Fireplace Fitter Bearsted Kent (ME14): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a good way to add a bit of character and a homely feel to any Bearsted home. If you opt to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire or stove on those cold winters' evenings, you will also be provided with a plentiful supply of hot water.
There are a few important considerations you must think of before you start any work, if you are to create an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your property. Any work that's carried out on your chimney breast, fireplace, hearth and flue lining must follow the UK's building regs, Part J for combustible appliances. If you own a listed building you'll also have to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work commences.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are an enthusiastic and competent DIY'er it may be quite possible to refurbish a blocked or bricked-up fireplace, but the probability of experiencing structural issues in most cases is unfortunately high. If you are fortunate when you open up a stopped up fireplace you may find a decent hearth, lintel and chimney breast that involves nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for a fire once more. What's more common however is an area of crumbling brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and also requires some form of structural modification before it can be used safely.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace company in Bearsted with the experience and knowledge to do the job effectively. Airflow must be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a key requirement of Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. A deficiency of oxygen means the fire will not burn effectively, and carbon monoxide fumes could accumulate, which can cause breathing problems or even death.
To overcome this concern a professional Bearsted fireplace installer will consider the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or under the floors, to ensure a sufficient air flow for the fire to combust safely and effectively. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and creating staining and damp spots, vents might have to be installed by the fireplace installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is surprising just how much soot and dust can accumulate inside an old chimney and you'll not know what's there until you open it up. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and supply some form of protection, however it is advisable where possible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the room before work starts. If you're conducting 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. By opening a fireplace first you'll stop any soot from the chimney causing discolouring damage to other phases of your project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plasterwork.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clear out any hearth that remains in place. You now ought to get hold of your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing this will be able to check the structural condition of the chimney and provide you with guidance on whether a new flue liner is needed.
After a chimney sweep assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue lining in keeping with Part J of the Building Regulations. These are jobs that need to be done by an experienced craftsman with a good understanding of the relevant building regs and sound construction skills.
If it is necessary to adjust the size of opening of your exposed fireplace to a more suitable size for your new design, a supporting lintel will have to be installed. When your concrete lintel is safely in place you may now press on with the installation, repair and updating of the fireplace hearth. In the past the hearth was generally sunken into a void in the floor, however the current regulations require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is not a standard size you might have to purchase a custom-built hearth, but there are also a whole host of pre-made hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult amongst the various styles and designs available from an online store or fireplace showroom. Every fireplace might not be suitable for your existing flue and chimney therefore it is sensible to accept any advice offered by your fireplace installers regarding your specific situation.
Certain rooms and houses will be more suitable for an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. If you've got an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look striking in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of effectively reflecting heat into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
A cast iron wood burner is also a splendid choice if your Bearsted home doesn't have a chimney breast. A chimney is not required because the flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and routed through an outside wall.
GAS, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN, WOOD OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the glow and warmth of an open fireplace on a cool winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't allow for this, what other options are on offer?
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted easily and safely by any competent person and there are designs and styles that are appropriate for virtually any room and type of property in Bearsted. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to mimic an open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces come in an array of styles to suit your home and are usually more thermally efficient than wood burning stoves. Gas fires must only be maintained and fitted by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with a variety of fuels, including wood, coal, gas or oil, to generate a focal point in your house in Bearsted. They can be utilised not only for heating a single room, but some styles such as the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the complete home if plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Bearsted can benefit from the installment of a wood burner, which can be found in an array of designs, and can even be fitted as a freestanding feature. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and could provide hot water for personal use, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a unique focal point for your room and can use a number of different solid fuels. In earlier times an open fire might have had a reputation of being smoky, inefficient and draughty, but a skillfully fitted fireplace is wonderful to watch while reclining in the warmth it provides.
Fireplace installation is available in Bearsted and also in nearby places like: Boxley, Sandling, Allington, Thurnham, Maidstone, Parkwood, Hollingbourne, Downswood, Weavering, Roseacre, Stoneacre, Grove Green, Otham, Leeds, Ware Street, Detling, and in these postcodes ME14 4BY, ME14 4HT, ME14 4DG, ME14 4DP, ME14 4BL, ME14 4BD, ME14 4EG, ME14 4BU, ME14 4LG, ME14 4PY. Locally based Bearsted fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode ME14 and the dialling code 01622. Verifying this should confirm you're accessing local tradespeople installing fireplaces. Bearsted property owners are able to utilise these and various other comparable services.
An essential addition to the chimney set-up on your home, a chimney or flue liner improves the safety of your chimney while at the same time allowing it to function more effectively than it would if it didn't have one. Flue liners are ducts fabricated from metal, ceramic material or clay that are installed inside chimneys to transport fumes to the outside. Chimneys on older houses in Bearsted might not have flue liners at all, or will need to be re-lined based on their condition and age.
Your fireplace flue can soon be compromised by the harmful fumes and gases that are created by burning a fire. While it is being cleaned, get the sweep or fireplace specialist to check your flue for any damages or any prospects of it malfunctioning in the near future. You must stop those hazardous gases from leaking into your home's living space, which is what can transpire when a flue lining is impaired. There's furthermore the danger of fires inside the property because an impaired flue lining can allow intense heat to penetrate the chimney's structure.
