Fireplace Fitter Winkfield Berkshire (SL4): A wonderful way to add some charm to any Winkfield property is by installing a brand new fireplace, or renovating an existing one. Chilly winters' evenings can become very enjoyable as you relax in front of your new fireplace surrounded by the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even benefit from free hot water as well.
Before you go prising away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you will need to do to make sure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. All work carried out must comply with Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of hearths, fireplaces, chimney breasts and flue linings of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work commences if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the work in restoring a bricked-up fireplace if you have the skills to do so, but there is always a problem in finding safety and structural issues that need to be resolved by a professional tradesperson. It may be that in order to get a fire burning in your fireplace once more you'll need little more than a quick clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What's more common however is a patch of crumbling brickwork that conceals a blocked flue, and needs some degree of structural modification before it can be safely used.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there is not only a fire risk to your home, but there can be associated health hazards, which is why it is best to hire a certified Winkfield installation company for a fireplace. A major factor of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for the fire to burn properly and efficiently. Toxic carbon monoxide can accumulate from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
It might be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fire to get adequate oxygen to burn effectively and safely at all times. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also need to have air vents installed because they can sometimes trap moist air inside them and cause damp to build up inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's amazing just how much soot and dirt can accumulate inside an old fireplace and you'll not know exactly what is there until you proceed to open it up. It is wise to remove any furniture, carpets and rugs from a room where you are going to open up an old fireplace, to prevent them from being damaged by soot, grime and dust that may be disturbed during the fireplace installation work. If you are conducting a full renovation of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are dealt with. By opening up a fireplace first you'll avoid any soot from the chimney causing staining damage to other stages of your restoration project, such as fresh plaster or paint on walls.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace open, it's time to see what needs to be renovated or replaced and to give the hearth and chimney a comprehensive cleaning. The very first item on your checklist should be to contact a professional chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing this can check the structural condition of the chimney and provide advice on whether a new flue liner is needed.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all current Building Regulations must be adhered to. An experienced fireplace installer in Winkfield will be needed to perform this work, and will have the knowledge and skills in construction to follow all regulations.
If you need to modify the size of opening of your original fireplace to a more suitable size for your design, a lintel support should be installed. Once this has been done the next step of your Winkfield fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. In the past the hearth was usually set into a void in the floor, but the current regulations require it to be raised above floor level. You can get custom-made options to fit any design and size of fireplace, or you can choose from a variety of popular size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult amongst the different designs and styles that are available from an online store or fireplace showroom. It is possible that owing to your existing chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs may not be suitable, and it's advisable to follow the the recommendations and advice of the fireplace installation company in this respect.
Whether you opt for a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will hinge on the all round look you are trying to create, your existing decor and perhaps even, your home's age. For example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks wonderful set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character and charm of the stove and also reflects the heat back into the room to good effect.
Even if your Winkfield home does not have a chimney breast you've still got the option of a feature fireplace through the installation of a wood burning or multi fuel stove. This type of fireplace can be installed with its own stainless steel flue that's routed through an external wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be installed safely.
WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a "real" fire can't be matched, but what options are available if this style of fireplace isn't possible within your Winkfield property?
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by any reasonable competent individual and there are styles which are appropriate for almost any room and type of house in Winkfield. Contemporary electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to imitate an open fire when set into into a conventional fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can be used with various fuels such as briquettes, wood, smokeless coal and other burnable materials. An open fire is lovely to see and contemporary fireplaces are no more the draughty, inefficient and smoky things they once were.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with options to use wood, gas, coal and oil to deliver a multipurpose heater for any home in Winkfield. They can be used not just for heating a room, but some types like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete house if they are plumbed into an existing radiator network.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Winkfield can be improved by the fitting of a wood burning stove, which are available in a range of designs, and can even be fitted free standing. If combined with a back boiler these can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for other use around the house.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more thermally efficient than wood burners, there are a wide variety of styles and designs to suit any type of Winkfield home. Must be professionally maintained and installed by a Gas Safe registered tradesperson.
Fireplace installation is available in Winkfield and also nearby in: Moneyrow Green, Ascot, Maiden's Green, Warfield, Cranbourne, White Waltham, Popeswood, Nuptown, Shurlock Row, Hawthorn Hill, Binfield, Sunningdale, Bracknell, Englefield Green, Sunninghill, Oakley Green, Fifield, Winkfield Row, Jealott's Hill, and in these postcodes RG12 6DF, SL4 4QY, RG42 7PR, RG12 6HS, RG42 3RA, RG42 3RU, RG42 3RE, SL4 4BD, RG42 6JF, RG42 7TD. Locally based Winkfield fireplace specialists will probably have the dialling code 01344 and the postcode SL4.
Winkfield Fireplace Related Tasks
There are a wide array of tasks that can be accomplished by your local Winkfield fireplace installer including double-sided stove installations, chimney sweeping Winkfield, fireplacequotations, chimney repairs, marble fireplaces, fireplace fitting, cast iron fireplace installation, stone fireplaces, fireplace packages, cheap fireplace installation, fireplace design in Winkfield, electric fireplace installations, fireplaces Winkfield, wood burning fireplace installations Winkfield, marble fireplace installation, stone fireplace installations in Winkfield, fireplace repairs in Winkfield, chimney modifications, fake fireplace installation, modern fireplace, fireplace refurbishment, fireplace replacement in Winkfield, fireplace inserts, Victorian fireplaces, inglenook fireplaces, fireplace services, and lots more.
Fireplace Installers Near Winkfield
Also: Nuptown fireplace installation, Moneyrow Green fireplace installation, Cranbourne fireplace installation, Fifield fireplace installation, Englefield Green fireplace installation, Binfield fireplace installation, White Waltham fireplace installation, Bracknell fireplace installation, Maiden's Green fireplace installation, Sunninghill fireplace installation, Winkfield Row fireplace installation, Warfield fireplace installation, Hawthorn Hill fireplace installation, Ascot fireplace installation, Shurlock Row fireplace installation, Oakley Green fireplace installation, Jealott's Hill fireplace installation, Popeswood fireplace installation, Sunningdale and more.
- Winkfield Wood Burning Fireplaces
- Winkfield Gas Fireplaces
- Winkfield Fireplace Repairs
- Winkfield Brick Fireplaces
- Winkfield Fireplaces
- Winkfield Fireplace Mantels
- Winkfield Fireplace Installation Estimates
- Winkfield Marble Fireplaces
- Winkfield Stone Fireplaces
- Winkfield Fireplace Installation
- Winkfield Fireplace Surrounds
- Winkfield Victorian Fireplaces
- Winkfield Cast Iron Fireplaces
- Winkfield Fireplace Installation Services
In the past twelve months fireplaces had been fitted in the following Winkfield streets: Bloxworth Close, Bowyer Walk, Elliot Rise, Central Way, Beechwood Close, Braziers Lane, Winkfield Road, Lytchet Minster Close, Burbage Green, Blackmoor Wood, Wentworth Way, North Street, Berkeley Drive, London Road, Bracknell Road, Froxfield Down, Ferrard Close, Bishop's Lane, Woolford Close, Field House Close, Lime Avenue, Purbrook Court, Audley Way, Long Hill Road, Lyndhurst Close, and in these Berkshire postcodes: RG12 6DF, SL4 4QY, RG42 7PR, RG12 6HS, RG42 3RA, RG42 3RU, RG42 3RE, SL4 4BD, RG42 6JF, RG42 7TD.
If you would like to get local Winkfield info go here
Fireplace installation in SL4 area, phone code 01344.