Fireplace Fitter Windsor Berkshire (SL4): Installing a brand new fireplace or opening up an old disused fireplace in your Windsor home is a wonderful way to add character and a homely feel to any room. Adding an open fire or wood burning stove for those chilly winters' evenings can even prove to be cheaper than some central heating systems, so long as you've got a regular source of timber or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plentiful steaming hot water at the same time.
There are a few important considerations to make before you commence any work, in order to create an attractive, safe and efficient fireplace in your home. All work carried out must follow Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of hearths, flue linings, fireplaces and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic restoration of an existing fireplace can perhaps be achieved by a skilled DIY enthusiast, however if any construction work is necessary there's a possibility of encountering structural problems which will need to be dealt with by a professional. You may be fortunate when exposing your old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a good clean out of the hearth and a quick chimney sweep in order to get your fire roaring once more. What is more commonplace however is a jumble of old brickwork that conceals a blocked flue, and also requires some degree of structural modification before it can be used safely.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause severe respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be put in by a specialist fireplace installer in Windsor with the experience and knowledge to install it safely. Airflow must be adequate in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. Deadly carbon monoxide can soon accumulate from a fire burning inefficiently in an inadequately ventilated space.
To effectively get around any problems with air flow, vents could be installed around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also need to have air vents fitted as they can often trap moist air inside them and cause damp to occur inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Having a fireplace opened up can create huge amounts of soot and grime. Even with covers and other dust protection for your furniture, the likelihood of damage from muck and soot is still likely and it's advisable to remove your furniture and carpets before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning begins. If you are performing a full renovation of a property or room, the fireplace should be opened up before any plastering or decorating is tackled. This prevents any discolouring damage to any renovated work you've already finished.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace open, it's time to see what needs to be renovated and give the chimney and hearth a good clean. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the very first items on the agenda. They will be able to offer expert advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the situation with the structure of the chimney and if you need to exchange the existing flue liner.
Following a chimney sweep's assessment it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue liner as set out in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This sort of work should be tackled by a competent person with experience of the relevant building regulations and good working practices.
In older buildings you might find that the existing fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be required to modify the opening. When you've supported your fireplace with a lintel it will then be possible to repair or update the hearth. In the old days the hearth would be sunken into the floor, but current building regulations require it to be raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from concrete, marble or slate are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace installer in Windsor should be able to offer a bespoke, made to measure hearth to complement the style of your room.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will show the alternatives available for the different designs and styles of fireplaces. It's quite possible that owing to your existing flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs might not be appropriate, therefore it pays to follow the recommendations from your fireplace company in this respect.
You property's age, and the style that you're trying to create for your room, should all help you decide on the type and design of fireplace that's most suitable for you. If you've got an attractive inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look amazing set inside it, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting the heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls that surround the stove.
Even if you haven't got a chimney in your Windsor property, it's still feasible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. A chimney is not needed in this instance because a stainless steel flue is taken straight from the rear or top of the stove and channeled through an external wall.
GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fire on a cold winters' evening, however if your situation doesn't allow for this, what alternatives are on offer?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a variety of fuels, (oil, gas, wood, coal) to establish a unique focal point in your house in Windsor. Some styles, such as the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for generating hot water, cooking and heating your entire house.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any property in Windsor, can be easily fitted by any competent individual. Modern electric fires can deliver authentic looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to mimic a real fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of styles to suit any period of home in Windsor, and can even be free standing. A back boiler is an added benefit and could 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 property and are more efficient than wood burning stoves. Gas fires must only be maintained and installed by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (previously CORGI registered).
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can be used with different fuels such as briquettes, wood, smokeless coal and other burnable materials. In the bad old days an open fire might have had the associations with being draughty, inefficient and smoky, but a well fitted modern fireplace is a joy to behold while lounging in the warm glow it provides.
