Fireplace Fitter Stone Staffordshire (ST15): Putting in a new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Stone property is a great way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any room. Cold winter evenings can become very enjoyable as you sit in front of your fireplace listening to the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even enjoy cheap hot water too.
However before you start bashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some essential considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. Any work that is undertaken on your flue lining, chimney breast, fireplace and hearth must comply with the United Kingdom's Building Regs, Part J for combustible appliances. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you should check with local authorities to find out if planning permission is necessary for a fireplace installation in your property.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic restoration of a current fireplace can perhaps be completed by a competent DIY enthusiast, but if any construction work is required there is a possibility of encountering structural issues which have to be handled by a professional. It might be your good fortune when you remove the boarding surrounding an old fireplace to find a hidden gem that needs nothing more than a quick clean and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What's more typical however is an area of crumbling brickwork covering a blocked flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
A poorly fitted fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace installer in Stone with the knowledge and experience to do the job effectively. Airflow must be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it is a key requirement of Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. Deadly carbon monoxide can accumulate from a fire burning inefficiently in an inadequately ventilated space.
To get past this issue a fireplace specialist in Stone will consider the situation and install vents in the room, or beneath the floor, to ensure a satisfactory airflow for the fire to combust efficiently and safely. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also have to have air vents fitted since they can sometimes trap moist air and cause damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It's astonishing how much grime and soot can accumulate inside an old chimney and you will not know exactly what's there until you proceed to open it up. A thoughtful Stone fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and provide some form of protection, however it is wise where possible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the area before work commences. If you're installing a fireplace as part of a larger home renovation project then it ought to be one of the initial things to be completed once you've taken the room back to its bare floors and walls. This should help to avoid any impairment by soot and other chimney dirt to any completed restoration work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace revealed, it's time to see what needs to be renovated or replaced and give the hearth and chimney a comprehensive clean. The first job on your checklist should be to contact a competent chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and whilst doing so will be able to check the structural condition of the chimney and offer you advice on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
It could be essential to put in a new flue liner to conform to the all important UK Building Regulations, and construction may also be needed to beef up the existing chimney and chimney breast. These are projects that should be done by a capable builder with a knowledge of the relevant building regs and reliable construction skills.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are greater than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel must be put in. When you have supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be time to update or renovate the hearth. You might discover that the original hearth has been sunken into a floor void, but to abide by current building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. Pre-made options from concrete, slate or marble are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace fitter in Stone may be able to offer you a bespoke, made to measure hearth to fit in with your room style.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will reveal the choices that are available for the different designs and styles of fireplaces. The advice and recommendations from your fireplace installers, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace that is both suited to your existing chimney and flue, as well as for your home's decor.
Some homes and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For example, a wood burning stove looks amazing set into an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm and character of the stove and reflecting the heat into the room effectively.
If your Stone property doesn't have a chimney breast you still have options for a feature fireplace by putting in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A pre-existing chimney is not needed since a stainless steel flue is taken straight from the rear or top of the stove and taken out through an external wall.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the crackling of a natural fire on a cold winters' evening, however if your circumstances do not allow for this, what alternatives are available?
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by any competent person and there are styles and designs which are suitable for just about any room and house in Stone. Can be set into conventional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of some electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish one from the genuine article.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with a range of fuels, including wood, gas, coal or oil, to establish a unique focal point in your home in Stone. Some styles, like the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, can also be used for generating hot water, cooking and heating your entire property.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is an eye-catching focal point for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. In past times an open fire might have had a reputation of being draughty, inefficient and smoky, but a professionally installed fireplace is wonderful to watch while basking in the warmth it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide variety of styles to suit any kind of home in Stone, and can even be a freestanding feature. An integrated 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.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of different designs to suit all types of house and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe certified technician must fit and maintain any gas fireplace in your property, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Fireplace installation is available in Stone and also in nearby places like: Eccleshall, Rough Close, Weston, Walton, Stonefield, Little Stoke, Sandon, Great Bridgeford, Hilderstone, Milwich, Cotes Heath, Cold Meece, Cresswell, Tittensor, Swynnerton, Barlaston, Fulford, Moddershall, and in these postcodes ST15 0TT, ST15 0JQ, ST15 0NG, ST15 0DG, ST15 0FS, ST15 0GD, ST15 0LE, ST15 0SS, ST15 0YS, ST15 0JD. Locally based Stone fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode ST15 and the telephone dialling code 01785. Click on the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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People who live in the following areas and roads have just recently requested fireplace installation - Back Radfords, Park Avenue, Whitemill Lane, Foxwood Close, Coppice Gardens, Hawthorn Avenue, Phillips Close, Wedgwood Avenue, Boundary Close, Harding Grove, Trent Road, Barnfield Close, Fieldsway, Westover Drive, Holly Grove, Windsor Close, Millstone Court, Albert Street, Hoskings Close, Joules Drive, Northesk Street, Blundell Drive, Newlands Close, Tudor Close, Granville Square, Adies Alley, Beacon Grove, Aston Chase, as well as the following local Stone postcodes: ST15 0TT, ST15 0JQ, ST15 0NG, ST15 0DG, ST15 0FS, ST15 0GD, ST15 0LE, ST15 0SS, ST15 0YS, ST15 0JD.
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