Fireplace Fitter Chatteris Cambridgeshire (PE16): Opening up an old disused fireplace to install an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is a splendid way to add a homely feel and some character to your Chatteris property. If you combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove on those cold winter evenings, you will also be supplied with plenty of steaming hot water.
However before you begin bashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some essential considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with a safe and efficient fireplace. All work must observe Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of hearths, chimney breasts, fireplaces and flue linings of any combustible appliance. If your property is a listed building you will also have to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local authorities before any work can commence.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the restoration work on an existing fireplace if you have the skills needed, however safety and structural problems are often found which need to be resolved professionally. You might be lucky when revealing your old fireplace and find you need little more than a thorough clean up of the hearth and a chimney sweep to get your fire roaring. It's much more likely that you will discover a blocked flue and old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement.
An incorrectly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace installer in Chatteris with the experience and knowledge to install it effectively. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. Lethal carbon monoxide fumes can soon accumulate from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fireplace to receive adequate oxygen to burn effectively and safely at all times. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents may need to be installed by the fireplace installation team to enhance the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Opening up an old fireplace can create a lot of of soot and muck. It is wise to remove any carpets, rugs and furniture from a room where you're going to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them from being damaged by grime, dust and soot that may be stirred up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning works. If you are lucky enough to be working on a complete room renovation then it ought to be one of the first jobs to work on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll prevent any chimney soot causing discolouration damage to other phases of your renovation project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plaster.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clear out any sections of hearth that may have been left in place. The very first item on your checklist should be to contact a proper chimney sweep. They'll be able to provide professional guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the state of the chimney structure and whether it is advisable to exchange the existing liner.
It could be necessary to install a new flue liner to observe the all important Building Regulations, and work might also be required to beef up the original chimney and breast. This kind of work needs to be completed by a competent tradesman who is acquainted with the appropriate building regulations and decent construction practices.
In older buildings you may discover the revealed fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be needed to adapt the opening. When you've successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now possible to repair or update the hearth. In the past the hearth would be sunken into the floor, but the current regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. There are custom-made solutions to fit any design and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a variety of common size and shape hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will reveal the alternatives available for the different fireplace styles and designs. The advice and recommendations from your sales and installation team, which will be based on your specific requirements, will enable you to choose a fireplace that is both suitable for your flue and chimney, and suited to your decor.
Certain homes and rooms will be more suitable for open fireplaces 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 stunning in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of effectively reflecting the heat into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
Even if you do not have a chimney in your Chatteris property, it is still feasible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A pre-existing chimney isn't needed in this instance since the flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and channeled through an exterior wall.
WOOD, OPEN, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR GAS FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates a charm and ambience that cannot be matched, but what are the other available options to put into in your brand new fireplace in Chatteris?
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become very popular in many households in Chatteris, and can have modern or classic styling to complement your home's decor. A version with an integrated back boiler will provide supplementary heating capabilities by connecting the hot water to a radiator in a cold room of your property.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces come in a multitude of styles to suit your home and are more efficient (thermally) than wood burners. Gas fireplaces must only be fitted and maintained by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered technician, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as wood, gas, oil or coal, and become a focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Chatteris. The AGA range is renowned as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a supply of hot water and a cooker all in one useful appliance.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room and it has the capability to burn almost any solid fuel that you can purchase. In the past an open fire might have had the associations with being smoky, inefficient and draughty, but a skillfully installed modern fireplace is a joy to behold while lounging in the warm glow it provides.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a wide choice of designs make electric fires the obvious choice for Chatteris houses that don't have a chimney breast. They can be set into traditional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of some electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish one from the genuine thing.
Fireplace installations are available in Chatteris and also in nearby places like: Mepal, Doddington, Wimblington, March, Somersham, Turves, Benwick, Witcham, Haddenham, Ramsey, Little Downham, Little Thetford, Manea, Ramsey Forty Foot, Pidley, Witchford, Warboys, Sutton, Bury, and in these postcodes PE16 6GZ, PE16 6NH, PE16 6AH, PE16 6HR, PE16 6AL, PE16 6EL, PE16 6DY, CB6 2BW, PE16 6NE, PE16 6LW. Local Chatteris fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode PE16 and the dialling code 01354. Simply click on the "quote" banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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