Fireplace Fitter Featherstone West Yorkshire (WF7): Opening up an old disused fireplace to put in 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 any Featherstone home. The addition of an open fire or wood burning stove for those frosty winter evenings can even prove to be more cost effective than certain central heating systems, providing that you've got a regular source of wood or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with plenty of hot water in the process.
However before you start smashing down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some vital considerations you must bear in mind if you are to wind up with an efficient and safe fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed in residential homes in Featherstone must conform to Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this covers chimney breasts, fireplaces, flue linings and hearths. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you must check with the local council to see if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your house.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple restoration of a pre-existing fireplace can generally be accomplished by a keen DIY person, however if any construction work is required there is a possibility of running into structural problems which have to be addressed professionally. It might be that in order to get a fire burning once more you'll need little more than a good clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What is more typical however is a patch of old, crumbling brickwork that conceals a blocked flue, and needs some degree of structural modification before it can be used safely.
Because of the serious health and fire risk problems that can be caused by an improperly fitted or restored fireplace, it is better to draw on the experience and knowledge of a skilled fireplace fitter in Featherstone. Airflow must be adequate in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations that this is so. If the airflow is not good enough then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be lethal.
To safely get around any problems with air flow, vents might be installed around the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also have to have air vents installed as they can sometimes trap moist air and cause damp to build up inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A large amount of soot and dirt can be discharged from an old fireplace when opening it up for renovation. A thoughtful Featherstone fireplace installer will bring covers for your home furnishings and provide some form of protection, but it's wise where feasible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the area before work begins. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall home renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be worked on after you've brought the room back to its bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll avoid any chimney soot causing discolouration damage to other parts of your project, such as fresh plasterwork or wallpapered walls.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean any hearth that is still in position. Contacting a chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the first items on your to-do-list. They will not only ensure your flue and chimney are completely clean, but they can additionally assess the state of the chimney and flue liner and provide advice if you need to upgrade any area of the chimney and flue.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant UK Building Regulations must be adhered to. A reliable fireplace installer in Featherstone will be required to perform this work, and will have the knowledge and skills in construction to follow all regulations.
If it is necessary to adjust the width of opening of your original fireplace to a more suitable size for your new design, a lintel support must be installed. When your new concrete lintel is in place and secure you can now proceed with the upgrade, installation and repair of the fireplace hearth. In earlier times the hearth was generally set into a void in the floor, however the current building regs demand that it's raised above floor level. There are custom-made options to fit any size and design of fireplace, or you can choose from a variety of popular size and shape hearths to match your decor.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
If you pay a visit to a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with a wide array of different options open to you. It is possible that due to your current flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that certain fireplace designs might not be appropriate, therefore it's advisable to follow the the recommendations and advice of your fireplace company in this respect.
Whether you decide on a wood burner, an open fireplace or a multi-fuel stove will be based on the look you're trying to create, your existing decor and maybe, your property's age. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look stunning set inside it, which also has the benefit of reflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
If your Featherstone home hasn't got a chimney you've still got the option of a fireplace feature by putting in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. So long as you've got an exterior wall through which a flue from the stove can be channeled, you do not need a chimney structure in place to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, OPEN, WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the warmth and glow of an open fireplace on a cold winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't permit this, what other options are on offer?
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become "the in thing" in a lot of households in Featherstone, and can have classic or modern styling to match your furnishings. An integrated back boiler is an extra benefit and can provide steaming hot water for personal use, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent individual and there are varieties and styles which are appropriate for virtually any room and property in Featherstone. Modern electric fires can deliver authentic looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real fire when set into into an old fashioned fireplace.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with the option of using coal, oil, wood and gas to deliver a multipurpose stove for any house in Featherstone. They can be used not just for heating a single room, but some types such as the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole property when plumbed into a radiator system.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more thermally efficient when compared to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces, there are a wide selection of designs to suit any Featherstone property. Gas fires must only be maintained and fitted by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered technician, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for your room and can be used with a range of solid fuels. An open fire is wonderful to watch and modern fireplaces are no longer the draughty, smoky and inefficient objects they once were.
Fireplace installation is available in Featherstone and also nearby in: Normanton, Old Snydale, Pontefract, Darrington, North Featherstone, Whitwood, Purston Jaglin, Glasshoughton, Ferrybridge, Cutsyke, East Hardwick, Knottingley, Ackton, Wentbridge, and in these postcodes WF7 6BA, WF7 5BY, WF7 5AB, WF7 5EL, WF7 5PS, WF7 5FB, WF7 6AW, WF7 6AE, WF7 5LF, WF7 5JJ. Locally based Featherstone fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode WF7 and the phone code 01977.
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