Fireplace Fitter Leigh Greater Manchester (WN7): Installing a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Leigh property is a wonderful way to add a homely feel and some character to any room. If you combine your fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire during the chilly winter evenings, you'll also be supplied with plentiful steaming hot water.
There are a few important considerations to make before you begin any work, in order to establish a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your property. Any work that is undertaken on your fireplace, hearth, chimney breast and flue lining must follow the Building Regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. If your home is a listed building you'll also have to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work can begin.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodeling of a current fireplace can be achieved by a skilled DIYer, however if any building work is required there is a chance of encountering structural issues which need to be dealt with by a professional. It may be that so as to get a fire roaring once more you need nothing more than a good clean up of the hearth and a sweeping of the chimney. What is more commonplace however is a patch of old, crumbling brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and also requires some degree of structural modification before it can be safely used.
Owing to the acute health and fire risk issues that can result from a poorly fitted or renovated fireplace, it is better to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of a certified fireplace installer in Leigh. A major factor of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available for the fire to burn properly and efficiently. If the airflow is not sufficient then it's possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be deadly.
To successfully overcome any airflow issues, vents may be installed around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents might need to be fitted by the installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A huge amount of dirt and soot can be released from a blocked up chimney upon opening it up for renovation. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and supply a bit of protection, but it's sensible when possible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the area before any work starts in earnest. If you're conducting a full restoration of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. By opening a fireplace first you'll prevent any chimney soot causing discolouration damage to other phases of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you are able to see the fireplace opening it is time to sweep and clean the chimney and hearth and identify what is fit for refurbishment. Bringing in a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the initial things on your to-do-list. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and while doing this can check the condition of the chimney and offer advice on whether you need a new flue liner.
It may be necessary to install a new flue lining to conform to the current UK Building Regulations, and work may also be needed to reinforce the original chimney and breast. This kind of work must be tackled by a skilled tradesman with experience of the appropriate building regulations and good construction practices.
If you need to change the width of opening of your exposed fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your new design, a supporting lintel will have to be installed. When you've successfully supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now necessary to renovate or update the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to conform to the latest regulations. You can get made to measure solutions to fit pretty much any design and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a range of common size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you pop along to a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the range of different options open to you. It's possible that due to your existing chimney and flue, that certain fireplace designs may not be appropriate, and it's a good idea to follow the the advice and recommendations of the fireplace installer in this respect.
Certain rooms and properties will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop for a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its charm and deflecting heat back into the room.
A cast iron wood burner is also an effective choice if you don't have a chimney breast in your Leigh property. This type of fireplace can be fitted with a stainless steel flue that's taken through an outside wall and does not require a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, GAS, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the crackling of a natural fireplace on a cold winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't allow for this, what are the other available options?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a range of fuels, including gas, coal, oil or wood, to create a unique focal point in your home in Leigh. They can be used not only for heating a room, but some designs such as the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole home when plumbed into a radiator system.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and more efficient when compared to open fireplaces, there are a wide variety of styles and designs to suit any Leigh property. Have to be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe certified (previously CORGI registered) technician.
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a varied choice of designs make electric fires a popular choice for Leigh properties without a chimney. Even if your property has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be installed that looks almost like a genuine fire with multi-coloured flames.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide variety of styles to suit any type of home in Leigh, and can even be a freestanding feature. An integrated back boiler is an extra benefit and could provide piping hot water for personal use, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can make use of different fuels such as briquettes, coal, wood and other flammable materials. In the old days an open fire might have had a reputation of being smoky, draughty and inefficient, but a well installed modern fireplace is wonderful to watch while lounging in the warmth it provides.
Fireplace installations are available in Leigh and also in: Abham, Astley, Lowton, Aspull Common, Westleigh, Tydersley, Glazebury, Bickershaw, Hindley Green, Lately Common, Plank Lane, Leigh End, Hope Carr, Firs Lane, Atherton, Higher Folds, and in these postcodes WA3 5QQ, WN7 1EF, WN7 1PQ, WN7 1AY, WN7 1PX, WN7 1LJ, WN2 4AE, M29 7GS, WN7 1JD, WN7 1PY. Local Leigh fireplace specialists will most likely have the dialling code 01942 and the postcode WN7.
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In the previous 12 months fireplaces had been installed in the following Leigh streets: Browning Street, Sovereign Fold Road, School Street, Buchanan Street, Charles Street, Aldred Street, Bengal Street, St Helens Road, Sefton Street, Duke Street, Ann Street, Bond Street, Crombouke Drive, Bettison Avenue, Sanderson Street, College Street, Austin Street, Birley Street, Alder Close, Silk Street, Chestnut Drive, Bonnywell Road, Barrie Street, Bangor Fold, Crown Grove, Thornton Close, and in these Greater Manchester postcodes: WA3 5QQ, WN7 1EF, WN7 1PQ, WN7 1AY, WN7 1PX, WN7 1LJ, WN2 4AE, M29 7GS, WN7 1JD, WN7 1PY.
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