Fireplace Fitter Cardiff Wales (CF1): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to put in a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is a splendid way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to your Cardiff home. Adding an open fire or wood burning stove for those chilly winters' evenings can even prove to be more cost effective than certain central heating systems, as long as you have a regular source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with a plentiful supply of hot water at the same time.
Before you begin prising away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you'll need to consider to make sure you can install your new fireplace in an efficient and safe way. All work must follow Part J of the 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 ascertain if planning permission is required from the local council before any work commences.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodel of a current fireplace can generally be executed by a skilled DIY enthusiast, but if any construction work is needed there's the possibility of encountering structural problems which have to be handled by a professional. It might be that in order to get a fire burning in your fireplace once again you will need little more than a quick clean up of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney. What is more typical however is an area of crumbling, old brickwork that hides a stopped up flue, and needs some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
An incorrectly fitted fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace installer in Cardiff with the experience and knowledge to do the job safely. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where a fireplace is installed to ensure adequate amounts of oxygen allow the fire to burn safely. If the airflow is not good enough then it is possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be deadly.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fireplace to receive sufficient oxygen to burn efficiently and safely at all times. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also have to have air vents installed as they can trap moist air and cause damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Having a fireplace opened up can create huge amounts of soot and grime. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and supply some form of protection, but it's sensible when possible to remove furniture and carpets from the room before any work starts in earnest. If you are performing a complete restoration of a house or room, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any decoration or plastering works are dealt with. By opening up a fireplace first you will prevent any soot from the chimney causing discolouring damage to other phases of your restoration project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you can see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and figure out what can be repaired. Bringing in a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the very first things on the checklist. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing this can inspect the condition of the chimney and offer you guidance on whether you need a new flue lining.
It might be essential to install a new flue liner to observe the all important Building Regulations, and construction work may also be required to reinforce the original chimney and breast. A competent fireplace installer and builder in Cardiff will be needed to carry out this work, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to follow all regulations.
In older buildings you might find that the revealed fireplace is too wide for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be required to modify the opening. When your new lintel is in position and secure you can now get on with the upgrade, installation and renovation of the fireplace hearth. You might find your existing hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, however to be in accordance with latest building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is not a standard size you may have to purchase a custom-built hearth, but there are also a wide range of "off-the-shelf" hearths in concrete, slate or marble.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a visit to a fireplace showroom will illustrate the options that are available for the different styles and designs of fireplaces. The recommendations and advice from your sales and installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will enable you to choose a fireplace that is both perfect for your chimney and flue, as well as for your decor.
The age of your home, and the theme you're trying to create for your room, should all help you to determine the type and design of fireplace that is most suitable. As an example, a wood burning stove looks marvelous set into an inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character of the stove and also deflects the heat into the room to good effect.
A wood-burning stove is also an excellent choice if your Cardiff home doesn't have a chimney breast. Provided that you have an external wall through which a flue from the top or back of the stove can be channeled, you don't need to have a chimney structure in place to enjoy a "real" fire.
MULTI-FUEL, OPEN, ELECTRIC, GAS OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold evening creates a charm and ambience that simply cannot be beaten, but what are the other options available to install in your new fireplace in Cardiff?
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a wide choice of designs make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Cardiff houses that don't have a chimney. Contemporary electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to imitate a real fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Cardiff can benefit from the fitting of a wood burner, which come in a variety of styles, and can even be installed as a free standing feature. If coupled with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using oil, wood, coal and gas to furnish you with a versatile heater for any home in Cardiff. The AGA range for example is renowned as being able to provide heating for the whole home, a constant hot water supply and a cooker all in one useful appliance.
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a unique focal point for any room in your home and it has the capability to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can purchase. In past times an open fire might have had the reputation of being smoky, draughty and inefficient, however a professionally installed fireplace is a joy to sit in front of and bask in the warmth it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and more thermally efficient than wood burning stoves, there are a wide selection of designs and styles to suit any type of Cardiff property. Must be professionally maintained and installed by a Gas Safe certified tradesman.
Fireplace installations are available in Cardiff and also nearby in: Splott, Culverhouse Cross, Barry, Danescourt, St Mellons, Sully, Dinas Pawys, Llantrisant, Rumney, Penarth, Roath, Gabalfa, Wenvoe, Machen, Pencoed, Cowbridge, Llandaff, Llanishen, Risca, Caerphilly, and in these postcodes CF10 1DZ, CF10 1RG, CF10 2FR, CF10 1BA, CF10 2EF, CF10 1BW, CF10 2GL, CF10 1EN, CF10 1NW, CF10 2GF. Locally based Cardiff fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode CF1 and the dialling code 029. Simply click on the "quote" banner or form to get info on fireplace installation in your location.
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Wales Fireplace Enquiries
Recent Wales fireplace enquiries: Ellis Waterman and Lucia Waterman recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new multi-fuel fireplace in Aberaeron, Wales. Yusuf Bob and Roxanne Bob recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new wood burning stove in a detached house in Holywell. Una Cullen and Niall Cullen recently enquired about fitting a wood burning stove in Pembrey. Bethan and Mayson Neale recently enquired about the possibility of the installation of an open fireplace in Resolven, Wales. Ayoub Tucker and Lillie-Mae Tucker recently enquired about opening up and restoring an old brick fireplace in a bungalow in Llandudno. Mr and Mrs Bouvet recently asked for a quote for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new gas fire in Mountain Ash, Wales. Tristan and Harlow Hall recently requested a price quote for the installation of a gas fire in Abertysswg, Wales. Mr and Mrs Coll recently enquired about the installation of a multi fuel fireplace in Tenby.
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