Fireplace Fitter Rawtenstall Lancashire (BB4): A marvelous way to add character to any Rawtenstall property is by installing a brand new fireplace, or renovating an existing one. If you combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire during the cold winters' evenings, you will also be supplied with plenty of steaming hot water.
But before you begin bashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some crucial considerations you must bear in mind if you are to wind up with an efficient and safe fireplace. All work carried out must adhere to Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of fireplaces, chimney breasts, flue linings and hearths of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your home is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple renovation of a pre-existing fireplace can generally be accomplished by a competent DIYer, however if any construction work is required there is a chance of running into structural issues which will need to be dealt with by a professional. You could be lucky when revealing your old fireplace and find you need nothing more than a thorough clean out of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney in order to get a fire roaring once more. What's more commonplace however is a patch of old, crumbling brickwork covering a stopped up flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause serious respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace company in Rawtenstall with the knowledge and experience to install it safely. Airflow has to be adequate in any room which has a fireplace; and it's a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. If there's not enough airflow then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.
To overcome this issue a fireplace specialist in Rawtenstall will evaluate the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or underneath the flooring, to ensure a sufficient airflow for the fire to combust effectively and safely. They might have to fit air vents into unused chimney flues which can trap moist air and cause staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is astonishing just how much dirt and soot can accumulate inside an old fireplace and chimney and you won't know precisely what is there until you uncover it. Even with coverings for your furniture, the risk of impairment from muck and soot is still possible and it's advisable to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning starts. If you are installing a fireplace as part of an overall restoration project then it should be one of the first things to be done after you've brought the room back to bare floors and walls. This avoids any discolouration damage to any restored work you've already finished.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clean up any hearth that remains in place. You should now speak to your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They'll not only ensure your flue and chimney are clean, but they can also take a look at the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer guidance if you need to upgrade any area of the chimney and flue.
It might be vital to put in a new flue lining to comply with the all important Building Regulations, and work might also be required to beef up the original chimney and breast. These are projects that require a competent tradesman with knowledge of the appropriate building regs and quality construction skills.
If it is necessary to change the width of opening of your exposed fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a supporting lintel should be put in. When you have supported your fireplace with a new lintel it is now time to repair or upgrade the hearth. In the old days the hearth was set into the floor, however the latest regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from marble, concrete or slate are available to accomplish this, or your fireplace installer in Rawtenstall might be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to complement the design of your room.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will show the choices available for the different fireplace styles and designs. Every fireplace will not be suitable for your chimney and flue and it is wise to accept any advice and help offered by your fireplace installers in relation to your particular situation.
You home's age, and the theme that you're trying to establish for your room, should all help you to determine the type and design of fireplace that is most suitable. For instance, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop for a traditional cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you don't have a chimney breast in your Rawtenstall property, it's still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. An existing chimney is not needed because the flue is taken directly from the rear or top of the stove and channeled through an external wall.
ELECTRIC, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the crackling of a natural fire on a cool evening, but if your circumstances do not permit this, what are the other available options?
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted safely and easily by any reasonable competent person and there are designs that are suitable for almost any room and home in Rawtenstall. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of styles to suit any kind of property in Rawtenstall, and can even be a freestanding feature. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide piping hot water for personal use, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a stunning focal point for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can purchase. An open fire is a sight to behold and modern fireplaces are no more the smoky, draughty and inefficient things that they were in the past.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using wood, coal, oil and gas to furnish you with a multipurpose heater for any home in Rawtenstall. The AGA style is renowned as being able to provide heating for an entire home, a constant hot water supply and an oven and hob all in one useful appliance.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a multitude of designs to suit any property and are generally more thermally efficient than wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Fireplace installations are available in Rawtenstall and also nearby in: Edenfield, Newchurch, Crawshawbooth, Lane Side, Reedsholme, New Hall Hey, Baxenden, Flax Moss, Bacup, Waterfoot, Lumb, Cloughfold, Rossendale, Haslingden, Cowpe, Townsend Fold, Bent Gate, and in these postcodes BB4 8ST, BB4 6JH, BB4 8SL, BB4 8SE, BB4 6HP, BB4 6RE, BB4 8EL, BB4 8SB, BB4 6QZ, BB4 6RQ. Locally based Rawtenstall fireplace specialists will likely have the phone code 01706 and the postcode BB4.
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Households in Elm Street, East Street, Oakeneaves Avenue, Beechwood Drive, Hollinwood Drive, Hope Street, Spring Gardens, Grange Close, Tor View, Union Street, Ash Grove, Greengate Close, Prospect Hill, Cedar Avenue, Bury Road, North Street, Prospect View, Greenfield Street, Corporation Street, Bocholt Way, Bank Street, Goodshaw Fold Close, Cribden End Lane, Burnley Road, have needed fireplace installation recently. Fireplace refurbishment was also completed in these local Rawtenstall postcodes: BB4 8ST, BB4 6JH, BB4 8SL, BB4 8SE, BB4 6HP, BB4 6RE, BB4 8EL, BB4 8SB, BB4 6QZ, BB4 6RQ.
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