Fireplace Fitter Greenock Scotland (PA15): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is an effective way to add some character and a homely feel to your Greenock home. Adding an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those cold winter evenings can even prove to be cheaper than certain central heating systems, providing that you have a ready source of timber. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water at the same time.
Before you go bashing away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you'll need to think about to ensure you can safely install and use your new fireplace. All work carried out must adhere to Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which covers the installation and construction of flue linings, fireplaces, chimney breasts and hearths of any combustible appliance. If you own a listed building you will also have to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local authorities before any work is started.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the renovation work on an existing fireplace if you've got the ability to do so, however there is always a problem in finding structural and safety issues which need to be resolved professionally. It may be your good fortune when you remove the covering from an old fireplace to discover a hidden treasure that needs nothing more than a good clean up and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What is more commonplace however is a jumble of crumbling brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and also requires some form of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
Owing to the severe fire risk and health issues that can result from an incorrectly installed or renovated fireplace, it is better to draw on the knowledge and experience of a certified fireplace fitter and builder in Greenock. There must always be airflow into a room where a fireplace is installed to ensure adequate amounts of oxygen allow the fire to burn effectively. If there is not enough airflow then it is quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be deadly.
To get past this concern a professional Greenock fireplace installer will evaluate the circumstances and install vents around the room, or beneath the floor, to guarantee an adequate air flow for the fire to combust safely and properly. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also need to have air vents fitted because they can sometimes trap moist air and cause damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Having a fireplace opened up can cause a lot of of grime and soot to enter your room. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and supply a bit of protection, however it's sensible when possible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the room before work commences. If you are lucky enough to be working on a full room renovation then it should be one of the first tasks to complete before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This will help to avoid any impairment by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed restoration work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clean up any parts of hearth that may have been left in place. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and while doing this can check the structural condition of the chimney and offer guidance on whether you need a new flue liner.
It might be essential to install a new flue lining to conform to the Building Regulations, and construction may also be needed to beef up the existing chimney and chimney breast. This work needs to be done by a skilled person who is acquainted with the relevant building regulations and decent construction practices.
If you need to adjust the size of opening of your existing fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a supporting concrete lintel must be put in. When you've supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be necessary to update or repair the hearth. In the old days the hearth was set into the floor, but the current building regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. You can get custom-made options to fit any design and size of fireplace, or you can choose from a variety of common sized hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a visit to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the alternatives that are available for the different fireplace styles and designs. The advice and recommendations from your installation team, which will hinge on your particular requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace that is both appropriate for your existing flue and chimney, as well as for your decor.
Some properties and rooms will be more suitable for open fireplaces than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look striking set within it, and also has the benefit of effectively reflecting the heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
A wood burner is also an excellent option if your home doesn't have a chimney breast. This form of fireplace can be installed with a stainless steel flue that is taken through an external wall and doesn't need a chimney, to be installed safely.
ELECTRIC, OPEN, GAS, MULTI-FUEL OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the warmth and glow of an open fireplace on a cool evening, but if your situation doesn't permit this, what are the other available options?
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in an array of designs to suit any property and are more efficient (thermally) than wood burners. Gas fireplaces can only be maintained and fitted by a certified Gas Safe registered technician, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted easily and safely by anyone who's reasonable competent and there are styles and varieties which are appropriate for just about any room and property in Greenock. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to mimic an open fire when set into into a conventional fireplace.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use coal, gas, wood and oil to deliver a multipurpose stove for any home in Greenock. They can be utilised not only for heating a room, but some styles such as the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete house if plumbed into a radiator network.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Greenock can benefit from the installment of a wood burning stove, which are available in a range of designs, and can even be installed free standing. If combined with a back boiler can provide hot water for radiators or for use in your house.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for any room and can utilise a variety of solid fuels. An expertly fitted modern open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was blocked up by past owners, and its warm elegance is a welcome addition to any property in Greenock.
Fireplace installation is available in Greenock and also in: Kilbarchan, Kilcreggan, Skelmorlie, Glasgow, Inverkip, Johnstone, Clydebank, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Langbank, Kilmacolm, Dumbarton, Wemyss Bay, Port Glasgow, Paisley, Gourock, Dunoon, and in these postcodes PA15 1EN, PA15 1AL, PA15 1XU, PA15 1LZ, PA15 2AH, PA15 1BA, PA15 1YQ, PA15 1BB, PA15 2BJ, PA15 1QR. Local Greenock fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode PA15 and the dialling code 01475.
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Folks who live in the following roads and streets have just recently enquired about fireplace installation - Burns Square, Banff Road, Caledonia Drive, Davaar Road, Huntly Drive, Kenilworth Crescent, Hay Street, Bridgend Road, Drumslea, Glenbrae Road, Berwick Place, Mallard Lane, Madeira Street, Fancy Farm Place, Welbeck Street, Cathcart Street, Kilmacolm Road, Wellington Street, Cornalees Bridge, Ardbeg Road, Glen Luss Road, Balfron Road, Mt Pleasant Street, Garvock Drive, Bannockburn Street, Glen Douglas Road, Gateside Grove, Drums Terrace, Royal Court, Merlin Avenue, as well as the following local Greenock postcodes: PA15 1EN, PA15 1AL, PA15 1XU, PA15 1LZ, PA15 2AH, PA15 1BA, PA15 1YQ, PA15 1BB, PA15 2BJ, PA15 1QR.
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