Fireplace Fitter Heysham Lancashire (LA3): Opening up an old disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is a splendid way to add character and a homely feel to your Heysham home. Adding an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those frosty winter evenings can even prove to be more economical than certain central heating systems, as long as you've got a good source of wood or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with plenty of hot water at the same time.
There are a few crucial things you must think about before you start any work, if you are to create a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your house. Any combustible appliance installed within residential homes in Heysham must follow Part J of the building regs, and this applies to flue linings, hearths, chimney breasts and fireplaces. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you should check with local council if planning permission is necessary for a fireplace installation in your property.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and keen do-it-yourselfer it is possible to renovate an existing bricked-up or closed-off fireplace, but the likelihood of encountering structural problems in many cases is high. If you're lucky when you expose a blocked up fireplace you might find a decent lintel, chimney breast and hearth that requires little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. What you'll more likely discover is a pile of crumbling bricks that hides issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
An improperly installed fireplace can cause severe respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace installer in Heysham with the experience and knowledge to do the work safely. A major part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn efficiently and properly. If the airflow is not sufficient then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fireplace to get enough oxygen to burn safely and effectively at all times. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also need to have air vents fitted because they can sometimes trap moist air within them causing damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It's astonishing how much dust and soot can build up inside an old fireplace and you will not know exactly what is there until you open it up. A decent Heysham fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets for your furniture and supply a bit of protection, however it's advisable where feasible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the area before any work starts. If you're carrying out a full renovation of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. By opening up a fireplace first you'll stop any chimney soot causing staining damage to other stages of your restoration project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've opened up your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clean up any sections of hearth that remains in place. You should now contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. They will be able to offer expert guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, concerning the condition of the structure of the chimney and if it would be advisable to exchange the existing lining.
Following a chimney sweep assessment it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue lining as set out in Part J of the Building Regulations. A competent fireplace installer and builder in Heysham will be needed to carry out this work, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to follow all regulations.
In older buildings you may discover the existing fireplace is too large for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be needed to modify the opening. As soon as this has been done the next phase for your Heysham fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. You might discover that the original hearth has been set into a void in the floor, however to conform to current building regulations it must be raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from concrete, marble or slate are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace fitter in Heysham should be able to offer a bespoke, made to measure hearth to match the design of your room.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be difficult when faced with the many designs and styles available from a fireplace showroom or online dealer. It is quite possible that due to your current chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs may not be appropriate, and it's advisable to follow the recommendations from the fireplace installer with respect to this.
You home's age, and the style that you are trying to establish for your room, will all help you to decide on the design and type of fireplace that's best for you. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop for an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its character and reflects the heat into the room.
If your Heysham home does not have a chimney you still have options for a feature fireplace by installing a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. This form of fireplace can be installed with its own flue that's taken through an external wall and doesn't need a chimney, to be safely installed.
WOOD, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates a charm and ambience that simply cannot be beaten, but what other options are available to install in your new fireplace in Heysham?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a focal point for a room and can use a range of solid fuels. In the old days an open fire might have been associated with being draughty, inefficient and smoky, but a skillfully installed contemporary fireplace is wonderful to watch while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates they can be used with different fuels, such as oil, gas, wood or smokeless coal, and become a focal point in any kitchen or living room in Heysham. Some styles, like the AGA range, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your entire house.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by anybody who is reasonable competent and there are styles which are suitable for just about any room and type of house in Heysham. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to replicate a real open fire when set into into a traditional fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a wide range of styles to suit your home and are usually more efficient than open fireplaces. Have to be professionally fitted and maintained by a Gas Safe certified technician.
Wood Burning Stoves - An array of different styles to suit any type of home in Heysham, and can even be freestanding. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and could provide hot water for personal use, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Fireplace installations are available in Heysham and also nearby in: Ashton with Stodday, Ellel, Hest Bank, Morecambe, Middleton, Heaton with Oxcliffe, Quernmore, Bulk, Halton, Bailrigg, Caton, Glasson Dock, Lancaster, White Lund, Overton, Scotforth, and in these postcodes LA3 1DB, LA3 1FR, LA3 1HW, LA3 1NA, LA3 1LY, LA3 1HS, LA3 1NL, LA3 1TL, LA3 1DP, LA3 1SU. Locally based Heysham fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode LA3 and the telephone code 01524.
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Help and Advice
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Fireplace Enquiries Lancashire
Current Lancashire fireplace installation customer job requests: Mr and Mrs Sherwood recently asked for a quotation for fitting an open fireplace in a bungalow in Banks, Lancashire. Indiana and Omar Carmichael recently requested an estimate for re-opening and repairing an old stone fireplace in Scarisbrick. Abdullahi Norton and Liyana Norton recently enquired about getting a price for re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fireplace in Brindle. Anderson and Ashleigh Browne recently asked for a price quote for fitting a multi-fuel stove in Much Hoole. Kenny and Jenna Fielding recently enquired about fitting an electric fire in Walton le Dale. Alayna Mann and Cairo Mann recently asked for a quote for re-opening and repairing an old fireplace in a semi-detached house in Whalley. Freya Bamford and Herbert Bamford recently requested a quote for fitting a wood burner in Sabden, Lancashire. Benas Meakin and Saara Meakin recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new electric fireplace in Weir.
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