Fireplace Fitter Witham Essex (CM8): Installing a brand new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Witham property is a good way to add a homely feel and some character to any room. If you decide to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove during the chilly winter evenings, you will also be supplied with plenty of boiling hot water.
However before you begin knocking down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some vital things to consider if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. All work carried out must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which covers the installation and construction of flue linings, chimney breasts, fireplaces and hearths of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the work in restoring an existing fireplace if you have the skills needed, but there is always a problem in finding safety and structural problems which need to be resolved professionally. It may be that in order to get a fire burning in your fireplace once more you'll need nothing more than a good clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. Much more likely you will come across old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement and a blocked flue.
Because of the serious fire risk and health issues that can be caused by an improperly installed or renovated fireplace, it is better to draw on the experience and knowledge of a skilled fireplace fitter in Witham. Airflow must be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; and it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations that this is the case. Lethal carbon monoxide can build up from a fire burning inefficiently in an inadequately ventilated room.
To successfully get around any airflow problems, vents may be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also need to have air vents fitted because they can often trap moist air and cause damp to build up inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Having a fireplace opened up can cause a lot of of dirt and soot to enter your home. It is wise to remove any carpets, rugs and furniture from an area where you're going to expose an old fireplace, to prevent them being damaged by grime, dust and soot that might be stirred up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning works. If you're engaging in a full restoration of a property or room, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. This should help to avoid any damage by soot and dirt to any completed work.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you're able to see the opening of your fireplace it is time to sweep and clean the chimney and hearth and figure out what can be restored. The first item on your agenda will be to bring in a professional chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and while doing this will inspect the condition of the chimney and offer advice on whether a new flue liner is required.
Following a chimney sweeps assessment it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as demanded by Part J of the Building Regulations. These are projects that should be done by an experienced craftsman with a knowledge of the appropriate building regs and sound construction skills.
In older buildings you may discover the revealed fireplace is too big for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to modify the opening. When you've successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now possible to renovate or upgrade the hearth. You might discover that the original hearth has been set into the floor, but to conform to latest regulations it must be raised above floor level. Ready-made options from slate, marble or concrete are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace installer in Witham may be able to offer a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match your room style.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the array of different options available to you. It's possible that due to your current chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that some fireplaces might not be appropriate, and it pays to follow the the recommendations and advice of the fireplace installer in this respect.
Certain houses and rooms will be more suited to an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For instance, a cast iron wood burning stove looks great set into an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm of the stove and deflecting the heat into the room effectively.
A cast iron wood burner is also a splendid option if you don't have a chimney breast in your Witham property. So long as you've got an outside wall through which a stainless steel flue from the stove can be passed, you do not need a pre-existing chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy a "real" fire.
WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN, ELECTRIC OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the glow and warmth of an open fireplace on a cool winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't permit this, what are the other alternatives?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies they can be used with different fuels, such as coal, wood, oil or gas, and become a focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Witham. The AGA range is well known as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and being more thermally efficient than wood burners, there are a wide array of styles and designs to suit any type of Witham home. A Gas Safe registered technician must fit and maintain any gas fireplace in your home.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any competent person and there are designs and styles that are suitable for almost any room and property in Witham. They can be set into conventional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish from the genuine thing.
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a unique focal point for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can buy. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no more the inefficient, smoky and draughty objects that they once were.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Witham can benefit from the fitting of a wood burner, which can be found in a range of styles, and can even be installed freestanding. If combined with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your house.
Fireplace installations are available in Witham and also in nearby places like: Langford, Rivenhall End, Terling, Ulting, Great Braxted, Hatfield Peverel, White Notley, Great Totham, Fairstead, Kelvedon, Rivenhall, Wickham Bishops, Little Baddow, Gore Pit, Little Braxted, Boreham, and in these postcodes CM8 1FX, CM8 1LA, CM8 1JS, CM8 1DU, CM8 1GB, CM8 1PQ, CM8 1DW, CM8 1NZ, CM8 1DG, CM8 1DY. Locally based Witham fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode CM8 and the telephone dialling code 01376.
Searching For Fireplace Installation Online
It's much easier to search for a tradesman or service right now than it was in the past, seeing that we have the advantage of technological innovation and can quickly just carry out a search on the internet. It is more likely than not that you're viewing this page at this point because you stumbled upon it by looking on Bing, Google, Ask or Yahoo and it appeared on page 1. The fact remains that the results which are shown on the first page of the major league search engines may not be exactly the results that your were after. When trying to find fireplace installers, most property owners in Witham, will enter "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation Witham", "fireplace installation in Witham" or "Witham fireplace installation" into Google or Yahoo and see what comes up.
However, you will shortly come to realise that a large percentage of the page 1 listings on the various search engines will probably be either "pay per click" adverts or entries from corporate lead creation websites such as Quotatis, Bidvine, Checkatrade, My Hammer, Rated People or TrustaTrader or internet directories like Yell, Thomson Local, Yelp or Three Best Rated. Without having substantial budgets for SEO so as to advance their sites farther up the rankings, most fireplace installers are going to be abandoned on the second or third pages of the search engine results.
Essex Fireplace Enquiries
Recent Essex fireplace installation job posts: Mr and Mrs Haines recently enquired about re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new electric fire in Runwell. Ivy-Rose and Noel Pattison recently requested an estimate for the installation of a multi-fuel fireplace in Great Bentley. Mr and Mrs Swift recently asked for an estimate for opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new wood burning stove in a bungalow in Roydon, Essex. Mr and Mrs Matthews recently enquired about the possibility of installing a gas fire in Laindon, Essex. Mr and Mrs Parsons recently enquired about getting a price for installing a wood burner in a detached house in Chadwell St Mary. Bailey and Chiara Osman recently requested a quote for fitting an open fireplace in Rainham. Sana Sweeney and Rayhan Sweeney recently requested a quote for the installation of an electric fireplace in Dedham. Emaan Preece and Noah Preece recently enquired about getting a price for installing a wood burning stove in Hornchurch.
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