Fireplace Fitter Houghton Regis Bedfordshire (LU5): Putting in a new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Houghton Regis property is an effective way to add character and a homely feel to any room. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those chilly winters' evenings can even be less expensive than some central heating systems, as long as you have a ready source of timber or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful hot water in the process.
Before you begin bashing away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you'll need to do to ensure you can safely install your new fireplace. All work must observe Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of chimney breasts, hearths, fireplaces and flue linings of any combustible appliance. If your home is a listed building you will also need to find out if planning permission is required from the local council before any work can commence.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the work in remodeling a pre-existing fireplace if you have the skills to do so, however safety and structural issues are often discovered which need to be resolved professionally. If you are fortunate when you open up a boarded fireplace you may find a decent hearth, chimney breast and lintel that requires little more than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. More likely you'll come across a blocked flue and crumbling brickwork that needs structural reinforcement.
An improperly fitted fireplace can cause severe respiratory health problems and fire risk and should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Houghton Regis with the experience and knowledge to install it effectively. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it's a key requirement of Part J of the Building Regulations that this is so. If the airflow is not good enough then it is possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal.
To safely get around any airflow issues, vents might be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also need to have air vents installed since they can sometimes trap moist air within them causing damp to occur inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Opening up an old fireplace can cause large amounts of soot and grime to enter your home. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the risk of impairment from grime and soot is still likely and it is advised to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace renovation work starts. If your fireplace is being installed as part of a larger renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be worked on once you've taken the room back to its bare floors and walls. By opening a fireplace first you will prevent any soot from the chimney causing staining damage to other phases of your renovation project, such as fresh plasterwork or paint on walls.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace now open, it is time to see what needs to be renovated and to give the hearth and chimney a comprehensive cleaning. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. They'll not only make sure your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can additionally investigate the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide advice about whether you need to replace any part of the flue and chimney.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant UK Building Regulations must be adhered to. This kind of work should be completed by a competent tradesperson with experience of the current building regulations and good construction practices.
If you need to change the width of opening of your original fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a supporting lintel must be installed. When you have supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be necessary to renovate or upgrade the hearth. You might discover that the original hearth has been set into the floor, however to conform to latest building regulations it must be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to choose a bespoke, tailor-made hearth, however there are also a wide range of ready-made hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with the wide range of different choices open to you. Not all fireplaces will be suitable for your existing chimney and flue therefore it is wise to accept any advice and help from your fireplace installers in relation to your specific situation.
The age of your property, and the theme you're trying to establish for your room, should all help you to determine the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable. If you have an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burner can look magnificent in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of deflecting heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
If your Houghton Regis property hasn't got a chimney you've still got the option of a feature fireplace by installing a wood burning or multi fuel stove. An existing chimney isn't needed in this instance since the flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and channeled through an outside wall.
ELECTRIC, GAS, OPEN, WOOD OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The ambience and charm of an open fire cannot be beaten, but what alternatives are available if this kind of fireplace is not possible within your Houghton Regis home?
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fires a popular choice for Houghton Regis properties that don't have a chimney breast. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - An array of styles to suit any type of property in Houghton Regis, and can even be a freestanding feature. A back boiler is an added benefit and can provide hot water for use around the home, or for heating in other rooms via radiators.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and more efficient (thermally) when compared to wood burners, there are a wide array of designs and styles to suit any period of property. Gas fires must only be installed and maintained by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn almost any solid fuel that is available. A skillfully fitted modern open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was perhaps boarded up by previous owners, and its glowing elegance is a welcome addition to any home in Houghton Regis.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with a variety of fuels, including oil, gas, coal or wood, to create a focal point in your home in Houghton Regis. The AGA range for instance is renowned as being capable of providing heating for an entire home, a supply of hot water and an oven and hob all in one unit.
Fireplace installations are available in Houghton Regis and also nearby in: Stanbridge, Sundon, Eaton Bray, Billington, Toddington, Harlington, Dunstable, Leagrave, Luton, Wingfield, Chalton, Totternhoe, Leighton Buzzard, Eggington, Hockliffe, Eddlesborough, Tebworth, Tilsworth, and in these postcodes LU5 5HJ, LU5 4TA, LU5 5DL, LU5 5JS, LU5 5FG, LU5 5FB, LU5 5ED, LU5 5HF, LU5 5LT, LU5 5PP. Locally based Houghton Regis fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode LU5 and the telephone dialling code 01582. Click the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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Fireplace installation was recently completed for householders living in Meads Close, Dell Road, Thornbury Court, Churchfield Road, Parkside Close, Alsop Close, Church End, Leaf Road, Dellmont Road, Sundon Road, Parkside Drive, Freemans Close, Recreation Road, High Street, Humphrys Road, Fensome Drive, Walkley Road, Long Mead, Crossways, Leafields, Copperfields Close, Enfield Close, Mayer Way, Brentwood Close, Westminster Gardens and these Houghton Regis postcodes: LU5 5HJ, LU5 4TA, LU5 5DL, LU5 5JS, LU5 5FG, LU5 5FB, LU5 5ED, LU5 5HF, LU5 5LT, LU5 5PP.
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