Fireplace Fitter Shipley West Yorkshire (BD17): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to put in a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is an effective way to add a homely feel and some charm to any Shipley home. The addition of an open fire or wood burning stove for those chilly winters' evenings can even prove to be more economical than some central heating systems, as long as you've got a regular source of timber. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful hot water at the same time.
Before you begin bashing 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 combustible appliance installed in the home must comply with Part J of the Building Regs, and this applies to flue linings, fireplaces, chimney breasts and hearths. If your home is a listed building you'll also have to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work can begin.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the renovation work to a pre-existing fireplace if you have the ability to do so, but structural and safety issues are often discovered which need to be resolved professionally. It might be that in order to get a fire roaring in your fireplace once again you need nothing more than a quick clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What is more typical however is a jumble of old brickwork covering a stopped up flue, and also requires some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Shipley with the experience and knowledge to do the job safely. Airflow has to be adequate in any room which has a fireplace; and it is a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. Not enough oxygen means the fire won't burn effectively, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide could occur, which can cause breathing problems or even death.
To safely get around any problems with air flow, vents may be fitted around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. They might also have to fit vents in unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Opening up an old fireplace can cause huge amounts of grime and soot to enter your room. Even with coverings for your furniture, the likelihood of impairment from soot and dirt is still possible and it's advisable to remove your furniture and carpets before any fireplace renovation work commences. If you're lucky enough to be carrying out a complete home restoration project then it should be one of the first jobs to work on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This helps prevent any discolouring damage to any renovated work you may have already completed.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clean any parts of hearth that can be re-used. You should now contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. Not only will they make sure that your chimney and flue are clean, but they can also investigate the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer advice about whether you need to upgrade any part of the flue and chimney.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant UK Building Regulations must be complied with. This kind of work needs to be accomplished by a competent person who is familiar with the current building regulations and good working practices.
In older buildings you might discover the existing fireplace is too wide for your needs, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be necessary to modify the opening. When you've supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now time to renovate or upgrade the hearth. In earlier times the hearth was set into the floor, but current building regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf solutions from marble, concrete or slate are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace fitter in Shipley may be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match the style of your room.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you visit a fireplace showroom you will find that you have lots of choice with the array of different options open to you. The advice and suggestions from your fireplace installers, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace that is both perfect for your flue and chimney, as well as for your decor.
Whether you go for a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will depend on the all round look you are trying to create, your existing decor and maybe, your home's age. For example, a cast iron wood burner looks wonderful set into an inglenook fireplace, which highlights the charm and character of the stove and also deflects the heat back into the room effectively.
Even if you do not have a chimney in your Shipley home, it is still feasible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. This kind of fireplace can be fitted with a flue which is channeled through an external wall and does not require a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
OPEN, GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
The ambience and feel of a log fire cannot be matched, but what alternatives are out there if this style of fireplace isn't possible in your Shipley property?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various different fuels, including gas, oil, wood or coal, to create an attractive focal point in your house in Shipley. Some styles, like the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, can also be used for generating hot water, cooking and heating your whole house.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fires an extremely popular choice for Shipley homes without a chimney breast. Even if your house has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be installed that looks almost like a "real" fire with dancing flames.
Wood Burning Stoves - A multitude of styles to suit any type of property in Shipley, and can even be freestanding. A back boiler is an added benefit and could provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or for heating in other rooms via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a focus for any room and it has the capacity to burn almost any solid fuel available on the market. In the old days an open fire may have had a reputation of being inefficient, draughty and smoky, but a professionally installed modern fireplace is wonderful to watch while reclining in the warmth it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of styles to suit all home types and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. A Gas Safe registered engineer must maintain and install any gas fireplace in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe in 2009).
Fireplace installation is available in Shipley and also in: Bolton Outlanes, Heaton, Baildon, Idle Moor, Manningham, Esholt, Thackley, Wrose, Apperley Bridge, Yeadon, Windhill, Harden, Eldwick, Five Lane Ends, Cottingley, Charlestown, and in these postcodes BD18 1AY, BD18 1DZ, BD17 5WJ, BD18 1EH, BD18 1DU, BD18 1AD, BD18 1EZ, BD17 5HU, BD18 1BN, BD18 1EN. Locally based Shipley fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone code 01274 and the postcode BD17.
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Over the past twelve months fireplaces were fitted in these Shipley streets: Claremont Avenue, Ashburn Grove, Croft Street, Sherwood Grove, Thorn Close, Claremont Grove, The Holt, The Leys, Coach Road, Tennis Way, Bankfield Drive, Albert Avenue, Thornhill Grove, Brookfield Avenue, Borrins Way, Coverdale Way, Castlemore Road, Birch Cliff, Bankfield Avenue, Temple Rhydding, Childs Lane, Scarborough Road, The Grove, Tong Park, Castle Road, Temple Rhydding Drive, Avondale Crescent, St Anthonys Gardens, and in these West Yorkshire postcodes: BD18 1AY, BD18 1DZ, BD17 5WJ, BD18 1EH, BD18 1DU, BD18 1AD, BD18 1EZ, BD17 5HU, BD18 1BN, BD18 1EN.
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