Fireplace Fitter Gloucester Gloucestershire (GL1): A marvelous way to add some character to any Gloucester home is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. Chilly winter evenings can become a joy as you sit beside your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even benefit from a plentiful supply of hot water too.
There are a few vital things you must think about before you commence any work, if you are to establish a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your house. Any combustible appliance in domestic homes in Gloucester must follow Part J of the Building Regulations, and this covers fireplaces, hearths, flue linings and chimney breasts. Planning permission may also be needed before work commences if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the restoration work on a bricked-up fireplace if you've got the ability to do so, however there is always a problem in finding safety and structural issues that need to be resolved by a professional tradesman. It may be that in order to get a fire roaring in your fireplace once again you'll need little more than a good clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. Much more likely you'll discover a stopped up flue and old brickwork that requires structural modifications.
Due to the severe health and fire risk problems that can result from an incorrectly fitted or renovated fireplace, it is better to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of an experienced fireplace installer in Gloucester. A major factor of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for a fire to burn efficiently and safely. Not enough oxygen means that the fire will not burn effectively, and carbon monoxide could accumulate, which can cause injury or death.
To effectively get over any issues with air flow, vents may need to be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and creating staining and damp spots, vents may have to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Opening up an old fireplace can create large amounts of muck and soot. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and supply a bit of protection, however it's wise when possible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the area before work starts. If you're engaging in a complete renovation of a room or property, the fireplace should be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. By opening a fireplace first you will avoid any chimney soot causing damage to other stages of your restoration project, such as fresh plasterwork or paint on walls.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you can see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and work out what can be refurbished. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the very first items on your to-do-list. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and whilst doing so will check the structural condition of the chimney and offer advice on whether you need a new flue liner.
After a chimney sweep examination it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or/and install a new flue lining as demanded by Part J of the UK Building Regulations. These are jobs that need to be done by a skilled tradesman with knowledge of the appropriate building regs and reliable construction skills.
If it is necessary to modify the width of opening of your exposed fireplace to a more suitable size for your design, a supporting lintel should be put in. When your concrete lintel is safely in place you can now proceed with the renovation, installation and upgrade of the fireplace hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you will need to raise it to conform to the latest building regulations. If your fireplace is not a standard size you might have to purchase a bespoke, tailor-made hearth, but there are a wide variety of ready-made hearths in slate, marble or concrete.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your ideal fireplace can be challenging amongst the different styles and designs available from an online dealer or fireplace showroom. The advice and recommendations from your installation team, which will be in accordance with your particular requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace that is both suitable for your flue and chimney, as well as for your home's decor.
Some houses and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look striking set within it, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting heat into the room from the brick or stone walls that surround the stove.
Even if you do not have a chimney in your Gloucester home, it is still possible to put in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This type of fireplace can be installed with its own flue that's routed through an external wall and does not need a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fireplace on a cool winters' evening, but if your circumstances do not allow for this, what are the other available options?
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a varied choice of designs make electric fires a popular choice for Gloucester homes without a chimney. Can be inset into conventional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of modern electric fires it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish them from the real thing.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of styles to suit all home types and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burners. Gas fireplaces must only be fitted and maintained by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using coal, gas, wood and oil to deliver a multipurpose heater for any house in Gloucester. Some styles, like the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole house.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Gloucester can benefit from the fitting of a wood burning stove, which are available in a variety of designs, and can even be fitted freestanding. A model with a back boiler will supply supplementary heating by connecting the hot water to radiators in cold rooms in your property.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for a room and can be used with a number of different solid fuels. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no longer the draughty, smoky and inefficient objects that they once were.
Fireplace installation is available in Gloucester and also nearby in: Longlevens, Tredworth, Kingsholm, Minsterworth, Longford, Wootton, Saintbridge, Tuffley, Hempsted, Maisemore, Hartpury, Abbeymead, Barnwood, Coney Hill, Highnam, Brockworth, and in these postcodes GL1 1LR, GL1 1JB, GL1 1DZ, GL1 1XL, GL1 1AD, GL1 1QR, GL1 1TP, GL1 1SJ, GL1 1NS, GL1 2BW. Locally based Gloucester fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone code 01452 and the postcode GL1.
Help and Guidance
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