Fireplace Fitter Doncaster South Yorkshire (DN1): Fitting a brand new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Doncaster property is a wonderful way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. Adding a multi-fuel stove or open fire for those frosty winter evenings can even be cheaper than some central heating systems, as long as you've got a regular source of wood. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of steaming hot water at the same time.
Before you go bashing away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you will need to consider to ensure you can install your new fireplace in an efficient and safe way. Any work that is done on your fireplace, hearth, chimney breast and flue lining must follow the Building Regs, Part J for combustible appliances. If you live in a designated conservation area or a listed building you should check with the local authorities to find out if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your home.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward renovation of a current fireplace can probably be achieved by a skilled DIYer, but if any building work is required there is a chance of encountering structural issues which will need to be addressed by a professional. You may be lucky when you reveal the old fireplace and discover you need nothing more than a decent chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get your fire roaring once more. What's more common however is a jumble of old brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and needs some degree of structural modification before it can be used safely.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there is not only a fire risk to your property, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is best to bring in an experienced Doncaster installation company for a fireplace. Airflow must be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; and it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations that this is the case. Toxic carbon monoxide can build up from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
It might be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fireplace to receive enough oxygen to burn safely and properly at all times. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also have to have air vents installed because they can sometimes trap moist air causing damp to build up inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Opening up an old fireplace can cause large amounts of grime and soot to enter your house. A fireplace installer will bring covers for your furniture and supply a bit of protection, but it is wise where feasible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the area before any work commences. If you are carrying out a full restoration of a property or room, the fireplace should be opened up before any plastering or decorating is tackled. This will help to avoid any damage by soot and dirt to any previously completed renovation work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have exposed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to rigorously sweep the chimney and clean up any parts of hearth that may have been left in place. You now need to contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. They will not only ensure that your flue and chimney are completely clean, but they can additionally take a look at the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer advice if you need to upgrade any part of the flue and chimney.
It may be vital to install a new flue lining to observe the all important Building Regulations, and work might also be required to reinforce the existing chimney and chimney breast. These are tasks that require a competent builder with a knowledge of the pertinent regulations and reliable construction skills.
In buildings that are older you may discover that the original fireplace is too large for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be needed to adapt the opening. When your new concrete lintel is safely in place you can now proceed with the installation, renovation and upgrade of the fireplace hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to comply with the latest building regs. If your fireplace is not a standard size you may have to choose a custom-built hearth, but there are a wide variety of "off-the-shelf" hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will reveal the options that are available for the different designs and styles of fireplaces. Every fireplace will not be suitable for your chimney and flue and it's wise to accept any help and advice offered by your sales and installation team in relation to your specific circumstances.
You home's age, and the theme you're trying to establish for your room, should all help you decide on the design and type of fireplace which is best for you. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look gorgeous set inside it, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting heat into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
If your Doncaster property doesn't have a chimney breast you've still got the option of a feature fireplace through the installation of a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This type of fireplace can be fitted with a flue which is taken through an external wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
ELECTRIC, OPEN, GAS, WOOD OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The feel and ambience of an open fireplace cannot be surpassed, however what alternatives are available if this form of fireplace isn't possible in your Doncaster home?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use wood, coal, gas and oil to deliver a multi-purpose stove for any house in Doncaster. They can be utilised not simply for heating an individual room, but some designs like the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the entire property when plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become "the in thing" in many households in Doncaster, and can have modern or classic styling to match your decoration. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide piping hot water for radiators or for other use around the home.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement any property in Doncaster, can easily be fitted by any reasonable competent individual. Even if your room has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire that seems almost like a "real" fire can be installed.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a variety of styles to suit your property and are generally more efficient than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe registered contractor must fit and maintain any gas fireplace in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for your room and can utilise a variety of solid fuels. An expertly installed contemporary open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was bricked up by former owners, and its glowing charm is a welcome addition to any property in Doncaster.
Fireplace installation is available in Doncaster and also in nearby places like: Hyde Park, Kirk Sandall, Long Sandall, Scawsby, Hexthorpe, Balby, Sprotbrough, Hatfield, Bentley, Arksey, Edenthorpe, Bessacarr, Highfields, Cusworth, Wheatley, and in these postcodes DN1 1NS, DN1 1HZ, DN1 1NG, DN1 1BN, DN1 1TN, DN1 1AA, DN1 1LD, DN1 1EG, DN1 1BH, DN1 1ST. Locally based Doncaster fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode DN1 and the telephone dialling code 01302. Click on the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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