Fireplace Fitter Felixstowe Suffolk (IP11): Opening up a disused fireplace to put in an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is an excellent way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any Felixstowe property. The addition of a multi-fuel stove or open fire for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove less expensive than certain central heating systems, so long as you've got a good source of wood or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plentiful hot water at the same time.
But before you begin smashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some important things to consider to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. Any work that is executed on your flue lining, fireplace, chimney breast and hearth must follow the building regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with the local authorities to see if planning permission is necessary for a fireplace installation in your home.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and keen DIYer it may be quite possible to renovate a blocked or bricked-up fireplace, but the chances of running into structural issues in the majority of cases is unfortunately high. You may be lucky when you uncover the old fireplace and discover that you need little more than a decent clean out of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney in order to get your fire roaring once more. More likely you'll discover crumbling brickwork that needs structural reinforcement and a blocked flue.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there's not just a risk of fire to your property, but there can also be health hazards, which is why it's best to employ a professional Felixstowe installation company for fireplaces. Airflow has to be adequate in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it's a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can accumulate from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated room.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fireplace to receive sufficient oxygen to burn efficiently and safely at all times. They might have to install vents in unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is surprising how much dust and soot can build up inside an old fireplace and chimney and you won't know what is there until you uncover it. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the chance of damage from muck and soot is still likely and it is advised to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace restoration work begins. If you are fortunate enough to be carrying out a complete home renovation project then it should be one of the very first jobs to focus on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This should help to avoid any damage by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to rigorously sweep the chimney and clear out any sections of hearth that remains in place. You now need to speak to your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They'll be able to provide you with professional advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the condition of the structure of the chimney and if you need to swap the existing flue lining.
After a chimney sweeps examination it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue liner as set out in Part J of the Building Regulations. This work must be done by a qualified tradesperson who is acquainted with the building regulations and good construction practices.
If it is necessary to adjust the width of opening of your existing fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a supporting lintel will have to be put in. When your lintel is in place and secure you may now press on with the upgrade, repair and installation of the fireplace hearth. In the old days the hearth was set into a hole in the floor, however the current building regs require it to be raised above floor level. There are made to measure options to fit pretty much any size and design of fireplace, or you can select from a variety of popular sized hearths to fit in with your decor.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the array of different options open to you. The suggestions and advice from your installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace that is both appropriate for your chimney and flue, as well as for your decor.
Whether you decide on a wood burner, an open fireplace or a multi-fuel stove will be based on the overall style you are trying to develop, your existing decor and perhaps, the age of your property. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
A wood burner is also an effective option if you don't have a chimney breast in your Felixstowe property. As long as you have an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you don't need to have an existing chimney in place to experience a "real" fire.
ELECTRIC, OPEN, GAS, WOOD OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the crackling of a natural fire on a cool winters' evening, but if your circumstances do not allow for this, what alternatives are available?
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of different styles to suit all home types and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe registered contractor must fit and maintain any gas fire in your home.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide selection of styles to suit any kind of home in Felixstowe, and can even be a free standing feature. A version with an integrated back boiler will deliver supplementary heating capabilities by transferring the piping hot water to radiators in cold rooms in your home.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace which can make use of different fuels such as smokeless coal, wood, briquettes and other combustible materials. An open fire is wonderful to watch and modern fireplaces are no longer the draughty, inefficient and smoky objects they used to be.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using oil, coal, gas and wood to deliver a versatile stove for any property in Felixstowe. They can be used not just for heating an individual room, but some designs like the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the entire house if plumbed into a radiator system.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a diverse choice of designs make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Felixstowe houses without a chimney breast. Contemporary electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to mimic a real fire when inset into a conventional fireplace.
Fireplace installations are available in Felixstowe and also in: Alderton, Newbourne, Warren Heath, Old Felixstowe, Harwich, Shotley, Trimley, Kirton, Bucklesham, Trimley St Martin, Walton, Trimley Saint Mary, Nacton, Chelmondiston, Levington, Brightwell, and in these postcodes IP11 2BA, IP11 2LX, IP11 2DG, IP11 2EP, IP11 2AT, IP11 2FN, IP11 2AY, IP11 2ES, IP11 1BP, IP11 2LR. Locally based Felixstowe fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode IP11 and the phone code 01394. Click on the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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