Fireplace Fitter Ascot Berkshire (SL5): Installing a new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Ascot home is an effective way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any room. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those chilly winter evenings can even prove less expensive than some central heating systems, so long as you have a good source of fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of steaming hot water in the process.
There are a few vital things you must think about before you begin any work, if you are going to create a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your home. All work must adhere to Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the construction and installation of fireplaces, hearths, flue linings and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also be necessary before work begins if your property is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a keen and competent DIY'er it is quite possible to restore an existing bricked-up or blocked fireplace, however the chances of running into structural problems in most cases is regrettably high. It might be your good fortune when you pull back the boarding surrounding an old fireplace to discover a hidden gem that needs nothing more than a good clear out and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. Much more likely you'll come across a blocked flue and old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement.
Due to the acute health and fire risk issues that can result from a poorly installed or restored fireplace, it is advisable to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of a specialist fireplace installer in Ascot. A major factor of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn efficiently and properly. If the airflow is not good enough then it is possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be lethal.
To effectively get over any issues with air flow, vents might be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also have to have air vents installed as they can sometimes trap moist air and cause damp to develop inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Having a fireplace opened up can create huge amounts of muck and soot. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and provide a bit of protection, however it's advisable where feasible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the room before work commences. If you are engaging in a complete renovation of a room or property, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. This should help to prevent any damage by soot and dirt to any completed work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace uncovered, it is time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated and to give the chimney and hearth a thorough clean. The first thing on your agenda should be to call in a proper chimney sweep. They will not only ensure your flue and chimney are nice and clean, but they can additionally determine the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer guidance about whether you need to upgrade any area of the chimney and flu, such as the flue liner.
Following a chimney sweep's assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue liner as set out in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. These are jobs that require a competent craftsman with a good understanding of the appropriate regulations and reliable construction skills.
In buildings that are older you may find that the revealed fireplace is too big for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be needed to adapt the opening. When your new lintel is safely in position you may now get on with the updating, renovation and installation of the fireplace hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you will have to raise it to observe the latest building regulations. If your fireplace is not a standard size you might have to choose a bespoke, tailor-made hearth, but there are a wide range of pre-made hearths in concrete, slate or marble.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will reveal the options available for the different styles and designs of fireplaces. The advice and suggestions from your sales and installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will enable you to pick a fireplace which is both suited to your chimney and flue, as well as for your home's decor.
Some rooms and properties will be more suited to an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For example, a wood burner looks fantastic set back in an inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm and character of the stove and deflecting the heat into the room to good effect.
If your Ascot home does not have a chimney breast you still have options for a fireplace feature by installing a wood burning or multi fuel stove. Provided that you have an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be passed, you don't need a pre-existing chimney structure to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fireplace on a cool winters' evening, however if your situation doesn't allow for this, what alternatives are available?
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent individual and there are styles and designs which are suitable for any room and type of property in Ascot. Modern electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to mimic a real fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become very popular in many properties in Ascot, and can have classic or modern styling to suit your decor. A model with a back boiler can supply supplementary heating capabilities by transferring the piping hot water to a radiator in a cold spot of your home.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with the option of using wood, gas, oil and coal to furnish you with a multipurpose stove for any property in Ascot. The AGA range is renowned as being capable of providing heating for an entire home, a supply of hot water and an oven and hob for cooking all in one useful appliance.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many designs to suit all types of house and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. Gas fireplaces must only be fitted and maintained by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (previously CORGI registered).
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a unique focal point for any room in your home and it has the capability to burn almost any solid fuel that is available. An expertly installed modern open fire will be no comparison to the smoky old fireplace that was boarded up by former owners, and its warm elegance is a welcome addition to any home in Ascot.
Fireplace installations are available in Ascot and also in: Egham, Sunninghill, Warfield, North Ascot, Wood End, Chavey Down, Windsor, Englefield Green, Windlesham, Cheapside, Winkfield Row, Bullbrook, South Ascot, Sunningdale, Bracknell, Virginia Water, Longcross, and in these postcodes SL5 9BP, SL5 9LL, SL5 9GG, SL5 9EB, SL5 9JA, SL5 9FQ, SL5 7HJ, SL5 9NY, SL5 9LW, SL5 9HP. Locally based Ascot fireplace specialists will probably have the telephone code 01344 and the postcode SL5.
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Fireplace Enquiries Berkshire
Recently posted Berkshire fireplace installation postings: Malakai and Matylda Franks recently asked for a quote for opening up and restoring an old, bricked up fireplace in a bungalow in Wraysbury. Dougie Broughton and Elizabeth Broughton recently enquired about installing a multi-fuel stove in Aldermaston, Berkshire. Zaara Pitt and Charlie Pitt recently enquired about re-opening an old fireplace and installing a new wood burner in a detached house in Sunninghill. Anabelle and Jaydan Macintyre recently requested a price quote for re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new electric fireplace in Britwell. Stanley Kavanagh and Mabel Kavanagh recently asked for a quotation for the installation of an open fireplace in a cottage in Ashmore Green, Berkshire. John Stannard and Talia Stannard recently asked for an estimate for fitting an electric fire in a cottage in Swallowfield. Darcie Marr and Osian Marr recently enquired about the possibility of opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new gas fire in Aldermaston. Marni and Jimmy Miller recently requested a quote for installing a gas fire in Spencers Wood, Berkshire.
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Searching On the Web
Searching on the web is the approach that most folks in Ascot use to hunt for any kind of tradesmen and services nowadays. Needless to say as you're currently looking at this webpage then you more than likely stumbled on it by typing a search phrase into Yahoo, Bing, Google or Ask and we are happy that you did. At first glance it may seem that the listings which are shown on page 1 are precisely what you were looking for, however that's not invariably the reality. When trying to identify fireplace installers in Ascot, you'll most likely enter "Ascot fireplace installation", "fireplace installation in Ascot", "fireplace installation near me" or "fireplace installation Ascot" into your search engine and see what listing results this displays.
Major trade portals like Rated People, Quotatis, TrustaTrader, Checkatrade, My Builder or Bidvine, and directories such as Gumtree, Yelp, Cyclex or Yell will show up highly on the 1st page of listings, as will solely "pay per click" advertisements (usually the top four listings). For any fireplace installers in Ascot who have a website, it is likely they're hidden away on page 2 or 3 of the results, and you will have to look further than the first page alone. Tradesman vetting websites like Checkatrade or Rated People are still handy, and you can take advantage of their helpful offerings to examine customer feedback, read through reviews and get free price quotes, seeing as there are plenty of fireplace fitters on there that do not yet have their own web site.
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Fireplace Installation has recently been required in the following Ascot roads and areas - Cedar Drive, Sunninghill Park, Druce Wood, Beechwood Close, Dawnay Close, Devenish Lane, School Road, Silwood Park, Chanctonbury Drive, Blacknest Gate Road, Bryn Court, Titness Park, The Poplars, Church Lane, Sunningdale Park, The Lawns, The Covert, Dale Lodge Road, Swinley Road, Truss Hill Road, Cromwell Road, All Souls Road, Church Road, Coombe Lane, Shenstone Park, Agincourt, Armitage Court, Admiral Kepple Court, as well as these local Ascot postcodes: SL5 9BP, SL5 9LL, SL5 9GG, SL5 9EB, SL5 9JA, SL5 9FQ, SL5 7HJ, SL5 9NY, SL5 9LW, SL5 9HP.
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