Fireplace Fitter Chester Cheshire (CH1): Fitting a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Chester home is a great way to add character and a homely feel to any room. If you choose to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire during the nippy winter evenings, you'll also be provided with plentiful steaming hot water.
There are some important things you must think about before you begin any work, in order to establish an attractive, safe and efficient fireplace in your home. All work carried out must abide by Part J of the Building Regulations, which addresses the construction and installation of chimney breasts, hearths, flue linings and fireplaces of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work commences if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen DIY'er it may be quite possible to refurbish an existing bricked-up or closed-off fireplace, however the chance of running into structural problems in most cases is unfortunately high. It might be that so as to get a fire burning once more you will need little more than a good clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. Much more likely you will come across old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a professional fireplace installer in Chester with the knowledge and experience to do the work safely. A key part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for the fire to burn properly and efficiently. If there is not enough airflow then it's possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be lethal.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to receive sufficient oxygen to burn safely and effectively all the time. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also have to have air vents fitted as they can often trap moist air inside them and cause damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A large amount of dirt and soot can be discharged from a bricked up chimney when opening it up for restoration. It is advisable to remove any rugs, furniture and carpets from an area where you're planning to expose an old fireplace, to prevent them being affected by muck, dust and soot that will be stirred up during the fireplace installation work. If you're lucky enough to be carrying out a full renovation then it ought to be one of the very first jobs to complete before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. By opening a fireplace first you'll avoid any soot from the chimney causing damage to other stages of your restoration project, such as fresh plaster or wallpapered walls.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you are able to see the opening of your fireplace it is time to sweep and clean the hearth and chimney and identify what can be restored. The very first thing on your checklist will be to contact a professional chimney sweep. They'll be willing to provide professional advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the situation with the structure of the chimney and if it is advisable to switch the existing lining.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all UK Building Regulations must be complied with. A competent fireplace installer and builder in Chester will be required to accomplish this work, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all regulations.
In older buildings you might discover the existing fireplace is too big for your needs, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be necessary to modify the opening. When you have supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now time to update or renovate the hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you will need to raise it above floor level to observe the latest regulations. Ready-made options from slate, concrete or marble are available to achieve this, or your fireplace builder in Chester might be able to offer you a bespoke, made to measure hearth to complement the style of your room.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a visit to a fireplace showroom will illustrate the options that are available for the different fireplace designs and styles. The recommendations and advice from your fireplace installers, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace which is both suitable for your chimney and flue, as well as for your decor.
Some properties and rooms will be more suitable for open fireplaces than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. By way of example, a cast iron wood burner looks fantastic set back in an inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm of the stove and reflecting the heat into the room to good effect.
Even if you don't have a pre-existing chimney breast in your Chester home, it's still possible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. Provided that you've got an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you do not need a chimney in place to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
ELECTRIC, GAS, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The ambience and feel of an open fireplace can't be beaten, however what options are available if this sort of fireplace is not possible within your Chester property?
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become "the in thing" in many households in Chester, and can have modern or classic styling to suit your decoration. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and could provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in another area via a radiator.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by anyone who's reasonable competent and there are styles and designs that are suitable for virtually any room and home in Chester. Even if your home has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire which looks almost like a "real" fire can be installed.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can be used with different fuels such as smokeless coal, wood, briquettes and other flammable materials. An expertly fitted open fire is a far cry from the smoky old fireplace that was boarded up by former owners, and its glowing charm is a welcome addition to any room in Chester.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a range of fuels, (wood, oil, coal, gas) to establish a focal point in your home in Chester. They can be used not simply for heating a single room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete house if they are plumbed into a network of radiators.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of designs to suit all types of home and their efficiency to warm a room is better than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe certified technician must maintain and install any gas fireplace in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Fireplace installation is available in Chester and also in: Rowton, Saltney, Christleton, Lache, Eccleston, Tarporley, Hoole, Boughton, Vicars Cross, Deeside, Bretton, Blacon, Huntington, Great Broughton, Handbridge, Mickle Trafford, Newton, Waverton, Upton, and in these postcodes CH1 1HH, CH1 1LQ, CH1 1YQ, CH1 2JH, CH1 1DD, CH1 1EF, CH1 1NL, CH1 2HN, CH1 1EA, CH1 2DE. Locally based Chester fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone dialling code 01244 and the postcode CH1.
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In Clarendon Close, Sedum Close, Surrey Road, Cinder Lane, Sheraton Road, Delvine Drive, St Martins Way, Coronation Road, School Green, Beech Grove, Dormer Close, By Pass Road, Shaftesbury Avenue, Boughton Hall Avenue, Copeswood Close, The Waltons, Bray Road, Brown Heath Road, Sherbourne Avenue, The Dale, Churton Road, Abbots Terrace, Sheaf Close, Ashtree Court, Shelley Road, Bridge Street Row West, Sens Close, Stanley Street, Coed-y-graig, Barkhill Road, as well as these Chester area postcodes: CH1 1HH, CH1 1LQ, CH1 1YQ, CH1 2JH, CH1 1DD, CH1 1EF, CH1 1NL, CH1 2HN, CH1 1EA, CH1 2DE. people have recently needed local fireplace installation.
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Fireplace installation in CH1 area, 01244.