Fireplace Fitter Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire (HP1): A splendid way to add character to any Hemel Hempstead property is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those chilly winters' evenings can even prove cheaper than certain central heating systems, providing that you've got a regular source of wood or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plentiful hot water in the process.
There are a few important things you must think about before you begin any work, in order to establish an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your home. All work must observe Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of flue linings, fireplaces, chimney breasts and hearths of any combustible appliance. If your home is a listed building you will also need to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local authorities before any work commences.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer it is possible to renovate an existing bricked-up or closed-off fireplace, but the chances of running into structural issues in most cases is high. It might 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 sweeping of the chimney. Much more likely you'll come across old brickwork that needs structural modifications and a stopped up flue.
An incorrectly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a professional fireplace company in Hemel Hempstead with the knowledge and experience to do the job effectively. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. Lethal carbon monoxide fumes can accumulate from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated room.
To successfully overcome any issues with air flow, vents may be fitted in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. They may also have to install vents in unused chimney flues which can trap condensing air and lead to staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
It's astonishing just how much dirt and soot can build up inside an old fireplace and chimney and you won't know exactly what is there until you uncover it. It is good practice to remove any rugs, carpets and furniture from an area where you are going to expose an old fireplace, to prevent them being damaged by dirt, dust and soot that will be disturbed during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning works. If you are carrying out a complete renovation of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are tackled. This should help to avoid any damage by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Now you can see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what can be restored. The first item on your agenda should be to contact a decent chimney sweep. They'll not only ensure that your chimney and flue are clean, but they can additionally determine the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide advice if you need to replace any area of the flue and chimney.
Following a chimney sweep's examination it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue lining in keeping with Part J of the Building Regulations. A competent fireplace installer and builder in Hemel Hempstead will be required to undertake this work, and will have the skills and knowledge of construction to follow all building regulations.
In buildings that are older you may discover the original fireplace is too big for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be required to modify the opening. Once this has been done the next phase of your Hemel Hempstead fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to comply with the latest building regulations. Pre-made options from marble, slate or concrete are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Hemel Hempstead may be able to provide you with a bespoke, made to measure hearth to fit in with the design of your room.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will illustrate the options that are available for the different fireplace styles and designs. The recommendations and advice from your fireplace installers, which will hinge on your particular requirements, will enable you to pick a fireplace which is both suited to your existing chimney and flue, as well as for your decor.
Whether you decide on a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will hinge on the overall style that you are trying to establish, your current decor and in some cases, the age of your home. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop for an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
A cast iron wood burner is also a great choice if your Hemel Hempstead property hasn't got a chimney breast. This type of fireplace can be installed with a flue which is routed through an outside wall and does not need a chimney, to be installed safely.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold evening creates an ambience and charm that cannot be beaten, however what are the other available options to install in your new fireplace in Hemel Hempstead?
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of homes in Hemel Hempstead, and can have classic or modern design to match your decor. A back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide hot water for use around the home, or for heating in other rooms via radiators.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any property in Hemel Hempstead, can easily be fitted by any competent individual. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that seems almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Gas Fireplaces - Providing instant heat and more efficient (thermally) than wood burners, there are a wide variety of designs and styles to suit any Hemel Hempstead home. Must be professionally maintained and installed by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) engineer.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for your room and can use a range of solid fuels. A professionally fitted contemporary open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was boarded up by previous owners, and its warm charm is a welcome addition to any property in Hemel Hempstead.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with different fuels, such as smokeless coal, gas, oil or wood, and become a focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Hemel Hempstead. They can be utilised not just 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 complete property when plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Fireplace installation is available in Hemel Hempstead and also in nearby places like: Potten End, Chipperfield, Frogmore, Orchard Leigh, Frithsden, Gorhambury, St Albans, Bovingdom, Bourne End, Great Gaddesden, Abbots Langley, Kings Langley, Redbourn, Berkhamsted, and in these postcodes HP1 1RS, HP1 1PW, HP1 1EP, HP1 1AS, HP1 1JA, HP1 1NR, HP1 1JB, HP1 1LD, HP1 1QX, HP1 1QW. Locally based Hemel Hempstead fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode HP1 and the dialling code 01442.
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More Help and Guidance
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Searching On the Web
When looking to find services in Hemel Hempstead, the majority of property owners nowadays seem to head for the internet. Actually, you more than likely used Ask, Google, Yahoo or Bing to uncover the web page you're seeing as we speak. On the face of it it may seem that the listings on page 1 are exactly what the doctor ordered, however that is not invariably the truth. When looking for fireplace installers in Hemel Hempstead most householders will key in "fireplace installation in Hemel Hempstead", "Hemel Hempstead fireplace installation", "fireplace installation near me" or "fireplace installation Hemel Hempstead", and go through the results.
However, you'll subsequently discover that many of the page 1 listings on those search engines are going to be either "pay per click" adverts or listings from large trade portals such as TrustaTrader, Rated People, Checkatrade, Bidvine, Quotatis or My Builder or directories like Three Best Rated, Yelp, Yell or Free Index. You will very likely find the sites of genuine fireplace installers buried on the 2nd or 3rd pages of the search results, outsmarted by the wealthier companies who can afford SEO.
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Around Hemel Hempstead
Households in Dellcut Road, The Pastures, Bencroft Road, Shantock Lane, Tile Kiln Close, Christopher Court, The Gables, Arkley Road, Aragon Close, Sleets End, The Wye, Dinmore, Alston Road, Simmonds Rise, Springfield Road, Bodwell Close, Bargrove Avenue, Apsley Grange, South Hill Road, Barnacres Road, Bury Green, Clarendon Close, Bronte Crescent, Trouvere Park, Chaucer Walk, Berkhamsted Road, The Brackens, St Michaels Avenue, Saracens Head, have needed fireplace installation recently. Fireplace refurbishment was also undertaken in the following local Hemel Hempstead postcodes: HP1 1RS, HP1 1PW, HP1 1EP, HP1 1AS, HP1 1JA, HP1 1NR, HP1 1JB, HP1 1LD, HP1 1QX, HP1 1QW.
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