Fireplace Fitter Hythe Hampshire (CT21): A wonderful way to add a bit of character to any Hythe property is by installing a brand new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. Chilly winter evenings can become a pleasure as you sit back in front of your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even enjoy a plentiful supply of hot water as well.
Before you begin chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you will need to do to make certain you can safely install your new fireplace. Any work which is executed on your flue lining, fireplace, hearth and chimney breast must comply with the UK's Part J Building Regulations for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a keen and competent DIY'er it might be possible to restore an existing blocked up fireplace, however the probability of experiencing structural problems in many cases is high. If you're lucky when you expose a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent lintel, chimney breast and hearth that involves nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. What you will likely find is an area of crumbling bricks that hides issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause serious respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be put in by a specialist fireplace installer in Hythe with the knowledge and experience to do the job effectively. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is so. If there's not enough airflow then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be deadly.
It might be necessary to fit airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fireplace to receive enough oxygen to burn effectively and safely all the time. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents might have to be fitted by the installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Opening up an old fireplace can cause large amounts of soot and dirt to enter your room. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the likelihood of damage from muck and soot is still possible and it is advised to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning starts. If you are installing a fireplace as part of a larger restoration project then it ought to be one of the first things to be done once you've got the room back to its bare floors and walls. This helps to prevent any discolouring damage to any renovated work you may have already completed.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you are able to see the opening of your fireplace it is time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and see what is fit for refurbishment. You now need to contact your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They'll be able to offer professional advice on the chimney and flue after sweeping, concerning the state of the chimney and whether it would be advisable to exchange the existing flue liner.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current Building Regulations must be followed. A good fireplace installer in Hythe will be needed to complete this task, and will need the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all regulations.
If it is necessary to adjust the width of opening of your original fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a concrete supporting lintel should be put in. When your new concrete lintel is safely in place you can now get on with the renovation, upgrade and installation of the fireplace hearth. In the old days the hearth would be sunken into the floor, however current regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. You can find made to measure solutions to fit virtually any design and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a range of popular size and shape hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you pay a visit to a fireplace showroom you will find that you have plenty of choice with the range of different options open to you. It is quite possible that because of your current chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that certain fireplace designs may not be appropriate, and it's a good idea to follow the advice of the fireplace company in this respect.
You property's age, and the theme you're trying to create for your room, should all help you determine the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look amazing set inside it, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
Even if your Hythe property hasn't got a chimney you still have options for a fireplace feature by installing a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This type of fireplace can be fitted with its own flue that is taken through an outside wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be installed safely.
MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, GAS, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The charm and ambience of an open fire cannot be surpassed, but what options are out there if this sort of fireplace isn't possible in your Hythe home?
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of styles to suit all property types and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. Gas fireplaces must only be maintained and installed by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted safely and easily by any reasonable competent individual and there are styles and varieties that are suitable for virtually any room and home in Hythe. Contemporary electric fires can deliver authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to replicate a real fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a unique focal point for any room and can utilise a range of solid fuels. In the bad old days an open fire may have been associated with being smoky, inefficient and draughty, however a professionally fitted modern fireplace is a joy to sit in front of and recline in the warmth it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of styles to suit any type of property in Hythe, and can even be a free standing feature. A version with an integrated back boiler will deliver additional heating capabilities by transferring the hot water to radiators in cold spots in your house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with the option of using coal, oil, wood and gas to furnish you with a versatile stove for any property in Hythe. They can be utilised not just for heating a single room, but some styles such as the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the entire house when plumbed into a system of radiators.
Fireplace installation is available in Hythe and also in: Etchinghill, Sellindge, Palmarsh, Sandgate, Aldington, Folkestone, Bilsington, Stanford, West Hythe, Newington, Ashford, Burmarsh, Saltbrook, Elham, Newchurch, Sandling, Acrise, Smeeth, Lympne, Botolphs Bridge, Saltwood, and in these postcodes CT21 5BW, CT21 5DG, CT21 5FB, CT21 4QX, CT21 4PL, CT21 5DN, CT21 5BY, CT21 4AS, CT21 4PX, CT21 4DW. Locally based Hythe fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone dialling code 023 and the postcode CT21.
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In the last twelve months fireplaces were installed in these Hythe streets: Cannongate Gardens, Spring Lane, Sunny Bank, Cliff Road, Cannongate Avenue, Cannongate Road, Shepherds Walk, Blythe Court, Springfield Passage, Saxon Close, Botolphs Bridge Road, Studfall Close, Beacon Terrace, Conway Close, Sandling Road, The Ridgeway, Bassett Close, St Georges Place, Corunna Close, Claridge Mews, Seabrook Gardens, Arthur Road, Seadown Close, Stone Street, Setterfield House, Seabrook Grove, Bridle Way, Corner House Buildings, and in these Hampshire postcodes: CT21 5BW, CT21 5DG, CT21 5FB, CT21 4QX, CT21 4PL, CT21 5DN, CT21 5BY, CT21 4AS, CT21 4PX, CT21 4DW.
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