and does not need a chimney, to be safely installed.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the crackling of a natural fire on a cold evening, but if your situation doesn't allow for this, what are the other alternatives?
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by any reasonable competent person and there are varieties that are appropriate for just about any room and type of house in Andover. They can be inset into conventional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of modern electric fires it can often be difficult to distinguish them from the real thing.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many styles to suit all types of property and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than open fireplaces. Gas fireplaces can only be maintained and installed by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with the option of using oil, gas, coal and wood to furnish you with a multipurpose stove for any property in Andover. The AGA style is well known as being capable of providing heating for the whole home, a constant supply of hot water and an oven and hob for cooking all in one useful appliance.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of homes in Andover, and can have modern or classic styling to suit your home's decor. A model with an integrated back boiler can provide additional heating capabilities by connecting the heated water to a radiator in a cold spot of your home.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focal point for any room in your home and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. An expertly installed contemporary open fire will be no comparison to the smoky old fireplace that was boarded up by former owners, and its glowing charm is a welcome addition to any home in Andover.
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Fireplace Installation work has recently been done in these Andover areas and roads - Armstrong Rise, Short Street, Cholderton Road, Cusden Drive, Belle Vue Road, Station Road, Casterbridge Lane, Sunnybank, Chant Close, Streetway Road, Stoke Hollow, Drake Court, Derwent Court, Dunkirt Lane, The Oaks, Stevens Green, Severn Court, Beckett Road, Tovey Court, Challis Court, Bell Road, Trajan Walk, Tibb's Meadow, Beech Close, Balmoral Court, Turin Court, Appleshaw Way, Brewery Cottages, Charlton Road, Bell Street, as well as these Andover area postcodes: SP10 1LZ, SP10 1BD, SP10 2AF, SP10 1QF, SP10 2AQ, SP10 1NE, SP10 1LW, SP10 2AG, SP10 1HR, SP10 1LP.
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