Fireplace installation is available in Windsor and also in nearby places like: Bishops Gate, Oakley Green, Cranbourne, Clewer Village, Eton Wick, Dorney, Colnbrook, Water Oakley, Fifield, Wraysbury, Upton, Eton Dorney, Datchet, Clewer Green, Horton, Dedworth, Slough, Spital, Chalvey, Eton, Cippenham, Maiden's Green, Old Windsor, Dorney Reach, Langley, and in these postcodes SL4 1GF, SL4 1HP, SL4 1FD, SL4 1HZ, SL4 1DN, SL4 1PJ, SL4 1JB, SL4 1HX, SL4 1ZN, SL4 1SZ. Local Windsor fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode SL4 and the dialling code 01753.
Berkshire Fireplace Installation
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Fireplace Enquiries Berkshire
Recent Berkshire fireplace installation job requests: Lyra Steer and Nataniel Steer recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new gas fire in Burghfield, Berkshire. Mr and Mrs Maguire recently asked for an estimate for opening up an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel stove in a semi-detached house in Pangbourne, Berkshire. Rania Frampton and Matthew Frampton recently enquired about getting a price for the installation of a gas fireplace in Upper Bucklebury. Aliza and Warren Levy recently enquired about the possibility of fitting a multifuel fireplace in Upper Basildon, Berkshire. Mr and Mrs Radcliffe recently enquired about installing a wood burning stove in Colnbrook. Mr and Mrs Charles recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new wood burning stove in Cold Ash. Darcy Stainton and Aya Stainton recently asked for a price quote for opening up and repairing an old brick fireplace in a semi-detached house in Streatley, Berkshire. Keziah and Ryan Norton recently enquired about getting a price for opening up and repairing an old, bricked up fireplace in a cottage in Charvil, Berkshire.
Information, Help and Social Media
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Doing a Search On the Internet
When needing to find services and tradesmen in Windsor, most folks nowadays seem to head online for the search engines. It would seem that you are looking at this page at this point after you chanced upon it by doing a search on Google, Yahoo, Ask or Bing and it appeared on page one. It's not always the case that all the results which are displayed on the first page of the celebrated search engines are of use to you. Creating the ideal search term is vital when hunting for a specific service, and in this case it would be something along the lines of "Windsor fireplace installation", "fireplace installation in Windsor", "fireplace installation Windsor" or "fireplace installation near me".
You should be aware that the 4 top listings are normally PPC advertisements (which might or might not be useful), and a lot of the remaining page 1 results will likely be from major lead generating sites like TrustaTrader, Rated People, Bidvine, My Hammer, Quotatis or Checkatrade or online directories such as Thomson Local, Yelp, 3 Best Rated or Yell. Without any substantial budgets for SEO in order to move their web sites farther up the ratings, the majority of fireplace installers will be hidden away on the second or third pages of the search engine listings. Rated People, My Hammer and alternative trader vetting websites are still worth using on occasion, as there is no such thing as too much information, their free quotations, reviews and customer feedback can be beneficial.
Fireplace Installers Near Windsor
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Households in Squirrel Drive, Squirrel Lane, Court Lane, Stonebridge Field, Cornwall Close, Ballard Green, Ashbrook Road, Carter Close, The Crofters, Christian Square, Broadway, Aston Mead, College Crescent, Albert Place, Sheet Street, Dawson Close, Cross Oak, Clewer Hill Road, Stephenson Drive, Tangier Lane, Albany Road, Bourne Avenue, The Arches, Straight Road, Chantry Close, Snowdon Close, Colenorton Crescent, St Johns Drive, Bachelors Acre, Sheepcote Road, have needed fireplace installation just recently. Fireplace refurbishment was also undertaken in these local Windsor postcodes: SL4 1GF, SL4 1HP, SL4 1FD, SL4 1HZ, SL4 1DN, SL4 1PJ, SL4 1JB, SL4 1HX, SL4 1ZN, SL4 1SZ.
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