Fireplace Fitter Twyford Berkshire (SO21): Fitting a new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Twyford home is a great way to add character and a homely feel to any room. Nippy winters' evenings can become a pleasure as you sit beside your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even benefit from cheap hot water as well.
There are some important considerations to make before you start any work, if you are to establish a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your house. Any combustible appliance within the home must follow Part J of the building regulations, and this covers flue linings, fireplaces, chimney breasts and hearths. If your home is a listed building you will also need to find out if planning permission is required from the local council before any work begins.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward restoration of an existing fireplace can perhaps be achieved by a keen DIY person, but if any construction work is necessary there is a possibility of encountering structural problems that will have to be resolved professionally. You may be lucky when you expose the old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a good chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get your fire roaring. What you'll likely discover is a wall of crumbling, old bricks that hides problems such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that needs replacing.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there is not just a risk of fire to your home, but there can also be health hazards, which is why it is best to employ a competent Twyford installation team for a fireplace. Airflow has to be adequate 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. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can develop from an inefficiently burning fire in a poorly ventilated space.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fire to receive ample oxygen to burn safely and effectively at all times. They might also have to install air vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and result in staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is surprising how much soot and dust can accumulate inside an old fireplace and you'll not know what's there until you open it up. It is wise to remove any carpets, rugs and furniture from a room where you're going to uncover an old fireplace, to avoid them being affected by soot, dust and muck that might be disturbed during the fireplace installation works. If you're lucky enough to be carrying out a full room renovation then it ought to be one of the first jobs to focus on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This helps prevent any discolouration damage to any refurbished work you may have already done.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean any hearth that is still in position. You now ought to get hold of your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and while doing this will be able to check the condition of the chimney and provide you with advice on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
Following a chimney sweep assessment it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue liner as laid down in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. A reputable fireplace installer and builder in Twyford will be required to complete this task, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all building regulations.
In older buildings you may discover that the revealed fireplace is too big for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be required to adapt the opening. When you've successfully supported your fireplace with a new lintel it will then be possible to repair or upgrade the hearth. You might find the original hearth has been set into a void in the floor, but to conform to current regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. Pre-made solutions from marble, concrete or slate are available to accomplish this, or your fireplace installer in Twyford should be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match the style of your room.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
If you pop along to a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with a wide array of different options open to you. The advice and recommendations from your sales and installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace which is both suited to your existing chimney and flue, and suited to your decor.
Some rooms and properties will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For instance, a wood burning stove looks great set back in an inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character and charm of the stove and also deflects the heat into the room effectively.
A wood burner is also an excellent option if your Twyford property does not have a chimney breast. So long as you've got an outside wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be channeled, you don't need a pre-existing chimney structure to be able to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The feel and ambience of an open fireplace can't be surpassed, but what options are out there if this form of fireplace isn't possible within your Twyford property?
Wood Burning Stoves - A whole host of styles to suit any period of house in Twyford, and can even be a freestanding feature. A back boiler is an extra benefit and can provide piping hot water for personal use, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with various different fuels, including coal, wood, gas or oil, to generate a unique focal point in your home in Twyford. They can be utilised not merely for heating a room, but some designs like the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the complete home if they are plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces come in a multitude of designs to suit your property and are usually more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI registered) tradesperson.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any home in Twyford, can be easily fitted by any reasonable competent person. Even if your house has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a "real" fire with multi-coloured flames.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for any room and can use an assortment of solid fuels. An open fire is a delight to the eye and contemporary fireplaces are no more the draughty, inefficient and smoky things that they once were.
Fireplace installations are available in Twyford and also in: Woodley, Harpsden, Sonning, Ruscombe, Shiplake Row, Henley-on-Thames, Charvil, Hare Hatch, Play Hatch, Sonning Eye, Milley Bridge, Wargrave, Shiplake, Hurst, Binfield Heath, Mays Green, Crazies Hill, Sandford, Shiplake Cross, Dunsden Green, Lower Shiplake, Crowsley, Cockpole Green, Holly Cross, Whistley Green, and in these postcodes RG10 9PU, RG10 9LQ, RG10 9HU, RG10 9HS, RG10 9LN, RG10 9PQ, RG10 9LE, RG10 9ET, RG10 9BB, RG10 9NH. Locally based Twyford fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode SO21 and the telephone code 0118.
Fireplace Enquiries Berkshire
The latest Berkshire fireplace installation posts: Antoni Bone and Halima Bone recently requested an estimate for installing a wood burning stove in a terraced house in Eton Wick. Mr and Mrs Jenkins recently requested a quotation for re-opening an old fireplace and installing a new gas fire in a detached house in Old Windsor, Berkshire. Jade Clarke and Aryan Clarke recently enquired about opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel stove in a semi-detached house in Cox Green, Berkshire. Mr and Mrs Dunn recently asked for a price quote for opening up and repairing an old fireplace in a semi-detached house in Wraysbury, Berkshire. Mr and Mrs Leonard recently enquired about fitting a wood burning stove in Burghfield Common. Franklyn and Elinor Giles recently requested a price quote for re-opening an old fireplace and installing a new wood burner in Burghfield Common. Michelle Andrews and Ahmad Andrews recently asked for a quote for fitting an open fireplace in Twyford. Elisabeth Hobbs and Nathan Hobbs recently enquired about the possibility of fitting a gas fire in a terraced house in Eton Wick, Berkshire.
Searching On the Internet
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Fireplace Installation Help and Advice
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Fireplace Installers Near Twyford
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In the past 12 months fireplaces had been installed in the following Twyford streets: Weavers Way, Wargrave Road, Brook Street, Stephen Close, Kingfisher Court, Paddock Heights, Willow Drive, Yewhurst Close, Harrison Close, Bolwell Close, Coleridge Close, Wagtail Close, Jarvis Drive, Mallard Close, Packman Drive, Pine Grove, Arnside Close, Orpington Close, Colleton Drive, Old Bath Road, Gooch Close, Waltham Road, and in these Berkshire postcodes: RG10 9PU, RG10 9LQ, RG10 9HU, RG10 9HS, RG10 9LN, RG10 9PQ, RG10 9LE, RG10 9ET, RG10 9BB, RG10 9NH.
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Fireplace installation in SO21 area, (dialling code 0118).