Fireplace Fitter Flitwick Bedfordshire (MK45): An excellent way to add charm to any Flitwick home is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. If you opt to combine your fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire or stove on those chilly winters' evenings, you will also be provided with a plentiful supply of hot water.
There are some crucial things you must think about before you start any work, if you are going to create a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your property. All work must follow Part J of the Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of chimney breasts, flue linings, fireplaces and hearths of any combustible appliance. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you should check with local authorities to find out if planning permission is needed for installing a fireplace in your home.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a keen and competent do-it-yourselfer it is quite possible to renovate an existing bricked-up fireplace, but the chance of experiencing structural issues in the majority of cases is high. You could be lucky when revealing your old fireplace and discover that you need little more than a decent clean up of the hearth and a quick chimney sweep to get your fire roaring. More likely you'll discover a stopped up flue and crumbling brickwork that needs structural modifications.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause serious respiratory health problems and fire risk and should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Flitwick with the knowledge and experience to do the work safely. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where there's a fireplace to guarantee adequate amounts of oxygen allow the fire to burn safely. Insufficient oxygen means the fire won't burn well, and a build up of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can lead to injury or death.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to get adequate oxygen to burn safely and properly at all times. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and producing damp spots and staining, vents may have to be fitted by the installation team to introduce more airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A huge amount of soot and other dirt can be released from a bricked up fireplace when opening it up for restoration. A thoughtful Flitwick fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets for your furniture and supply a bit of protection, however it's wise where possible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the room before any work commences. If you are installing a fireplace as part of a larger home renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be worked on after you have got the room back to its bare walls and floors. By opening a fireplace first you will prevent any chimney soot causing damage to other phases of your restoration project, such as fresh plaster or paint on walls.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be able to rigorously sweep the chimney and clean any sections of hearth that remains in place. You now need to get hold of your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. They'll be willing to provide you with professional advice on the chimney and flue after sweeping, concerning the situation with the chimney and if you need to upgrade the existing lining.
Following a chimney sweep's examination it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue liner as demanded by Part J of the UK Building Regulations. These are projects that should be done by a skilled craftsman with a knowledge of the relevant regulations and reliable construction skills.
In older buildings you might find that the revealed fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be needed to adapt the opening. When your lintel is in position and secure you may now proceed with the updating, installation and repair of the fireplace hearth. In the past the hearth was usually sunken into a void in the floor, however current regulations demand that it's raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from concrete, slate or marble are available to accomplish this, or your fireplace installer in Flitwick may be able to provide you with a bespoke, custom-made hearth to fit in with the style of your room.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you go to a fireplace showroom you are spoilt for choice with the array of different options open to you. It is entirely possible that due to your existing chimney and flue, that some fireplaces may not be suitable, therefore it's advisable to follow the the recommendations and advice of your fireplace company in this respect.
Whether you go with an open fireplace, a wood burner or a multi-fuel stove will be based on the overall look you are trying to develop, your current decor and in some cases, the age of your home. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop for a classic cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its charm and reflects the heat into the room.
A wood burner is also an effective option if you don't have a chimney breast in your Flitwick home. So long as you have an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be routed, you don't need an existing chimney structure in place to experience a "real" fire.
WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS, OPEN OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of an open fireplace can't be surpassed, however what options are available if this sort of fireplace is not possible within your Flitwick home?
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fires the obvious choice for Flitwick houses that don't have a chimney. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire which looks almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and being more efficient (thermally) when compared to wood burning stoves, there are a wide array of styles and designs to suit any period of property. A Gas Safe registered engineer must maintain and install any gas fireplace in your property, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe in 2009).
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become extremely popular in many homes in Flitwick, and can have modern or classic styling to complement your decor. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and could provide hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in other rooms via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can make use of various fuels such as briquettes, smokeless coal, wood and other combustive materials. In earlier times an open fire might have had the associations with being inefficient, smoky and draughty, however a professionally fitted contemporary fireplace is a joy to behold while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as smokeless coal, oil, wood or gas, and become an attractive focal point in any kitchen or lounge in Flitwick. They can be used not just for heating an individual room, but some styles like the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the complete property if they are plumbed into a network of radiators.
Fireplace installation is available in Flitwick and also nearby in: Lidington, Tingrith, Greenfield, Husborne Crawley, Barton-le-Clay, Steppingley, Ampthill, Ridgmont, Pulloxhill, Brogborough, Woburn, Harlington, Flitton, Millbrook, Silsoe, Westoning, Eversholt, Maulden, and in these postcodes MK45 1LR, MK45 1FA, MK45 1GZ, MK45 1JF, MK45 1HY, MK45 1AN, MK45 1PF, MK45 1DB, MK45 1DE, MK45 1EP. Local Flitwick fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode MK45 and the telephone code 01525. Click the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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Fireplace Enquiries Bedfordshire
Recent Bedfordshire fireplace postings: Elsa Browne and Erik Browne recently asked for a quotation for fitting a wood burning stove in Lower Stondon. Hasnain Metcalf and Eva Metcalf recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new electric fireplace in a cottage in Renhold, Bedfordshire. Mr and Mrs Welch recently requested a quotation for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new gas fireplace in a detached house in Westoning. Bobbie Ramsden and Edward Ramsden recently enquired about fitting an open fireplace in Westoning, Bedfordshire. Harman and Ivy-Rose Dack recently requested a quotation for the installation of an electric fireplace in a terraced house in Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire. Brooklyn Greenwood and Jonty Greenwood recently requested a price quote for the installation of a wood burning stove in a semi-detached house in Stotfold. Aleena Laird and Zain Laird recently asked for a price quote for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new wood burning stove in a semi-detached house in Lidlington, Bedfordshire. Milly and Dilan Nixon recently requested a quotation for opening up and restoring an old, boarded up fireplace in Maulden, Bedfordshire.
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