Fireplace Fitter Enfield Greater London (EN1): Opening up a disused fireplace to install a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is a wonderful way to add charm and a homely feel to any Enfield home. Adding an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those cold winters' evenings can even prove to be more economical than certain central heating systems, so long as you've got a ready source of timber. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful steaming hot water at the same time.
However before you begin bashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some crucial things to consider if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. All work carried out must abide by Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of flue linings, fireplaces, hearths and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. If you reside in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you should check with local authorities to see if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your property.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and enthusiastic DIYer it might be quite possible to restore an existing blocked up fireplace, but the probability of running into structural problems in many cases is high. It might be the case that when you pull back the boarding surrounding a disused fireplace to discover a hidden gem that needs little more than a good clean and a call to a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What is more common however is a jumble of crumbling, old brickwork covering a blocked flue, and needs some degree of structural modification before it can be safely used.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there is not just a fire risk to your home, but there can be associated health hazards, which is why it is best to bring in a competent Enfield installation team for fireplaces. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. A deficiency of oxygen means the fire will not burn well, and carbon monoxide fumes could accumulate, which can lead to breathing problems or even death.
To successfully overcome any problems with air flow, vents might be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. They might also have to fit vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap condensing air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A large amount of soot and dust can be discharged from an old chimney when reopening it for restoration. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and supply a bit of protection, but it's sensible where possible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the room before work commences. If you are engaging in a full renovation of a house or room, the fireplace should be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is tackled. This avoids any staining damage to any refurbished work you might have already done.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've 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 is still in position. The very first thing on your agenda should be to call in a decent chimney sweep. They'll be willing to offer expert guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, concerning the situation with the chimney structure and whether it is advisable to swap the existing liner.
It might be vital to install a new flue lining to observe the UK Building Regulations, and construction may also be required to strengthen the original chimney and breast. This work should be done by a skilled tradesperson who is familiar with the building regulations and decent construction practices.
In older buildings you may find the original fireplace is too big for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be needed to adapt the opening. Once this is complete the next phase of your Enfield fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you'll need to raise it above floor level to conform to the latest building regs. You can get made to measure solutions to fit virtually any size and design of fireplace, or you can select from a range of popular sized hearths to match your decor.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the options available for the different fireplace designs and styles. The advice and suggestions from your installation team, which will hinge on your particular 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 a multi-fuel stove, an open fireplace or a wood burner will be based on the all round style you are trying to create, your existing decor and maybe, your home's age. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop to a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its charm and reflects the heat into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also a good option if your home does not have a chimney breast. Providing that you have an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you do not need a chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy a real fire.
MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, WOOD, OPEN OR GAS FIREPLACE?
The feel and ambience of a log fire can't be surpassed, but what alternatives are out there if this form of fireplace is not possible in your Enfield property?
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a unique focal point for any room in your home and it has the capacity to burn almost any solid fuel that you can buy. In the good old days an open fire might have been associated with being inefficient, draughty and smoky, however a well fitted modern fireplace is a joy to behold while lounging in the warm glow it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with various different fuels, including gas, coal, oil or wood, to generate a focal point in your property in Enfield. They can be utilised not simply for heating a room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the entire property if they're plumbed into a network of radiators.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Enfield can be improved by the installment of a wood burner, which come in a range of styles, and can even be fitted as a freestanding feature. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and more efficient when compared to open fireplaces, there are a wide variety of styles to suit any type of Enfield home. Gas fires can only be maintained and installed by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered technician, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by any competent individual and there are varieties and styles which are appropriate for virtually any room and property in Enfield. Contemporary electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real open fire when set into into a traditional fireplace.
Fireplace installation is available in Enfield and also in: Ponders End, London, Chase Side, East Barnet, Bullsmoor, Brimsdown, Bush Hill Park, Oakwood, Gordon Hill, New Southgate, Buckhurst Hill, Waltham Cross, Cockfosters, and in these postcodes EN1 1HE, EN1 1DX, EN1 1QT, EN1 1QF, EN1 1RF, EN1 1FG, EN1 1LL, EN1 1FE, EN1 1LH, EN1 1EF. Locally based Enfield fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone dialling code 020 and the postcode EN1.
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Greater London Fireplace Enquiries
Latest Greater London fireplace installation job posts: Isabel Bridges and Samir Bridges recently enquired about getting a price for opening up and repairing an old stone fireplace in a semi-detached house in Goodmayes. Faris Locke and Ava-Grace Locke recently enquired about opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new wood burning stove in Kentish Town, Greater London. Lilith and Alexandre Brookes recently requested an estimate for fitting a wood burning stove in Childs Hill, Greater London. Heath and Elodie Coll recently enquired about getting a price for installing an electric fire in Holborn. Benjamin Mclean and Elena Mclean recently asked for a quotation for fitting a multifuel stove in North Finchley, Greater London. Safa Ridley and Orlando Ridley recently enquired about opening up an old fireplace and installing a new electric fire in West Brompton, Greater London. Warren Luke and Nicole Luke recently asked for a price quote for opening up and repairing an old, bricked up fireplace in Harringay. Ieuan and Elodie Mcculloch recently enquired about the possibility of opening up an old fireplace and installing a new multi-fuel fireplace in a semi-detached house in Falconwood.
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Over the last 12 months fireplaces were professionally fitted in these Enfield streets: Comreddy Close, Black Fan Close, Sinclare Close, Carisbrooke Close, Curthwaite Gardens, Aldersbrook Avenue, Barnard Road, Chase Hill, College Gardens, Bycullah Avenue, Balmoral Road, Athole Gardens, Calder Close, Cotswold Green, Sandringham Close, Donkey Lane, Charcroft Gardens, Silver Street, Stanley Road, Southfield Road, Carterhatch Road, Appleyard Terrace, Shaftesbury Avenue, Totteridge Road, Allens Road, Standard Road, Adelaide Close, Cedar Avenue, Bressey Avenue, Castle Road, and in these Greater London postcodes: EN1 1HE, EN1 1DX, EN1 1QT, EN1 1QF, EN1 1RF, EN1 1FG, EN1 1LL, EN1 1FE, EN1 1LH, EN1 1EF.
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