Fireplace Fitter Lichfield Staffordshire (WS13): Opening up an old disused fireplace to put in a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is a wonderful way to add character and a homely feel to any Lichfield property. Chilly winter evenings can become very enjoyable as you sit in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackling of a burning fire, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can also enjoy free hot water too.
There are some crucial things to consider before you begin any work, in order to create an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your house. All work carried out must observe Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of flue linings, chimney breasts, fireplaces and hearths of any combustible appliance. If you live in a listed building you'll also have to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work begins.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple restoration of an existing fireplace can probably be executed by a competent DIY enthusiast, but if any building work is required there's a chance of running into structural problems that need to be resolved professionally. If you're lucky when you open up a stopped up fireplace you may find a decent hearth, chimney breast and lintel that requires little more than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. What you'll more likely discover is an area of crumbling, old bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs replacing or a stopped up chimney.
Due to the acute fire risk and health issues that can result from a poorly installed or renovated fireplace, it's best to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of a reliable fireplace fitter and builder in Lichfield. There must always be enough airflow into a room where there's a fireplace to ensure sufficient levels of oxygen enable the fire to burn safely. If there is not enough airflow then it's possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be lethal.
It might be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fireplace to get enough oxygen to burn properly and safely all the time. They might have to fit vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap condensing air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Opening up an old fireplace can cause a lot of of dirt and soot to enter your house. Even with covers and other dust protection for your furniture, the chance of damage from dust and soot is still likely and it is advised to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning starts. If you're installing a fireplace as part of a larger restoration project then it ought to be one of the first things to be done after you've got the room back to bare walls and floors. This will help to avoid any harm by dirt and chimney soot to any completed work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
With your fireplace open, it's time to see what can be renovated and give the hearth and chimney a comprehensive cleaning. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the initial items on your agenda. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing this will be able to inspect the structural condition of the chimney and provide guidance on whether a new flue liner is required.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all relevant Building Regulations must be adhered to. These are projects that need to be done by a competent craftsman with a knowledge of the applicable building regs and reliable construction skills.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are greater than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel must be installed. When you have supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now possible to update or repair the hearth. You might find the original hearth has been set into the floor, however to be in accordance with current building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. Ready-made options from marble, slate or concrete are available to achieve this, or your fireplace fitter in Lichfield may be able to offer you a bespoke, made to measure hearth to match your room style.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will demonstrate the options available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. It's possible that because of your current flue and chimney, that certain fireplaces may not be appropriate, and it pays to follow the recommendations from the fireplace installer in this respect.
Whether you go for an open fireplace, a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner will be based on the overall look you are trying to create, your current decor and in some cases, your property's age. If you've got an attractive inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look magnificent set within it, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting the heat into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
Even if you don't have a chimney in your Lichfield home, it's still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. As long as you have an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be passed, you don't need a chimney structure in place to be able to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
WOOD, OPEN, GAS, ELECTRIC OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of an open fire cannot be matched, however what options are available if this style of fireplace is not possible within your Lichfield property?
Wood Burning Stoves - A whole host of different styles to suit any type of house in Lichfield, and can even be freestanding. A back boiler is an additional benefit and could provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or for heating for the house via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can make use of various fuels such as wood, smokeless coal, briquettes and other combustible materials. A skillfully installed open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps boarded up by former owners, and its glowing charm is a welcome addition to any house in Lichfield.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of different styles to suit all types of house and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. Gas fires can only be installed and maintained by a certified Gas Safe registered technician, (previously CORGI registered).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with a variety of fuels, (gas, coal, wood, oil) to generate a focal point in your property in Lichfield. The AGA range for example is well known as being able to provide heating for an entire house, a constant hot water supply and a cooker all in one unit.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any home in Lichfield, can easily be fitted by anybody who's reasonable competent. Can be set into conventional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish from the real thing.
Fireplace installation is available in Lichfield and also in: Netherstowe, Canwell, Huddlesford, Streethay, Wall, Hanch, Whittington Hurst, Stowe, Pipehill, Bromley Hayes, Fisherwick Wood, Hammerwich, Leamonsley, Hopwas, Burntwood, Whittington, and in these postcodes WS13 6EE, WS13 6EP, WS13 6AT, WS13 6NH, WS13 6NP, WS13 6EL, WS13 6ED, WS13 6JL, WS13 6BX, WS13 6JR. Local Lichfield fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode WS13 and the phone code 01543. Simply click the "quote" form or banner to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
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Searching For Fireplace Installation On the Internet
There is no question that your first impulse when you're searching for a service or tradesman in Lichfield is to access the internet and "Google it". On the spot and on-topic results are the benefit of using Google, Ask, Yahoo or Bing, which exist for this particular reason. On the surface it might seem that the listings on the opening page are precisely what the doctor ordered, however that is not always the truth. When looking to find fireplace installers in Lichfield most householders will type "Lichfield fireplace installation", "fireplace installation in Lichfield", "fireplace installation Lichfield" or "fireplace installation near me", and analyze the listing results.
You need to know that the four top listings are often PPC advertising (which may or may not be useful), and lots of the remaining page one results will likely be from large lead generating sites like Rated People, Local Heroes, Checkatrade, Quotatis, TrustaTrader or My Hammer or online directories such as 3 Best Rated, Yell, Scoot or Yelp. So as to get the web sites of real fireplace installers, you'll have to scroll to page 2 and 3 or possibly even farther down the listings. Lichfield fireplace fitters don't invariably their own business web sites, therefore to get a representation of precisely who is currently out there, it's advisable to use a tradesman vetting site such as Rated People or Trustatrader.
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