Fireplace Fitter Bury Greater Manchester (BL9): Re-opening a disused fireplace to install a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is a good way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to your Bury property. Adding a multi-fuel stove or open fire for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove more cost effective than some central heating systems, as long as you've got a good source of timber. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful hot water at the same time.
But before you begin smashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some important things to consider if you are to wind up with a safe and efficient fireplace. All work must abide by Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of hearths, flue linings, fireplaces and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also be needed before work commences if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and enthusiastic DIY'er it may be possible to renovate a blocked up fireplace, but the likelihood of experiencing structural problems in most cases is unfortunately high. You may be lucky when uncovering your old fireplace and discover that you need nothing more than a good clean up of the hearth and a quick chimney sweep to get your fire roaring. What is more common however is a jumble of crumbling brickwork covering a stopped up flue, and needs some degree of structural modification before it can be used safely.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not only a risk of fire to your home, but there can also be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is advisable to bring in a competent Bury installation team for fireplaces. There always has to be enough airflow into a room where a fireplace is installed to guarantee adequate amounts of oxygen for the fire to burn effectively. Deadly carbon monoxide fumes can develop from a fire burning inefficiently in an inadequately ventilated room.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fireplace to receive enough oxygen to burn safely and effectively all the time. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also have to have air vents installed as they can trap moist air inside them causing damp to develop inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A huge amount of soot and other dirt can be released from a blocked up fireplace upon reopening it for restoration. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets for your home furnishings and provide a bit of protection, but it is sensible where feasible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the room before work begins. If you're installing a fireplace as part of a larger home renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be done after you've taken the room back to its bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll prevent any chimney soot causing discolouring damage to other stages of your restoration project, such as fresh plasterwork or paint on walls.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you can see the opening of your fireplace it is time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what is fit for refurbishment. Contacting a chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the first things on the to-do-list. They will not only make certain your flue and chimney are clean, but they can also determine the state of the chimney and flue liner and provide advice about whether you need to replace any area of the flue and chimney.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all relevant Building Regulations must be followed. This sort of work should be accomplished by a skilled tradesman with experience of the relevant building regulations and decent working practices.
If the size of the existing fireplace is bigger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will need to be installed. When your lintel is in position and secure you may now proceed with the installation, repair and updating of the fireplace hearth. In earlier times the hearth would be set into a hole in the floor, however the latest building regs require it to be raised above floor level. There are custom-made options to fit any design and size of fireplace, or you can select from a range of common sized hearths to match your decor.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be difficult amongst the many styles and designs available from an online store or fireplace showroom. Every fireplace will not be appropriate for your flue and chimney therefore it's wise to accept any advice offered by your sales and installation team regarding your particular circumstances.
Certain rooms and houses will be more suited to an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you've got an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burner can look magnificent set within it, and has the added benefit of effectively reflecting the heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
A wood burner is also a great choice if you haven't got a chimney breast in your Bury property. As long as you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the stove can be routed, you don't need to have an existing chimney structure to enjoy a "real" fire.
ELECTRIC, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fireplace on a cool evening, however 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 individual and there are styles which are suitable for almost any room and type of home in Bury. Even if your house has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be installed that looks almost like a real fire with dancing flames.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and being more efficient when compared to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces, there are a multitude of designs to suit any Bury property. A Gas Safe registered engineer must install and maintain any gas fire in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for your room and can utilise an assortment of solid fuels. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no more the smoky, inefficient and draughty things that they used to be.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as smokeless coal, gas, wood or oil, and become a focal point in any kitchen or living room in Bury. They can be utilised not just for heating a single room, but some types like the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the entire house if they're plumbed into a system of radiators.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in a lot of properties in Bury, and can have classic or modern design to match your decor. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and can provide piping hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Fireplace installation is available in Bury and also in nearby places like: Whitefield, Heywood, Toppings, Heap Bridge, Walshaw, Free Town, Elton, Ramsbottom, Fishpool, Unsworth, Chesham, Gigg, Fernhill, Tottington, Limefield, Pimhole, Prestwich, Little Lever, and in these postcodes BL8 1DB, BL8 1DJ, BL8 1HZ, BL8 1PP, BL8 1QB, BL8 1AJ, BL8 1ED, BL8 1PX, BL8 1HA, BL2 5PX. Locally based Bury fireplace specialists will most likely have the phone code 0161 and the postcode BL9. Simply click the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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