Fireplace Fitter Gravesend Kent (DA11): A good way to add charm to any Gravesend property is by installing a brand new fireplace, or renovating an existing one. Chilly winters' evenings can become very enjoyable as you sit beside your new fireplace listening to the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even benefit from free hot water as well.
But before you begin smashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some important considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with a safe and efficient fireplace. Any work that is undertaken on your fireplace, hearth, flue lining and chimney breast must comply with the United Kingdom's Part J Building Regs for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also be needed before work begins if your property is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the renovation work on a bricked-up fireplace if you've got the ability to do so, however there is always a problem in finding structural and safety issues that need to be resolved by a professional tradesman. If you're fortunate when you expose a blocked up fireplace you might find a decent chimney breast, lintel and hearth that involves little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for a fire once more. It's much more likely that you will come across old brickwork that requires structural modifications and a stopped up flue.
A wrongly installed fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace specialist in Gravesend with the knowledge and experience to do the job effectively. A key part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn efficiently and safely. If the airflow is not good enough then it's quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be lethal.
To effectively overcome any airflow issues, vents may be installed around the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. They may also have to fit air vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap condensing air and lead to staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Opening up an old fireplace can create huge amounts of muck and soot. It is good practice to remove any carpets, furniture and rugs from a room where you are going to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them from being affected by soot, dust and dirt that might be whipped up during the fireplace installation work. If you are fortunate enough to be working on a full restoration project then it ought to be one of the initial jobs to work on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This should help to prevent any impairment by soot and other chimney dirt to any previously completed renovation work.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Now you can see the opening of your fireplace it's time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and see what can be repaired. You should now contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They'll not only make certain your chimney and flue are nice and clean, but they can additionally assess the condition of the chimney and flue liner and provide advice if you need to replace any section of the chimney and flu, such as the flue liner.
It could be essential to install a new flue lining to observe the all important UK Building Regulations, and work may also be needed to strengthen the existing chimney and chimney breast. This sort of work should be completed by a qualified tradesperson who is acquainted with the current building regulations and decent construction practices.
In buildings that are older you might discover that the original fireplace is too wide for your needs, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be required to adapt the opening. When this has been done the next step of your fireplace installation in Gravesend will be to update the hearth. In past times the hearth was set into the floor, however the current building regs demand that it is raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf options from slate, marble or concrete are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace builder in Gravesend may be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to complement your room style.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be challenging when faced with the various styles and designs that are available from a fireplace showroom or online dealer. It is quite possible that due to your existing chimney and flue, that certain fireplace designs might not be appropriate, therefore it's advisable to follow the the recommendations and advice of the fireplace installer with respect to this.
The age of your house, and the theme you're trying to develop for your room, will all help you to decide on the design and type of fireplace that's most suitable for you. For example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks great set back in an inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character of the stove and also reflects the heat into the room to good effect.
Even if your Gravesend property doesn't have a chimney breast you've still got the option of a feature fireplace by putting in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A chimney is not required since a stainless steel flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an external wall.
WOOD, OPEN, GAS, ELECTRIC OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fire on a cool winters' evening, however if your circumstances do not allow for this, what are the other alternatives?
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit any home in Gravesend, can be easily fitted by anybody who's reasonable competent. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flames and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to mimic an open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can make use of various fuels such as briquettes, coal, wood and other flammable materials. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, draughty and smoky items that they once were.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with the option of using gas, wood, oil and coal to deliver a multi-purpose heater for any house in Gravesend. The AGA range is well known as being capable of providing heating for the entire home, a supply of hot water and a hob and oven all in one useful appliance.
Gas Fireplaces - Providing instant heat and being more efficient (thermally) when compared to wood burning stoves, there are a wide selection of designs to suit any Gravesend property. Must be professionally fitted and maintained by Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI registered) tradesman.
Wood Burning Stoves - A multitude of different styles to suit any kind of house in Gravesend, and can even be a free standing feature. If combined with a back boiler they can provide hot water for radiators or for other use around the home.
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