Fireplace Fitter Droylsden Greater Manchester (M43): Re-opening a disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a great way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to your Droylsden home. If you choose to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire on those cold winters' evenings, you will also be supplied with lots of steaming hot water.
Before you go bashing away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you'll need to consider to make certain you can install your new fireplace in an efficient and safe way. Any combustible appliance in domestic homes in Droylsden must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this covers flue linings, hearths, chimney breasts and fireplaces. If you live in a listed building you will also need to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local council before any work can begin.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen DIY'er it is quite possible to renovate an existing bricked-up fireplace, but the chance of experiencing structural problems in many cases is unfortunately high. It might be that in order to get a fire roaring once more you need nothing more than a quick clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. It's much more likely that you will come across a stopped up flue and crumbling brickwork that requires structural reinforcement.
Due to the severe fire risk and health problems that can be caused by an improperly installed or renovated fireplace, it is preferable to draw on the knowledge and experience of a professional fireplace installer in Droylsden. A key part of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for a fire to burn safely and efficiently. Insufficient oxygen means the fire will not burn effectively, and carbon monoxide fumes could build up, which can lead to breathing problems or even death.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fireplace to get ample oxygen to burn safely and properly at all times. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and causing damp spots and staining, vents might need to be installed by the installation team to enhance the airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is amazing how much soot and dust can accumulate inside an old fireplace and chimney and you'll not know precisely what is there until you proceed to open it up. A decent Droylsden fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and provide some form of protection, but it's wise when possible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the area before any work commences. If you are conducting a complete renovation of a room or property, the fireplace should be opened up before any plastering or decorating is undertaken. This helps prevent any discolouring damage to any renovated work you have already finished.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have exposed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to rigorously sweep the chimney and clear out any sections of hearth that is still in position. The first thing on your to-do list will be to call in a professional chimney sweep. Not only will they make certain that your flue and chimney are nice and clean, but they can also determine the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide advice if you need to upgrade any part of the flue and chimney.
Following a chimney sweep assessment it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast in accordance with Part J of the UK Building Regulations. These are projects that require a capable tradesman with a good understanding of the applicable building regs and quality construction skills.
In buildings that are older you might discover the revealed fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to modify the opening. When you've supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now necessary to update or repair the hearth. In the past the hearth would be sunken into a void in the floor, but the current building regs demand that it is raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to purchase a tailor-made hearth, however there are a wide variety of pre-made hearths in slate, marble or concrete.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
If you pop along to a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with the wide range of different options available to you. The advice and suggestions from your fireplace installers, which will be in keeping with your specific requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace that is both appropriate for your flue and chimney, and suited to your decor.
Whether you decide on an open fireplace, a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner will depend on the overall style you're trying to develop, your existing decor and maybe, the age of your home. If you have an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look amazing in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of reflecting heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls that surround the stove.
Even if you don't have an existing chimney breast in your Droylsden home, it's still entirely possible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A pre-existing chimney isn't needed in this instance as a stainless steel flue is taken directly from the rear or top of the stove and routed through an outside wall.
GAS, WOOD, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the warmth and glow of an open fireplace on a cool winters' evening, but if your circumstances do not allow for this, what are the other alternatives?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as gas, oil, coal or wood, and become an attractive focal point in any living room or kitchen in Droylsden. They can be utilised not merely for heating a single room, but some types like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole property if they are plumbed into a radiator system.
Gas Fireplaces - Providing instant heat and more efficient (thermally) when compared to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces, there are a wide range of designs to suit any Droylsden property. Gas fireplaces must only be maintained and installed by a qualified Gas Safe registered technician, (previously CORGI registered).
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent individual and there are varieties which are appropriate for virtually any room and type of house in Droylsden. They can be inset into traditional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be difficult to distinguish them from the genuine thing.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide array of different styles to suit any type of property in Droylsden, and can even be a free standing feature. A back boiler is an additional benefit and could provide hot water for personal use, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace which can be used with various fuels such as wood, briquettes, coal and other flammable materials. An expertly fitted modern open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps boarded up by previous owners, and its glowing elegance is a delightful addition to any property in Droylsden.
Fireplace installation is available in Droylsden and also in: Failsworth, Guide Bridge, Fairfield, Openshaw, Audenshaw, Hurst, Clayton, Littlemoss, Woodhouses, Long Sight, Dukinfield, Miles Platting, Gorton, Abbey Hey, and in these postcodes M34 5GZ, M43 6EB, M43 6DY, M40 1GS, M11 1DS, M43 6HE, M43 6ED, M43 6HU, M43 0AF, M43 6GA. Locally based Droylsden fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode M43 and the phone code 0161.
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