Fireplace Fitter Arnold Nottinghamshire (NG5): Re-opening a disused fireplace to fit a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is an effective way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to your Arnold property. If you choose to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove on those chilly winters' evenings, you will also be provided with a plentiful supply of hot water.
There are a few vital considerations to make before you commence any work, if you are to establish a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your house. Any combustible appliance installed within residential homes in Arnold must comply with Part J of the Building Regulations, and this covers hearths, flue linings, fireplaces and chimney breasts. Planning permission may also be necessary before work commences if your property is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple renovation of a pre-existing fireplace can be executed by a skilled DIYer, however if any construction work is necessary there's a possibility of encountering structural problems which will have to be dealt with by a professional. It might be the case that when you remove the covering from an old fireplace to discover a hidden treasure which requires nothing more than a quick clean up and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. Much more likely you will come across a blocked flue and old brickwork that requires structural modifications.
An incorrectly fitted fireplace can cause serious respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Arnold with the knowledge and experience to install it safely. There always has to be airflow into a room where there is a fireplace to ensure sufficient quantities of oxygen enable the fire to burn effectively. If there's not enough airflow then it is possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be lethal.
It might be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fire to get sufficient oxygen to burn effectively and safely at all times. They may have to fit vents in unused chimney flues which sometimes trap condensing air and cause staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A huge amount of soot and other muck can be discharged from a bricked up fireplace when opening it up for renovation. It is sensible to remove any rugs, furniture and carpets from a room where you are going to expose an old fireplace, to avoid them from being affected by soot, dust and dirt that will be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning works. If you are performing a complete renovation of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is tackled. By opening up a fireplace first you'll stop any soot from the chimney causing discolouring damage to other stages of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plasterwork.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean any parts of hearth that may have been left in place. Contacting a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the initial things on your to-do-list. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing so will inspect the condition of the chimney and provide advice on whether you need a new flue liner.
After a chimney sweeps examination it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as demanded by Part J of the Building Regulations. These are projects that should be done by a capable tradesman with a knowledge of the applicable regulations and quality construction skills.
If it is necessary to change the width of opening of your original fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a lintel support will have to be installed. When this is complete the next step of your fireplace installation in Arnold will be to modernise the hearth. You may find your existing hearth has been set into a floor void, however to be in accordance with current regulations it must be raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from concrete, marble or slate are available to achieve this, or your fireplace builder in Arnold might be able to provide you with a bespoke, made to measure hearth to fit in with your room style.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be tricky amongst the many designs and styles available from a fireplace showroom or online store. It is entirely possible that because of your existing chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that some fireplaces may not be suitable, therefore it pays to follow the advice of your fireplace company in this respect.
Whether you go for a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will be based on the all round look that you are trying to develop, your existing decor and perhaps, your property's age. By way of example, a cast iron wood burner looks great set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character and charm of the stove and also deflects the heat into the room effectively.
Even if your Arnold home does not have a chimney breast you still have options for a feature fireplace through the installation of a wood burning or multi fuel stove. So long as you've got an external wall through which a flue from the top or back of the stove can be passed, you don't need a pre-existing chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy a real fire.
OPEN, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the glow and warmth of an open fireplace on a cold evening, but if your circumstances do not allow for this, what are the other alternatives?
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in many households in Arnold, and can have classic or modern design to match your furnishings. A model with a back boiler will supply additional heating capabilities by transferring the heated water to a radiator in a cold room of your home.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can make use of different fuels such as wood, briquettes, coal and other flammable materials. In the old days an open fire may have been associated with being inefficient, smoky and draughty, but a skillfully installed fireplace is wonderful to watch while reclining in the warmth it provides.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by anyone who's reasonable competent and there are styles that are appropriate for any room and house in Arnold. Contemporary electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to mimic an open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use wood, gas, oil and coal to furnish you with a versatile heater for any house in Arnold. The AGA range for instance is renowned as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - Providing instant heat and more efficient (thermally) when compared with wood burners, there are a wide range of styles and designs to suit any type of Arnold home. Must be professionally maintained and installed by Gas Safe certified (replaced CORGI register in 2009) tradesperson.
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