Fireplace Fitter Billericay Essex (CM11): Installing a new fireplace or opening up an old disused fireplace in your Billericay property is an effective way to add a homely feel and some charm to any room. Cold winters' evenings can become a joy as you sit beside your fireplace listening to the crackling of a burning fire, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even benefit from plentiful hot water too.
However before you start knocking down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some vital considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed within the home must conform to Part J of the building regs, and this applies to flue linings, fireplaces, chimney breasts and hearths. Planning permission may also be necessary before work commences if your property is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're an enthusiastic and competent DIY'er it might be possible to restore a bricked-up fireplace, but the chances of experiencing structural issues in most cases is regrettably high. It might be the case that when you remove the boarding surrounding a disused fireplace to discover a hidden treasure that needs nothing more than a quick clean and a call to a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. More likely you will discover crumbling brickwork that requires structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there's not only a risk of fire to your home, but there can be associated health hazards, which is why it is better to bring in a professional Billericay installation team for a fireplace. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is the case. If the airflow is not good enough then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be lethal.
To get past this problem a professional fireplace installation team will consider the situation and fit vents in the room, or under the flooring, to guarantee a sufficient airflow for the fire to burn effectively and safely. They may also have to fit vents into unused chimney flues which can trap moist air and cause staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is astonishing just how much soot and grime can build up inside an old fireplace and chimney and you'll not know what is there until you uncover it. A thoughtful Billericay fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and supply a bit of protection, but it is advisable where feasible to remove carpets and furniture from the room before any work begins. If you're performing a complete restoration of a property or room, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is tackled. By opening a fireplace first you will stop any soot from the chimney causing damage to other phases of your project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plaster.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clean any hearth that is still in position. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and while doing so will be able to inspect the condition of the chimney and provide you with guidance on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant UK Building Regulations must be complied with. This sort of work must be tackled by a skilled tradesperson who is acquainted with the current building regulations and good construction practices.
If it is necessary to adjust the size of opening of your existing fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a lintel support should be put in. When you have supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be possible to repair or upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it to comply with the latest building regulations. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you may have to purchase a bespoke, custom-built hearth, however there are a wide range of ready to fit hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be tricky when faced with the many designs and styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online retailer. The suggestions and advice from your sales and installation team, which will be based on your particular requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace that's both suitable for your existing chimney and flue, as well as for your home's decor.
You property's age, and the theme you're trying to establish for your room, will all help you to decide on the design and type of fireplace that's most suitable for you. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a wood burner can look amazing in this surrounding, and also has the benefit of effectively reflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you don't have a chimney breast in your Billericay home, it's still feasible to install a wood burning or multi fuel stove. Provided that you have an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the stove can be passed, you don't need to have a chimney structure in place to be able to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
GAS, OPEN, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that cannot be beaten, however what are the other available options to fit in your new fireplace in Billericay?
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit any property in Billericay, can be easily fitted by any competent individual. Even if your property has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be installed.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with a variety of fuels, including wood, gas, coal or oil, to establish an attractive focal point in your home in Billericay. Some designs, like the AGA range, are also suitable for generating hot water, cooking and heating your entire house.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Billericay can benefit from the installment of a wood burner, which can be found in a range of designs, and can even be installed freestanding. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide steaming hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your house.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of designs to suit all types of house and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. Gas fires can only be maintained and installed by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (previously CORGI registered).
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for any room and can be used with a number of different solid fuels. In earlier times an open fire may have had a reputation of being draughty, smoky and inefficient, however a professionally installed contemporary fireplace is a joy to behold while reclining in the warm glow it provides.
Fireplace installations are available in Billericay and also in nearby places like: Great Burstead, Ramsden Heath, Stock, Ingrave, Brentwood, West Hanningfield, Crays Hill, Ramsden Bellhouse, Mountnessing, Ingatestone, Herongate, Basildon, Hutton, Little Burstead, Wickford, and in these postcodes CM11 2HH, CM11 1AE, CM11 1EY, CM11 1WF, CM11 1ES, CM11 2LE, CM11 1SQ, CM11 1SF, CM11 1DT, CM11 2JH. Locally based Billericay fireplace specialists will probably have the telephone code 01277 and the postcode CM11. Click the "quote" banner to get info on fireplace installation in your location.
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People living in the following streets and areas have just recently enquired about fireplace installation - Crowsheath Lane, Second Avenue, Boleyn Close, Beams Close, Trinity Road, Dedham Road, Stoney Hills, Springfield Road, The Spinney, Coxes Farm Road, Betony Crescent, Arundel Way, The Chase, Blind Lane, Saffron Walk, Crescent Road, Crown Yard, Bridleway, Dukes Farm Road, Darell Way, Belgrave Road, Colville Mews, Allysum Walk, Broomwood Lane, Brightside Close, Brompton Close, The Rowans, Sloane Mews, as well as the following Billericay area postcodes: CM11 2HH, CM11 1AE, CM11 1EY, CM11 1WF, CM11 1ES, CM11 2LE, CM11 1SQ, CM11 1SF, CM11 1DT, CM11 2JH.
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