Fireplace Fitter Carrickfergus Northern Ireland (BT38): Putting in a new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Carrickfergus property is an effective way to add character and a homely feel to any room. If you combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire or stove during the chilly winter evenings, you'll also be supplied with lots of steaming hot water.
However before you begin knocking down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some vital things to consider if you are to wind up with a safe and efficient fireplace. Any work which is executed on your flue lining, fireplace, hearth and chimney breast must comply with the United Kingdom's building regs, Part J for combustible appliances. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you have to check with local council if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your house.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic renovation of a pre-existing fireplace can probably be completed by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any building work is needed there's a possibility of encountering structural issues which will have to be dealt with professionally. If you are fortunate when you open up a blocked up fireplace you may find a decent lintel, chimney breast and hearth that involves nothing other than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. What's more typical however is an area of crumbling brickwork covering a blocked flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
Because of the serious fire risk and health problems that can result from an incorrectly fitted or renovated fireplace, it is preferable to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a competent fireplace installer in Carrickfergus. Airflow must be adequate in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. Insufficient oxygen means that the fire won't burn well, and carbon monoxide could build up, which can cause injury or death.
To overcome this issue a professional Carrickfergus fireplace fitter will evaluate the circumstances and fit vents in the room, or beneath the floor, to ensure a sufficient air flow for the fire to burn safely and properly. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also have to have air vents fitted because they can often trap moist air inside them causing damp to occur inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Having a fireplace opened up can cause a lot of of dust and soot to enter your house. Even with coverings for your furniture, the likelihood of damage from soot and grime is still likely and it is advised to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning begins. If you are performing a complete restoration of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are tackled. This stops any discolouring damage to any restored work you've already completed.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you're able to see the fireplace opening it is time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and see what is fit for restoring. You should now get hold of your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. They'll not only make certain your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can also check the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer guidance about whether you need to upgrade any section of the flue and chimney.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant Building Regulations must be complied with. This sort of work should be done by a skilled tradesperson with experience of the relevant building regulations and good working practices.
In buildings that are older you may discover that the existing fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be needed to adapt the opening. When you have successfully supported your fireplace with a new lintel it is now possible to update or repair the hearth. You may find the original hearth has been set into a floor void, but to be in accordance with current building regulations it must be raised above floor level. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you might have to choose a made to measure hearth, but there are a wide range of ready-made hearths in concrete, marble or slate.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be challenging amongst the many designs and styles that are available from an online store or fireplace showroom. The suggestions and advice from your installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace which is both suited to your flue and chimney, as well as for your decor.
You home's age, and the theme that you are trying to establish for your room, will all help you to decide upon the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable for you. By way of example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks marvelous set into an inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm of the stove and deflecting the heat into the room effectively.
Even if your Carrickfergus home hasn't got a chimney you've still got the option of a fireplace feature by installing a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. An existing chimney is not required as a stainless steel flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and routed through an external wall.
OPEN, GAS, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the flickering of a natural fire on a cold winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't allow for this, what are the other available options?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide selection of different styles to suit any type of property in Carrickfergus, and can even be free standing. A model with an integrated back boiler can deliver supplementary heating by transferring the heated water to radiators in cold spots in your home.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is an attractive focal point for any room and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel available on the market. A skillfully installed contemporary open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps bricked up by earlier owners, and its glowing elegance is a delightful addition to any home in Carrickfergus.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with options to use coal, oil, gas and wood to furnish you with a multipurpose heater for any house in Carrickfergus. The AGA style is well known as being capable of providing heating for an entire house, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and being more thermally efficient when compared with open fireplaces, there are a wide selection of styles and designs to suit any Carrickfergus home. Have to be professionally fitted and maintained by Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI registered) tradesperson.
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted safely and easily by any reasonable competent person and there are styles and varieties that are appropriate for virtually any room and property in Carrickfergus. They can be inset into traditional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can sometimes be hard to distinguish one from the genuine article.
Fireplace installation is available in Carrickfergus and also in: Doagh, Larne, Ballyclare, Ballycarry, Island Magee, Moorfields, Ballymena, Bangor, Greenisland, Glengormley, Straid, Whitehead, Parkgate, Templepatrick, Ballynure, Newtownabbey, and in these postcodes BT38 7BX, BT38 7NN, BT38 7HJ, BT38 7ES, BT38 7JJ, BT38 7BJ, BT38 7DW, BT38 7DN, BT38 7JT, BT38 7DA. Locally based Carrickfergus fireplace specialists will most likely have the dialling code 028 93 and the postcode BT38. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get details about fireplace installation in your location.
Fireplace Enquiries Northern Ireland
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Help, Information and Social Media
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Fireplace Installation work has recently been done in the following Carrickfergus streets and areas - Broadlands Drive, Hillview Gardens, Windslow Rise, Bridewell Drive, Irish Quarter South, Cesnor Park, The Old Boatyard, Heston Drive, Marlborough Gardens, Highgrove Crescent, Irish Gate, Collin Heights, Sandringham Green, Castleburn Park, Rose Gardens, Lockharts Lane, Maritime Drive, Bluefield Way, Leicester Court, Mourneview Park, Salia Avenue, Irish Quarter West, Victoria Crescent, Emerald Drive, Rathmoyle Park West, Old Turn, Churchill Drive, Glenburn Manor, Tongue Loanen, Windslow Court, as well as these Carrickfergus area postcodes: BT38 7BX, BT38 7NN, BT38 7HJ, BT38 7ES, BT38 7JJ, BT38 7BJ, BT38 7DW, BT38 7DN, BT38 7JT, BT38 7DA.
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