Fireplace Fitter Widnes Cheshire (WA8): Fitting a brand new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Widnes property is an effective way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. Nippy winters' evenings can become very enjoyable as you relax beside your fireplace listening to the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even benefit from cheap hot water too.
However before you start knocking down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some essential things to consider to achieve a safe and efficient fireplace. All work carried out must adhere to Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of hearths, chimney breasts, fireplaces and flue linings of any combustible appliance. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you have to check with the local council if planning permission is necessary for installing a fireplace in your property.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the work in remodeling an existing fireplace if you have the skills to do so, but there is always a problem in finding safety and structural problems that need to be resolved professionally. If you're lucky when you expose a blocked up fireplace you may find a decent lintel, hearth and chimney breast that involves little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. More likely you'll come across a blocked flue and old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there is not only a fire risk to your property, but there can also be health hazards, which is why it's best to bring in a specialist Widnes installation company for a fireplace. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it is a key requirement of Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. Deadly carbon monoxide fumes can build up from an inefficiently burning fire in a poorly ventilated room.
To safely get around any issues with air flow, vents could be fitted around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and producing staining and damp spots, vents may need to be installed by the installation team to introduce more airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It's surprising how much dirt and soot can build up inside an old fireplace and you will not know precisely what is there until you uncover it. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the chance of impairment from soot and dust is still possible and it's advisable to remove your furniture and carpets before any fireplace restoration work commences. If your fireplace is being installed as part of a larger home restoration project then it should be one of the first things to be completed after you have got the room back to bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll stop any soot from the chimney causing discolouring damage to other phases of your renovation project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plasterwork.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean up any sections of hearth that may have been left in place. Contacting a chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the first items on your checklist. They'll not only make sure that your flue and chimney are completely clean, but they can additionally look at the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer guidance if you need to replace any part of the chimney and flue.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all UK Building Regulations must be followed. These are projects that should be done by a competent tradesman with a good understanding of the pertinent regulations and quality construction skills.
If it is necessary to modify the width of opening of your existing fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a concrete supporting lintel will have to be put in. When this has been done the next phase of your Widnes fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you will have to raise it to conform to the latest regulations. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to choose a custom-built hearth, but there are also a wide range of pre-made hearths in slate, marble or concrete.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will reveal the choices that are available for the different fireplace styles and designs. Not all fireplaces might be appropriate for your flue and chimney therefore it is sensible to accept any advice and help from your installation team in relation to your particular circumstances.
Certain houses and rooms will be more suited to an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you've got an attractive inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look spectacular set within it, and has the added benefit of reflecting heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls that surround the stove.
Even if your Widnes home hasn't got a chimney you've still got the option of a fireplace feature through the installation of a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. A chimney isn't required as a stainless steel flue is taken straight from the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply cannot be matched, but what other options are available to fit in your new fireplace in Widnes?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide array of different styles to suit any type of house in Widnes, and can even be free standing. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and can provide steaming hot water for personal use, or for heating for the house via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can make use of different fuels such as briquettes, smokeless coal, wood and other burnable materials. A professionally fitted modern open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps blocked up by former owners, and its warm charm is a welcome addition to any home in Widnes.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any house in Widnes, can be easily fitted by any competent individual. Modern electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with a variety of fuels, (wood, oil, coal, gas) to generate a focal point in your property in Widnes. They can be used not only for heating a single room, but some designs like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete house if plumbed into a radiator system.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and being more efficient (thermally) when compared with open fires, there are a wide array of styles to suit any type of Widnes property. A Gas Safe registered technician must install and maintain any gas fireplace in your home.
Fireplace installation is available in Widnes and also in nearby places like: Farnworth, Runcorn, Lunts Heath, Halewood, Penketh, Great Sankey, Halsnead Park, Town End, Appleton, West Bank, Moss Bank, Cuerdley Cross, Bold Heath, Tarbock Green, Doe Green, Gateacre, and in these postcodes L24, WA8 0QU, WA8, WA8 0AG, L35 1RD, WA8 2AH, WA8 0QL, WA8 0AA, WA8 0WB, WA8 0PP. Local Widnes fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone code 0151 and the postcode WA8.
More Advice and Guidance
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Searching On the Internet For Fireplace Installation
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Just to enlighten you if you did not already know, you'll usually find that the upper and lower four listings are going to be some sort of "paid for" adverts, while many of the rest will often be online directories such as Yell, Yelp, ThreeBestRated or Scoot, or entries for major trade portals like My Builder, Checkatrade, Local Heroes, Rated People, Quotatis or TrustaTrader, which may or may not be of any use. If you look on page two or three of the listings you might perhaps be more liable to find websites belonging to actual fireplace installers nearby. Consequently you'll have to delve deeper to find those.
Cheshire Fireplace Installation
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The latest Cheshire fireplace posts: Mr and Mrs Goodall recently requested an estimate for opening up and restoring an old fireplace in Haslington. Mr and Mrs Gilbert recently asked for a quote for opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fireplace in Rainow, Cheshire. Mr and Mrs Vincent recently requested a quote for fitting a gas fire in Saughall. Mr and Mrs Cresswell recently enquired about the possibility of the installation of a wood burning stove in Penketh, Cheshire. Mr and Mrs Chamberlain recently enquired about re-opening and repairing an old brick fireplace in Ashton Hayes, Cheshire. Fox Molyneux and Romilly Molyneux recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new wood burner in a cottage in Shavington, Cheshire. Mr and Mrs Bassett recently requested a quote for fitting an open fireplace in a cottage in Great Sankey. Hadiya Ransom and Uzair Ransom recently enquired about the possibility of fitting a wood burning stove in Appleton Thorn.
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