Fireplace Fitter Accrington Lancashire (BB4 and BB5): Fitting a brand new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Accrington property is an excellent way to add a homely feel and some character to any room. Chilly winters' evenings can become a joy 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.
There are some crucial things you must think about before you start any work, in order to establish an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your home. All work carried out must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of fireplaces, flue linings, chimney breasts and hearths of any combustible appliance. If your home is a listed building you'll also have to ascertain if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work can commence.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the work in remodeling a pre-existing fireplace if you have the skills to do so, however there is always a problem in finding structural and safety issues that need to be resolved by a professional. It may be your good fortune when you pull back the covering from a disused fireplace to uncover a hidden gem which requires little more than a quick clean up and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a fire roaring once again. What you will most likely find is a patch of crumbling, old bricks that hides problems such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
Owing to the acute fire risk and health issues that can result from a poorly fitted or renovated fireplace, it is preferable to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of an experienced fireplace fitter and builder in Accrington. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room which has a fireplace; and it's a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is the case. A deficiency of oxygen means that the fire will not burn properly, and carbon monoxide could build up, which can cause death.
To overcome this problem a fireplace specialist in Accrington will evaluate the situation and install vents around the room, or underneath the floor, to ensure a satisfactory airflow for the fire to combust properly and safely. They may also have to fit vents in unused chimney flues which sometimes trap moist air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is surprising how much dust and soot can build up inside an old chimney and fireplace and you'll not know what's there until you proceed to open it up. A fireplace installer will bring covers for your home furnishings and supply some form of protection, however it is wise where feasible to remove furniture and carpets from the area before any work commences. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be completed once you have got the room back to bare walls and floors. By opening up a fireplace first you'll prevent any soot from the chimney causing damage to other stages of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plasterwork.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
With your fireplace uncovered, it is time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated and to give the hearth and chimney a thorough cleaning. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. They will be able to offer you professional advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, concerning the situation with the chimney and whether it is advisable to swap the existing flue lining.
It could be necessary to fit a new flue lining to comply with the all important UK Building Regulations, and construction might also be required to beef up the original chimney and breast. These are jobs that need to be done by a capable tradesman with a good understanding of the appropriate building regs and quality construction skills.
In buildings that are older you might discover the existing fireplace is too big for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be required to modify the opening. When your concrete lintel is in place and secure you can now get on with the repair, installation and upgrade of the fireplace hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it above floor level to conform to the latest regulations. If your fireplace is not a standard size you may have to choose a made to measure hearth, but there are a wide range of "off-the-shelf" hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will demonstrate the options that are available for the different fireplace designs and styles. The advice and recommendations from your sales and installation team, which will be based on your specific requirements, will enable you to pick a fireplace that is both suitable for your existing flue and chimney, as well as for your home's decor.
Certain rooms and properties will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For instance, an inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
A cast iron wood burner is also a great choice if your Accrington property does not have a chimney breast. Providing that you've got an outside wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you don't need to have a chimney structure in place to enjoy a real fire.
GAS, WOOD, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The ambience and charm of a "real" fire cannot be matched, however what options are out there if this kind of fireplace isn't possible within your Accrington home?
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a focus for any room in your home and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can buy. An open fire is a delight to the eye and contemporary fireplaces are no more the smoky, inefficient and draughty things that they used to be.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) than open fires, there are a whole host of designs to suit any period of property. A Gas Safe certified contractor must fit and maintain any gas fire in your property.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use gas, wood, oil and coal to deliver a multi-purpose heater for any house in Accrington. They can be used not simply for heating an individual room, but some styles such as the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the complete home if plumbed into a system of radiators.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become extremely popular in a lot of homes in Accrington, and can have modern or classic design to suit your furnishings. If combined with a back boiler they can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for use around the house.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any home in Accrington, can easily be fitted by any competent individual. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that seems almost like a "real" fire can be installed.
Fireplace installation is available in Accrington and also in: Clayton-le-Moors, Knuzden Brook, Church, Tottleworth, Altham West, Oswaldtwistle, Great Harwood, Scaitcliffe, Rishton, Huncoat, Shadsworth, Little Moor End, and in these postcodes BB5 0DS, BB5 0EY, BB4 5BJ, BB5 0LN, BB5 0HY, BB5 0QS, BB5 0NU, BB5 0AF, BB5 0HA, BB5 0PX. Local Accrington fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode BB4 and BB5 and the telephone code 01254. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
Help and Guidance
Learn the essentials on installing a fireplace hearth and mantel by watching You Tube here. If you are keen to read up on ideas for fireplaces head here. To find out about the most current fireplace trends on social media, check this out. The dedicated Wikipedia "fireplace" page is the spot to head for facts on the evolution of fireplaces, gas fireplaces, how fireplaces affect the environment, the health effects of fireplaces, fireplace heating efficiency and the different types of fireplaces. To reply to or ask questions in relation to fireplace installation check out one of the fireplace forums, discussions include things like stove vents, chimney flues, pellet stoves and boilers, widening fireplaces, wood burners and building regulations.
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Searching For Fireplace Installation Online
It's considerably easier to track down services or tradesmen nowadays than it was once, given that we have the benefit of technological innovation and can simply conduct a search on the internet. With prominent search engines like Bing, Ask, Yahoo or Google, it's easy to get lots of instantaneous results. It's not always true that all of the listings shown on the 1st page of the prominent search engines are helpful to you. When you are searching for fireplace installers for instance, you will bring up a search engine and key in "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation in Accrington", "fireplace installation Accrington" or "Accrington fireplace installation".
If you study the consequential page one listings, you will probably notice that the top and bottom 4 listings will be some type of pay per click (PPC) adverts, whilst many of the rest will be for the top trade portals such as Checkatrade, TrustaTrader, My Hammer, Quotatis, Bidvine or Rated People or web directories like Yell, 3 Best Rated, Scoot or Yelp. If you wish to get in touch with fireplace installers in Accrington directly, you'll have to look further down the search engine results pages, possibly the 2nd or 3rd pages. Accrington fireplace fitters are not guaranteed to have their own individual websites, therefore to obtain an indication of who's available, it is still advantageous to use a trade vetting portal like Checkatrade or Rated People.
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