Fireplace Fitter Darlington County Durham (DL1): A marvelous way to add some character to any Darlington home is by installing a brand new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. If you choose to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire on those nippy winters' evenings, you will also be provided with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water.
Before you begin chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you'll need to do to make certain you can install your new fireplace in an efficient and safe way. Any work that's completed on your chimney breast, fireplace, flue lining and hearth must conform to the UK's Building Regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you should check with local authorities to find out if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your home.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be able to do some of the restoration work on an existing fireplace if you have the ability to do so, but there is always a problem in finding structural and safety problems which need to be resolved professionally. It could be that in order to get a fire burning in your fireplace once again you need little more than a good clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What you'll most likely discover is a patch of crumbling, old bricks that conceals issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that needs replacing.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there's not just a fire risk to your property, but there can also be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is advisable to bring in a professional Darlington installation team for a fireplace. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where there is a fireplace to guarantee sufficient amounts of oxygen enable the fire to burn effectively. If the airflow is not sufficient then it's possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be lethal.
To get past this concern a professional installation team will assess the situation and fit vents around the room, or underneath the flooring, to guarantee an adequate amount of air flow for the fire to burn effectively and safely. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also have to have air vents fitted because they can trap moist air causing damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A large amount of dust and soot can be discharged from a bricked up fireplace when opening it up for renovation. Even with covers and other dust protection for your home furnishings, the chance of damage from muck and soot is still possible and it's advisable to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning commences. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of a larger renovation project then it ought to be one of the first things to be completed after you have brought the room back to its bare walls and floors. By opening up a fireplace first you will stop any chimney soot causing damage to other stages of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace now open, it is time to see what can be renovated and to give the chimney and hearth a thorough clean. Bringing in a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the very first things on your to-do-list. They will be able to provide you with expert guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, concerning the situation with the structure of the chimney and whether it is advisable to replace the existing liner.
After a chimney sweep's assessment it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast in keeping with Part J of the Building Regulations. This sort of work should be completed by a skilled craftsman who is familiar with the relevant building regulations and decent working practices.
If it is necessary to change the width of opening of your original fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a supporting concrete lintel must be put in. When you've successfully supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now possible to update or repair the hearth. In the old days the hearth was generally sunken into the floor, but current building regulations demand that it's raised above floor level. There are bespoke solutions to fit pretty much any size and design of fireplace, or you can pick from a range of popular size and shape hearths to match your decor.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you go to a fireplace showroom you'll find that you have plenty of choice with a wide array of different choices open to you. Every fireplace might not be appropriate for your chimney and flue and it is wise to accept any advice from your fireplace installers regarding your specific situation.
Certain properties and rooms will be more suited to open fireplaces than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. If you have an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look gorgeous set inside it, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting heat into the room from the brick or stone walls that surround the stove.
A wood burner is also a good option if your Darlington property does not have a chimney breast. Provided that you've got an external wall through which a flue from the stove can be routed, you don't need a chimney in place to be able to enjoy a real fire.
WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a log fire can't be matched, but what alternatives are available if this form of fireplace is not possible within your Darlington property?
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for a room and can utilise an assortment of solid fuels. An expertly fitted open fire will be no comparison to the smoky old fireplace that was bricked up by former owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any house in Darlington.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of different styles to suit all property types and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Gas fires must only be maintained and fitted by a certified Gas Safe registered technician, (previously CORGI registered).
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fires the obvious choice for Darlington properties without a chimney breast. Modern electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to imitate a real fire when set into into a traditional fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in many households in Darlington, and can have modern or classic design to match your home's decor. If fitted with a back boiler they can provide piping hot water for radiators or for other use around the house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as gas, oil, smokeless coal or wood, and become a unique focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Darlington. They can be utilised not merely for heating a single room, but some designs like the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole home if they're plumbed into a radiator network.
Fireplace installation is available in Darlington and also nearby in: Manfield, Harrowgate Hill, Coatham Mundeville, Neasham, Middleton Saint George, Sadberge, Hurworth Moor, Stapleton, High Coniscliffe, Whinney Hill, Haughton le Skerne, Cockerton, Hurworth Place, and in these postcodes DL1 1RT, DL1 1QA, DL1 1JQ, DL1 1PG, DL1 1SZ, DL1 1DN, DL1 1DT, DL1 1HB, DL1 1EN, DL1 1JL. Local Darlington fireplace specialists will most likely have the phone code 01325 and the postcode DL1. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
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Some Darlington streets and roads where fireplace installation work has recently been undertaken - Dorset Drive, Beechside, Dene Grove, Cleasby Lane, Chandos Street, Barnes Road, Sheraton Street, Carlton Court, Botham Grove, Duke Street, Brunel Way, Shannon Way, Smithfield Road, Carnoustie Grove, Banklands Road, Caithness Way, Trinity Road, Bridge End, Tandridge Court, Abercorn Court, Archdeacon Crescent, Cleveland Trading Estate, Barden Moor Road, St Annes Gardens, Blackwell, Albatross Way, Brian Road, The Greenways, Borough Road, as well as these Darlington area postcodes: DL1 1RT, DL1 1QA, DL1 1JQ, DL1 1PG, DL1 1SZ, DL1 1DN, DL1 1DT, DL1 1HB, DL1 1EN, DL1 1JL.
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