Fireplace Fitter Leicester Leicestershire (LE1): An excellent way to add a bit of charm to any Leicester property is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Adding a wood burning stove or open fire for those frosty winters' evenings can even be cheaper than some central heating systems, providing that you have a regular source of wood or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water in the process.
Before you go bashing away at a blocked up chimney there are some things you'll need to do to make sure you can safely install and use your new fireplace. Any combustible appliance within the home must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, and this covers hearths, flue linings, fireplaces and chimney breasts. If your home is a listed building you will also need to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local council before any work is started.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen DIY'er it may be possible to restore a bricked-up or closed-off fireplace, however the probability of encountering structural problems in many cases is regrettably high. It could be that so as to get a fire burning once more you need nothing more than a good clean up of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney. However, what you will more likely find is an area of old bricks that conceals issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
Due to the acute health and fire risk problems that can be caused by an incorrectly installed or renovated fireplace, it is best to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a professional fireplace installer in Leicester. A key part of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn safely and efficiently. Insufficient oxygen means that the fire will not burn well, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can cause injury or death.
To safely get around any issues with air flow, vents may be fitted around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also need to have air vents fitted because they can trap moist air and cause damp to occur inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Opening up an old fireplace can cause large amounts of grime and soot to enter your home. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets for your furniture and supply a bit of protection, but it is advisable where feasible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the room before work begins. If you're lucky enough to be carrying out a full restoration project then it ought to be one of the first tasks to concentrate on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. By opening a fireplace first you will avoid any chimney soot causing discolouration damage to other phases of your project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plasterwork.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you are able to see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what is fit for restoring. You now ought to 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 offer professional advice on the chimney and flue after sweeping, as to the situation with the chimney structure and whether it would be advisable to exchange the existing flue lining.
It could be essential to fit a new flue lining to comply with the current Building Regulations, and construction work might also be required to strengthen the original chimney and chimney breast. These are tasks that should be done by a skilled tradesman with a knowledge of the pertinent regulations and sound construction skills.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are greater than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel will need to be installed. Once this has been completed the next step for your Leicester fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. You may find the original hearth has been set into a void in the floor, but to conform to current building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from slate, concrete or marble are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace fitter in Leicester may be able to offer you a bespoke, made to measure hearth to complement the style of your room.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be challenging amongst the different designs and styles available from an online store or fireplace showroom. Not all fireplaces may be suitable for your chimney and flue and it's wise to accept any advice from your installation team with regards to your specific circumstances.
Whether you opt for a wood burner, an open fireplace or a multi-fuel stove will hinge on the look that you're trying to develop, your current decor and perhaps even, the age of your property. If you've got an attractive inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look stunning set inside it, and also has the benefit of reflecting the heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you don't have a pre-existing chimney breast in your Leicester home, it is still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This type of fireplace can be fitted with its own stainless steel flue which is taken through an external wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be safely installed.
GAS, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold, dark evening creates a charm and ambience that can't be beaten, but what are the other available options to fit in your lovely new fireplace in Leicester?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various fuels, such as oil, coal, wood or gas, and become a focal point in any living room or kitchen in Leicester. The AGA range is renowned as being able to provide heating for the whole home, a constant supply of hot water and a cooker all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a multitude of designs to suit any property and are typically more thermally efficient than open fireplaces. Must be professionally installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Leicester can benefit from the installment of a wood burning stove, which can be found in a range of designs, and can even be fitted freestanding. A back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide steaming hot water for personal use, or for heating in other rooms via radiators.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any property in Leicester, can easily be fitted by anyone who is reasonable competent. Contemporary electric fires can provide "real" look flames and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to imitate a real open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for any room and can utilise a variety of solid fuels. A skillfully fitted contemporary open fire is far from the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps bricked up by previous owners, and its warm elegance is a welcome addition to any property in Leicester.
Fireplace installation is available in Leicester and also in nearby places like: Enderby, Wigston, Beaumont Leys, Spinney Hills, Belgrave, Dane Hills, Anstey, Mountsorrel, Knighton, Clarendon Park, Oadby, Evington, Groby, Aylestone, Humberstone, Birstall and Thurmarston, and in these postcodes LE1 1ZY, LE1 2BN, LE1 1AE, LE1 1NB, LE1 1GE, LE1 1SS, LE1 1LB, LE1 2LB, LE1 3AB, LE1 1TB. Local Leicester fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode LE1 and the telephone dialling code 0116. Click on the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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Fireplace Enquiries Leicestershire
The latest Leicestershire fireplace installation customer job requests: Mr and Mrs Lavery recently enquired about the possibility of the installation of an open fireplace in a semi-detached house in Bottesford. Ismaeel and Casey Baker recently asked for a price quote for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new gas fire in a terraced house in Great Glen, Leicestershire. Kendall and Cayden Bowles recently requested a price quote for installing a multi fuel stove in Braunstone. Tudor and Liyana Lomax recently asked for an estimate for opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fire in a detached house in Ellistown, Leicestershire. Mr and Mrs Symonds recently enquired about fitting a gas fire in Enderby. Orion Muir and Halima Muir recently enquired about getting a price for installing an electric fireplace in East Goscote. Emilio and Darcie Mccann recently enquired about the possibility of the installation of a wood burning stove in Oakthorpe. Leyton Collins and Gemma Collins recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new electric fire in Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire.
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Over the last year fireplaces were installed in the following Leicester streets: Charlton Close, Cecilia Road, Attenborough Close, Banks Road, Barley Close, Badgers Bank, Barnley Close, Devana Road, Dovecote Way, Aldeby Close, Tennyson Street, Belmont Street, Sandown Road, Atherstone Close, Chancery Street, Alan Close, Cathkin Close, Shropshire Road, The Roods, Cardinal Close, Ashlands Way, Chancel Road, Bassett Lane, Shuttleworth Lane, Cameron Avenue, Denton Street, The Covert, Abbeycourt Road, Baggrave Street, and in these Leicestershire postcodes: LE1 1ZY, LE1 2BN, LE1 1AE, LE1 1NB, LE1 1GE, LE1 1SS, LE1 1LB, LE1 2LB, LE1 3AB, LE1 1TB.
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