Fireplace Fitter Hatfield Hertfordshire (AL9): Fitting a new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Hatfield property is a wonderful way to add a homely feel and some character to any room. Adding a wood burning stove or open fire for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove cheaper than certain central heating systems, so long as you've got a good source of timber or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water at the same time.
Before you begin prising away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you will need to consider to ensure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any work which is done on your fireplace, flue lining, chimney breast and hearth must follow the Part J building regs for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work commences if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward remodel of a pre-existing fireplace can probably be executed by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any construction work is necessary there's the chance of encountering structural problems that need to be resolved by a professional. It might be that in order to get a fire roaring in your fireplace once again you will need nothing more than a quick clean of the hearth and a sweeping of the chimney. More likely you'll discover crumbling brickwork that needs structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
Due to the serious health and fire risk problems that can result from a poorly installed or renovated fireplace, it is advisable to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a skilled fireplace fitter in Hatfield. There must always be enough airflow into a room where there's a fireplace to guarantee sufficient amounts of oxygen for the fire to burn effectively. Insufficient oxygen means the fire will not burn well, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide could occur, which can lead to breathing problems or even death.
To successfully get around any airflow issues, vents may need to be fitted around the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. They might also have to fit air vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A large amount of muck and soot can be discharged from an old fireplace when opening it up for renovation. Even with coverings for your furniture, the likelihood of damage from soot and dirt is still possible and it's advisable to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace renovation work starts. If you're lucky enough to be working on a complete home restoration project then it should be one of the first jobs to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. By opening a fireplace first you will avoid any soot from the chimney causing staining damage to other parts of your restoration project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've opened up 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 clean any hearth that can be re-used. Bringing in a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the very first things on your checklist. Not only will they make sure your chimney and flue are nice and clean, but they can also take a look at the condition of the chimney and flue liner and offer advice if you need to replace any area of the chimney and flu, such as the flue liner.
After a chimney sweeps examination it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast in keeping with Part J of the Building Regulations. This kind of work should be accomplished by a skilled craftsman with experience of the relevant building regulations and good working practices.
If you need to change the width of opening of your original fireplace to a more suitable size for your new design, a supporting concrete lintel must be installed. As soon as this has been done the next step for your Hatfield fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it to comply with the latest regulations. Off-the-shelf options from marble, slate or concrete are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace builder in Hatfield should be able to offer a bespoke, made to measure hearth to match the design of your room.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a visit to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the alternatives available for the different styles and designs of fireplaces. It is quite possible that owing to your current chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that certain fireplace designs might not be suitable, therefore it's advisable to follow the the recommendations and advice of the fireplace company in this respect.
You home's age, and the style that you are trying to develop for your room, should all help you determine the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable. As an example, an inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop for a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its character and deflects the heat into the room.
A wood burner is also an effective option if you haven't got a chimney breast in your Hatfield property. An existing chimney is not required since the flue is taken directly from the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
OPEN, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold evening creates an ambience and charm that can't be beaten, but what are the other available options to put into in your new fireplace in Hatfield?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of styles to suit any type of property in Hatfield, and can even be freestanding. A back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is an attractive focal point for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can buy. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no more the smoky, inefficient and draughty objects they were in the past.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be used with various fuels, such as oil, wood, coal or gas, and become a focal point in any kitchen or living room in Hatfield. They can be utilised not only for heating an individual room, but some designs such as the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the entire house if they are plumbed into an existing radiator network.
Gas Fireplaces - Providing instant heat and being more thermally efficient than open fires, there are a wide variety of styles to suit any Hatfield property. A Gas Safe certified technician must maintain and install any gas fireplace in your property, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any home in Hatfield, can be easily fitted by anyone who's reasonable competent. Modern electric fires can deliver authentic looking flames and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to replicate a real open fire when set into into an old fashioned fireplace.
Fireplace installations are available in Hatfield and also in nearby places like: Little Berkhamsted, Cole Green, Coopers Green, Smallford, Tyttenganger, Sandridge, Essendon, Welwyn Garden City, Tewin, Colney Heath, North Mymms, Harmer Green, Welham Green, and in these postcodes AL10 0FE, AL10 0EW, AL10 0AQ, AL10 0JB, AL10 0RW, AL10 0QA, AL10 0EQ, AL10 0QZ, AL10 0QJ, AL10 0JX. Locally based Hatfield fireplace specialists will likely have the phone code 01707 and the postcode AL9.
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