Fireplace Fitter Staines Surrey (TW18): Opening up a disused fireplace to fit a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is an effective way to add a bit of charm and a homely feel to your Staines home. Adding an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those cold winters' evenings can even prove to be more cost effective than some central heating systems, so long as you have a ready source of wood or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of hot water in the process.
Before you go chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you will need to think about to ensure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any combustible appliance installed within the home must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this applies to flue linings, chimney breasts, hearths and fireplaces. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you have to check with the local council to see if planning permission is required for a fireplace installation in your home.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodeling of a current fireplace can probably be accomplished by a skilled DIYer, but if any construction work is required there is a possibility of encountering structural problems that will need to be dealt with by a professional. If you're lucky when you expose a boarded fireplace you might find a decent lintel, chimney breast and hearth that requires nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. Much more likely you'll come across old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement and a blocked flue.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a specialist fireplace installer in Staines with the experience and knowledge to do the work safely. There always has to be a decent air flow into a room where there's a fireplace to guarantee sufficient levels of oxygen allow the fire to burn properly. If the airflow is not good enough then it's possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be lethal.
To overcome this issue a professional fireplace installation team will consider the situation and fit vents around the room, or under the flooring, to guarantee a satisfactory amount of air flow for the fire to burn properly and safely. They might have to fit vents in unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and lead to damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A large amount of soot and dust can be discharged from a bricked up chimney upon reopening it for renovation. A fireplace installer will bring coverings for your home furnishings and supply some form of protection, however it's sensible where possible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the room before any work starts. If you are lucky enough to be working on a complete room renovation then it should be one of the very first tasks to focus on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This stops any discolouration damage to any renovated work you might have already finished.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you are able to see the opening of your fireplace it's time to sweep and clean the chimney and hearth and identify what is fit for restoring. The very first item on your to-do list will be to bring in a professional chimney sweep. They will be able to provide you with expert advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the situation with the chimney structure and whether you need to replace the existing flue liner.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current Building Regulations must be followed. This sort of work must be done by a qualified tradesman with experience of the building regulations and good working practices.
If the size of the existing fireplace is greater than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel will have to be installed. Once this has been done the next phase for your fireplace installation in Staines will be to upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you'll have to raise it to observe the latest building regs. Pre-made solutions from marble, concrete or slate are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace fitter in Staines should be able to provide you with a bespoke, custom-made hearth to match your room style.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you pop along to a fireplace showroom you will find that you have lots of choice with a wide array of different choices available to you. Not all fireplaces might be appropriate for your existing chimney and flue and it's wise to accept any help and advice offered by your installation team in relation to your specific circumstances.
Certain rooms and houses will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. If you've got an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look striking set within it, and has the added benefit of reflecting the heat into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you do not have an existing chimney breast in your Staines home, it is still possible to install a wood burning or multi fuel stove. So long as you have an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be routed, you don't need an existing chimney in place to experience a "real" fire.
OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, ELECTRIC OR GAS FIREPLACE?
The ambience and charm of a "real" fire can't be matched, but what options are out there if this kind of fireplace isn't possible in your Staines home?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be used with various fuels, such as gas, oil, smokeless coal or wood, and become a focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Staines. The AGA range is renowned as being able to provide heating for an entire house, a supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one useful appliance.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and being more efficient when compared with open fireplaces or wood burning stoves, there are a whole host of styles to suit any period of property. Gas fireplaces must only be maintained and fitted by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (formerly CORGI registered).
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement any home in Staines, can easily be fitted by any reasonable competent individual. They can be set into conventional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish them from the genuine thing.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can make use of various fuels such as briquettes, smokeless coal, wood and other burnable materials. In the past an open fire might have been associated with being draughty, smoky and inefficient, but a professionally fitted fireplace is a joy to sit in front of and laze in the warm glow it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of properties in Staines, and can have classic or modern design to complement your home's decor. An integrated back boiler is an extra benefit and could provide piping hot water for personal use, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Fireplace installation is available in Staines and also in: Stanwell Moor, Datchet, Egham, Lyne, Virginia Water, East Bedfont, Stanwell, Old Windsor, Horton, Englefield Green, Poyle, Ashford, Fordbridge, Brands Hill, Colnbrook, Harmondsworth, Wraysbury, and in these postcodes TW18 1BY, TW18 1PW, TW18 1DF, TW18 1RT, TW15 3SF, TW18 1DP, TW18 1HH, TW18 1PP, TW18 1NE, TW18 1HB. Locally based Staines fireplace specialists will most likely have the phone code 01784 and the postcode TW18.
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Fireplace Installation work has recently been done in these Staines streets - Grosvenor Road, Prospect Place, Annie Brookes Close, Park Avenue, Murdoch Close, Avondale Avenue, Budebury Road, Thames Side, Ruskin Road, Berkeley Close, St Pinnock Avenue, Riverside Close, The Cygnets, Allyn Close, Mustard Mill Road, Riverside Drive, Garrick Close, Richmond Road, Island Close, Argosy Gardens, Penton Hall Drive, Bridge Close, Baden Close, Elmsleigh Road, Lammas Close, Church Street, Laleham Road, Victoria Road, Cherry Orchard, as well as these local Staines postcodes: TW18 1BY, TW18 1PW, TW18 1DF, TW18 1RT, TW15 3SF, TW18 1DP, TW18 1HH, TW18 1PP, TW18 1NE, TW18 1HB.
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Staines Information: Staines (or Staines-on-Thames) is a town located in the county of Surrey on the banks of the River Thames. It has been occupied since at least Roman times being an important crossing over the river for trade and communication. The Romans called it Ad Pontes or Pontes. Staines today has a population of around 18,000 and is a busy commuter town for those working in The City. The postcode for Staines is TW18 and the telephone dialling code for the area is 01784. Staines is situated about 4 miles from Ashford, 6 miles from Feltham, 15 miles from Guildford and 25 miles from central London. It is also very close to Heathrow Airport and Thorpe Park Resort. (Tags: Staines Surrey, Staines-on-Thames Surrey, Staines England)
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