Fireplace Fitter Sudbury Suffolk (CO10): Installing a brand new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Sudbury property is a great way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. Nippy winter evenings can become a joy as you relax in front of your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can also benefit from cheap hot water as well.
Before you go chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you'll need to consider to make certain you can safely install and use your new fireplace. All work must adhere to Part J of the Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of chimney breasts, flue linings, hearths and fireplaces of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your property is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the renovation work on a blocked up fireplace if you have the ability to do so, but there is always a problem in finding safety and structural problems which need to be resolved professionally. It might be your good fortune when you pull back the covering from an old fireplace to uncover a hidden treasure that needs nothing more than a quick clean and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a fire roaring once again. However, what you'll most likely discover is a patch of crumbling bricks that hides issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a professional fireplace company in Sudbury with the knowledge and experience to install it safely. A major part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for a fire to burn efficiently and properly. Lethal carbon monoxide fumes can soon build up from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fireplace to get sufficient oxygen to burn safely and efficiently at all times. They might also have to install vents into unused chimney flues which can trap condensing air and result in staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A huge amount of grime and soot can be released from a blocked up fireplace when opening it up for restoration. It's advisable to remove any rugs, furniture and carpets from an area where you're planning to expose an old fireplace, to prevent them being affected by dust, grime and soot that may be whipped up during the fireplace installation work. If you are engaging in a full restoration of a property or room, the fireplace should be opened up before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. By opening up a fireplace first you will prevent any soot from the chimney causing damage to other parts of your project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clean any parts of hearth that may have been left in place. Contacting a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the first things on the to-do-list. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and whilst doing this will be able to inspect the condition of the chimney and provide you with advice on whether you need a new flue liner.
After a chimney sweeps examination it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or/and install a new flue lining as laid down in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This sort of work must be completed by a qualified person who is familiar with the appropriate building regulations and decent working practices.
If the size of the original fireplace is bigger than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel should be installed. When your new lintel is in position and secure you may now proceed with the installation, upgrade and repair of the fireplace hearth. You might discover that the original hearth has been set into the floor, but to conform to latest building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. Pre-made solutions from concrete, marble or slate are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace installer in Sudbury should be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match your room style.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
If you visit a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with a wide array of different options open to you. Not all fireplaces may be suitable for your flue and chimney therefore it is wise to accept any advice and help offered by your sales and installation team regarding your particular circumstances.
You home's age, and the style that you are trying to create for your room, will all help you to decide on the type and design of fireplace that's most suitable for you. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its charm and reflects the heat into the room.
A cast iron wood burner is also an excellent choice if your Sudbury property doesn't have a chimney breast. A pre-existing chimney isn't required as the flue is taken straight from the top or rear of the stove and channeled through an exterior wall.
OPEN, GAS, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a log fire can't be surpassed, however what options are available if this type of fireplace isn't possible in your Sudbury home?
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of homes in Sudbury, and can have classic or modern design to suit your home's decor. An integrated back boiler is an extra benefit and can provide hot water for personal use, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is an eye-catching focal point for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can purchase. An open fire is a delight to the eye and modern fireplaces are no more the draughty, inefficient and smoky things they were in the past.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a range of designs to suit any property and are generally more efficient than wood burners. A Gas Safe certified engineer must fit and maintain any gas fire in your property.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various different fuels, including coal, wood, oil or gas, to generate a unique focal point in your property in Sudbury. They can be utilised not merely for heating a single room, but some designs such as the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the whole home when plumbed into a system of radiators.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent individual and there are varieties that are appropriate for virtually any room and type of house in Sudbury. Can be set into traditional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of some electric fires it can often be difficult to distinguish one from the real thing.
Fireplace installation is available in Sudbury and also in: Clare, Great Waldingfield, Glemsford, Bulmer, Middleton, Borley Green, Brundon, Great Cornard, Long Melford, Cavendish, Newton, Belchamp St Paul, Little Waldingfield, Little Cornard, Acton, and in these postcodes CO10 1LN, CO10 1GD, CO10 1GY, CO10 1QB, CO10 1NL, CO10 1QP, CO10 1LB, CO10 0AA, CO10 1BL, CO10 1QA. Local Sudbury fireplace specialists will most likely have the dialling code 01787 and the postcode CO10.
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Some Sudbury streets and roads where fireplace installation work has recently been undertaken - Bullocks Lane, Northern Road, Chilton Court, Highview Close, Nelson Road, Middleton Road, Brundon Lane, Hitchcock Place, Priory Walk, Colneys Close, Acton Lane, Newton Croft, Constitution Hill, Friars Street, Priory Road, Chilton Lodge Road, Cavendish Way, Drury Drive, Rubens Walk, Minden Road, Windermere Road, Ashmere Rise, Mount View, Tudor Close, Cross Street, Hawkins Road, Raleigh Close, Cat's Lane, as well as these local Sudbury postcodes: CO10 1LN, CO10 1GD, CO10 1GY, CO10 1QB, CO10 1NL, CO10 1QP, CO10 1LB, CO10 0AA, CO10 1BL, CO10 1QA.
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