Fireplace Fitter Princes Risborough Buckinghamshire (HP27): Re-opening a disused fireplace to put in a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is a good way to add a homely feel and some charm to any Princes Risborough home. If you choose to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire during the chilly winters' evenings, you will also be provided with plentiful steaming hot water.
Before you begin prising away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you will need to think about to make sure you can safely install and use your new fireplace. Any work that is executed on your fireplace, flue lining, chimney breast and hearth must conform to the 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 capable of doing some of the renovation work on an existing fireplace if you've got the skills needed, but there is always a problem in finding safety and structural issues that need to be resolved professionally. It might be that in order to get a fire burning in your fireplace once more you'll need little more than a quick clean up of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney. However, what you will more likely find is a pile of crumbling, old bricks that conceals issues such as a lintel that needs replacing or a stopped up chimney.
Owing to the acute health and fire risk problems that can be caused by an incorrectly installed or restored fireplace, it is better to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of a reliable fireplace installer in Princes Risborough. A major part of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn properly and efficiently. Dangerous carbon monoxide can soon develop from an inefficiently burning fire in a poorly ventilated room.
To get past this issue a fireplace specialist in Princes Risborough will assess the situation and fit vents around the room, or under the floors, to guarantee an adequate air flow for the fire to combust safely and efficiently. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also need to have air vents fitted because they can sometimes trap moist air inside them causing damp to build up inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A large amount of dirt and soot can be discharged from a blocked up chimney upon opening it up for restoration. A thoughtful Princes Risborough fireplace fitter will bring covers for your home furnishings and provide some form of protection, but it's wise where feasible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the area before any work starts in earnest. If you're performing a full renovation of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. This helps prevent any discolouring damage to any renovated work you may have already completed.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace opened up, it's time to see what can be renovated and to give the chimney and hearth a thorough clean. You should now speak to your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They will not only ensure your chimney and flue are nice and clean, but they can additionally investigate the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer guidance if you need to replace any part of the chimney structure and flue.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all current Building Regulations must be complied with. This kind of work needs to be tackled by a competent tradesperson with experience of the building regulations and decent construction practices.
In buildings that are older you may find the revealed fireplace is too wide for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be required to modify the opening. When your new concrete lintel is safely in position you can now press on with the upgrade, renovation and installation of the fireplace hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll need to raise it above floor level to observe the latest building regulations. Pre-made solutions from slate, concrete or marble are available to achieve this, or your fireplace builder in Princes Risborough might be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match the style of your room.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you will find that you have lots of choice with the array of different choices open to you. It is entirely possible that due to your existing chimney and flue, that some fireplace designs may not be suitable, therefore it's a good idea to follow the recommendations from your fireplace company with respect to this.
Certain rooms and houses will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For instance, an inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop for an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its character and reflects the heat into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also an effective choice if your Princes Risborough property does not have a chimney breast. This type of fireplace can be fitted with its own stainless steel flue that's routed through an outside wall and does not require a chimney, to be installed safely.
GAS, ELECTRIC, OPEN, WOOD OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of an open fireplace cannot be matched, but what alternatives are available if this form of fireplace isn't possible in your Princes Risborough property?
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement any property in Princes Risborough, can easily be fitted by any reasonable competent person. Modern electric fires can provide "real" look flames and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to mimic an open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be used with a range of fuels, such as smokeless coal, gas, oil or wood, and become an attractive focal point in any living room or kitchen in Princes Risborough. They can be used not just for heating an individual room, but some types like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete property if plumbed into a radiator network.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel available on the market. An open fire is a sight to behold and contemporary fireplaces are no longer the smoky, inefficient and draughty things they were in the past.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Princes Risborough can benefit from the fitting of a wood burner, which come in an array of styles, and can even be fitted freestanding. If fitted with a back boiler they can provide steaming hot water to heat radiators or for use in your house.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and being more efficient when compared with open fireplaces or wood burning stoves, there are a wide array of styles to suit any period of property. Must be professionally fitted and maintained by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) tradesperson.
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Fireplace Installation has recently been required in these Princes Risborough streets - Town Farm Barns, The Crescent, Stopps Orchard, Aylesbury Road, Crossfield Road, Summerleys Road, Eastfield Road, Fairway, Cadsden Road, Chestnut Road, Stratton Road, Woodlands, Chiltern Close, Windsor Hill, New Road, Staddle Stones, Brooke Road, Redland End, Dovecote Close, Jacobs Meadow, Mill Stream Close, Oak Road, Cane End, Shortborough Avenue, Church Street, The Butts, Market Square, as well as these Princes Risborough area postcodes: HP27 0EB, HP27 0AG, HP27 9DA, HP27 0HT, HP27 9DH, HP27 0DX, HP27 0JJ, HP27 9AN, HP27 0DG, HP27 0WA.
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