Fireplace Fitter Burnham-on-Sea Somerset (TA8): An excellent way to add charm to any Burnham-on-Sea property is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Cold winters' evenings can become very enjoyable as you sit beside your fireplace surrounded by the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even enjoy plentiful hot water too.
Before you start bashing away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you will need to consider to make certain you can install your new fireplace in an efficient and safe way. All work carried out must follow Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of flue linings, fireplaces, hearths and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. If you live in a listed building you will also need to find out if planning permission is required from the local authorities before any work begins.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple renovation of an existing fireplace can be accomplished by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any construction work is needed there's the possibility of encountering structural problems that need to be dealt with professionally. If you're fortunate when you expose a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent chimney breast, lintel and hearth that involves little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. What's more commonplace however is a patch of old, crumbling brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and also requires some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there's not just a fire risk to your home, but there can also be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is advisable to employ a professional Burnham-on-Sea installation company for fireplaces. A major part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn efficiently and safely. Inadequate oxygen means the fire will not burn well, and carbon monoxide could build up, which can lead to injury or death.
To overcome this problem a professional Burnham-on-Sea fireplace fitter will consider the circumstances and install vents in the room, or under the floor, to ensure an adequate amount of air flow for the fire to combust safely and properly. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and creating staining and damp spots, vents may have to be installed by the fireplace installation team to introduce more airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is astonishing how much grime and soot can build up inside an old chimney and fireplace and you will not know what is there until you proceed to open it up. It is sensible to remove any carpets, rugs and furniture from a room where you are going to expose an old fireplace, to prevent them being affected by grime, soot and dust that will be stirred up during the fireplace installation works. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of a larger home restoration project then it ought to be one of the first things to be completed once you've got the room back to its bare walls and floors. By opening up a fireplace first you will avoid any chimney soot causing damage to other parts of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plasterwork.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With your fireplace open, it's time to see what can be restored and to give the chimney and hearth a comprehensive clean. The very first thing on your checklist should be to call in a decent chimney sweep. Not only will they make certain your chimney and flue are clean, but they can additionally determine the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide guidance about whether you need to replace any section of the chimney and flue.
It could be vital to put in a new flue liner to comply with the Building Regulations, and construction work may also be needed to beef up the original chimney and chimney breast. This work must be tackled by a skilled craftsman who is acquainted with the appropriate building regulations and decent construction practices.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are greater than your needs, a concrete supporting lintel should be installed. When you have successfully supported your fireplace with a lintel it will then be time to repair or upgrade the hearth. If the current hearth is sunken into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to comply with the latest building regs. You can find made to measure options to fit any design and size of fireplace, or you can select from a range of popular size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a visit to a fireplace showroom will reveal the choices available for the different fireplace designs and styles. Every fireplace will not be appropriate for your chimney and flue therefore it's sensible to accept any advice and help from your sales and installation team in relation to your particular situation.
You home's age, and the style that you're trying to create for your room, should all help you to decide upon the type and design of fireplace that is most suitable for you. If you've got an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look amazing in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of reflecting the heat into the room from the brick or stone walls that surround the stove.
If your Burnham-on-Sea property doesn't have a chimney you've still got the option of a feature fireplace by installing a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This kind of fireplace can be installed with its own flue that is taken through an external wall and doesn't need a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fire on a dark winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't allow for this, what are the other alternatives?
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of different designs to suit all types of property and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. A Gas Safe registered engineer must maintain and install any gas fire in your property.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide array of different styles to suit any kind of home in Burnham-on-Sea, and can even be a free standing feature. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and can provide hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in another area via a radiator.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with a range of fuels, (oil, wood, coal, gas) to create a unique focal point in your property in Burnham-on-Sea. They can be utilised not merely for heating a room, but some styles such as the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the complete home if they're plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a diverse choice of styles make electric fires a popular choice for Burnham-on-Sea properties without a chimney breast. They can be set into traditional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of some electric fires it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from the genuine thing.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can use various fuels such as coal, briquettes, wood and other combustive materials. An expertly fitted open fire is far from the old style smoky fireplace that was blocked up by previous owners, and its warm charm is a delightful addition to any home in Burnham-on-Sea.
Fireplace installations are available in Burnham-on-Sea and also in: Watchfield, Highbridge, Bason Bridge, Walrow, Weston-super-Mare, Mark, Alstone, Berrow, Southwick, Brent Knoll, East Brent, Edithmead, Wedmore, Huntspill, East Huntspill, Lympsham, and in these postcodes TA8 1LN, TA8 1HA, TA8 1HN, TA8 1BW, TA8 2AW, TA8 1YA, TA8 1LA, TA8 1PN, TA8 1BB, TA8 1PW. Locally based Burnham-on-Sea fireplace specialists will probably have the phone code 01278 and the postcode TA8. Click the "quote" banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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Browsing the Internet
Searching on the internet is the way that the vast majority of home owners in Burnham-on-Sea look for any sort of services these days. Ask, Bing, Yahoo or Google will deliver instant results which will to a certain degree be associated with your search phrase. On the surface it may seem that the results displayed on page 1 are exactly what you need, but that's not necessarily the truth. When you're trying to locate fireplace installers for example, you'll bring up a search engine like Google and type "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation Burnham-on-Sea", "fireplace installation in Burnham-on-Sea" or "Burnham-on-Sea fireplace installation".
The 1st page results that you will get however, will be mainly pay per click (PPC) advertisements, online directories like Yell, Yelp, ThreeBestRated or Scoot, or entries from the top trade portals such as TrustaTrader, Rated People, My Builder, Checkatrade, Quotatis or Local Heroes. The web sites owned by bona fide fireplace installers nearby will likely be located quite a bit further down the listings - on the second or third pages perhaps. Obtaining free quotations, reviews and customer appraisals on a trade portal such as My Builder or Rated People can still be useful, since there will be tradespeople registered with such programs who have still not got their own company websites or related social media accounts.
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Fireplace Installation has recently been required in these Burnham-on-Sea areas - Shaw Path, Steart Drive, Dyrham Close, Steart Close, Ash Tree Place, Sandhills Drive, Atyeo Close, St Lukes Close, Cloisters Croft, Churchill Close, The Drive, St Christophers Way, St Anns Drive, Beatty Way, Southernlea Road, Berrow Green, South Terrace, Shelley Drive, Salisbury Road, Berrow Road, Ashcott Drive, Stoddens Road, Brue Crescent, St Michaels Road, Brooke Road, Stoppard Road, Bathurst Close, as well as these local Burnham-on-Sea postcodes: TA8 1LN, TA8 1HA, TA8 1HN, TA8 1BW, TA8 2AW, TA8 1YA, TA8 1LA, TA8 1PN, TA8 1BB, TA8 1PW.
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