Fireplace Fitter Kingston upon Thames Greater London (KT1): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a splendid way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any Kingston upon Thames property. Chilly winter evenings can become a joy as you relax beside your fireplace listening to the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even enjoy cheap hot water too.
There are a few vital things to consider before you commence any work, in order to create an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your house. Any work that's executed on your fireplace, hearth, flue lining and chimney breast must follow the UK's building regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also be needed before work commences if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the renovation work on a pre-existing fireplace if you've got the ability needed, but there is always a problem in finding structural and safety issues which need to be resolved professionally. It could be that so as to get a fire roaring in your fireplace once more you will need nothing more than a quick clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What is more typical however is a swathe of old, crumbling brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and needs some form of structural modification before it can be used safely.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a specialist fireplace installer in Kingston upon Thames with the experience and knowledge to install it effectively. There always has to be a decent air flow into a room where there's a fireplace to ensure sufficient amounts of oxygen for the fire to burn properly. Insufficient oxygen means the fire will not burn well, and carbon monoxide fumes could build up, which can lead to death.
To successfully get around any problems with air flow, vents could be installed around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. They might have to install vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and result in staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A large amount of soot and other muck can be released from a blocked up fireplace when opening it up for renovation. A decent Kingston upon Thames fireplace installer will bring covers for your home furnishings and supply some form of protection, but it's wise where possible to remove furniture and carpets from the area before any work commences. If you are lucky enough to be carrying out a complete room renovation then it should be one of the very first jobs to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This prevents any discolouring damage to any renovated work you've already finished.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Now you can see the opening of your fireplace it's time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what can be restored. Contacting a chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the first things on your checklist. They'll not only ensure your flue and chimney are clean, but they can also check the state of the chimney and flue liner and provide guidance about whether you need to upgrade any part of the chimney structure and flue.
After a chimney sweep's assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue liner as set out in Part J of the Building Regulations. This work should be tackled by a competent tradesperson with experience of the appropriate building regulations and good working practices.
In older buildings you might find the existing fireplace is too big for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be required to modify the opening. When your new lintel is safely in place you can now press on with the installation, updating and renovation of the fireplace hearth. You might find your existing hearth has been sunken into a floor void, but to be in accordance with current regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. You can get bespoke options to fit pretty much any size and style of fireplace, or you can select from a variety of popular size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult when faced with the various styles available from a fireplace showroom or online shop. It is quite possible that because of your existing chimney and flue, that certain fireplace designs may not be appropriate, therefore it's a good idea to follow the recommendations from your fireplace installer in this respect.
You property's age, and the theme you're trying to create for your room, will all help you to decide on the type and design of fireplace that's most suitable. For example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks amazing set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character and charm of the stove and also deflects the heat back into the room effectively.
A cast iron wood burner is also an effective choice if you haven't got a chimney breast in your Kingston upon Thames property. Providing that you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be routed, you do not need a chimney structure to experience a real fire.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the flickering of a natural fire on a dark evening, however if your situation doesn't permit this, what alternatives are available?
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can make use of various fuels such as wood, briquettes, coal and other flammable materials. In the bad old days an open fire may have been associated with being draughty, inefficient and smoky, however a professionally fitted contemporary fireplace is a joy to sit in front of and recline in the warmth it provides.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any home in Kingston upon Thames, can easily be fitted by any competent person. Contemporary electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to mimic an open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies they can be used with various fuels, such as wood, coal, oil or gas, and become a focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Kingston upon Thames. The AGA range for instance is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the whole home, a constant hot water supply and an oven and hob all in one useful appliance.
Wood Burning Stoves - An array of different styles to suit any type of property in Kingston upon Thames, and can even be a freestanding feature. A version with a back boiler can provide extra heating by transferring the heated water to a radiator in a cold spot of your home.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of styles to suit all property types and their efficiency to warm a room is better than wood burning stoves. Have to be professionally installed and maintained by Gas Safe certified (previously CORGI registered) tradesman.
Fireplace installations are available in Kingston upon Thames and also in nearby places like: Tolworth, Wimbledon, Merton Park, Hampton Wick, Teddington, West Barnes, Surbiton, Berrylands, Kingston Vale, Twickenham, Ham, Hampton Court, Molesey, Long Ditton, New Maldon, and in these postcodes KT1 2BQ, KT1 1UW, KT1 1SW, KT1 2EH, KT1 1AL, KT1 1NU, KT1 2EP, KT1 2DN, KT1 2AD, KT1 1PS. Locally based Kingston upon Thames fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone code 020 and the postcode KT1. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
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Around Kingston upon Thames
Some Kingston upon Thames streets where fireplace installation has recently been carried out - Barnfield Avenue, St James's Court, Coombe Hill Glade, St Margarets, Crescent Road, Sopwith Close, Deacon Road, Bennett Close, School Lane, Coombe Rise, St Johns Road, Camel Grove, Dukes Avenue, Somerset Road, Balmoral Road, Dinton Road, Berkeley Close, The Bittoms, College Walk, Clifton Place, Springfield Road, Dollary Parade, Sopwith Way, Auckland Road, Sigrist Square, Cambridge Gardens, Charter Road, Carlisle Close, as well as these local Kingston upon Thames postcodes: KT1 2BQ, KT1 1UW, KT1 1SW, KT1 2EH, KT1 1AL, KT1 1NU, KT1 2EP, KT1 2DN, KT1 2AD, KT1 1PS.
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