Fireplace Fitter Smethwick West Midlands (B66): A splendid way to add a bit of character to any Smethwick property is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Adding an open fire or wood burning stove for those chilly winters' evenings can even prove to be less expensive than some central heating systems, as long as you've got a good source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of hot water at the same time.
There are some important considerations you must think of before you start any work, if you are going to establish an efficient, safe and attractive fireplace in your property. All work carried out must observe Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the construction and installation of hearths, chimney breasts, flue linings and fireplaces of any combustible appliance. If you live in a listed building you will also need to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work commences.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be able to do some of the restoration work on a pre-existing fireplace if you've got the skills needed, however there is always a problem in finding structural and safety problems which need to be resolved professionally. It may be that so as to get a fire burning once more you will need little more than a good clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. More likely you'll discover old brickwork that needs structural modifications and a blocked flue.
A wrongly installed fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace installer in Smethwick with the experience and knowledge to install it effectively. A key part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for the fire to burn efficiently and safely. If the airflow is not good enough then it's possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to receive ample oxygen to burn safely and effectively all the time. They might have to install air vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Opening up an old fireplace can cause large amounts of soot and dirt to enter your house. It is sensible to remove any rugs, furniture and carpets from a room where you are going to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them being damaged by soot, dirt and dust that might be disturbed during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning work. If you are conducting a complete restoration of a room or property, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is undertaken. By opening up a fireplace first you will stop any chimney soot causing staining damage to other parts of your restoration project, such as paint on walls or fresh plasterwork.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Now you can see the fireplace opening it's time to sweep and clean the chimney and hearth and figure out what can be repaired. You now ought to contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. They'll be willing to provide you with expert guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, concerning the condition of the structure of the chimney and if it would be advisable to upgrade the existing lining.
After a chimney sweep's assessment it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast in accordance with Part J of the Building Regulations. An experienced fireplace installer in Smethwick will be needed to carry out this task, and will have the knowledge and skills in construction to follow all regulations.
If it is necessary to modify the size of opening of your original fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a supporting lintel will have to be installed. When you have successfully supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now time to repair or upgrade the hearth. You might discover that your existing hearth has been set into a floor void, but to be in accordance with latest regulations it must be raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from marble, concrete or slate are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Smethwick should be able to provide you with a bespoke, custom-made hearth to fit in with the style of your room.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the alternatives that are available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. Not all fireplaces might be suitable for your flue and chimney therefore it is sensible to accept any advice and guidance offered by your installation team with regards to your specific circumstances.
The age of your property, and the theme that you're trying to establish for your room, should all help you to decide upon the type and design of fireplace that's most suitable for you. If you have an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look spectacular in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting the heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
A wood-burning stove is also a splendid option if your Smethwick property doesn't have a chimney breast. Provided that you have an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the stove can be channeled, you do not need a pre-existing chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy a "real" fire.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply cannot be beaten, however what are the other options available to install in your new fireplace in Smethwick?
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Smethwick properties that don't have a chimney. Modern electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to mimic an open fire when set into into an old fashioned fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide selection of styles to suit any period of home in Smethwick, and can even be freestanding. If fitted with a back boiler can provide steaming hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your house.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can be used with various fuels such as briquettes, smokeless coal, wood and other combustible materials. An expertly installed modern open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was perhaps bricked up by former owners, and its glowing elegance is a welcome addition to any home in Smethwick.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be used with various fuels, such as oil, gas, wood or coal, and become an attractive focal point in any living room or kitchen in Smethwick. The AGA style is renowned as being able to provide heating for an entire home, a supply of hot water and an oven and hob for cooking all in one useful appliance.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of different styles to suit all property types and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burners. A Gas Safe registered contractor must fit and maintain any gas fire in your property.
Fireplace installation is available in Smethwick and also in: Beech Lane, Harborne, Bearwood, French Walls, Rood End, Chad Valley, Handsworth, Bournbrook, Winson Green, Browns Green, Selly Oak, West Smethwick, Londonderry, Langley Green, Ladywood, and in these postcodes B66 1PT, B66 1QL, B66 1BA, B16 0NA, B66 2AF, B66 1DE, B66 1JE, B66 2DA, B66 2BX, B66 1BQ. Locally based Smethwick fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode B66 and the telephone dialling code 0121.
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