Fireplace Fitter Ash Surrey (GU12): A wonderful way to add charm to any Ash home is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Adding an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove more cost effective than certain central heating systems, as long as you've got a good source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plentiful hot water at the same time.
However before you start bashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some essential things to consider to achieve a safe and efficient fireplace. Any combustible appliance in domestic homes in Ash must conform to Part J of the UK's buildings regs, and this covers hearths, flue linings, fireplaces and chimney breasts. If your property is a listed building you'll also need to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work is started.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer it is quite possible to renovate a bricked-up or blocked fireplace, but the chance of experiencing structural problems in most cases is high. You could be lucky when you uncover the old fireplace and find out you need nothing more than a thorough chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get a fire roaring once more. What's more common however is a jumble of crumbling, old brickwork covering a stopped up flue, and needs some form of structural modification before it can be used safely.
Due to the severe fire risk and health problems that can result from an improperly installed or restored fireplace, it is better to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a certified fireplace fitter in Ash. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is so. If the airflow is not good enough then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
To safely get over any airflow issues, vents may be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and causing damp spots and staining, vents might have to be installed by the installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It's astonishing how much dust and soot can build up inside an old chimney and you'll not know precisely what is there until you proceed to open it up. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the likelihood of damage from muck and soot is still possible and it's advisable to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace restoration work commences. If you are performing a complete restoration of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. This prevents any staining damage to any refurbished work you have already completed.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace uncovered, it is time to see what can be renovated and to give the chimney and hearth a comprehensive cleaning. The very first job on your checklist will be to contact a proper chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and while doing this will be able to inspect the condition of the chimney and provide advice on whether you need a new flue lining.
After a chimney sweep assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or/and install a new flue liner in accordance with Part J of the Building Regulations. This kind of work should be accomplished by a qualified person who is acquainted with the current building regulations and good construction practices.
In older buildings you might find that the revealed fireplace is too wide for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be needed to adapt the opening. As soon as this is complete the next step of your fireplace installation in Ash will be to update the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll need to raise it above floor level to comply with the latest building regs. There are tailor-made solutions to fit pretty much any size and design of fireplace, or you can pick from a range of popular sized hearths to fit in with your decor.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will reveal the alternatives available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. It's entirely possible that because of your current chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs might not be suitable, and it pays to follow the the recommendations and advice of the fireplace installation company in this respect.
Some houses and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look amazing in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of deflecting heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you do not have an existing chimney breast in your Ash home, it's still feasible to put in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. So long as you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you don't need to have a pre-existing chimney structure in place to be able to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold evening creates an ambience and charm that cannot be beaten, but what are the other options available to put into in your new fireplace in Ash?
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in many homes in Ash, and can have classic or modern design to suit your decoration. A back boiler is an extra benefit and could provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in other rooms via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focal point for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can purchase. An expertly fitted open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was bricked up by former owners, and its glowing charm is a delightful addition to any property in Ash.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) when compared with wood burning stoves or open fireplaces, there are a multitude of designs and styles to suit any Ash property. A Gas Safe registered engineer must install and maintain any gas fireplace in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various fuels, such as coal, gas, oil or wood, and become an attractive focal point in any kitchen or living room in Ash. The AGA range for example is well known as being capable of providing heating for an entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven all in one useful appliance.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a diverse choice of designs make electric fires an extremely popular choice for Ash houses without a chimney breast. Even if your home has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a genuine fire with dancing flames.
Fireplace installations are available in Ash and also in: Farnborough, Ash Vale, Worplesdon, Tongham, Fairlands, Normandy, Compton, Seale, Mytchett, Puttenham, Wanborough, Ash Green, Hurtmore, Guildford, Wood Street Village, Shackleford, Badshot Lea, Wyke, Aldershot, and in these postcodes GU12 5JA, GU12 5AX, GU12 5LN, GU12 5NS, GU12 5AU, GU12 5DH, GU12 5HT, GU10 1AJ, GU10 1AW, GU12 5HR. Locally based Ash fireplace specialists will probably have the phone code 01252 and the postcode GU12.
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