Fireplace Fitter Thatcham Berkshire (RG18): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to fit a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is a great way to add character and a homely feel to your Thatcham home. Chilly winters' evenings can become very enjoyable as you sit back beside your fireplace surrounded by the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even enjoy a plentiful supply of hot water as well.
There are some important considerations to make before you start any work, in order to establish a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your property. Any combustible appliance installed in domestic homes in Thatcham must comply with Part J of the Building Regs, and this covers chimney breasts, flue linings, hearths and fireplaces. Planning permission may also be needed before work begins if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward renovation of an existing fireplace can be completed by a keen DIY person, however if any construction work is needed there's a chance of running into structural issues that will have to be resolved by a professional. You might be lucky when you uncover the old fireplace and find that you need nothing more than a good chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get a fire roaring. It is much more likely that you will discover a stopped up flue and old brickwork that needs structural modifications.
Owing to the acute health and fire risk problems that can result from an incorrectly fitted or restored fireplace, it is preferable to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a certified fireplace installer in Thatcham. Airflow must be sufficient in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations that this is the case. Lethal carbon monoxide fumes can build up from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated space.
To get past this issue a professional Thatcham fireplace installer will assess the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or under the floor, to ensure an adequate air flow for the fire to combust safely and properly. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also need to have air vents fitted since they can sometimes trap moist air within them and cause damp to occur inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Having a fireplace opened up can create huge amounts of soot and muck. It is wise to remove any rugs, carpets and furniture from a room where you are planning to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them being affected by muck, soot and dust that may be whipped up during the fireplace installation work. If you are lucky enough to be carrying out a complete home renovation project then it should be one of the initial tasks to focus on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This will help to avoid any damage by soot and other chimney dirt to any completed renovation work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace uncovered, it's time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated or replaced and give the chimney and hearth a good clean. Bringing in a proper chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the initial items on the to-do-list. They will be willing to provide expert guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, concerning the situation with the chimney and whether it is advisable to replace the existing liner.
Following a chimney sweeps examination it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as set out in Part J of the Building Regulations. This work should be tackled by a competent person who is familiar with the building regulations and good working practices.
If the size of the original fireplace is larger than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel must be put in. When your lintel is safely in place you can now get on with the updating, renovation and installation of the fireplace hearth. You may find your existing hearth has been set into a void in the floor, however to be in accordance with latest building regulations it must be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to purchase a bespoke, custom-built hearth, but there are also a whole host of ready-made hearths in marble, slate or concrete.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you will find that you have plenty of choice with the range of different choices open to you. The suggestions and advice from your sales and installation team, which will be based on your particular requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace which is both suited to your chimney and flue, and suited to your home's decor.
Certain rooms and houses will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. As an example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its charm and deflects the heat into the room.
Even if your Thatcham property hasn't got a chimney breast you still have options for a fireplace feature by installing a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This form of fireplace can be fitted with a flue that's taken through an outside wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be installed safely.
GAS, OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the flickering of an open fireplace on a cool winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't permit this, what other options are on offer?
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent individual and there are styles and designs that are suitable for virtually any room and property in Thatcham. Even if your room has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a genuine fire with multi-coloured flames.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a range of fuels, (oil, wood, gas, coal) to generate a unique focal point in your house in Thatcham. Some designs, like the AGA range, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole home.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide array of different styles to suit any period of property in Thatcham, and can even be freestanding. An integrated back boiler is an extra benefit and can provide piping hot water for use around the home, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a wide range of styles to suit your home and are more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces. Have to be professionally maintained and fitted by a Gas Safe certified engineer.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can make use of different fuels such as wood, briquettes, smokeless coal and other combustible materials. In past times an open fire might have had a reputation of being draughty, smoky and inefficient, however a well fitted fireplace is wonderful to watch while lounging in the warm glow it provides.
Fireplace installation is available in Thatcham and also nearby in: Miles's Green, Heads Hill, Midgham, Brimpton, Crookham Common, Marlston Hermitage, Ashmore Green, Beenham, Shaw, Curridge, Greenham, Newbury, Cold Ash, Stanford Dingley, Upper Woolhampton, Colthrop, Reading, Bucklebury, Bradfield Southend, Benham Hill, Tutts Clump, The Slade, Upper Bucklebury, Henwick, Bishops Green, and in these postcodes RG18 3FF, RG18 3RP, RG18 3AT, RG18 3GR, RG18 3HP, RG18 3AW, RG18 4BQ, RG18 3GG, RG14 2RA, RG18 3FX. Locally based Thatcham fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode RG18 and the telephone code 01635. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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