Fireplace Fitter Bournemouth Dorset (BH1): Putting in a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Bournemouth home is a good way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. Cold winter evenings can become enjoyable as you relax in front of your fireplace listening to the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even enjoy a plentiful supply of hot water too.
But before you start smashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some essential things to consider if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. All work must adhere to Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the construction and installation of fireplaces, flue linings, hearths and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with the local council to find out if planning permission is necessary for a fireplace installation in your property.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the work in remodeling a blocked up fireplace if you've got the skills needed, but safety and structural problems are often found that need to be resolved professionally. You may be fortunate when uncovering your old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a decent clean up of the hearth and a chimney sweep in order to get your fire roaring. What is more typical however is an area of old brickwork covering a blocked flue, and also requires some form of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
Owing to the severe health and fire risk problems that can result from an improperly fitted or renovated fireplace, it is advisable to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a professional fireplace fitter in Bournemouth. A major part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn efficiently and safely. If there is not enough airflow then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be lethal.
To get past this problem a fireplace specialist in Bournemouth will assess the situation and fit vents around the room, or under the floors, to ensure a sufficient airflow for the fire to burn safely and properly. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and producing damp spots and staining, vents might need to be installed by the fireplace installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is astonishing just how much soot and dust can accumulate inside an old chimney and you will not know precisely what is there until you uncover it. It is advisable to remove any carpets, rugs and furniture from an area where you're going to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them being damaged by soot, dust and dirt that will be whipped up during the fireplace installation works. If your fireplace is being installed as part of an overall restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be completed after you have taken the room back to its bare walls and floors. This helps to prevent any discolouring damage to any restored work you might have already finished.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to rigorously sweep the chimney and clear out any sections of hearth that remains. The very first item on your checklist will be to bring in a proper chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing this will be able to check the structural condition of the chimney and provide you with advice on whether you need a new flue liner.
Following a chimney sweeps assessment it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast in accordance with Part J of the UK Building Regulations. These are jobs that require an experienced builder with knowledge of the appropriate regulations and quality construction skills.
In older buildings you may discover that the original fireplace is too large for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to adapt the opening. When you have supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now necessary to repair or upgrade the hearth. You may find your existing hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, however to be in accordance with current regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you may have to purchase a custom-built hearth, but there are a wide variety of ready to fit hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your ideal fireplace can be challenging amongst the many styles and designs available from a fireplace showroom or online store. Not all fireplaces will be suitable for your existing flue and chimney therefore it's sensible to accept any advice and guidance offered by your installation team regarding your specific situation.
Some homes and rooms will be more suited to open fireplaces than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop for a traditional cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and deflecting heat back into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also a great choice if you haven't got a chimney breast in your Bournemouth property. So long as you've got an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the stove can be routed, you don't need a pre-existing chimney structure in place to experience a real fire.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fireplace on a dark evening, however if your situation doesn't allow for this, what are the other available options?
Wood Burning Stoves - An array of styles to suit any type of home in Bournemouth, and can even be freestanding. If fitted with a back boiler they can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for use in your house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using coal, gas, oil and wood to deliver a multi-purpose stove for any property in Bournemouth. Some types, such as the AGA range, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your entire property.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for a room and can use a variety of solid fuels. In past times an open fire may have been associated with being inefficient, smoky and draughty, but a well fitted fireplace is wonderful to watch while reclining in the warm glow it provides.
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fires the obvious choice for Bournemouth homes that don't have a chimney. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to replicate a real open fire when inset into a conventional fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more thermally efficient than open fireplaces, there are a wide range of designs to suit any period of property. Have to be professionally maintained and installed by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) technician.
Fireplace installations are available in Bournemouth and also in nearby places like: Winton, Canford Magna, Boscombe, Canford Cliffs, Southbourne, Christchurch, Hurn, Kinson, Moordown, Westbourne, Parkstone, Broadstone, Branksome Park, Queens Park, Northbourne, Hampreston, and in these postcodes BH1 1EG, BH1 2NR, BH1 1SJ, BH1 2HP, BH1 1DW, BH1 1RP, BH1 2HR, BH1 1ZN, BH1 2LQ, BH1 2BU. Local Bournemouth fireplace specialists will likely have the phone code 01202 and the postcode BH1. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get details about fireplace installation in your location.
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Some Bournemouth streets and areas where fireplace installation work has recently been carried out - Crusader Road, Bradburne Road, Cawdor Road, The Crescent, St Anthonys Road, Bascott Road, Coleman Road, Bournemouth Arcade, Bolton Road, Berkeley Road, Castlemain Avenue, Seagull Road, Spencer Road, St Albans Crescent, Benbridge Avenue, Cranmer Road, Denewood Road, St Valerie Road, Tern Court, Sylmor Gardens, Bishops Close, Branders Lane, Burlington Arcade, St Catherines Road, Shawford Gardens, Delamere Gardens, Andrews Close, St Johns Road, Truman Road, as well as the following local Bournemouth postcodes: BH1 1EG, BH1 2NR, BH1 1SJ, BH1 2HP, BH1 1DW, BH1 1RP, BH1 2HR, BH1 1ZN, BH1 2LQ, BH1 2BU.
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