Fireplace Fitter St Helens Merseyside (WA11): Opening up a disused fireplace to install a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is a wonderful way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to your St Helens home. Nippy winters' evenings can become a pleasure as you relax in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even enjoy a plentiful supply of hot water as well.
However before you start knocking down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some vital things to consider if you are to end up with a safe and efficient fireplace. Any combustible appliance within domestic homes in St Helens must follow Part J of the Building Regs, and this applies to chimney breasts, flue linings, fireplaces and hearths. Planning permission may also be necessary before work commences if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the remodeling work on a blocked up fireplace if you have the ability needed, but structural and safety problems are often discovered which need to be resolved professionally. If you're lucky when you open up a stopped up fireplace you may find a decent lintel, hearth and chimney breast that needs nothing other than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get it ready for a fire once more. Much more likely you will discover old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not just a fire risk to your home, but there can also be associated health hazards, which is why it is best to bring in an experienced St Helens installation company for fireplaces. A major part of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn properly and efficiently. Lethal carbon monoxide fumes can soon build up from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated room.
To successfully get around any airflow problems, vents could be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. They may have to install vents in unused chimney flues which can trap condensing air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A huge amount of soot and dust can be released from a bricked up chimney upon opening it up for restoration. Even with coverings for your furniture, the risk of damage from dirt and soot is still likely and it's advisable to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace restoration work commences. If you're lucky enough to be carrying out a full home restoration project then it should be one of the very first jobs to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This should help to avoid any harm by soot and other chimney dirt to any previously completed work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean any hearth that remains in place. The very first item on your agenda will be to bring in a professional chimney sweep. They'll not only make sure that your flue and chimney are clean, but they can additionally take a look at the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide guidance about whether you need to replace any part of the flue and chimney.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all UK Building Regulations must be complied with. These are jobs that need to be done by a capable tradesman with a good understanding of the relevant regulations and sound construction skills.
If the size of the original fireplace is larger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel must be installed. Once this has been completed the next phase for your St Helens fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. In earlier times the hearth was set into the floor, however current building regulations require it to be raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf options from marble, concrete or slate are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in St Helens should be able to offer you a bespoke, custom-made hearth to match the style of your room.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will reveal the options available for the different fireplace designs and styles. Not all fireplaces might be appropriate for your chimney and flue therefore it is sensible to accept any help and advice offered by your installation team in relation to your particular circumstances.
Some properties and rooms will be more suited to open fireplaces than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks marvelous set back in an inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm and character of the stove and reflecting the heat into the room to good effect.
A wood burner is also a good choice if your St Helens home doesn't have a chimney breast. So long as you've got an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be channeled, you don't need an existing chimney in place to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fire on a dark winters' evening, however if your circumstances do not allow for this, what are the other alternatives?
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room and it has the capacity to burn almost any solid fuel available on the market. A skillfully installed modern open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was boarded up by past owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any house in St Helens.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in a lot of properties in St Helens, and can have classic or modern design to match your furnishings. If coupled with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for other use around the house.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of styles to suit all property types and their efficiency to warm a room is better than wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and installed by a Gas Safe certified tradesperson.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates they can be used with a range of fuels, such as wood, gas, oil or smokeless coal, and become an attractive focal point in any kitchen or lounge in St Helens. The AGA range for instance is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the whole home, a supply of hot water and a cooker all in one unit.
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted easily and safely by anyone who's reasonable competent and there are styles and varieties which are suitable for just about any room and property in St Helens. Even if your room has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire which looks almost like a "real" fire can be installed.
Fireplace installation is available in St Helens and also in: Peasley Cross, Eccleston, Thatto Heath, Haresfinch, Windle Island, Sutton Heath, Merton Bank, West Park, Sutton Leach, Rainford, Rainhill, Dentons Green, Windlehurst, and in these postcodes WA10 1QA, WA10 1AX, WA10 1LH, WA10 1AG, WA10 1TY, WA10 1BH, WA10 1EN, WA10 1AJ, L34 2QT, WA10 1PY. Locally based St Helens fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode WA11 and the telephone code 01744. Simply click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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Around St Helens
Over the last 12 months fireplaces were professionally installed in the following St Helens streets: Sankey Street, Somerset Street, Swisspine Gardens, Clipsley Crescent, Applecorn Close, Bracken Court, Coniston Way, Chestnut Grove, Bideford Avenue, The Avenue, Abbots Hall Avenue, Cedar Grove, Barlow Grove, Ainsworth Road, Sandon Grove, Cromdale Grove, Chisledon Close, Tennis Street, Shaftway Close, Sycamore Close, Simonstone Grove, Dorset Road, Burnage Avenue, Churchill Gardens, Alice Street, Brisbane Street, Sandringham Drive, Crown Street, Birchfield Street, Consett Road, and in these Merseyside postcodes: WA10 1QA, WA10 1AX, WA10 1LH, WA10 1AG, WA10 1TY, WA10 1BH, WA10 1EN, WA10 1AJ, L34 2QT, WA10 1PY.
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