Fireplace Fitter Fulwood Lancashire (PR2): Opening up a disused fireplace to put in an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is an excellent way to add some charm and a homely feel to any Fulwood home. Nippy winter evenings can become a joy as you relax in front of your new fireplace surrounded by the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even benefit from free hot water too.
Before you go chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you will need to do to make sure you can install your new fireplace in an efficient and safe way. Any work which is done on your chimney breast, fireplace, flue lining and hearth must adhere to the United Kingdom's Part J building regs for combustible appliances. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you have to check with the local council to see if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your property.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen DIY'er it may be possible to restore a bricked-up or blocked fireplace, but the chances of experiencing structural problems in the majority of cases is unfortunately high. It may be the case that when you remove the boarding surrounding a disused fireplace to discover a hidden treasure that needs nothing more than a quick clean and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. What is more commonplace however is a jumble of old brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and also requires some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not just a risk of fire to your home, but there can also be associated health hazards, which is why it is best to employ an experienced Fulwood installation company for fireplaces. There always has to be a decent air flow into a room where there's a fireplace to ensure adequate amounts of oxygen allow the fire to burn effectively. Lethal carbon monoxide can soon develop from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
To get past this problem a fireplace specialist in Fulwood will analyse the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or beneath the floors, to ensure an adequate air flow for the fire to burn effectively and safely. They may also have to fit vents into unused chimney flues which sometimes trap condensing air and lead to staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A huge amount of soot and other muck can be released from a blocked up fireplace upon opening it up for restoration. Even with coverings for your furniture, the chance of damage from muck and soot is still possible and it is advised to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace restoration work starts. If you're engaging in a full renovation of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up and worked on before any decoration or plastering works are dealt with. This will help to avoid any harm by soot and other chimney dirt to any completed renovation work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clear out any hearth that is still in position. The first item on your agenda will be to bring in a competent chimney sweep. They will be willing to provide professional advice on the chimney and flue after sweeping, regarding the situation with the chimney and if it would be advisable to switch the existing flue liner.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant UK Building Regulations must be adhered to. This type of work needs to be accomplished by a qualified person who is familiar with the current building regulations and good working practices.
If you need to change the size of opening of your exposed fireplace to something more suitable for your design, a supporting concrete lintel must be installed. When you've supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now possible to repair or upgrade the hearth. In earlier times the hearth was generally set into the floor, but the current building regs require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you may have to choose a bespoke, tailor-made hearth, but there are also a whole host of ready to fit hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult amongst the different designs and styles available from a fireplace showroom or online shop. It's entirely possible that owing to your existing chimney and flue, that certain fireplaces may not be suitable, and it's advisable to follow the the advice and recommendations of the fireplace company with respect to this.
Some rooms and houses will be more suited to an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. By way of example, a wood burner looks splendid set into an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm and character of the stove and reflecting the heat back into the room effectively.
A cast iron wood burner is also an effective option if your Fulwood property doesn't have a chimney breast. Provided that you have an external wall through which a flue from the stove can be passed, you don't need to have an existing chimney structure to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fireplace on a cool evening, however if your circumstances do not permit this, what are the other alternatives?
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become very popular in many homes in Fulwood, and can have classic or modern design to match your home's decor. A back boiler is an extra benefit and could provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in another area via a radiator.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is an eye-catching focal point for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can buy. In the bad old days an open fire may have been associated with being inefficient, draughty and smoky, however a well fitted fireplace is a joy to sit in front of and bask in the warmth it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with options to use gas, wood, coal and oil to furnish you with a multipurpose heater for any home in Fulwood. Some styles, such as the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, can also be used for generating hot water, cooking and heating your entire home.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a varied choice of designs make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Fulwood houses that don't have a chimney. Modern electric fires can provide real look flames and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to imitate an open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more thermally efficient than open fireplaces or wood burning stoves, there are a wide selection of designs to suit any period of property. Have to be professionally maintained and installed by Gas Safe certified (previously CORGI registered) engineer.
Fireplace installation is available in Fulwood and also nearby in: Newsham, Ingol, Preston, Penwortham, Whittingham, Barton, Catforth, Cottam, Grimsargh, Broughton, Newton with Scales, Clifton, Ashton-on-Ribble, Ribbleton, Samlesbury, Balderstone, and in these postcodes PR2 3AR, PR2 3DS, PR2 3LH, PR2 3BF, PR11 2AU, PR2 3BX, PR11 2DA, PR1 7UR, PR2 3LU, PR2 3DE. Locally based Fulwood fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode PR2 and the telephone code 01772. Click the "quote" form or banner to get information on fireplace installation in your area.
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Householders living in the following streets and roads have recently enquired about fireplace installation - Higher Bank Road, Hall Road, Water Head, Beech Drive, Edgehill Close, Midgery Court, St. Anthonys Drive, Heathway, Hawkhurst Crescent, Bedford Road, The Warren, Harrison Road, Eastway, York Avenue, Garstang Road, Azalea Close, The Hawthorns, West Road, Ashwood Road, Eton Park, Austin Crescent, Peachtree Close, Moorfields Avenue, Hardcastle Road, Forest Green, Aysgarth Avenue, Queens Drive, Royal Avenue, Marston Close, Glebe Close, as well as these local Fulwood postcodes: PR2 3AR, PR2 3DS, PR2 3LH, PR2 3BF, PR11 2AU, PR2 3BX, PR11 2DA, PR1 7UR, PR2 3LU, PR2 3DE.
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