Fireplace Fitter Barry Wales (CF62): A wonderful way to add some charm to any Barry property is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those frosty winter evenings can even prove to be more cost effective than some central heating systems, so long as you have a good source of wood or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plentiful hot water in the process.
There are a few vital considerations to make before you start any work, in order to establish a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your home. Any combustible appliance in residential homes in Barry must conform to Part J of the UK's buildings regulations, and this covers hearths, flue linings, chimney breasts and fireplaces. Planning permission may also be needed before work begins if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the work in remodeling a blocked up fireplace if you have the ability needed, however structural and safety issues are often discovered which need to be resolved by a professional tradesman. It may be that in order to get a fire burning once more you'll need little more than a good clean up of the hearth and a sweeping of the chimney. However, what you'll most likely find is an area of crumbling, old bricks that conceals problems such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that needs replacing.
A wrongly installed fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace specialist in Barry with the knowledge and experience to do the work safely. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where there is a fireplace to guarantee adequate amounts of oxygen allow the fire to burn properly. If there is not enough airflow then it's quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be lethal.
To overcome this problem a professional installation team will evaluate the situation and install vents around the room, or underneath the floor, to guarantee an adequate amount of air flow for the fire to burn efficiently and safely. They might have to install vents into unused chimney flues which sometimes trap moist air and result in staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Having a fireplace opened up can cause large amounts of soot and grime to enter your room. A decent Barry fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and provide a bit of protection, but it's advisable when possible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the room before any work starts. If you're fortunate enough to be working on a full home renovation project then it ought to be one of the very first tasks to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This helps prevent any discolouring damage to any refurbished work you may have already done.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you're able to see the opening of your fireplace it's time to sweep and clean the chimney and hearth and identify what can be refurbished. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the initial things on your checklist. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing this will inspect the condition of the chimney and offer you advice on whether a new flue liner is needed.
It could be essential to fit a new flue lining to comply with the current UK Building Regulations, and construction work might also be needed to reinforce the existing chimney and breast. These are projects that require a capable craftsman with a good understanding of the applicable regulations and sound construction skills.
If you need to change the size of opening of your original fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a supporting concrete lintel should be put in. When your new lintel is safely in position you may now get on with the installation, updating and renovation of the fireplace hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to comply with the latest regulations. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to purchase a made to measure hearth, however there are a wide range of ready-made hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will illustrate the options that are available for the different fireplace styles and designs. It's possible that due to your current flue and chimney, that certain fireplaces may not be suitable, therefore it's advisable to follow the recommendations from 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. As an example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop for an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
If your Barry home doesn't have a chimney breast you've still got the option of a fireplace feature through the installation of a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. Provided that you've got an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be channeled, you don't need an existing chimney in place to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The ambience and feel of a "real" fire can't be surpassed, but what alternatives are out there if this style of fireplace isn't possible within your Barry home?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as coal, wood, oil or gas, and become a unique focal point in any living room or kitchen in Barry. They can be used not only for heating an individual room, but some styles such as the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole property if they are plumbed into an existing radiator network.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any property in Barry, can be easily fitted by any competent person. Contemporary electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to replicate a real open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in a lot of properties in Barry, and can have modern or classic design to complement your decor. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and could provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can use different fuels such as briquettes, smokeless coal, wood and other flammable materials. In the old days an open fire may have had a reputation of being inefficient, draughty and smoky, however a skillfully installed fireplace is wonderful to watch while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and being more efficient when compared with wood burning stoves, there are a multitude of styles and designs to suit any Barry property. Gas fireplaces can only be installed and maintained by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (formerly CORGI registered).
Fireplace installation is available in Barry and also in: Sully, Llandough, Fonmon, Penmark, St Athan, Penarth, Culverhouse Cross, Wenvoe, Lavernock, Dinas Powys, Cadoxton, Bonvilston, Rhoose, Leckwith, East Aberthaw, St Nicholas, Cardiff, and in these postcodes CF62 5RZ, CF62 5BY, CF62 6QP, CF62 5UY, CF62 6JQ, CF62 5BT, CF62 6JZ, CF62 6QY, CF62 6QG, CF62 5AJ. Locally based Barry fireplace specialists will probably have the dialling code 01446 and the postcode CF62. Click the "quote" banner to get information on fireplace installation in your area.
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In the past twelve months fireplaces had been installed in the following Barry streets: St Cadocs Rise, Tathan Crescent, Spencer Street, Dylan Crescent, Thaw Close, Severn Avenue, Cwm Barry Way, Southesk Place, Cliffwood View, Ceiriog Close, Caernarvon Gardens, Bryn Barrwg, Somerset Road East, Station Terrace, Chesterfield Street, Blyth Close, St Teilo Avenue, Aberystwyth Crescent, Treharne Road, The Grove, St Marys Avenue, St Aidens Rise, Blenheim Close, Arden Way, Drake Close, St Oswalds Road, Church Terrace, The Crescent, Dryden Terrace, and in these Wales postcodes: CF62 5RZ, CF62 5BY, CF62 6QP, CF62 5UY, CF62 6JQ, CF62 5BT, CF62 6JZ, CF62 6QY, CF62 6QG, CF62 5AJ.
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