Fireplace Fitter Driffield East Yorkshire (YO25): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is an effective way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any Driffield home. Nippy winter evenings can become very enjoyable as you sit beside your new fireplace listening to the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can also enjoy free hot water too.
But before you start smashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some important considerations you must bear in mind if you are to end up with an efficient and safe fireplace. Any work that's carried out on your flue lining, chimney breast, fireplace and hearth must adhere to the UK's Building Regs, Part J for combustible appliances. If your home is a listed building you will also need to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work can begin.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be able to do some of the restoration work on a bricked-up fireplace if you've got the ability needed, but there is always a problem in finding structural and safety problems that need to be resolved professionally. It may be your good fortune when you pull back the boarding surrounding a disused fireplace to discover a hidden treasure that needs little more than a quick clean and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a fire roaring once again. Much more likely you'll discover old brickwork that requires structural modifications and a blocked flue.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not only a fire risk to your property, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is advisable to hire a specialist Driffield installation team for a fireplace. Airflow must be sufficient in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations that this is so. 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.
To overcome this concern a professional Driffield fireplace installer will assess the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or under the floors, to guarantee an adequate amount of air flow for the fire to burn effectively and safely. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and creating staining and damp spots, vents may need to be installed by the fireplace installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Opening up an old fireplace can cause large amounts of dust and soot to enter your house. A thoughtful Driffield fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and provide a bit of protection, but it is wise when possible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the area before work starts. If you are performing a full renovation of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up and worked on before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. By opening a fireplace first you'll avoid any chimney soot causing damage to other stages of your project, such as fresh plaster or paint on walls.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace uncovered, it's time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated and to give the chimney and hearth a comprehensive clean. The very first item on your checklist should be to call in a proper chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and while doing this can inspect the condition of the chimney and offer advice on whether a new flue liner is required.
After a chimney sweep assessment it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as demanded by Part J of the UK Building Regulations. An experienced fireplace installer in Driffield will be needed to complete this work, and will need the knowledge and skills in construction to closely follow all building regulations.
In older buildings you may discover that the revealed fireplace is too wide for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to adapt the opening. When your concrete lintel is safely in place you may now get on with the upgrade, installation and repair of the fireplace hearth. You might find the original hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, however to abide by latest building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. You can get tailor-made options to fit pretty much any size and design of fireplace, or you can pick from a variety of popular size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will demonstrate the alternatives that are available for the different fireplace styles and designs. It is possible that because of your current flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs may not be suitable, and it pays to follow the the advice and recommendations of your fireplace installation company with respect to this.
Some houses and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For instance, an inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop for a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its charm and deflects the heat into the room.
Even if you do not have a chimney breast in your Driffield home, it is still possible to put in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This form of fireplace can be installed with its own stainless steel flue that is channeled through an outside wall and does not need a chimney, to be installed safely.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold evening creates an ambience and charm that simply cannot be matched, however what else is available to put into in your brand new fireplace in Driffield?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be used with various fuels, such as gas, smokeless coal, wood or oil, and become a unique focal point in any kitchen or lounge in Driffield. They can be utilised not only for heating a room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole property if they're plumbed into an existing radiator network.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many styles to suit all home types and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe registered contractor must install and maintain any gas fireplace in your home.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel available on the market. An open fire is wonderful to watch and modern fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, draughty and smoky objects they were in the past.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become very popular in many homes in Driffield, and can have modern or classic design to suit your home's decor. If fitted with a back boiler these can provide piping hot water for radiators or for use around the house.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to suit any house in Driffield, can be easily fitted by anyone who's reasonable competent. Modern electric fires can provide real look flames and even the crackling sound of wood to imitate an open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Fireplace installations are available in Driffield and also in: Nafferton, Harpham, Middleton-on-the-Wolds, Skerne, North Frodingham, Kelleythorpe, Langtoft, Hutton Cranswick, North Dalton, Kilham, Watton, Beeford, Burton Agnes, Sledmere, and in these postcodes YO25 5JU, YO25 5YB, YO25 5JR, YO25 5FN, YO25 5YP, YO25 5BB, YO25 6DX, YO25 5JH, YO25 5AU, YO25 6AD. Local Driffield fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode YO25 and the telephone dialling code 01377. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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