Fireplace Fitter Swadlincote Derbyshire (DE11): Putting in a brand new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Swadlincote home is a splendid way to add character and a homely feel to any room. Chilly winter evenings can become a pleasure as you sit back in front of your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also enjoy a plentiful supply of hot water too.
Before you begin bashing away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you will need to think about to make sure you can safely install and use your new fireplace. Any work which is carried out on your fireplace, chimney breast, hearth and flue lining must conform to the UK's Part J Building Regs for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also be necessary before work commences if your property is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be able to do some of the work in restoring an existing fireplace if you have the skills needed, but there is always a problem in finding structural and safety issues which need to be resolved professionally. If you are fortunate when you expose a boarded fireplace you may find a decent chimney breast, hearth and lintel that needs nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. What's more common however is a swathe of old brickwork that conceals a blocked flue, and also requires some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause severe respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace company in Swadlincote with the knowledge and experience to do the work effectively. Airflow must be sufficient in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. If the airflow is not good enough then it's possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be deadly.
To successfully get over any issues with air flow, vents may need to be fitted in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and creating staining and damp spots, vents might need to be fitted by the installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A substantial amount of soot and dirt can be released from a bricked up chimney when opening it up for restoration. A decent Swadlincote fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and supply a bit of protection, but it's advisable where possible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the room before work starts in earnest. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of an overall restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be completed after you have got the room back to its bare floors and walls. This will help to avoid any damage by soot and dirt to any completed renovation work.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clean any hearth that is still in position. The first job on your to-do list should be to call in a professional chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and while doing so will check the structural condition of the chimney and provide you with guidance on whether you need a new flue lining.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all relevant Building Regulations must be followed to the letter. These are projects that need to be done by a skilled craftsman with knowledge of the applicable regulations and sound construction skills.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are greater than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel should be installed. When you've successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now possible to repair or upgrade the hearth. In past times the hearth was sunken into a void in the floor, but current regulations require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is not a standard size you may have to purchase a tailor-made hearth, however there are also a whole host of ready-made hearths in concrete, marble or slate.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the array of different choices open to you. It is possible that because of your existing chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that certain fireplaces might not be suitable, and it pays to follow the the advice and recommendations of the fireplace company with respect to this.
Certain rooms and houses will be more suited to an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop for a classic cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you haven't got a chimney in your Swadlincote home, it's still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. As long as you've got an exterior wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you do not need a chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
WOOD, GAS, OPEN, MULTI-FUEL OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The ambience and charm of a "real" fire cannot be beaten, but what options are out there if this form of fireplace isn't possible in your Swadlincote property?
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces or wood burning stoves, there are a wide variety of styles to suit any period of property. A Gas Safe certified engineer must install and maintain any gas fire in your property.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be used with a range of fuels, such as wood, smokeless coal, oil or gas, and become a focal point in any living room or kitchen in Swadlincote. The AGA range for example is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the whole home, a constant hot water supply and an oven and hob for cooking all in one unit.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a stunning focal point for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can purchase. A professionally fitted modern open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was blocked up by earlier owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any property in Swadlincote.
Wood Burning Stoves - An array of styles to suit any type of property in Swadlincote, and can even be a freestanding feature. A model with an integrated back boiler will supply additional heating by transferring the heated water to a radiator in a cold spot of your property.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by anyone who is reasonable competent and there are styles and designs that are appropriate for any room and type of home in Swadlincote. Contemporary electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to replicate a real open fire when set into into a conventional fireplace.
Fireplace installations are available in Swadlincote and also in nearby places like: Albert Village, Linton, Blackfordby, Smisby, Castle Gresley, Rosliston, Stanton, Newhall, Hartshorne, Burton-on-Trent, Woodville, Midway, Drakelow, Overseal, Church Gresley, Stapenhill, and in these postcodes DE11 0PJ, DE11 0BN, DE11 0WP, DE11 1EB, DE11 0AB, DE11 8FE, DE11 8JA, DE11 0AD, DE11 0AQ, DE11 8EP. Local Swadlincote fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone code 01283 and the postcode DE11. Simply click the "quote" banner to get details about fireplace installation in your area.
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Searching On the Internet For Fireplace Installation
These days the vast majority of folks in Swadlincote who are trying to find tradesmen and services of any sort are inclined to "Google it", in other words search for them online. Actually, you more than likely used Yahoo, Ask, Google or Bing to locate the web page you are reading at this point. The truth is that the listings on the first page of the notable search engines might not be exactly the results that you were expecting. When you are trying to locate fireplace installers for example, you'll go to a search engine like Google or Yahoo and enter "fireplace installation Swadlincote", "Swadlincote fireplace installation", "fireplace installation near me" or "fireplace installation in Swadlincote".
All the same, you will swiftly come to discover that most of the consequential page 1 listings on those search engines will either be entries from major lead generating sites such as Local Heroes, Quotatis, Checkatrade, Rated People, TrustaTrader or My Builder, online directories like ThreeBestRated, Yelp, Yell or Cyclex, or "pay per click" advertisements that the search engine has placed there. So as to discover the web sites of bona fide fireplace installers, you'll need to scroll to page two and three or perhaps even lower down the search engine results.
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