Chimney Sweep Bearsted
If your property in Bearsted has a log burning stove or an open fire, it is imperative that you have the chimney swept frequently. Chimneys need to be swept and cleaned at least once yearly, if not more.
In order to get this work done correctly you should always call in a specialist Bearsted chimney sweep. Not only does this mean that you chimney is kept clean, the chimney sweep will also be able to spot any safety issues with you chimney.
Regular sweeping prevents a build-up of soot, ash and wood tar, a common cause of chimney fires. Another dangerous situation that you want to avoid is carbon monoxide gas being drawn back into your property, which can also be caused by a blocked chimney.
This all adds up to the fact that you should always hire a reliable Bearsted chimney sweep, and one who has good public liability cover in case of any accidents. CLICK HERE to get chimney sweeping quotes for the Bearsted area. You can also get chimney sweeping done in Boxley, Sandling, Allington, Thurnham, Maidstone, Parkwood, Hollingbourne, Downswood, Weavering, Roseacre, Stoneacre, Grove Green, Otham, Leeds, Ware Street, Detling, and and of course in Bearsted itself.
Improve the Cost-Efficiency of Your Open Fireplace in Bearsted
Sparked by worries about the environment, the iconic fireplace has lost some of its appeal, although it's still a favourite for many householders in Bearsted. Sitting in front of the comfort of a fireplace, revives many cherished memories for a lot of people. The fireplace has many benefits for your property, but there are also a couple of significant downsides that may need to be monitored. Because of power costs rising so swiftly nowadays, your fireplace needs to be a source of heat, not one of inefficiency. When a fire is burning, it might give warmth to people standing immediately in front of it, but it can in fact pull warm air out of the room, making your heater work even more. The chimney damper is supposed to prevent cold air from coming in to your home when you haven't got a fire going in the fireplace. Often times though, fireplace dampers are renowned for being inefficient in keeping warm air in the home and cold air out.
A great many property owners in Bearsted who have fireplaces don't know how it can impact the cost of heating. Rather than keeping the cost of heating down, it can actually do the complete opposite if one isn't careful. You will find there's a way to take your less than efficient fireplace, and remake it into a heat creating system that your budget will love. All you need to do is just 4 fundamental things to fix your fireplace. These should make your fireplace very affordable and more efficient.
The initial step is to take out your current fireplace damper and swap it for a top sealing damper. This form of damper is positioned near the top of your chimney and helps to stop rain from coming in. It does a superb job of keeping warm air in the property during winter and cool air from getting out in the summer months. It does not take a lot of time to install and you can order one online. Another thing that can be done is to place a fire-back at the back of your fireplace. A fire-back is constructed of cast iron and it is meant to shield the wall behind from fire damage, while at the same time making your fireplace look more stylish. The fire-back actually heats up from the flames and sends the heat back into the room, thus improving the efficiency of the fireplace.
Another way to save money is by using a fireplace heater/fan, which heats the area by drawing the air into a heat chamber and returning the air back into the room. These heating units are enclosed systems, therefore no smoke is discharged, and they can really make a difference in the temperature of your house. And finally, putting in glass doors, even though a bit on the expensive side, can be helpful in making your open fireplace economical to run. If you do your homework, you can certainly get a good deal on glass doors and they are not too challenging to install yourself. Glass fireplace doors will keep the air in your residence from escaping up the chimney and also help to protect your family from accidentally falling into the fire.
The advice we've just given isn't that hard to implement, and most of the products can be readily purchased online, or from your local stockist. Take care of your fireplace and watch your energy costs fall.
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Bearsted Skip Hire
Sometimes it is quite difficult to foresee the quantity of waste that is going to be created when undertaking home improvements or refurbishments in Bearsted. With regards to fireplace installations in Bearsted, it will depend on the extent and specifics of your project. Sometimes there will be a lot of waste, other times barely any. It might be the case that waste removal is mentioned in your quotation, as many tradespeople are quite happy to remove waste as part of the project. Make sure you establish this, since you may well be landed with handling your own waste removal.
If you're like most householders in Bearsted, you will hire a skip to get rid of this waste. Skips are available in many different sizes, so you should be able to get one that's perfect for you. You can choose from a mini-skip, a midi-skip, a builders skip or a roll-on roll-off skip, or for modest home projects you can even go with the skip bag option.
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Fireplaces Around Bearsted: Households in Cavendish Way, The Almonds, Shirley Way, Peverel Drive, Tyler's Croft, Nethermount, Hog Hill, Mount Pleasant Drive, Maxton Close, Greensands Road, Nursery Avenue, Royston Road, Tydeman Road, Sharsted Way, Spot Lane, Discovery Road, Longfields Drive, Ragstone Road, Roundwell, Gascoyne Close, Romney Close, Chapel Lane, Bodsham Crescent, St. Faiths Lane, Bell Lane, Lenside Drive, have needed fireplace installation just recently. Fireplace restoration was also completed in the following Bearsted area postcodes: ME14 4BY, ME14 4HT, ME14 4DG, ME14 4DP, ME14 4BL, ME14 4BD, ME14 4EG, ME14 4BU, ME14 4LG, ME14 4PY. These areas recently saw activity by local installers of fireplaces. Bearsted home and business owners benefited from reliable and professional fireplace services on each occasion.
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