Fireplace Fitter Brownhills West Midlands (WS8): A marvelous way to add charm to any Brownhills property is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. If you combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove on those chilly winter evenings, you will also be provided with a plentiful supply of hot water.
There are a few important things you must think about before you commence any work, in order to establish a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your property. Any work that's undertaken on your flue lining, chimney breast, hearth and fireplace must comply with the Building Regs, Part J for combustible appliances. 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 can commence.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen do-it-yourselfer it might be quite possible to refurbish an existing bricked-up fireplace, however the probability of encountering structural issues in the majority of cases is regrettably high. It might be that in order to get a fire roaring in your fireplace once again you need little more than a quick clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What is more common however is an area of crumbling, old brickwork covering a blocked flue, and also requires some form of structural modification before it can be safely used.
An incorrectly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace company in Brownhills with the knowledge and experience to do the work effectively. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations that this is the case. A deficiency of oxygen means that the fire will not burn properly, and a build up of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can lead to injury or death.
To successfully overcome any airflow problems, vents may be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and creating damp spots and staining, vents may need to be fitted by the installation team to introduce more airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is amazing how much soot and dirt can build up inside an old chimney and fireplace and you'll not know precisely what is there until you proceed to open it up. Even with dust sheets for your home furnishings, the chance of impairment from soot and dirt is still likely and it is advised to remove your furniture and carpets before any fireplace renovation work begins. If you're carrying out a full restoration of a room or property, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is tackled. This avoids any discolouration damage to any refurbished work you have already finished.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clean up any sections of hearth that may have been left in place. You now ought to speak to your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing so can check the structural condition of the chimney and offer you advice on whether you need a new flue lining.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all UK Building Regulations must be adhered to. This type of work needs to be done by a qualified person who is familiar with the building regulations and decent construction practices.
If it is necessary to modify the size of opening of your existing fireplace to a more suitable size for your new design, a lintel support will have to be installed. When you've supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be possible to upgrade or repair the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it above floor level to observe the latest regulations. Ready-made options from slate, concrete or marble are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace installer in Brownhills may be able to offer you a bespoke, custom-made hearth to fit in with your room style.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be tricky when faced with the many designs and styles available from an online retailer or fireplace showroom. It's quite possible that because of your current flue and chimney, that certain fireplaces may not be suitable, and it's a good idea to follow the advice of your fireplace installer with respect to this.
Whether you opt for a multi-fuel stove, a wood burner or an open fireplace will be based on the all round look that you're trying to create, your existing decor and in some cases, the age of your home. As an example, a cast iron wood burner looks wonderful set into an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the charm of the stove and also deflects the heat into the room effectively.
A cast iron wood burner is also a splendid option if your Brownhills home does not have a chimney breast. So long as you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you do not need a pre-existing chimney structure in place to experience a real fire.
GAS, OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The feel and ambience of a "real" fire can't be surpassed, however what alternatives are out there if this sort of fireplace isn't possible in your Brownhills property?
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a range of styles to suit your property and are generally more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces. Must be professionally fitted and maintained by Gas Safe certified (replaced CORGI register in 2009) tradesman.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any competent individual and there are varieties and styles which are suitable for any room and home in Brownhills. Contemporary electric fires can deliver authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to replicate an open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Brownhills can benefit from the installment of a wood burner, which come in a range of designs, and can even be installed as a freestanding feature. A back boiler is an extra benefit and could provide hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in other rooms via radiators.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be used with a range of fuels, such as coal, oil, gas or wood, and become an attractive focal point in any living room or kitchen in Brownhills. Some styles, like the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole home.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a stunning focal point for any room and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can purchase. A skillfully fitted contemporary open fire will be no comparison to the smoky old fireplace that was bricked up by previous owners, and its warm charm is a welcome addition to any room in Brownhills.
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