Fireplace Fitter Hoddesdon Hertfordshire (EN11): Installing a new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Hoddesdon home is a great way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. If you opt to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove during the cold winter evenings, you'll also be supplied with lots of boiling hot water.
But before you start bashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some essential things to consider to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed within residential homes in Hoddesdon must follow Part J of the UK's buildings regulations, and this covers hearths, flue linings, fireplaces and chimney breasts. 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 begins.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer it might be quite possible to refurbish an existing bricked-up fireplace, however the probability of experiencing structural issues in many cases is regrettably high. It might be your good fortune when you remove the covering from a disused fireplace to find 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. It's much more likely that you'll discover a blocked flue and old brickwork that needs structural reinforcement.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not just a fire risk to your property, but there can be health hazards, which is why it is best to hire a certified Hoddesdon installation team for fireplaces. Airflow has to be adequate in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is so. Deadly carbon monoxide can soon develop from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated space.
It might be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fireplace to receive sufficient oxygen to burn safely and efficiently all the time. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and creating damp spots and staining, vents might have to be installed by the installation team to introduce more airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A large amount of soot and muck can be discharged from a bricked up chimney when reopening it for renovation. A decent Hoddesdon fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and supply some form of protection, but it is advisable when possible to remove carpets and furniture from the area before any work commences. If you're fortunate enough to be carrying out a full renovation then it ought to be one of the initial tasks to concentrate on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This stops any discolouring damage to any refurbished work you might have already finished.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean up any sections of hearth that may have been left in place. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the initial things on the agenda. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing this can inspect the structural condition of the chimney and provide guidance on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
After a chimney sweep's examination it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue lining in keeping with Part J of the UK Building Regulations. These are tasks that should be done by a competent builder with knowledge of the pertinent regulations and quality construction skills.
If the size of the original fireplace is larger than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel will need to be put in. When your concrete lintel is safely in position you can now press on with the repair, installation and updating of the fireplace hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you will have to raise it to conform to the latest building regs. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to purchase a tailor-made hearth, however there are also a whole host of pre-made hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you pop along to a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the range of different options available to you. It's possible that because of your current chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs might not be appropriate, therefore it's a good idea to follow the advice of the fireplace company in this respect.
Some properties and rooms will be more suited to open fireplaces than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For example, a wood burning stove looks great set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the charm of the stove and also deflects the heat into the room to good effect.
A wood burner is also a good choice if you don't have a chimney breast in your Hoddesdon home. A chimney is not required because a stainless steel flue is taken straight from the rear or top of the stove and channeled through an outside wall.
OPEN, ELECTRIC, WOOD, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the flickering of an open fireplace on a cold winters' evening, however if your circumstances do not allow for this, what alternatives are available?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as wood, oil, gas or smokeless coal, and become a focal point in any living room or kitchen in Hoddesdon. They can be used not just for heating a room, but some types such as the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete home if they are plumbed into a system of radiators.
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a focal point for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel available on the market. A skillfully fitted open fire is a far cry from the smoky old fireplace that was boarded up by earlier owners, and its glowing charm is a delightful addition to any room in Hoddesdon.
Gas Fireplaces - Come in a variety of styles to suit your home and are generally more thermally efficient than wood burners. Gas fireplaces can only be maintained and installed by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fireplaces an extremely popular choice for Hoddesdon properties that don't have a chimney. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Hoddesdon can benefit from the fitting of a wood burner, which are available in a range of styles, and can even be fitted as a free standing feature. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide steaming hot water to heat radiators or for use around the home.
Fireplace installation is available in Hoddesdon and also in nearby places like: Rye Park, Hailey, Hertford Heath, Halls Green, Lower Nazeing, Spitalbrook, Great Amwell, Harlow, Broxbourne, Gilston, Stanstead Abbotts, Woollensbrook, Wormley, Yewlands, Royden, and in these postcodes EN11 0HR, EN11 0LL, EN10 7LQ, EN11 0EJ, EN11 0DP, EN11 0PU, EN11 0HY, EN11 0AY, EN11 0NS, EN11 0BZ. Local Hoddesdon fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode EN11 and the telephone dialling code 01992. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get details about fireplace installation in your location.
Fireplace Installation Help and Guidance
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Current Hertfordshire fireplace projects: Eloise and Alec Chappell recently asked for a quotation for fitting an electric fireplace in Datchworth, Hertfordshire. Mr and Mrs Swan recently requested a quotation for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new gas fireplace in Sarratt. Hubert Rigby and Saffron Rigby recently requested a quote for fitting a gas fireplace in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire. Emmanuel and Alba Robbins recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new wood burning stove in South Oxhey. Hari and Eliana Hine recently enquired about installing an open fireplace in Garston. Mitchell Norton and Selina Norton recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new electric fireplace in a bungalow in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Chace French and Hafsa French recently enquired about re-opening and restoring an old fireplace in a terraced house in Tring, Hertfordshire. Juno Watkins and Anderson Watkins recently requested an estimate for installing a wood burning stove in a semi-detached house in Sawbridgeworth.
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Over the last 12 months fireplaces had been fitted in these Hoddesdon streets: Trevera Court, Beyers Gardens, Admirals Walk, The Coppings, Ditchfield Road, Avenue Road, Stockfield Avenue, Century Road, Caxton Road, Burford Street, Cecil Road, Salisbury Road, Brewery Road, The Grange, Sussex Close, Crossfield Road, Amwell Street, Bevil Court, Cherry Tree Road, Champions Way, Dobbs Weir, Saffron Close, Bosanquet Road, The Drive, Charlton Mead Lane, and in these Hertfordshire postcodes: EN11 0HR, EN11 0LL, EN10 7LQ, EN11 0EJ, EN11 0DP, EN11 0PU, EN11 0HY, EN11 0AY, EN11 0NS, EN11 0BZ.
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