Fireplace Fitter Hereford Herefordshire (HR1): Fitting a new fireplace or opening up an old disused fireplace in your Hereford property is a wonderful way to add character and a homely feel to any room. If you combine your fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove during the chilly winter evenings, you will also be provided with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water.
There are some crucial things to consider before you start any work, in order to create an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your home. All work carried out must comply with Part J of the Building Regulations, which addresses the construction and installation of hearths, fireplaces, chimney breasts and flue linings of any combustible appliance. If you are living in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with local authorities to see if planning permission is necessary for installing a fireplace in your property.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic remodeling of an existing fireplace can perhaps be achieved by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any construction work is required there's a chance of running into structural problems that have to be handled professionally. If you're fortunate when you expose a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent hearth, chimney breast and lintel that needs nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for a fire once more. What is more typical however is a patch of crumbling, old brickwork that conceals a blocked flue, and needs some form of structural modification before it can be used safely.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there is not only a fire risk to your property, but there can also be health hazards, which is why it is better to employ a competent Hereford installation company for fireplaces. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is the case. If the airflow is not good enough then it is possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be deadly.
To successfully overcome any airflow issues, vents may need to be installed around the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and creating damp spots and staining, vents may need to be installed by the fireplace installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is surprising just how much dust and soot can build up inside an old chimney and fireplace and you won't know exactly what is there until you open it up. It is good practice to remove any furniture, carpets and rugs from a room where you're going to open up an old fireplace, to avoid them being affected by soot, dust and muck that might be whipped up during the fireplace installation works. If you are lucky enough to be carrying out a full home restoration project then it ought to be one of the very first tasks to work on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This should help to prevent any discolouring damage by soot and dirt to any previously completed work.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace opened up, it's time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated or replaced and give the chimney and hearth a comprehensive clean. Contacting a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the initial things on your to-do-list. They will not only make sure your flue and chimney are nice and clean, but they can also take a look at the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide guidance about whether you need to replace any area of the chimney and flu, such as the flue liner.
Following a chimney sweeps examination it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as laid down in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This sort of work needs to be done by a qualified tradesman with experience of the appropriate building regulations and decent working practices.
If you need to adjust the size of opening of your exposed fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your new design, a concrete supporting lintel should be installed. When you have supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now time to renovate or upgrade the hearth. You may find your existing hearth has been set into the floor, but to abide by latest building regulations it must be raised above floor level. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you might have to choose a custom-built hearth, but there are also a wide range of ready-made hearths in concrete, marble or slate.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
If you pay a visit to a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with the array of different options available to you. Every fireplace will not be suitable for your existing flue and chimney and it is sensible to accept any advice offered by your fireplace installers regarding your specific circumstances.
Whether you go for a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will depend on the overall look you're trying to create, your current decor and perhaps, your home's age. By way of example, a cast iron wood burner looks great set into an inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm of the stove and deflecting the heat back into the room effectively.
Even if you haven't got a chimney in your Hereford property, it's still possible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. This kind of fireplace can be installed with its own flue which is taken through an external wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be installed safely.
OPEN, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply can't be beaten, however what are the other available options to fit in your new fireplace in Hereford?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for a room and can use a variety of solid fuels. An open fire is wonderful to watch and modern fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, smoky and draughty objects they used to be.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of different styles to suit all property types and their efficiency to warm a room is better than open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Have to be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI registered) technician.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement any house in Hereford, can easily be fitted by anyone who's reasonable competent. Can be inset into traditional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish them from the genuine article.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become very popular in many properties in Hereford, and can have modern or classic styling to suit your furnishings. An integrated back boiler is an extra benefit and could provide hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in another area via a radiator.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various fuels, such as smokeless coal, wood, oil or gas, and become a focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Hereford. They can be used not just for heating an individual room, but some designs like the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the complete property when plumbed into a radiator system.
Fireplace installations are available in Hereford and also in nearby places like: Kings Acre, Burcott, Allensmore, Lugg Bridge, Belmont, Lower Lyde, Redhill, Widemarsh, Broomey Hill, Eign Hill, Holmer, Lower Bullingham, Green Crize, Rotherwas, and in these postcodes HR1 1HN, HR1 1BP, HR1 1PU, HR1 1PB, HR1 1AL, HR1 1DJ, HR1 1EL, HR1 1LN, HR1 1JT, HR1 1EX. Locally based Hereford fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone dialling code 01432 and the postcode HR1. Click on the "quote" banner to get details about fireplace installation in your location.
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Browsing the Internet
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In the previous 12 months fireplaces were professionally installed in these Hereford streets: The Willows, Tillington Road, Southwell Close, Cagebrook Avenue, Bricknell Close, Crest Court, St James Close, Castle Mount, Dovecote Lane, St Paul Road, The Meadows, College Green, Bridge Farm, Barnsfield, Bullrush Close, Blakemore Close, Brampton Road, Cleeve Orchard, Caplar, Thirsk Avenue, Trilleck Avenue, Chave Court Close, Ainslie Close, Cotswold Drive, Cherry Tree Close, Black Lion Green, The Marsh, Croome Close, Sufton Rise, and in these Herefordshire postcodes: HR1 1HN, HR1 1BP, HR1 1PU, HR1 1PB, HR1 1AL, HR1 1DJ, HR1 1EL, HR1 1LN, HR1 1JT, HR1 1EX.
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Fireplace installation in HR1 area, and dialling code 01432.