Fireplace Fitter Sandown Isle of Wight (PO36): A fantastic way to add a bit of character to any Sandown property is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Cold winters' evenings can become very enjoyable as you relax beside your new fireplace listening to the crackling of a burning fire, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even benefit from plentiful hot water too.
There are a few vital things you must think about before you begin any work, if you are going to establish a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your home. Any work that's undertaken on your flue lining, fireplace, chimney breast and hearth must comply with the UK's Building Regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also be necessary before work commences if your property is in a conservation area or is listed.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a keen and competent DIY'er it might be possible to restore an existing bricked-up or blocked fireplace, but the likelihood of encountering structural issues in many cases is unfortunately high. You might be fortunate when you expose the old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a decent clean out of the hearth and a quick chimney sweep in order to get a fire roaring. What's more common however is a patch of crumbling brickwork that hides a stopped up flue, and also requires some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not only a fire risk to your home, but there can be associated health hazards, which is why it is better to hire a certified Sandown installation team for a fireplace. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where there is a fireplace to ensure sufficient levels of oxygen for the fire to burn effectively. If the airflow is not good enough then it is quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be lethal.
To successfully get over any problems with air flow, vents may need to be installed around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and creating staining and damp spots, vents might need to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A substantial amount of soot and other dust can be released from a blocked up chimney upon reopening it for restoration. Even with covers and other dust protection for your furniture, the chance of impairment from soot and dirt is still likely and it's advisable to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning begins. If your fireplace is being installed as part of a larger restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be completed once you have got the room back to its bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll prevent any soot from the chimney causing damage to other phases of your project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plasterwork.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace open, it's time to see what needs to be restored and give the chimney and hearth an intensive clean. The very first item on your to-do list should be to bring in a competent chimney sweep. They will be willing to offer expert guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, regarding the condition of the chimney and if you need to exchange the existing liner.
After a chimney sweeps examination it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast in keeping with Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This kind of work must be done by a qualified person with experience of the appropriate building regulations and good working practices.
If you need to adjust the width of opening of your existing fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a concrete supporting lintel must be installed. When your new concrete lintel is safely in place you can now press on with the installation, upgrade and repair of the fireplace hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it to conform to the latest building regs. You can find tailor-made options to fit any size and design of fireplace, or you can select from a range of popular size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with a wide array of different options open to you. The advice and suggestions from your sales and installation team, which will be based on your specific requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace which is both suited to your existing flue and chimney, as well as for your home's decor.
You home's age, and the theme that you're trying to establish for your room, should all help you to decide upon the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable. If you've got an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look stunning set inside it, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting the heat into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you do not have a pre-existing chimney in your Sandown property, it's still feasible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. An existing chimney isn't needed because a stainless steel flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and channeled through an exterior wall.
GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the warmth and glow of an open fireplace on a cold winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't allow for this, what are the other alternatives?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for your room and can utilise a range of solid fuels. An open fire is lovely to see and contemporary fireplaces are no more the draughty, smoky and inefficient things that they used to be.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of different designs to suit all types of house and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) technician.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies they can be used with various fuels, such as gas, smokeless coal, oil or wood, and become a unique focal point in any kitchen or lounge in Sandown. They can be utilised not only for heating a single room, but some types such as the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete home if they're plumbed into a radiator system.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a varied choice of designs make electric fires a popular choice for Sandown homes that don't have a chimney. Even if your home has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that looks almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become "the in thing" in a lot of households in Sandown, and can have modern or classic styling to match your decor. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and could provide piping hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in another area via a radiator.
Fireplace installations are available in Sandown and also in nearby places like: Whiteley Bank, Newchurch, Ninham, Adgestone, Apse Heath, Merstone, Lake, Winford, Godshill, Luccombe, Yaverland, Brading, Ventnor, Alverstone, Wroxall, Queens Bower, Arreton, Shanklin, and in these postcodes PO36 8NL, PO36 9AZ, PO36 8JB, PO36 8DG, PO36 6DD, PO36 8ER, PO36 8QF, PO36 8DN, PO36 8JT, PO36 8AU. Locally based Sandown fireplace specialists will probably have the phone code 01983 and the postcode PO36. Simply click on the "quote" form or banner to get details about fireplace installation in your area.
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Households in Brook Close, Devonia Gardens, Araluen Way, Cliff Way, Coach Lane, The Brambles, Salisbury Way, Brownlow Road, Avenue Road, The Warren, Currie Road, Sandown Road, Sandham Close, Blackpan Close, Bishops Close, Seagrove Drive, Carpenter Close, The Paddock, Chatsworth Mews, Town Lane, The Ridgeway, Culver Way, The Bull Ring, Skinners Hill, Alverstone Road, Sunnyhill Close, Stower Place, Stag Road, Clarendon Close, have needed fireplace installation recently. Fireplace restoration was also undertaken in these local Sandown postcodes: PO36 8NL, PO36 9AZ, PO36 8JB, PO36 8DG, PO36 6DD, PO36 8ER, PO36 8QF, PO36 8DN, PO36 8JT, PO36 8AU.
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