Fireplace Fitter Wootton Bassett Wiltshire (SN4): An excellent way to add a bit of charm to any Wootton Bassett property is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. The addition of an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those frosty winters' evenings can even be cheaper than some central heating systems, as long as you have a ready source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water in the process.
There are some crucial things to consider before you commence any work, in order to create an attractive, safe and efficient fireplace in your home. Any combustible appliance within domestic homes in Wootton Bassett must conform to Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, and this applies to flue linings, chimney breasts, fireplaces and hearths. If you are living in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with the local authorities to see if planning permission is necessary for installing a fireplace in your house.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and keen DIY'er it may be possible to refurbish an existing bricked-up or blocked fireplace, but the probability of experiencing structural problems in most cases is regrettably high. It could be that in order to get a fire roaring once more you'll need little more than a quick clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. Much more likely you will come across a stopped up flue and old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there is not just a fire risk to your home, but there can be health hazards, which is why it is better to employ an experienced Wootton Bassett installation company for a fireplace. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it's a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is the case. If the airflow is not good enough then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.
It might be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to get enough oxygen to burn efficiently and safely all the time. They might also have to fit vents in unused chimney flues which can trap condensing air and lead to damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's amazing how much soot and dust can accumulate inside an old chimney and you'll not know precisely what's there until you open it up. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the risk of impairment from dust and soot is still possible and it's advisable to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning commences. If you are conducting a full renovation of a room or property, the fireplace should be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. By opening a fireplace first you'll prevent any chimney soot causing damage to other phases of your renovation project, such as fresh plasterwork or wallpapered walls.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace open, it's time to see what needs to be restored and to give the hearth and chimney a thorough clean. The very first item on your checklist should be to bring in a professional chimney sweep. Not only will they make certain your flue and chimney are nice and clean, but they can also assess the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer guidance about whether you need to replace any section of the flue and chimney.
It might be essential to install a new flue lining to conform to the all important Building Regulations, and construction may also be needed to beef up the original chimney and chimney breast. This sort of work needs to be accomplished by a skilled person who is acquainted with the building regulations and decent construction practices.
In older buildings you might find that the original fireplace is too large for your needs, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be required to adapt the opening. When you have successfully supported your fireplace with a new lintel it will then be possible to renovate or update the hearth. In past times the hearth would be set into a hole in the floor, but the latest building regulations require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you may have to purchase a custom-built hearth, however there are also a wide range of pre-made hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will show the choices available for the different designs and styles of fireplaces. Every fireplace will not be suitable for your flue and chimney therefore it is wise to accept any advice and guidance offered by your installation team in relation to your specific circumstances.
Some rooms and houses will be more suited to open fireplaces than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. As an example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks splendid set into an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm and character of the stove and deflecting the heat back into the room to good effect.
Even if you haven't got an existing chimney breast in your Wootton Bassett home, it is still possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. Provided that you've got an external wall through which a flue from the stove can be channeled, you don't need a chimney structure in place to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
GAS, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of an open fire can't be beaten, however what alternatives are out there if this sort of fireplace is not possible within your Wootton Bassett home?
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace which can make use of different fuels such as wood, briquettes, smokeless coal and other combustible materials. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no more the draughty, smoky and inefficient things they were in the past.
Wood Burning Stoves - A multitude of styles to suit any kind of home in Wootton Bassett, and can even be free standing. If coupled with a back boiler can provide piping hot water for radiators or for other use in your home.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and being more efficient (thermally) than wood burners, there are a wide variety of designs and styles to suit any period of property. A Gas Safe registered technician must fit and maintain any gas fire in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a range of fuels, including gas, coal, oil or wood, to create a unique focal point in your house in Wootton Bassett. The AGA range for instance is renowned as being able to provide heating for an entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one useful appliance.
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted safely and easily by any competent individual and there are styles and designs that are suitable for almost any room and type of house in Wootton Bassett. They can be inset into conventional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish one from the genuine article.
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