Fireplace Fitter Saffron Walden Essex (CB10): Installing a brand new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Saffron Walden home is a great way to add a homely feel and some charm to any room. If you decide to combine your fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire on those chilly winter evenings, you'll also be provided with plentiful boiling hot water.
However before you begin bashing down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some essential considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. Any work that's carried out on your chimney breast, flue lining, fireplace and hearth must follow the Part J building regs for combustible appliances. If your home is a listed building you will also need to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local council before any work can begin.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward remodel of a pre-existing fireplace can perhaps be executed by a competent DIY enthusiast, however if any construction work is required there's a possibility of encountering structural issues which will have to be resolved by a professional. It may be the case that when you pull back the covering from an old fireplace to discover a hidden gem which requires little more than a quick clean and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. However, what you will most likely find is an area of old, crumbling bricks that hides issues such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a specialist fireplace installer in Saffron Walden with the knowledge and experience to install it safely. A key part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn efficiently and properly. If the airflow is not sufficient then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be deadly.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fireplace to get sufficient oxygen to burn safely and efficiently at all times. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and creating staining and damp spots, vents may need to be fitted by the installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Having a fireplace opened up can create a lot of of soot and dirt. A fireplace installer will bring covers for your furniture and supply a bit of protection, however it's advisable when possible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the area before any work commences. If you are fortunate enough to be carrying out a complete restoration project then it ought to be one of the very first jobs to focus on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This will help to prevent any damage by soot and dirt to any completed work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you're able to see the opening of your fireplace it's time to sweep and clean the chimney and hearth and see what can be refurbished. Bringing in a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the very first things on the to-do-list. They will be willing to offer you professional guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the state of the structure of the chimney and whether it is advisable to replace the existing flue liner.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant Building Regulations must be followed. A competent fireplace installer in Saffron Walden will be required to complete this task, and will need the knowledge and skills in construction to follow all building regulations.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are larger than your needs, a concrete supporting lintel will need to be put in. When your lintel is in position and secure you may now proceed with the upgrade, installation and renovation of the fireplace hearth. You might discover that your existing hearth has been sunken 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 isn't of a standard size you may have to purchase a tailor-made hearth, but there are also a wide variety of ready to fit hearths in slate, marble or concrete.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be tricky amongst the different designs and styles available from an online shop or fireplace showroom. The recommendations and advice from your fireplace installers, which will be specific to your requirements, will enable you to pick a fireplace that's both suitable for your chimney and flue, and suited to your decor.
Whether you go with a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will depend on the all round style that you're trying to create, your existing decor and in some cases, your property's age. If you have an attractive inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look stunning in this surrounding, which also has the benefit of effectively deflecting heat into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
If your Saffron Walden home hasn't got a chimney breast 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 fitted with its own flue which is routed through an external wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be safely installed.
MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, GAS, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the crackling of a natural fire on a cold winters' evening, however if your situation doesn't allow for this, what alternatives are available?
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any house in Saffron Walden, can be easily fitted by any competent individual. Contemporary electric fires can deliver "real" look flames and even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become very popular in many homes in Saffron Walden, and can have modern or classic styling to complement your decor. A model with a back boiler can deliver supplementary heating by connecting the heated water to a radiator in a cold spot of your property.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can be used with various fuels such as smokeless coal, briquettes, wood and other combustible materials. A skillfully fitted contemporary open fire is far from the smoky old fireplace that was bricked up by earlier owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any room in Saffron Walden.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be used with a range of fuels, such as coal, oil, gas or wood, and become an attractive focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Saffron Walden. Some types, such as the AGA range, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your entire home.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of styles to suit all home types and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. Gas fireplaces must only be maintained and installed by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (previously CORGI registered).
Fireplace installation is available in Saffron Walden and also in: Little Walden, Hadstock, Chrishall, Shortgrove, Elder Street, Stocking Green, Wendens Ambo, Audley End, Littlebury, Debden, Radwinter, Sewards End, Pleasant Valley, Little Chesterfield, and in these postcodes CB10 1DS, CB10 2BX, CB10 2DP, CB10 1EN, CB10 1HH, CB10 1HZ, CB10 1DY, CB10 1AL, CB10 1AZ, CB10 2GN. Local Saffron Walden fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode CB10 and the telephone code 01799. Click the "quote" banner or form to get details about fireplace installation in your area.
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Around Saffron Walden
Homeowners who live in the following roads and streets have just recently enquired about fireplace installation - Hilltop Lane, Fieldside, Limetree Court, Everitt Road, Little Larchmount, Church Street, Bartletts, Museum Street, Shire Hill, Colyn Place, Butlers Lane, Pavilion Way, Mercers Row, Well Green Close, Elizabeth Way, Chichester Road, Farmadine House, Brooke Avenue, Doddenhill Close, Auton Croft, Lavender Field, Greenways, Dawson Close, Springhill Road, Gibson Way, Hop Fields, Seven Devils Lane, Lime Avenue, Fairycroft Road, as well as these local Saffron Walden postcodes: CB10 1DS, CB10 2BX, CB10 2DP, CB10 1EN, CB10 1HH, CB10 1HZ, CB10 1DY, CB10 1AL, CB10 1AZ, CB10 2GN.
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