Fireplace Fitter Maldon Essex (CM9): Re-opening a disused fireplace to put in an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is a wonderful way to add charm and a homely feel to your Maldon property. If you decide to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire on those chilly winters' evenings, you'll also be provided with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water.
However before you start smashing down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some vital things to consider to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. Any work that is undertaken on your fireplace, chimney breast, flue lining and hearth must comply with the United Kingdom's Building Regs, Part J for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also be necessary before work begins if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and keen DIYer it may be quite possible to renovate a bricked-up or blocked fireplace, however the chances of experiencing structural problems in the majority of cases is unfortunately high. It may be the case that when you remove the boarding surrounding a disused fireplace to uncover a hidden gem which requires little more than a quick clean and a check from a chimney sweep to get a fire roaring once again. However, what you'll most likely discover is a pile of old, crumbling bricks that conceals problems such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
A poorly fitted fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Maldon with the experience and knowledge to install it effectively. There must always be airflow into a room where there is a fireplace to guarantee adequate levels of oxygen allow the fire to burn safely. Inadequate oxygen means the fire won't burn effectively, and carbon monoxide fumes could accumulate, which can cause breathing problems or even death.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fire to receive adequate oxygen to burn safely and effectively all the time. They may also have to fit vents into unused chimney flues which sometimes trap condensing air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A large amount of soot and dust can be released from an old fireplace when opening it up for restoration. Even with coverings for your furniture, the risk of damage from soot and dirt is still likely and it is advised to remove your furniture and carpets before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning commences. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall home renovation project then it should be one of the initial things to be worked on after you have taken the room back to its bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you will prevent any soot from the chimney causing discolouring damage to other stages of your renovation project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plasterwork.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With your fireplace open, it's time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated and give the chimney and hearth an intensive clean. The very first item on your to-do list should be to call in a decent chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and while doing this will be able to inspect the structural condition of the chimney and offer guidance on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
After a chimney sweep assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue liner in keeping with Part J of the UK Building Regulations. These are tasks that require a competent craftsman with a good understanding of the relevant building regs and quality construction skills.
If it is necessary to adjust the size of opening of your exposed fireplace to something more suitable for your design, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be installed. Once this has been done the next step for your Maldon 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 be in accordance with latest regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is not a standard size you might have to purchase a custom-built hearth, but there are a whole host of "off-the-shelf" hearths in concrete, slate or marble.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
If you pay a visit to a fireplace showroom you'll find that you have plenty of choice with the range of different choices open to you. Every fireplace will not be suitable for your flue and chimney and it's wise to accept any guidance and advice from your fireplace installers in relation to your specific situation.
Whether you decide on a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will hinge on the overall style that you're trying to develop, your existing decor and perhaps, the age of your property. As an example, a wood burner looks fantastic set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the character and charm of the stove and reflecting the heat into the room effectively.
Even if your Maldon home does not have a chimney you've still got the option of a fireplace feature through the installation of a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. This type of fireplace can be installed with a flue that is channeled through an external wall and does not need a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
ELECTRIC, GAS, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The ambience and feel of an open fire cannot be matched, however what options are available if this kind of fireplace isn't possible in your Maldon home?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a range of fuels, such as smokeless coal, oil, wood or gas, and become an attractive focal point in any living room or kitchen in Maldon. They can be utilised not only for heating a room, but some types like the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole house if they're plumbed into an existing radiator network.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace which can be used with different fuels such as wood, coal, briquettes and other combustive materials. A professionally installed open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps blocked up by former owners, and its glowing charm is a delightful addition to any room in Maldon.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Maldon can benefit from the installation of a wood burning stove, which can be found in an array of designs, and can even be fitted as a free standing feature. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide hot water for personal use, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and more efficient when compared to open fires, there are a wide variety of styles and designs to suit any type of Maldon property. Must be professionally maintained and installed by a Gas Safe certified engineer.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent individual and there are styles and designs that are suitable for any room and house in Maldon. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that looks almost like a "real" fire can be installed.
Fireplace installations are available in Maldon and also nearby in: Mundon, Woodham Walter, Heybridge, Maylandsea, Chelmsford, Hatfield Peverel, Latchingdon, Woodham Mortimer, Ulting, Little Baddow, Great Baddow, Beeleigh, Great Totham, Goldhanger, Langford, Danbury, and in these postcodes CM9 5ET, CM9 4FH, CM9 5PF, CM9 5JX, CM9 5HQ, CM9 5JZ, CM9 5LA, CM9 4PZ, CM9 4HS, CM9 4DL. Local Maldon fireplace specialists will likely have the phone code 01621 and the postcode CM9. Simply click the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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