Fireplace Fitter Northwich Cheshire (CW9): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to fit a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is an excellent way to add a homely feel and some charm to your Northwich home. If you decide to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire on those nippy winters' evenings, you will also be supplied with plentiful steaming hot water.
Before you begin prising away at a blocked up chimney there are some things you will need to do to ensure you can safely install and use your new fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed within the home must adhere to Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this covers fireplaces, chimney breasts, flue linings and hearths. Planning permission may also be needed before work begins if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the work in remodeling an existing fireplace if you have the skills to do so, but safety and structural problems are often discovered that need to be resolved professionally. You could be lucky when you expose the old fireplace and discover you need nothing more than a good clean up of the hearth and a chimney sweep to get your fire roaring once more. What's more common however is a patch of old brickwork covering a stopped up flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
An improperly installed fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a professional fireplace specialist in Northwich with the experience and knowledge to do the work effectively. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a key requirement of Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. If the airflow is not sufficient then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be deadly.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fireplace to receive ample oxygen to burn properly and safely all the time. They may have to install vents in unused chimney flues which sometimes trap condensing air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
An enormous amount of dirt and soot can be discharged from an old fireplace upon reopening it for restoration. A thoughtful Northwich fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and supply some form of protection, but it is sensible where feasible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the area before any work begins. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of an overall home restoration project then it should be one of the first things to be completed once you've taken the room back to its bare floors and walls. This helps to prevent any staining damage to any restored work you may have already completed.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to rigorously sweep the chimney and clear out any parts of hearth that can be re-used. The first job on your agenda should be to bring in a decent chimney sweep. They'll be willing to offer you professional guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, regarding the state of the chimney structure and whether it is advisable to upgrade the existing lining.
Following a chimney sweeps assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or/and install a new flue liner as laid down in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This sort of work must be accomplished by a competent craftsman who is acquainted with the current building regulations and good construction practices.
If it is necessary to adjust the size of opening of your original fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a lintel support will have to be put in. When you've supported your fireplace with a lintel it will then be time to update or repair the hearth. In the past the hearth was set into the floor, however the current building regulations require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to choose a tailor-made hearth, but there are also a wide variety of ready-made hearths in concrete, slate or marble.
DESIGNS AND STYLES 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 entirely possible that due to your current flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that certain fireplaces might not be appropriate, therefore it's a good idea to follow the advice of the fireplace installation company with respect to this.
You property's age, and the style that you're trying to develop for your room, will all help you to determine the design and type of fireplace which is best for you. As an example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to a classic cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
If your Northwich property does not have a chimney you've still got the option of a feature fireplace through the installation of a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This style of fireplace can be installed with its own stainless steel flue that's routed through an outside wall and does not need a chimney, to be installed safely.
WOOD, GAS, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that can't be matched, however what are the other available options to install in your brand new fireplace in Northwich?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with the option of using oil, wood, gas and coal to deliver a multipurpose stove for any property in Northwich. They can be used not simply for heating a room, but some designs like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete property when plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) than open fires, there are a wide selection of designs and styles to suit any type of Northwich property. Gas fires can only be installed and maintained by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (formerly CORGI registered).
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for any room and can use an assortment of solid fuels. A skillfully installed open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was perhaps boarded up by past owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any home in Northwich.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit any property in Northwich, can be easily fitted by any reasonable competent individual. They can be inset into traditional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of modern electric fires it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from the genuine article.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Northwich can benefit from the installation of a wood burner, which come in an array of styles, and can even be installed as a freestanding feature. If fitted with a back boiler can provide hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your home.
Fireplace installations are available in Northwich and also nearby in: Bostock, Davenham, Pickmere, Wincham, Winnington, Marston, Hartford, Lostock Green, Rudheath, Higher Wincham, Lostock Gralam, Hartfordbeach, Barnton, Anderton, Mere Heath, Leftwich, and in these postcodes CW8 1DL, CW8 1YT, CW8 1DR, CW8 1JF, CW8 2FU, CW8 3WD, CW8 4DL, CW8 1HY, CW8 4AN, CW8 4BQ. Local Northwich fireplace specialists will most likely have the dialling code 01606 and the postcode CW9. Simply click the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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