Fireplace Fitter Leatherhead Surrey (KT22): Installing a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Leatherhead property is a wonderful way to add charm and a homely feel to any room. If you choose to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire during the cold winter evenings, you'll also be provided with plenty of boiling hot water.
However before you begin bashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some vital considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with a safe and efficient fireplace. All work carried out must follow Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of flue linings, fireplaces, hearths and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also be necessary before work begins if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodeling of a current fireplace can perhaps be completed by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, but if any construction work is needed there's a chance of encountering structural issues that will need to be resolved by a professional. If you are fortunate when you expose a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent lintel, hearth and chimney breast that involves nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for a fire once more. Much more likely you'll come across a stopped up flue and old brickwork that requires structural modifications.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Leatherhead with the knowledge and experience to do the job safely. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it's a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. Lethal carbon monoxide can soon build up from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated room.
To overcome this concern a professional installation team will analyse the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or under the flooring, to ensure a sufficient airflow for the fire to burn effectively and safely. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and producing damp spots and staining, vents might need to be installed by the fireplace installation team to introduce more airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A huge amount of soot and grime can be discharged from an old chimney upon opening it up for renovation. A decent Leatherhead fireplace installer will bring coverings for your furniture and supply a bit of protection, however it's advisable where feasible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the area before any work begins. If you are lucky enough to be carrying out a full renovation project then it should be one of the first jobs to work on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This should help to prevent any damage by soot and dirt to any previously completed work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace now open, it is time to see what can be renovated or replaced and give the chimney and hearth a comprehensive clean. You should now get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. They will be willing to provide professional guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the state of the chimney and if it would be advisable to upgrade the existing lining.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current UK Building Regulations must be followed. These are jobs that require an experienced builder with a knowledge of the appropriate building regs and sound construction skills.
If the size of the original fireplace is greater than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be put in. When your new lintel is safely in position you can now proceed with the repair, updating and installation of the fireplace hearth. In the old days the hearth would be sunken into a void in the floor, but the current building regulations require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you might have to purchase a tailor-made hearth, but there are also a wide range of pre-made hearths in marble, slate or concrete.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your ideal fireplace can be tricky amongst the different styles that are available from an online outlet or fireplace showroom. It's possible that because of your current flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that certain fireplaces may not be appropriate, therefore it's advisable to follow the the recommendations and advice of your fireplace installation company in this respect.
You home's age, and the style you're trying to create for your room, will all help you decide upon the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look magnificent in this surrounding, and also has the benefit of reflecting the heat into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
If your Leatherhead home doesn't have a chimney breast you've still got the option of a feature fireplace through the installation of a wood burning or multi fuel stove. An existing chimney is not needed in this instance as the flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and routed through an outside wall.
GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fire on a dark evening, but if your situation doesn't permit this, what are the other alternatives?
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of styles to suit all home types and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Gas fires must only be fitted and maintained by a certified Gas Safe registered technician, (formerly CORGI registered).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be used with different fuels, such as gas, wood, coal or oil, and become a unique focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Leatherhead. They can be used not only for heating a room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole house if plumbed into a system of radiators.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any house in Leatherhead, can easily be fitted by any competent individual. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that looks almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become extremely popular in many properties in Leatherhead, and can have modern or classic design to match your decor. A back boiler is an extra benefit and can provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a unique focal point for any room and can be used with an assortment of solid fuels. An open fire is a sight to behold and contemporary fireplaces are no more the draughty, inefficient and smoky items they used to be.
Fireplace installation is available in Leatherhead and also in: Tadworth, Fetcham, Oxshott, Betchworth, Downside, Dorking, East Horsley, Ranmore, Brockham, Lower Ashtead, Great Bookham, Mickleham, Langley Vale, Headley, Epsom, Burgh Heath, and in these postcodes KT22 2FY, KT22 0BQ, KT22 0ER, KT22 0AD, KT22 2DS, KT22 2FH, KT22 7HA, KT22 7BJ, KT22 7DG, KT22 7AW. Locally based Leatherhead fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone code 01372 and the postcode KT22.
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