Fireplace Fitter Wickford Essex (SS11): Fitting a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Wickford home is a wonderful way to add character and a homely feel to any room. If you choose to combine your fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove during the cold winters' evenings, you'll also be provided with lots of boiling hot water.
There are a few vital considerations you must think of before you start any work, if you are going to establish a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your property. All work must abide by Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the installation and construction of hearths, fireplaces, chimney breasts and flue linings of any combustible appliance. If your property is a listed building you'll also need to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work is started.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be able to do some of the work in restoring a bricked-up fireplace if you've got the ability needed, however there is always a problem in finding safety and structural problems which need to be resolved professionally. If you're lucky when you expose a boarded fireplace you may find a decent hearth, chimney breast and lintel that needs nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. However, what you will most likely discover is a patch of crumbling bricks that conceals issues such as a lintel that needs replacing or a blocked up chimney.
If fireplaces are installed incorrectly there is not only a risk of fire to your property, but there can also be health hazards, which is why it is better to bring in a competent Wickford installation company for a fireplace. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where there is a fireplace to guarantee sufficient levels of oxygen enable the fire to burn safely. Insufficient oxygen means that the fire won't burn well, and a build up of carbon monoxide could occur, which can lead to injury or death.
To safely get over any issues with air flow, vents might be installed around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents may have to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to enhance the airflow.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
It's amazing how much soot and dirt can accumulate inside an old chimney and you will not know what is there until you proceed to open it up. It's advisable to remove any furniture, carpets and rugs from a room where you're planning to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them being damaged by dust, soot and grime that may be whipped up during the fireplace installation work. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall restoration project then it should be one of the first things to be done once you've taken the room back to its bare walls and floors. This helps prevent any discolouring damage to any restored work you may have already finished.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've revealed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clean up any hearth that may have been left in place. You now ought to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and while doing this will be able to check the condition of the chimney and offer you guidance on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all Building Regulations must be adhered to. An experienced fireplace installer and builder in Wickford will be required to undertake this work, and will have the skills and knowledge of construction to follow all regulations.
If the size of the existing fireplace is bigger than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel will need to be put in. As soon as this is complete the next step of your Wickford fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. You may find the original hearth has been set into a floor void, however to conform to current regulations it must 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 Wickford may be able to offer a bespoke, made to measure hearth to fit in with the design of your room.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be difficult when faced with the various styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online retailer. Not all fireplaces might be suitable for your existing flue and chimney and it's wise to accept any guidance and advice from your fireplace installers regarding your particular situation.
Certain houses and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. If you've got an attractive inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look gorgeous set inside it, and also has the benefit of deflecting the heat into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
Even if you do not have a pre-existing chimney breast in your Wickford property, it is still possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. As long as you've got an external wall through which a flue from the stove can be channeled, you don't need a chimney structure to experience a "real" fire.
GAS, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN, WOOD OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the warmth and glow of a natural fire on a cool winters' evening, however if your situation doesn't permit this, what are the other available options?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide array of different styles to suit any kind of property in Wickford, and can even be a freestanding feature. A version with a back boiler can supply supplementary heating capabilities by transferring the heated water to radiators in cold rooms in your home.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a wide choice of designs make electric fires the obvious choice for Wickford properties without a chimney breast. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire which looks almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can use various fuels such as wood, smokeless coal, briquettes and other flammable materials. An open fire is a sight to behold and modern fireplaces are no longer the draughty, smoky and inefficient things that they were in the past.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a multitude of designs to suit your property and are usually more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves. Have to be professionally installed and maintained by a Gas Safe certified technician.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with a variety of fuels, including coal, gas, oil or wood, to establish a focal point in your property in Wickford. Some designs, such as the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, can also be used for generating hot water, cooking and heating your whole property.
Fireplace installation is available in Wickford and also in nearby places like: Basildon, Pitsea, Crays Hill, Langdon Hills, South Woodham Ferrers, Downham, Laindon, Bowers Gifford, North Benfleet, Rawreth, Little Burstead, Battlesbridge, Rayleigh, Rettendon Common, Runwell, and in these postcodes SS11 7AJ, SS11 7HU, SS11 7BJ, SS11 7BE, SS11 7LE, SS11 7DD, SS11 7EX, SS11 7HJ, SS11 8BZ, SS11 8AB. Local Wickford fireplace specialists will probably have the dialling code 01268 and the postcode SS11.
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Searching For Fireplace Installation Online
There's little question that your first instinct when you're searching for a tradesman or service in Wickford is to use the web and "Google it". The truth is, you almost certainly used Google, Ask, Bing or Yahoo to uncover the webpage you're browsing at this point. Looking through such listings can be somewhat troublesome and all may not be what it seems initially. Creating the best search phrase is essential when you're looking to find a given service, and in this case it might be something like "fireplace installation Wickford", "Wickford fireplace installation", "fireplace installation in Wickford" or "fireplace installation near me".
Just to let you know, you will usually realise that the first and last 4 results are going to be some sort of "pay per click" advertisements, while virtually all of the remainder will usually be business directories such as Yelp, ThreeBestRated, Free Index or Yell, or listings for multi-million pound companies like TrustaTrader, Local Heroes, My Builder, Quotatis, Rated People or Checkatrade, which might or might not be useful. In order to locate the sites of real life fireplace installers, you will need to scroll to page 2 and 3 or even farther down the search results.
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More Advice and Guidance
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Over the past twelve months fireplaces were fitted in these Wickford streets: Cherry Lane, Belchamps Road, Buchanan Gardens, School Lane, Terence Webster Road, Third Avenue, Sinclair Walk, Trinder Way, Canford Avenue, Brock Hill Drive, Swan Lane, Spellbrook Close, Belmont Avenue, Alicia Way, Berens Close, Deirdre Avenue, Barnfield, Twinstead, Balfour Close, Cranfield Park Avenue, Brook Drive, Coppens Green, Swallow Road, Berry Close, Compton Terrace, Branksome Avenue, Doublegate Lane, Clovelly Gardens, and in these Essex postcodes: SS11 7AJ, SS11 7HU, SS11 7BJ, SS11 7BE, SS11 7LE, SS11 7DD, SS11 7EX, SS11 7HJ, SS11 8BZ, SS11 8AB.
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