Fireplace Fitter Bishop Auckland County Durham (DL14): Re-opening a disused fireplace to put in a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is an excellent way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to your Bishop Auckland home. Cold winter evenings can become very enjoyable as you relax beside your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even benefit from plentiful hot water too.
Before you start bashing away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you'll need to think about to make sure you can safely install your new fireplace. Any combustible appliance in residential homes in Bishop Auckland must conform to Part J of the UK's buildings regulations, and this covers hearths, fireplaces, chimney breasts and flue linings. If you live in a listed building you will also have to find out if planning permission is required from the local authorities before any work can begin.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a keen and competent DIYer it is possible to renovate a blocked or bricked-up fireplace, however the probability of encountering structural issues in the majority of cases is high. It may be the case that when you pull back the covering from an old fireplace to discover a hidden treasure that needs nothing more than a quick clean up and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What you'll most likely discover is a patch of old bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
Because of the acute health and fire risk issues that can be caused by a poorly installed or renovated fireplace, it is best to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a competent fireplace fitter in Bishop Auckland. Airflow must be sufficient in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. If the airflow is not sufficient then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to receive enough oxygen to burn safely and efficiently all the time. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and creating damp spots and staining, vents may need to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A substantial amount of soot and other grime can be discharged from an old fireplace upon reopening it for restoration. Even with covers and other dust protection for your furniture, the chance of impairment from soot and muck is still likely and it's advisable to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning commences. If you are carrying out a full restoration of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are dealt with. By opening a fireplace first you will stop any chimney soot causing staining damage to other stages of your restoration project, such as fresh plasterwork or paint on walls.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you are able to see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and see what is fit for refurbishment. You now ought to get hold of your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. They'll be willing to offer professional guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, as to the condition of the chimney structure and if it is advisable to swap the existing liner.
It might be essential to fit a new flue liner to comply with the current UK Building Regulations, and work may also be required to beef up the existing chimney and breast. These are projects that require a capable tradesman with a good understanding of the applicable regulations and quality construction skills.
If it is necessary to change the size of opening of your exposed fireplace to a more suitable size for your design, a lintel support must be installed. When you have successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be necessary to repair or upgrade the hearth. In earlier times the hearth was set into a hole in the floor, but the latest building regs require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to choose a tailor-made hearth, however there are a wide variety of ready to fit hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will show the choices available for the different fireplace styles and designs. Not all fireplaces will be appropriate for your existing flue and chimney and it's wise to accept any guidance and advice from your installation team regarding your particular circumstances.
Whether you go with an open fireplace, a wood burner or a multi-fuel stove will be based on the all round style you are trying to develop, your current decor and maybe, the age of your property. If you've got an attractive inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look stunning in this surrounding, and also has the benefit of reflecting heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you haven't got a pre-existing chimney in your Bishop Auckland property, it's still possible to put in a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. So long as you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the top or back of the stove can be passed, you do not need a chimney structure in place to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
WOOD, OPEN, GAS, ELECTRIC OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the flickering of a natural fire on a cool winters' evening, but if your circumstances do not allow for this, what are the other alternatives?
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted safely and easily by any competent person and there are designs that are suitable for any room and type of home in Bishop Auckland. Even if your property has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Gas Fireplaces - Come in a variety of designs to suit any property and are more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves. Gas fires can only be fitted and maintained by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Bishop Auckland can be improved by the fitting of a wood burner, which are available in an array of designs, and can even be installed freestanding. If coupled with a back boiler can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for other use in your house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests they can be used with different fuels, such as coal, gas, oil or wood, and become a unique focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Bishop Auckland. The AGA range for example is renowned as being able to provide heating for an entire house, a constant supply of hot water and an oven and hob all in one unit.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace which can make use of different fuels such as smokeless coal, briquettes, wood and other combustive materials. A skillfully installed open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was blocked up by former owners, and its glowing charm is a delightful addition to any home in Bishop Auckland.
Fireplace installation is available in Bishop Auckland and also in nearby places like: Binchester Blocks, Coronation, Toronto, Auckland Park, Tindale Crescent, Middlestone, South Church, Coundon, Woodhouses, Shildon, Coundon Gate, Binchester, Escombe, Etherley Dene, and in these postcodes DL14 0TJ, DL14 4EF, DL14 6FL, DL14 6DB, DL14 4EG, DL14 6AG, DL14 0ST, DL14 6BN, DL14 6AD, DL14 6EQ. Locally based Bishop Auckland fireplace specialists will most likely have the phone code 01388 and the postcode DL14.
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Information, Help and Social Media
A whole host of facts and information on fireplace installation is available on one of the fireplace installation forums, so it would be a wise idea to head on over to a fireplace installation forum, discussions include understanding building regulations, trims for stoves, chimney flues, log burners, widening fireplaces and pellet boilers and stoves. The dedicated Wikipedia "fireplace" page is the place to head for information on the evolution of fireplaces, the various types of fireplaces, the health effects of fireplaces, the heating efficiency of fireplaces, the environmental effects of fireplaces and wood burning fireplaces. If you wish to find out more on fireplace designs check this out. Watch a You Tube video on do-it-yourself fireplace installation here. To see the type of social media marketing that is done on fireplaces, check this out.
Searching On the Web For Fireplace Installation in Bishop Auckland
These days most people in Bishop Auckland who are looking for services of any kind are likely to "Google it", in other words search for them online. With prominent search engines like Ask, Google, Yahoo or Bing, you can easily get lots of immediate results. Imperfections do occur however with the leading search engines, and you may discover that the results offered aren't precisely what you were expecting. But, without doubt you will key in "Bishop Auckland fireplace installation", "fireplace installation in Bishop Auckland", "fireplace installation Bishop Auckland" or "fireplace installation near me", in the hope of discovering precisely what you are trying to track down.
You should be aware that the four top listings are quite often PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising (which may or may not be relevant), and lots of the other page one results will be from major trade portals like Checkatrade, TrustaTrader, Quotatis, Local Heroes, Rated People or My Hammer or directories such as ThreeBestRated, Yell, Yelp or Thomson Local. For those fireplace installers in Bishop Auckland who've got their own website, it's likely they'll be abandoned on page two or three of the listing results, and you will need to look beyond the first page.
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Around Bishop Auckland
Over the past 12 months fireplaces were professionally installed in these Bishop Auckland streets: Queens Road, Blair Grove, Elm Terrace, Thorncliffe Grove, Fairfield Court, Gudmunsen Avenue, Bell Street, Etherley Lane, Alnwick Close, Berkeley Grove, Southcliffe, Raine Street, Lindsay Street, Westlea Avenue, St. Catherines Way, Kitchen Avenue, Saxon Court, Broken Banks, General Bucher Court, Garden Terrace, Neile Court, Ediscum Garth, Rockingham Drive, James Street, Taylor Square, Surtees Street, Bridge Road, and in these County Durham postcodes: DL14 0TJ, DL14 4EF, DL14 6FL, DL14 6DB, DL14 4EG, DL14 6AG, DL14 0ST, DL14 6BN, DL14 6AD, DL14 6EQ.
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Fireplace installation in DL14 area, and dialling code 01388.