Fireplace Fitter St Albans Hertfordshire (AL1): A splendid way to add some character to any St Albans home is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those cold winters' evenings can even prove cheaper than certain central heating systems, providing that you have a good source of wood or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of hot water in the process.
There are a few crucial considerations you must think of before you begin any work, if you are going to establish a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your property. Any combustible appliance installed in residential homes in St Albans must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, and this applies to chimney breasts, fireplaces, flue linings and hearths. If you live in a listed building you will also need to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local council before any work commences.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a keen and competent do-it-yourselfer it is quite possible to restore a bricked-up fireplace, however the chances of encountering structural issues in many cases is high. If you are fortunate when you expose a stopped up fireplace you may find a decent lintel, hearth and chimney breast that involves nothing other than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. What you'll likely discover is a patch of old, crumbling bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a stopped up chimney.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause severe respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in St Albans with the experience and knowledge 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 properly and efficiently. Lethal carbon monoxide can develop from a fire burning inefficiently in an inadequately ventilated room.
To get past this concern a fireplace specialist in St Albans will assess the situation and install vents in the room, or underneath the floors, to guarantee a sufficient air flow for the fire to combust properly and safely. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and causing damp spots and staining, vents might need to be installed by the installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A huge amount of muck and soot can be released from a blocked up chimney when opening it up for restoration. It is good practice to remove any furniture, carpets and rugs from an area where you're planning to expose an old fireplace, to avoid them from being damaged by dust, soot and dirt that may be stirred up during the fireplace installation works. If you are performing a full restoration of a property or room, the fireplace should be opened up before any plastering or decorating is tackled. This will help to avoid any staining damage by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed restoration work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean any parts of hearth that may have been left in place. You should now get hold of your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. They'll be willing to offer you professional guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, regarding the condition of the chimney and if you need to exchange the existing flue liner.
After a chimney sweeps assessment it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as set out in Part J of the Building Regulations. These are jobs that should be done by a competent tradesman with a knowledge of the appropriate building regs and reliable construction skills.
If the size of the original fireplace is greater than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel should be put in. When you have successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now necessary to update or renovate the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it to comply with the latest building regs. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you may have to choose a custom-built hearth, but there are a wide variety of "off-the-shelf" hearths in concrete, slate or marble.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult amongst the various sizes, designs and shapes available from a fireplace showroom or online outlet. Not all fireplaces will be appropriate for your flue and chimney and it is wise to accept any advice and help from your installation team regarding your particular circumstances.
Certain homes and rooms will be more suited to an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. As an example, an inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop for a classic cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its charm and deflects the heat into the room.
Even if you don't have an existing chimney breast in your St Albans property, it is still possible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A pre-existing chimney isn't needed because the flue is taken directly from the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an external wall.
MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, GAS, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
The feel and ambience of a "real" fire cannot be beaten, however what alternatives are out there if this style of fireplace isn't possible within your St Albans property?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a range of fuels, (coal, oil, wood, gas) to establish a unique focal point in your home in St Albans. They can be utilised not simply for heating an individual room, but some styles like the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete house if they are plumbed into an existing radiator network.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of designs to suit all property types and their efficiency to warm a room is better than wood burners. A Gas Safe registered contractor must maintain and fit any gas fire in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe in 2009).
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a focal point for any room in your home and it has the capacity to burn almost any solid fuel that you can buy. In past times an open fire might have been associated with being inefficient, smoky and draughty, however a well fitted modern fireplace is a joy to behold while reclining in the warmth it provides.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to suit any property in St Albans, can be easily fitted by any reasonable competent person. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flames and even the crackling sound of wood to imitate an open fire when set into into an old fashioned fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become very popular in many homes in St Albans, and can have modern or classic styling to suit your decoration. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and could provide piping hot water for use around the home, or for heating in other rooms via radiators.
Fireplace installation is available in St Albans and also nearby in: The Camp, Marshalswick, Saint Julians, Gorehambury, Saint Stephens, Porters Wood, London Colney, Chiswell Green, Napsbury, Park Street, New Greens, Frogmore, Fleetville, Townsend, and in these postcodes AL1 1HE, AL1 1HL, AL1 1SZ, AL1 1QL, AL1, AL1 1HB, AL1 1RS, AL1 1RP, AL1 1HW, AL1 1DS. Locally based St Albans fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone code 01727 and the postcode AL1. Simply click the "quote" form or banner to get details about fireplace installation in your area.
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Around St Albans
Over the past 12 months fireplaces had been fitted in the following St Albans streets: Blenheim Road, Summerhill Court, Tennyson Road, Benbow Close, Abbots Avenue West, Beech Bottom, Brinklow Court, Arundel Grove, Station Road, The Uplands, Driftwood Avenue, Twyford Road, Acers, Abbey View Road, Sandridge Road, The Shrubberies, The Firs, The Courtyard, Salisbury Avenue, Cleveland Road, Thirlmere Drive, Burston Drive, Cornwall Road, Chequer Hill, Branch Road, Conquerors Hill, Caledon Road, Batchwood Gardens, Church End, and in these Hertfordshire postcodes: AL1 1HE, AL1 1HL, AL1 1SZ, AL1 1QL, AL1, AL1 1HB, AL1 1RS, AL1 1RP, AL1 1HW, AL1 1DS.
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