Fireplace Fitter Grays Essex (RM17): Opening up a disused fireplace to fit a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is a great way to add some charm and a homely feel to any Grays property. If you decide to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire on those nippy winters' evenings, you will also be provided with lots of steaming hot water.
There are some crucial considerations you must think of before you commence any work, in order to establish an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your home. All work must follow Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of fireplaces, chimney breasts, flue linings and hearths of any combustible appliance. If you reside in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you have to check with local authorities to find out if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your property.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen DIY'er it may be possible to renovate a bricked-up or closed-off fireplace, but the chances of running into structural problems in many cases is high. If you are fortunate when you open up a boarded fireplace you may find a decent chimney breast, hearth and lintel that needs nothing other than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. What is more commonplace however is a jumble of old brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and also requires some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there is not just a risk of fire to your property, but there can also be health hazards, which is why it is advisable to hire a certified Grays installation team for a fireplace. There must always be airflow into a room where a fireplace is installed to ensure adequate levels of oxygen enable the fire to burn safely. Dangerous carbon monoxide can accumulate from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated space.
To safely overcome any airflow issues, vents might be fitted around the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. They may also have to fit air vents in unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap condensing air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A huge amount of soot and other dirt can be discharged from a bricked up chimney when reopening it for renovation. It is good practice to remove any furniture, rugs and carpets from a room where you are going to open up an old fireplace, to prevent them from being damaged by dust, muck and soot that will be disturbed during the fireplace installation work. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of a larger home renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be done after you've got the room back to bare walls and floors. By opening up a fireplace first you will prevent any chimney soot causing damage to other stages of your project, such as fresh plaster or wallpapered walls.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace opened up, it is time to see what can be restored and to give the chimney and hearth a thorough cleaning. Bringing in a proper chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the very first items on your to-do-list. They'll be able to offer you professional guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, concerning the condition of the chimney and whether it is advisable to swap the existing flue liner.
It might be vital to install a new flue lining to conform to the UK Building Regulations, and work might also be needed to beef up the original chimney and chimney breast. These are jobs that require an experienced tradesman with knowledge of the appropriate building regs and quality construction skills.
In buildings that are older you might find the existing fireplace is too wide for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to adapt the opening. As soon as this has been done the next step of your fireplace installation in Grays will be to modernise the hearth. In the old days the hearth would be set into a hole in the floor, but current building regs demand that it's raised above floor level. You can get custom-made options to fit virtually any size and style of fireplace, or you can choose from a variety of common sized hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult amongst the many styles, shapes and sizes that are available from a fireplace showroom or online outlet. It is possible that due to your existing flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs may not be appropriate, therefore it's advisable to follow the recommendations from the fireplace company in this respect.
Certain houses and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you have an attractive inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look stunning set inside it, and has the added benefit of effectively reflecting heat into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
A cast iron wood burner is also an excellent option if your Grays property hasn't got a chimney breast. A pre-existing chimney isn't needed in this instance because a stainless steel flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
ELECTRIC, WOOD, OPEN, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates a charm and ambience that cannot be beaten, but what other options are available to install in your new fireplace in Grays?
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of different designs to suit all property types and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe certified technician must maintain and fit any gas fireplace in your property, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Grays can be improved by the fitting of a wood burning stove, which come in a range of styles, and can even be fitted freestanding. If combined with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for use in your house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests they can be used with various fuels, such as oil, gas, wood or smokeless coal, and become a focal point in any kitchen or living room in Grays. They can be utilised not merely for heating a room, but some designs such as the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the entire property if they're plumbed into a radiator system.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a focus for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. An open fire is lovely to see and contemporary fireplaces are no more the draughty, inefficient and smoky things they once were.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit any property in Grays, can be easily fitted by any reasonable competent individual. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that looks almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Fireplace installations are available in Grays and also in nearby places like: West Tilbury, Mucking, Linford, Orsett, Tilbury, Rainham, Stanford-le-Hope, North Stifford, Little Thurrock, Chadwell St Mary, Chafford Hundred, Aveley, Badgers Dene, Horndon on the Hill, Upminster, and in these postcodes RM16 2WJ, RM16 2UT, RM16 2JT, RM16 2UU, RM16 2GA, RM16 2AJ, RM16 2DN, RM16 2DR, RM16 2DJ, RM16 2HA. Locally based Grays fireplace specialists will likely have the dialling code 01375 and the postcode RM17.
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