Fireplace Fitter Didcot Oxfordshire (OX11): A splendid way to add charm to any Didcot home is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Cold winter evenings can become very enjoyable as you relax beside your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even benefit from plentiful hot water too.
Before you start bashing away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you will need to consider to ensure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any combustible appliance installed in residential homes in Didcot must follow Part J of the Building Regulations, and this applies to chimney breasts, hearths, flue linings and fireplaces. If you live in a listed building you'll also have to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work can commence.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and enthusiastic DIY'er it might be quite possible to renovate an existing blocked or bricked-up fireplace, however the likelihood of experiencing structural issues in the majority of cases is high. If you're lucky when you open up a boarded fireplace you may find a decent chimney breast, hearth and lintel that requires nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for a fire once more. Much more likely you'll discover crumbling brickwork that requires structural reinforcement and a blocked flue.
An improperly installed fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace specialist in Didcot with the knowledge and experience to do the work safely. A key part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available for a fire to burn properly and efficiently. Insufficient oxygen means the fire will not burn well, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide could occur, which can cause injury or death.
To effectively overcome any airflow problems, vents might be fitted around the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and causing damp spots and staining, vents may need to be installed by the installation team to introduce more airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Having a fireplace opened up can cause a lot of of muck and soot to enter your house. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the likelihood of impairment from soot and muck is still likely and it's advisable to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace renovation work starts. If you're lucky enough to be carrying out a complete renovation then it should be one of the first jobs to work on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This should help to avoid any impairment by soot and dirt to any previously completed renovation work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to rigorously sweep the chimney and clean any parts of hearth that remains in place. You now ought to speak to your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They will be willing to provide you with professional advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the condition of the chimney and whether it would be advisable to upgrade the existing lining.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant UK Building Regulations must be adhered to. This work should be tackled by a competent person who is familiar with the building regulations and good construction practices.
In older buildings you might discover that the existing fireplace is too wide for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be required to modify the opening. Once this has been done the next step of your Didcot fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. If the current hearth is sunken into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to conform to the latest regulations. If your fireplace is not a standard size you might have to choose a custom-built hearth, but there are a wide range of "off-the-shelf" hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a visit to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the alternatives that are available for the different styles and designs of fireplaces. The advice and suggestions from your fireplace installers, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace which is both suited to your flue and chimney, and suited to your home's decor.
You property's age, and the theme that you are trying to create for your room, will all help you determine the type and design of fireplace that is most suitable. For instance, an inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
Even if your Didcot home doesn't have a chimney you still have options for a feature fireplace by installing a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. Provided that you've got an outside wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be passed, you don't need to have an existing chimney in place to be able to experience a real fire.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a log fire can't be beaten, but what alternatives are available if this style of fireplace isn't possible in your Didcot home?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of different styles to suit any period of home in Didcot, and can even be a freestanding feature. A model with an integrated back boiler will deliver extra heating capabilities by transferring the heated water to radiators in cold rooms in your property.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any property in Didcot, can be easily fitted by any competent individual. Can be set into conventional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish them from the genuine article.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can make use of different fuels such as briquettes, wood, coal and other combustive materials. An open fire is lovely to see and contemporary fireplaces are no more the smoky, draughty and inefficient objects that they used to be.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as oil, wood, gas or smokeless coal, and become an attractive focal point in any kitchen or lounge in Didcot. Some styles, such as the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for generating hot water, cooking and heating your entire house.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) when compared to open fires, there are a wide selection of designs and styles to suit any type of Didcot property. A Gas Safe certified technician must fit and maintain any gas fireplace in your property.
Fireplace installations are available in Didcot and also in: East Hagbourne, Fulscot, Culham, Steventon, Long Wittenham, Aston Tirrold, Blewbury, Northbourne, Milton Park, Upton, Harwell, South Moreton, North Moreton, Milton, West Hagbourne, and in these postcodes OX11 7AF, OX11 6FN, OX11 0AR, OX11 7GE, OX11 0RJ, OX11 0AX, OX11 1BU, OX11 7BX, OX11 6DG, OX11 1DP. Locally based Didcot fireplace specialists will likely have the phone code 01235 and the postcode OX11. Simply click on the "quote" banner or form to get info on fireplace installation in your location.
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Households in Townsend, Tyne Square, Darent Place, Cotswold Park, Blenheim Hill, Sutherland Beck, Cronshaw Close, Sands Road, The Paddock, Chilbrook, Tower Gardens, Castle Walk, Collingwood Avenue, Tyrrells Close, Tudor Walk, Samor Way, Aldens Lane, Sherwood Road, Dagdale Drive, Sandringham Road, Churn Estate, Thurne View, Brunel Road, Church Lane, St Johns Close, Brendon Close, Tavy Close, have needed fireplace installation just recently. Fireplace refurbishment was also completed in the following Didcot area postcodes: OX11 7AF, OX11 6FN, OX11 0AR, OX11 7GE, OX11 0RJ, OX11 0AX, OX11 1BU, OX11 7BX, OX11 6DG, OX11 1DP.
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