Fireplace Fitter Broxbourne Hertfordshire (EN10): Re-opening a disused fireplace to put in an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is an excellent way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any Broxbourne home. Nippy winters' evenings can become enjoyable as you sit in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also benefit from free hot water as well.
However before you begin bashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some vital considerations you must bear in mind to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. Any work that is carried out on your flue lining, chimney breast, hearth and fireplace must adhere to the building regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. If you live in a designated conservation area or a listed building you have to check with local authorities to see if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your property.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the work in remodeling an existing fireplace if you've got the skills to do so, however there is always a problem in finding safety and structural issues that need to be resolved professionally. It might be the case that when you pull back the boarding surrounding an old fireplace to find a hidden gem that needs nothing more than a quick clean up and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. What is more common however is an area of crumbling, old brickwork that hides a blocked flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause serious respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace installer in Broxbourne with the experience and knowledge to do the work safely. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where there is a fireplace to guarantee sufficient amounts of oxygen allow the fire to burn safely. A deficiency of oxygen means the fire won't burn properly, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can lead to breathing problems or even death.
To get past this problem a professional installation team will consider the situation and install vents around the room, or beneath the flooring, to ensure a satisfactory airflow for the fire to combust safely and efficiently. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also have to have air vents installed since they can often trap moist air and cause damp to build up inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is astonishing how much soot and grime can build up inside an old fireplace and you won't know what's there until you open it up. It's advisable to remove any rugs, carpets and furniture from a room where you are going to open up an old fireplace, to avoid them from being affected by dust, soot and muck that will be stirred up during the fireplace installation works. If you are installing a fireplace as part of an overall home renovation project then it ought to be one of the initial things to be worked on after you've brought the room back to its bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll stop any chimney soot causing discolouration damage to other parts of your renovation project, such as fresh plasterwork or wallpapered walls.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have exposed your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean any parts of hearth that is still in position. The first thing on your to-do list should be to contact a proper chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing this can inspect the structural condition of the chimney and provide guidance on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all current UK Building Regulations must be complied with. These are tasks that should be done by a skilled craftsman with a good understanding of the relevant regulations and reliable construction skills.
If the size of the existing fireplace is larger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will need to be installed. When your new concrete lintel is in place and secure you may now get on with the repair, updating and installation of the fireplace hearth. In past times the hearth was normally sunken into a hole in the floor, but the current building regulations demand that it's raised above floor level. Pre-made solutions from marble, slate or concrete are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace installer in Broxbourne may be able to offer a bespoke, made to measure hearth to complement your room style.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will reveal the alternatives that are available for the different fireplace styles and designs. The suggestions and advice from your sales and installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace which is both appropriate for your existing chimney and flue, as well as for your decor.
Certain rooms and homes will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look striking in this surrounding, and also has the benefit of effectively deflecting the heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you don't have a pre-existing chimney in your Broxbourne home, it's still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This style of fireplace can be installed with its own flue that is taken through an external wall and does not need a chimney, to be installed safely.
MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, OPEN, ELECTRIC OR GAS FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates a charm and ambience that cannot be matched, however what else is available to fit in your lovely new fireplace in Broxbourne?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using wood, coal, gas and oil to furnish you with a multipurpose stove for any home in Broxbourne. They can be used not only for heating an individual room, but some types like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole home if they are plumbed into a system of radiators.
Wood Burning Stoves - An array of styles to suit any kind of house in Broxbourne, and can even be free standing. A model with an integrated back boiler can deliver extra heating capabilities by connecting the piping hot water to a radiator in a cold room of your house.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in an assortment of designs to suit any home and are typically more efficient than open fireplaces. Must be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) engineer.
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted safely and easily by any competent person and there are styles and designs that are suitable for any room and property in Broxbourne. Modern electric fires can deliver authentic looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to replicate an open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a focal point for a room and can be used with a number of different solid fuels. In the good old days an open fire might have had the reputation of being draughty, smoky and inefficient, however a skillfully installed modern fireplace is a joy to behold while basking in the warmth it provides.
Fireplace installation is available in Broxbourne and also in nearby places like: Wormley, Yewlands, Nazeing, Turnford, Wormley West End, Cheshunt, Spitalbrook, Hoddesdon, Coopers Walk, Waltham Cross, Roydon, Churchgate, Harlow, Flamstead End, Halls Green, and in these postcodes EN10 6HT, EN10 6PF, EN10 6HD, EN10 6PW, EN10 6HL, EN10 6NU, EN10 6HE, EN10 6EH, EN10 6BE, EN10 6EY. Locally based Broxbourne fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone dialling code 01992 and the postcode EN10.
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