Fireplace Fitter Tonbridge Kent (TN9): An excellent way to add character to any Tonbridge property is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. If you combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove during the chilly winters' evenings, you'll also be provided with plenty of hot water.
However before you start bashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some vital things to consider to achieve a safe and efficient fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed within residential homes in Tonbridge must follow Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, and this applies to fireplaces, chimney breasts, flue linings and hearths. If you live in a designated conservation area or a listed building you should check with local council to see if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your home.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward remodel of a pre-existing fireplace can generally be executed by a skilled DIYer, however if any building work is required there is a chance of running into structural problems that have to be addressed by a professional. You may be fortunate when you uncover the old fireplace and find you need little more than a good clean out of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney in order to get a fire roaring. What you will likely find is an area of old, crumbling bricks that conceals issues such as a lintel that needs replacing or a stopped up chimney.
An incorrectly installed fireplace can cause significant fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace company in Tonbridge with the knowledge and experience to do the job effectively. There must always be enough airflow into a room where a fireplace is installed to ensure adequate quantities of oxygen allow the fire to burn safely. If there's not enough airflow then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
It may be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fire to receive adequate oxygen to burn safely and properly at all times. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also have to have air vents fitted since they can sometimes trap moist air within them causing damp to build up inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is astonishing just how much soot and grime can accumulate inside an old chimney and fireplace and you won't know what's there until you proceed to open it up. Even with coverings for your furniture, the chance of damage from soot and dirt is still possible and it is advised to remove your furniture and carpets before any fireplace restoration work starts. If you're conducting a complete renovation of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. By opening a fireplace first you'll stop any soot from the chimney causing damage to other phases of your project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plasterwork.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace opened up, it is time to see what needs to be renovated or replaced and to give the chimney and hearth a good cleaning. The first item on your to-do list will be to contact a competent chimney sweep. They'll not only make sure that your flue and chimney are completely clean, but they can also take a look at the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide guidance about whether you need to upgrade any section of the chimney and flue.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant UK Building Regulations must be adhered to. This kind of work should be tackled by a competent tradesman who is acquainted with the building regulations and decent construction practices.
If you need to adjust the width of opening of your original fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a supporting concrete lintel should be installed. When you've supported your fireplace with a new lintel it is now possible to update or repair the hearth. In the past the hearth would be set into the floor, but current regulations require it to be raised above floor level. Ready-made options from concrete, slate or marble are available to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Tonbridge may be able to offer you a bespoke, made to measure hearth to complement your room style.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will show the options available for the different fireplace styles and designs. Not all fireplaces may be suitable for your chimney and flue and it is sensible to accept any advice offered by your sales and installation team in relation to your particular circumstances.
Some homes and rooms will be more suitable for an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For instance, a wood burner looks great set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the character and charm of the stove and reflecting the heat into the room effectively.
Even if you do not have a pre-existing chimney in your Tonbridge home, it is still possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. Provided that you've got an external wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you don't need to have an existing chimney structure to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
ELECTRIC, WOOD, OPEN, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a log fire can't be matched, however what options are out there if this kind of fireplace is not possible within your Tonbridge home?
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a range of designs to suit any property and are more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and fitted by a Gas Safe registered tradesperson.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for your room and can utilise an assortment of solid fuels. An expertly fitted open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was boarded up by earlier owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any property in Tonbridge.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Tonbridge can benefit from the fitting of a wood burner, which can be found in an array of designs, and can even be installed freestanding. If fitted with a back boiler they can provide piping hot water for radiators or for use around the house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use wood, oil, gas and coal to deliver a multipurpose stove for any property in Tonbridge. Some types, like the AGA range, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole property.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a diverse choice of designs make electric fires an extremely popular choice for Tonbridge homes without a chimney. They can be inset into conventional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of modern electric fires it can sometimes be hard to distinguish one from the genuine thing.
Fireplace installation is available in Tonbridge and also in: Parkers Green, Penshurst, Hildenborough, Five Oak Green, Tudeley, Southborough, Leigh, Higham Wood, Upper Haysden, East Peckham, Barden Park, Bidborough, Speldhurst, Hadlow, Hilden Park, and in these postcodes TN10 3AJ, TN10 3QY, TN10 3AL, TN10 3AG, TN10 3LT, TN10 3PJ, TN10 3BQ, TN10 3EN, TN10 3JR, TN10 3PG. Locally based Tonbridge fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone dialling code 01732 and the postcode TN9. Click on the "quote" banner to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
Information, Help and Social Media
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Fireplace Enquiries Kent
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Searching For Fireplace Installation Online
There is no question that your initial instinct when you're looking to find services in Tonbridge is to use the web and "Google it". You can receive on the spot results by making use of Bing, Google, Yahoo or Ask, and naturally that is the beauty of such search engines. In truth the results displayed on the 1st page of the top search engines might not be exactly the results you were after. Thinking of the ideal keyword phrase is important when you are looking to find a specific service, and in this case it should be something along the lines of "fireplace installation in Tonbridge", "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation Tonbridge" or "Tonbridge fireplace installation".
You should know that the top four results are sometimes paid adverts (which might or might not be on-topic), and most of the remaining page one listings will likely be from corporate lead creation websites like My Hammer, Rated People, Quotatis, TrustaTrader, Local Heroes or Checkatrade or web directories such as Yell, Scoot, Yelp or Gumtree. If you navigate to the second or third pages of the results you'll maybe stand a greater chance of finding the websites of actual fireplace installers in your area. Therefore you'll need to dig deeper to locate those.
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People who live in the following roads and areas have recently requested fireplace installation - Chantry Road, Dry Bank Road, Church Lane, The Birches, Arne Close, Seabrook Road, Dry Hill Park Crescent, Acorn Close, Derby Close, Beverley Crescent, Allington Road, The Terrace, Tweed Road, Cranbrook Road, Somerhill Road, Birch Road, Church Close, Back Lane, Bourne Close, Somerhill, Church Meadow, Den Lane, Coldharbour Lane, Smithers Lane, The Cherry Orchard, Allington Drive, Smarts Hill, Tay Fields, Tamar Road, as well as the following Tonbridge area postcodes: TN10 3AJ, TN10 3QY, TN10 3AL, TN10 3AG, TN10 3LT, TN10 3PJ, TN10 3BQ, TN10 3EN, TN10 3JR, TN10 3PG.
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