Fireplace Fitter Kingswinford West Midlands (DY6): A marvelous way to add a bit of character to any Kingswinford home is by installing a new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. If you decide to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire or stove during the cold winter evenings, you'll also be supplied with plentiful hot water.
There are some crucial considerations you must think of before you commence any work, if you are to create a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your property. Any combustible appliance installed within domestic homes in Kingswinford must adhere to Part J of the UK's buildings regulations, and this applies to hearths, chimney breasts, flue linings and fireplaces. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work commences if your home is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a keen and competent do-it-yourselfer it may be quite possible to refurbish a blocked or bricked-up fireplace, however the chances of encountering structural problems in most cases is high. It could be that so as to get a fire burning once more you need little more than a quick clean up of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney. However, what you'll more likely find is a wall of old, crumbling bricks that conceals issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that needs replacing.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there is not only a risk of fire to your property, but there can be associated health hazards, which is why it is best to employ a certified Kingswinford installation team for a fireplace. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is so. Not enough oxygen means that the fire will not burn effectively, and carbon monoxide fumes could accumulate, which can cause injury or death.
To overcome this issue a professional installation team will evaluate the circumstances and fit vents in the room, or underneath the floor, to ensure a sufficient amount of air flow for the fire to burn safely and properly. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and producing damp spots and staining, vents might have to be fitted by the installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Having a fireplace opened up can cause large amounts of soot and grime to enter your house. Even with coverings for your furniture, the risk of damage from soot and dust is still likely and it is advised to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace restoration work commences. If you're fortunate enough to be carrying out a complete home restoration project then it ought to be one of the first tasks to work on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This will help to prevent any harm by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clear out any parts of hearth that remains in place. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. They will be able to provide you with expert guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, concerning the situation with the chimney structure and whether it is advisable to exchange the existing lining.
After a chimney sweep's examination it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue liner as demanded by Part J of the Building Regulations. This type of work needs to be tackled by a qualified person who is familiar with the current building regulations and good working practices.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are larger than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel will need to be installed. When you've supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be necessary to upgrade or repair the hearth. In past times the hearth was usually set into a void in the floor, but current regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf solutions from concrete, slate or marble are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace installer in Kingswinford may be able to provide you with a bespoke, custom-made hearth to complement the design of your room.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will show the choices available for the different fireplace designs and styles. It's possible that owing to your existing flue and chimney, that some fireplace designs might not be suitable, therefore it's advisable to follow the recommendations from the fireplace installation company with respect to this.
Whether you go with an open fireplace, a wood burner or a multi-fuel stove will be determined by the overall look that you're trying to create, your current decor and perhaps even, the age of your property. For instance, a wood burning stove looks wonderful set back in an inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm of the stove and reflecting the heat into the room effectively.
Even if you don't have an existing chimney breast in your Kingswinford property, it's still entirely possible to put in a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. This form of fireplace can be fitted with a stainless steel flue which is taken through an external wall and does not need a chimney, to be installed safely.
OPEN, GAS, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the crackling of an open fireplace on a cold evening, but if your circumstances do not permit this, what other options are available?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a focal point for your room and can use a range of solid fuels. In past times an open fire may have had a reputation of being inefficient, smoky and draughty, but a professionally installed fireplace is a delight to the eye whilst lounging in the warmth it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Kingswinford can benefit from the installation of a wood burner, which can be found in an array of styles, and can even be fitted freestanding. A back boiler is an added benefit and could provide piping hot water for use around the home, or for heating in other rooms via radiators.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and more thermally efficient when compared with open fireplaces, there are a whole host of designs and styles to suit any period of property. A Gas Safe certified contractor must install and maintain any gas fire in your property, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use wood, gas, oil and coal to deliver a versatile heater for any home in Kingswinford. The AGA range is well known as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one unit.
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted safely and easily by any reasonable competent individual and there are varieties and styles that are appropriate for virtually any room and property in Kingswinford. Contemporary electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to imitate an open fire when set into into a traditional fireplace.
Fireplace installation is available in Kingswinford and also in: Upper Penn, Compton, Netherton, Pensnett, Wall Heath, Trysull, Sedgley, Swindon, Wombourne, Wordsley, Gornalwood, Bobbington, Stirchley, Brierley Hill, Dimmingsdale, Himley, Brockmoor, and in these postcodes DY6 0WW, DY6 0DT, DY6 7JJ, DY6 0HS, DY6 7DT, DY6 7HY, DY6 7GA, DY6 7JY, DY6 7LS, DY6 0ES. Locally based Kingswinford fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode DY6 and the telephone code 01384. Simply click the "quote" form or banner to get information on fireplace installation in your area.
Advice and Guidance
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West Midlands Fireplace Enquiries
The latest West Midlands fireplace installation requests: Kyla and Esa Blackburn recently requested an estimate for re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new gas fireplace in a semi-detached house in Lyndon, West Midlands. Francis Webster and Kaira Webster recently enquired about the possibility of installing a wood burning stove in a cottage in Bartley Green. Mr and Mrs Cahill recently enquired about the possibility of installing a wood burning stove in Short Heath. Mr and Mrs Spencer recently requested a price quote for the installation of an electric fire in Harborne, West Midlands. Rian and Maria Mckeown recently enquired about fitting a gas fire in a semi-detached house in Sparkbrook. Mr and Mrs Lockwood recently enquired about fitting an open fireplace in a detached house in Brandhall. Wojciech Stanford and Rebekah Stanford recently requested a price quote for opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new electric fireplace in a bungalow in Dickens Heath. Jett Draper and Kourtney Draper recently enquired about the possibility of installing a multifuel fireplace in Pheasey, West Midlands.
Doing a Search On the Web
Doing a search on the internet is the way that the vast majority of home owners in Kingswinford hunt for any kind of tradesmen or services nowadays. With the help of Google, Bing, Ask or Yahoo you'll get on the spot results which will help you in your search, though you should be careful. From time to time the page 1 results given aren't exactly what you had expected when searching with these particular search engines. But, usually you'll type in "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation in Kingswinford", "Kingswinford fireplace installation" or "fireplace installation Kingswinford", in the hope of locating precisely what you're searching for.
You should know that the top 4 results are usually PPC adverts (which might or might not be useful), and most of the other first page listings are going to be from large lead creation websites like TrustaTrader, Bidvine, Quotatis, Rated People, Checkatrade or My Builder or business directories such as Yell, Three Best Rated, Yelp or Free Index. The sites belonging to genuine fireplace installers in Kingswinford will likely be buried on page 2 or 3 of the search engine results, therefore you'll need to dig deeper if you prefer to contact fireplace installers direct.
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