Fireplace Fitter Longton Staffordshire (ST3): Putting in a new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Longton property is a great way to add character and a homely feel to any room. The addition of an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those chilly winters' evenings can even be more cost effective than some central heating systems, so long as you've got a good source of wood. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful hot water in the process.
There are some vital things you must think about before you begin any work, in order to create an efficient, safe and attractive fireplace in your home. Any work that is carried out on your flue lining, chimney breast, hearth and fireplace must comply with the UK's building regs, Part J for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the work in restoring a bricked-up fireplace if you have the skills needed, however safety and structural issues are often found which need to be resolved professionally. It may be that in order to get a fire burning in your fireplace once more you'll need little more than a quick clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What's more typical however is a jumble of old brickwork that conceals a blocked flue, and needs some form of structural modification before it can be used safely.
An incorrectly fitted fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and should only be put in by a professional fireplace installer in Longton with the knowledge and experience to install it effectively. Airflow must be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; and it's a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. If the airflow is not sufficient then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be lethal.
To effectively overcome any airflow issues, vents may need to be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and producing staining and damp spots, vents might have to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to enhance the airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Opening up an old fireplace can cause a lot of of dust and soot to enter your home. A fireplace installer will bring coverings for your home furnishings and provide a bit of protection, however it's advisable where possible to remove furniture and carpets from the room before work starts in earnest. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall home renovation project then it ought to be one of the first things to be done once you've brought the room back to bare floors and walls. This should help to prevent any impairment by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed work.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clear out any hearth that can be re-used. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing so will check the structural condition of the chimney and provide you with advice on whether a new flue liner is needed.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current UK Building Regulations must be followed. These are tasks that require an experienced craftsman with a knowledge of the relevant building regs and quality construction skills.
If the size of the existing fireplace is larger than your needs, a concrete supporting lintel will need to be put in. When you have successfully supported your fireplace with a new lintel it is now necessary to update or renovate the hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you'll need to raise it above floor level to observe the latest building regs. You can find bespoke solutions to fit pretty much any size and style of fireplace, or you can select from a variety of popular size and shape hearths to match your decor.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will demonstrate the alternatives that are available for the different fireplace designs and styles. It is possible that because of your current flue and chimney, that some fireplace designs might not be appropriate, and it's advisable to follow the the advice and recommendations of the fireplace company with respect to this.
Whether you decide on an open fireplace, a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner will be determined by the look you're trying to create, your current decor and maybe, the age of your home. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and deflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you do not have an existing chimney breast in your Longton property, it's still feasible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This style of fireplace can be fitted with a stainless steel flue which is taken through an outside wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be installed safely.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates a charm and ambience that cannot be beaten, but what are the other options available to install in your lovely new fireplace in Longton?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide variety of different styles to suit any period of property in Longton, and can even be free standing. If combined with a back boiler these can provide hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your home.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various fuels, such as oil, gas, smokeless coal or wood, and become an attractive focal point in any kitchen or living room in Longton. They can be utilised not only for heating an individual room, but some types such as the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the whole home when plumbed into a radiator network.
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is an attractive focal point for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. In earlier times an open fire may have had the associations with being draughty, smoky and inefficient, but a well installed modern fireplace is a joy to behold while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and more thermally efficient when compared with wood burning stoves, there are a multitude of styles to suit any Longton home. A Gas Safe certified engineer must maintain and fit any gas fireplace in your home.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Longton homes that don't have a chimney. Can be set into traditional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be difficult to distinguish them from the genuine article.
Fireplace installations are available in Longton and also nearby in: Forsbrook, Clayton, Dresden, Florence, Stoke-on-Trent, Dilhorne, Normacot, Trentham, Adderley Green, Hanley, Blurton, Weston Coyney, Blythe Bridge, Meir, Fenton, Bucknall, Caverswall, Cookshill, and in these postcodes PR4 5YA, PR4 5AP, PR4 5AF, PR4 5EQ, PR4 5BN, PR4 5AR, PR4 5YE, PR4 4SJ, PR4 5GB, PR4 5NQ. Local Longton fireplace specialists will most likely have the phone code 01782 and the postcode ST3.
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Information and Advice
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