Fireplace Fitter Berkhamsted Hertfordshire (HP4): Opening up a disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a splendid way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to your Berkhamsted property. Chilly winters' evenings can become a joy as you sit beside your fireplace listening to the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even enjoy plentiful hot water too.
Before you go prising away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you will need to consider to make certain you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any combustible appliance installed in the home must comply with Part J of the UK's buildings regulations, and this covers flue linings, chimney breasts, hearths and fireplaces. If your home is a listed building you'll also have to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local council before any work commences.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the restoration work on a bricked-up fireplace if you have the ability needed, however structural and safety issues are often found that need to be resolved by a professional. If you're fortunate when you open up a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent chimney breast, hearth and lintel that needs little more than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. However, what you'll most likely find is a patch of crumbling, old bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs replacing or a blocked up chimney.
A wrongly installed fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a specialist fireplace installer in Berkhamsted with the knowledge and experience to do the work effectively. There always has to be enough airflow into a room where there is a fireplace to ensure adequate amounts of oxygen for the fire to burn safely. Insufficient oxygen means the fire won't burn properly, and a build up of carbon monoxide could occur, which can cause injury or death.
It may be necessary to fit airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fire to get adequate oxygen to burn safely and properly at all times. They might have to install vents in unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and lead to damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Having a fireplace opened up can create huge amounts of dirt and soot. A decent Berkhamsted fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and provide a bit of protection, but it's advisable when possible to remove woven floor coverings 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 first tasks to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This should help to avoid any impairment by soot and other chimney dirt to any completed renovation work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace open, it's time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated or replaced and give the chimney and hearth an intensive cleaning. Contacting a chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the very first things on your agenda. They will not only make certain your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can also investigate the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer guidance about whether you need to replace any section of the chimney and flue.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant UK Building Regulations must be followed. A competent fireplace installer in Berkhamsted will be needed to perform this task, and will have the knowledge and skills in construction to closely follow all building regulations.
If you need to adjust the size of opening of your exposed fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a concrete supporting lintel must be put in. When your concrete lintel is safely in position you can now press on with the updating, renovation and installation of the fireplace hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll need to raise it to comply with the latest regulations. You can get custom-made options to fit virtually any size and style of fireplace, or you can choose from a variety of common sized hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be tricky amongst the many designs and styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online dealer. It is possible that owing to your current chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that certain fireplaces might not be appropriate, therefore it's advisable to follow the recommendations from the fireplace installer in this respect.
Whether you decide on a multi-fuel stove, an open fireplace or a wood burner will hinge on the overall look that you're trying to develop, your current decor and perhaps even, the age of your property. If you've got an attractive inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look striking in this surrounding, which also has the benefit of effectively reflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
If your Berkhamsted home hasn't got a chimney breast you still have options for a feature fireplace by putting in a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. A chimney isn't needed in this instance as the flue is taken directly from the rear or top of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that cannot be beaten, but what are the other options available to put into in your brand new fireplace in Berkhamsted?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using coal, gas, oil and wood to deliver a multipurpose heater for any house in Berkhamsted. The AGA range is renowned as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven all in one useful appliance.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves or open fireplaces, there are a wide variety of designs to suit any Berkhamsted home. Gas fireplaces can only be maintained and fitted by a certified Gas Safe registered technician, (previously CORGI registered).
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fireplaces an extremely popular choice for Berkhamsted homes without a chimney. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a genuine fire with dancing flames.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a unique focal point for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel available on the market. A professionally fitted open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps bricked up by past owners, and its glowing elegance is a delightful addition to any home in Berkhamsted.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become extremely popular in many households in Berkhamsted, and can have classic or modern styling to complement your furnishings. If combined with a back boiler these can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for other use in your home.
Fireplace installations are available in Berkhamsted and also in: Little Gaddesdon, Tring, Ashley Green, Frithsden, Cow Roast, Pednor, Bourne End, Potten End, Northchurch, Hawridge, Whelpley Hill, Water End, Bovingdon, Little Heath, Asheridge, and in these postcodes HP4 2BX, HP4 1BZ, HP4 2BA, HP4 1AS, HP4 1FL, HP4 2EA, HP4 1FE, HP4 1LH, HP4 1JF, HP4 2DG. Locally based Berkhamsted fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode HP4 and the phone code 01442.
Hertfordshire Fireplace Enquiries
Recent Hertfordshire fireplace customer enquiries: Patryk and Ella-Louise Mcnulty recently asked for an estimate for the installation of a wood burning stove in a terraced house in South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Priya and Rogan Reilly recently requested a quote for the installation of a multi-fuel fireplace in Tring, Hertfordshire. Ava and Gabrielius Goodman recently enquired about getting a price for re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new electric fireplace in a detached house in Flamstead, Hertfordshire. Logan and Sandra Wainwright recently asked for a quote for installing a wood burning stove in a semi-detached house in Wheathampstead. Florence Rich and Nikolas Rich recently requested a quote for fitting a gas fire in Baldock, Hertfordshire. Abubakr Whyte and Alara Whyte recently requested a price quote for re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new wood burning stove in a cottage in Waltham Cross. Nolan and Amber-Rose Brooks recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new gas fire in a bungalow in Standon. India and Israel Pickard recently asked for a quotation for fitting an electric fireplace in Offley.
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Property owners living in the following streets and roads have just recently requested fireplace installation - Kingsdale Road, Dukes Way, Edlyn Close, Larch Rise, Trevelyan Way, Cobb Road, Graemes Dyke Road, Oak Drive, Grantham Mews, Benningfield Gardens, White Hill, Tweed Close, Tresco Road, Whitehill Court, Bedford Street, Spring Field Road, Priestland Gardens, Ballinger Court, Connaught Gardens, Peacocks Close, Shootersway, Bulbourne Close, Moore Road, Oak Wood, Alderley Court, Haynes Mead, Millfield, Hunters Park, as well as these local Berkhamsted postcodes: HP4 2BX, HP4 1BZ, HP4 2BA, HP4 1AS, HP4 1FL, HP4 2EA, HP4 1FE, HP4 1LH, HP4 1JF, HP4 2DG.
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