Fireplace Fitter Rickmansworth Hertfordshire (WD3): A good way to add a bit of character to any Rickmansworth home is by installing a new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. If you decide to combine your fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire or stove on those cold winter evenings, you will also be supplied with a plentiful supply of hot water.
But before you start smashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some important considerations you must bear in mind if you are to end up with an efficient and safe fireplace. All work carried out must abide by Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the construction and installation of fireplaces, hearths, chimney breasts and flue linings of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also be necessary before work begins if your property is listed or in a conservation area.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the remodeling work to an existing fireplace if you've got the ability to do so, however there is always a problem in finding safety and structural issues that need to be resolved by a professional. You may be fortunate when you uncover the old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a decent clean out of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney to get a fire roaring once more. What's more typical however is a patch of crumbling, old brickwork that conceals a blocked flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there is not just a risk of fire to your property, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is better to employ a competent Rickmansworth installation company for fireplaces. A key part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn safely and efficiently. If there's not enough airflow then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be deadly.
To safely overcome any airflow problems, vents could be fitted in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and causing damp spots and staining, vents may have to be installed by the fireplace installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Having a fireplace opened up can create large amounts of soot and grime. Even with dust sheets for your home furnishings, the likelihood of impairment from dirt and soot is still possible and it's advisable to remove your furniture and carpets before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning commences. If you are installing a fireplace as part of an overall home restoration project then it ought to be one of the first things to be worked on once you have got the room back to bare walls and floors. This helps prevent any discolouration damage to any refurbished work you may have already done.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clear out any sections of hearth that remains. You now ought to contact your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and while doing so can check the condition of the chimney and offer advice on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all UK Building Regulations must be complied with. A good fireplace installer and builder in Rickmansworth will be needed to carry out this task, and should have the knowledge and skills in construction to follow all regulations.
If it is necessary to change the width of opening of your original fireplace to a more suitable size for your new design, a supporting lintel must be put in. When you have successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now necessary to renovate or upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it above floor level to observe the latest building regs. Off-the-shelf options from slate, concrete or marble are available to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Rickmansworth may be able to offer you a bespoke, made to measure hearth to complement the style of your room.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will illustrate the alternatives that are available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. It's possible that because of your current chimney and flue, that certain fireplaces might not be suitable, and it pays to follow the the recommendations and advice of your fireplace installer in this respect.
Some houses and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. By way of example, a wood burning stove looks great set into an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm of the stove and reflecting the heat into the room effectively.
If your Rickmansworth property does not have a chimney breast you still have options for a fireplace feature through the installation of a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. An existing chimney is not needed in this instance because a stainless steel flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and taken out through an external wall.
WOOD, GAS, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold evening creates a charm and ambience that cannot be beaten, however what else is available to install in your brand new fireplace in Rickmansworth?
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and being more efficient (thermally) when compared to open fires, there are a whole host of designs to suit any Rickmansworth property. Gas fireplaces can only be installed and maintained by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (formerly CORGI registered).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with options to use oil, wood, coal and gas to deliver a multi-purpose heater for any house in Rickmansworth. They can be utilised not merely for heating an individual room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete property if they are plumbed into a radiator system.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a varied choice of designs make electric fireplaces an extremely popular choice for Rickmansworth homes without a chimney. Even if your room has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a real fire with an authentic flame effect.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can make use of different fuels such as briquettes, wood, coal and other combustive materials. In the old days an open fire may have had the associations with being smoky, inefficient and draughty, however a skillfully fitted fireplace is a joy to behold while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - A whole host of different styles to suit any type of home in Rickmansworth, and can even be free standing. If combined with a back boiler can provide hot water for radiators or for other use around the house.
Fireplace installation is available in Rickmansworth and also in nearby places like: Northwood, Batchworth, Moor Park, Holywell, Maple Cross, Chandlers Cross, Mill End, Sarratt, Harefield, Money Hill, Northwood Hills, Watford, Loudwater, Croxley Green, and in these postcodes WD3 0ET, WD3 0GA, WD3 1FQ, WD3 1BB, WD3 0BU, WD3 0HB, WD3 0FY, WD3 0FR, WD3 0LE, WD3 1BU. Locally based Rickmansworth fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode WD3 and the dialling code 01923.
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