Fireplace Fitter Aldershot Hampshire (GU11): A wonderful way to add charm to any Aldershot home is by installing a brand new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. If you opt to combine your fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire during the chilly winters' evenings, you'll also be supplied with lots of steaming hot water.
There are some vital considerations you must think of before you commence any work, in order to create an efficient, safe and attractive fireplace in your home. All work carried out must comply with Part J of the Building Regulations, which addresses the construction and installation of hearths, flue linings, fireplaces and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you must check with local council if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your house.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward remodel of a current fireplace can probably be achieved by a competent DIYer, but if any construction work is required there's a possibility of encountering structural problems which need to be addressed professionally. You could be fortunate when exposing your old fireplace and find out you need nothing more than a thorough clean up of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney in order to get a fire roaring once more. What you'll likely discover is a pile of old, crumbling bricks that conceals issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
A poorly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a professional fireplace installer in Aldershot with the knowledge and experience to do the job safely. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where there is a fireplace to guarantee adequate amounts of oxygen for the fire to burn effectively. If there is not enough airflow then it's quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal.
To successfully get over any airflow problems, vents might be installed around the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. They may also have to install vents in unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and cause staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Having a fireplace opened up can cause a lot of of dust and soot to enter your house. Even with coverings for your furniture, the risk of damage from muck and soot is still likely and it is advised to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning starts. If you are fortunate enough to be carrying out a complete home restoration project then it should be one of the initial jobs to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. By opening a fireplace first you'll prevent any chimney soot causing discolouration damage to other phases of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you're able to see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and see what is fit for refurbishment. You now need to contact your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and while doing this will check the structural condition of the chimney and offer you guidance on whether a new flue liner is required.
It could be necessary to put in a new flue lining to observe the all important UK Building Regulations, and construction may also be required to reinforce the existing chimney and breast. These are tasks that require a competent tradesman with a good understanding of the appropriate building regs and reliable construction skills.
In buildings that are older you might find that the original fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to adapt the opening. When your concrete lintel is safely in position you can now get on with the installation, upgrade and repair of the fireplace hearth. You might discover that your existing hearth has been set into a floor void, but to conform to latest building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. There are bespoke options to fit any design and size of fireplace, or you can choose from a range of popular size and shape hearths to match your decor.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult when faced with the various shapes, sizes and styles available from an online store or fireplace showroom. Every fireplace might not be suitable for your existing flue and chimney therefore it's wise to accept any advice and help offered by your installation team regarding your specific circumstances.
Certain homes and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. As an example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop to a classic cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its character and deflects the heat into the room.
Even if you don't have a pre-existing chimney breast in your Aldershot home, it is still feasible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. A chimney is not needed because a stainless steel flue is taken directly from the rear or top of the stove and routed through an outside wall.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply cannot be beaten, but what are the other available options to fit in your lovely new fireplace in Aldershot?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use coal, oil, wood and gas to furnish you with a versatile stove for any house in Aldershot. Some styles, such as the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for generating hot water, cooking and heating your whole home.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can use different fuels such as smokeless coal, briquettes, wood and other combustible materials. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no longer the smoky, draughty and inefficient items they once were.
Gas Fireplaces - Come in a variety of designs to suit your home and are usually more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe certified technician must install and maintain any gas fireplace in your property.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become "the in thing" in many properties in Aldershot, and can have classic or modern styling to match your home's decor. A model with an integrated back boiler can provide additional heating capabilities by transferring the hot water to radiators in cold spots in your home.
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Aldershot properties without a chimney breast. Even if your home has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be installed that looks almost like a "real" fire with an authentic flame effect.
Fireplace installations are available in Aldershot and also nearby in: Mytchett, Wanborough, Seale, Puttenham, North Town, Tongham, Farnborough, Runfold, Badshot Lea, Ash Green, Ewshot, Aldershot Camp, Fleet, Flexford, Ash Vale, Normandy, Weybourne, Church Crookham, and in these postcodes GU11 1YH, GU11 1SG, GU11 1TE, GU11 1AS, GU11 1WT, GU11 1LA, GU11 1DH, GU11 1AD, GU11 1BB, GU11 1AJ. Local Aldershot fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone code 01252 and the postcode GU11. Simply click the "quote" form or banner to get info on fireplace installation in your location.
Advice and Guidance
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Searching On the Internet For Fireplace Installation
In these days of modern technology, the first thoughts for most when looking to find services in Aldershot is to grab a mobile and do a quick search online. You can receive instant results through the use of Yahoo, Bing, Ask or Google, and that's the fantastic thing about today's search engines. It is not always the case that the results which are displayed on page one of the search engines are useful to you. In this specific situation you will be keying in something along the lines of "fireplace installation in Aldershot", "Aldershot fireplace installation", "fireplace installation near me" or "fireplace installation Aldershot" to track down a suitable person.
The 1st page results that you'll get however, will mostly be "paid for" advertisements, web directories like Yell, Scoot, 3 Best Rated or Yelp, or entries from the top trade portals such as TrustaTrader, My Hammer, Quotatis, Checkatrade, Local Heroes or Rated People. In order to locate the sites of actual fireplace installers, you will have to scroll to page two and three or maybe even lower down the search engine listings. Clearly, many fireplace fitters in Aldershot don't bother with their own individual internet sites, therefore in that case you could use one of the tradesman vetting websites like Trustatrader or Rated People where you will be able to examine client appraisals, read reviews and get free estimates
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