Fireplace Fitter Horsforth West Yorkshire (LS18): Fitting a new fireplace or opening up an old disused fireplace in your Horsforth home is a splendid way to add charm and a homely feel to any room. Cold winters' evenings can become enjoyable as you sit back beside your fireplace listening to the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even enjoy plentiful hot water as well.
There are a few important considerations you must think of before you begin any work, if you are to establish an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your home. Any work that is executed on your fireplace, hearth, chimney breast and flue lining must follow the United Kingdom's Part J building regulations for combustible appliances. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with the local council to see if planning permission is necessary for a fireplace installation in your house.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a keen and competent DIYer it may be possible to renovate a bricked-up fireplace, but the probability of encountering structural problems in most cases is high. It could be that in order to get a fire roaring once more you will need little more than a quick clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. More likely you'll come across old brickwork that requires structural modifications and a stopped up flue.
Because of the severe fire risk and health problems that can be caused by an improperly installed or restored fireplace, it is better to draw on the experience and knowledge of a certified fireplace fitter and builder in Horsforth. A major part of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available for a fire to burn safely and efficiently. If there's not enough airflow then it's 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 walls and floors to enable the fireplace to receive ample oxygen to burn safely and efficiently at all times. They might also have to install air vents into unused chimney flues which can trap condensing air and lead to staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A huge amount of soot and other dirt can be released from a blocked up fireplace when opening it up for renovation. It is advisable to remove any furniture, rugs and carpets from an area where you are planning to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them from being damaged by soot, dirt and dust that will be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning work. If your fireplace is being installed as part of an overall renovation project then it should be one of the initial things to be done once you've brought the room back to bare floors and walls. This helps to prevent any discolouring damage to any renovated work you have already completed.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace uncovered, it's time to see what can be restored and give the chimney and hearth a comprehensive cleaning. You now need to speak to your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and whilst doing so will check the condition of the chimney and offer advice on whether a new flue liner is needed.
Following a chimney sweeps examination it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or/and install a new flue liner as demanded by Part J of the UK Building Regulations. An experienced fireplace installer in Horsforth will be required to carry out this task, and should have the knowledge and skills in construction to follow all regulations.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are greater than your needs, a concrete supporting lintel will need to be put in. When you've supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now necessary to upgrade or renovate the hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you'll need to raise it above floor level to conform to the latest building regs. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to choose a bespoke, tailor-made hearth, however there are a whole host of ready to fit hearths in marble, slate or concrete.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will show the alternatives available for the different fireplace designs and styles. It's entirely possible that because of your current chimney and flue, that certain fireplaces might not be appropriate, and it's a good idea to follow the advice of the fireplace company with respect to this.
Some homes and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For instance, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop to a traditional cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its character and reflects the heat into the room.
Even if you haven't got an existing chimney breast in your Horsforth property, it is still entirely possible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. This style of fireplace can be installed with its own flue that's channeled through an outside wall and doesn't need a chimney, to be installed safely.
GAS, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold evening creates an ambience and charm that simply can't be beaten, but what are the other available options to put into in your brand new fireplace in Horsforth?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide selection of styles to suit any period of house in Horsforth, and can even be free standing. A model with a back boiler can deliver additional heating by connecting the heated water to a radiator in a cold spot of your property.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by anybody who is reasonable competent and there are designs which are appropriate for almost any room and house in Horsforth. Modern electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to replicate a real fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a focus for any room and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel available on the market. A professionally fitted open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was bricked up by earlier owners, and its glowing elegance is a delightful addition to any property in Horsforth.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with various different fuels, (gas, oil, wood, coal) to generate a focal point in your home in Horsforth. The AGA range for example is renowned as being able to provide heating for the whole home, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and being more efficient (thermally) when compared with open fireplaces, there are a wide variety of styles to suit any Horsforth property. A Gas Safe certified technician must fit and maintain any gas fireplace in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe in 2009).
Fireplace installations are available in Horsforth and also in nearby places like: West Park, Woodhall Hills, Meanwood, Troy, Bramley, Rawdon, Kirkstall, Greengates, Rodley, Hawksworth, Calverley, Headingley, Farsley, Yeadon, Leeds, Cookridge, Cragg Hill, and in these postcodes LS18 4LG, LS18 4JD, LS18 4GH, LS18 4ER, LS18 4FH, LS18 4GB, LS18 4EF, LS18 4AW, LS18 4JW, LS18 4BR. Locally based Horsforth fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone dialling code 0113 and the postcode LS18.
Searching For Fireplace Installation On the Internet
These days most people in Horsforth who are looking for services and tradesmen of any sort are likely to "Google it", in other words do a search for them on the web. Obviously as you're reading this page then you probably stumbled on it by searching on Google, Yahoo, Bing or Ask and we are thankful you did. Occasionally the opening page listings provided aren't actually what you had anticipated when searching with these top search engines. Picking out the appropriate keyword phrase is important when you are looking for a specific service, and in this instance it could be something like "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation in Horsforth", "Horsforth fireplace installation" or "fireplace installation Horsforth".
It is best to keep in mind that the top four listings are quite often paid advertisements and a lot of the other results on page one will be online directories like ThreeBestRated, Yell, Yelp or Thomson Local, or entries from large lead creation sites such as Local Heroes, Checkatrade, Quotatis, My Hammer, Rated People or TrustaTrader. The genuine web sites of fireplace installers in Horsforth (when they have one), will probably be abandoned on page 2 or 3 of the search engine listings. Consequently you're going to have to navigate further. It is not every fireplace fitter that actually has a company web site, therefore it is still appropriate to use a tradesman vetting site such as Rated People or My Builder to find out who's available in the Horsforth area.
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More Advice and Guidance
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West Yorkshire Fireplace Enquiries
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