Fireplace Fitter Blantyre Scotland (G72): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a great way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any Blantyre property. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those chilly winters' evenings can even be more cost effective than certain central heating systems, so long as you've got a good source of timber. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plentiful hot water in the process.
There are a few important things to consider before you commence any work, if you are going to create a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your home. Any combustible appliance in the home must comply with Part J of the UK's buildings regs, and this applies to chimney breasts, fireplaces, hearths and flue linings. If you reside in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you should check with local authorities if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your home.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodeling of a pre-existing fireplace can perhaps be completed by a competent DIY enthusiast, but if any construction work is necessary there is the possibility of running into structural issues that will have to be addressed professionally. You could be lucky when revealing your old fireplace and find you need nothing more than a good chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get a fire roaring. It's much more likely that you will come across old brickwork that requires structural modifications and a stopped up flue.
A poorly fitted fireplace can cause severe respiratory health problems and fire risk and should only be put in by a professional fireplace company in Blantyre with the knowledge and experience to install it safely. Airflow has to be adequate in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. Dangerous carbon monoxide can soon develop from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated space.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to get sufficient oxygen to burn properly and safely at all times. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also have to have air vents installed because they can sometimes trap moist air inside them causing damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
It is amazing just how much soot and muck can build up inside an old fireplace and chimney and you'll not know what's there until you uncover it. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the likelihood of damage from muck and soot is still possible and it's advisable to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace renovation work starts. If you are installing a fireplace as part of an overall renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be done once you have brought the room back to bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll stop any chimney soot causing discolouring damage to other stages of your project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plaster.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be able to rigorously sweep the chimney and clean any sections of hearth that can be re-used. The very first thing on your checklist should be to call in a competent chimney sweep. They'll not only ensure that your flue and chimney are clean, but they can also determine the state of the chimney and flue liner and provide advice if you need to upgrade any area of the chimney and flu, such as the flue liner.
It may be necessary to install a new flue liner to conform to the all important UK Building Regulations, and work might also be required to strengthen the existing chimney and breast. These are projects that should be done by an experienced builder with a good understanding of the relevant regulations and sound construction skills.
If you need to modify the width of opening of your exposed fireplace to something more suitable for your design, a supporting concrete lintel should be put in. When your new concrete lintel is safely in position you may now proceed with the upgrade, installation and renovation of the fireplace hearth. You might discover that your existing hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, however to abide by current building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you may have to purchase a made to measure hearth, but there are also a wide range of "off-the-shelf" hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you are spoilt for choice with the wide range of different choices open to you. It is quite possible that owing to your current flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs might not be suitable, and it's a good idea to follow the recommendations from the fireplace installer with respect to this.
Whether you opt for a multi-fuel stove, a wood burner or an open fireplace will be determined by the all round style you're trying to develop, your current decor and perhaps, the age of your home. For instance, an inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop to a traditional cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its character and deflecting heat back into the room.
A cast iron wood burner is also a good option if you haven't got a chimney breast in your Blantyre property. An existing chimney isn't needed because a stainless steel flue is taken directly from the rear or top of the stove and routed through an external wall.
MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, WOOD, OPEN OR GAS FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a log fire can't be matched, but what options are available if this style of fireplace is not possible within your Blantyre home?
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a wide choice of designs make electric fires an extremely popular choice for Blantyre houses without a chimney. Even if your room has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a "real" fire with dancing flames.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can use different fuels such as coal, briquettes, wood and other combustible materials. An open fire is a sight to behold and contemporary fireplaces are no more the smoky, inefficient and draughty items they once were.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be used with various fuels, such as gas, smokeless coal, wood or oil, and become a unique focal point in any kitchen or living room in Blantyre. They can be used not only for heating a room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole property if they're plumbed into a system of radiators.
Gas Fireplaces - Come in a variety of designs to suit your property and are typically more efficient than wood burning stoves. Gas fireplaces must only be installed and maintained by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (formerly CORGI registered).
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of styles to suit any type of property in Blantyre, and can even be a free standing feature. A model with a back boiler can supply extra heating capabilities by connecting the piping hot water to a radiator in a cold spot of your house.
Fireplace installations are available in Blantyre and also nearby in: Flemington, Uddingston, Bellshill, Parkhead, Rutherend, Bargeddie, Hamilton, Viewpark, Nerston, Baillieston, Greenfield, Cambuslang, Shawtonhill, East Kilbride, Bothwell, and in these postcodes G72 0BT, G72 0HS, G72 0JS, G72 0BS, G72 0PA, G72 0PB, G72 0EL, G72 0EQ, G72 0BG, G72 0LN. Local Blantyre fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone code 01698 and the postcode G72. Verifying this should make sure that you are accessing local tradesmen installing fireplaces. Blantyre property owners can benefit from these and many other similar services. Click the "quote" form or banner to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
Enabling your chimney to perform a lot more effectively, a flue or chimney liner is a vital addition to your chimney set-up. Crafted from ceramic material, clay or metal, flue liners are ducts which are fitted to the inside of chimneys to carry toxic fumes outside. Some chimneys in older structures in Blantyre may not even be fitted with a lining, or if the existing liner is impaired, might have to be re-lined.
Hazardous fumes and gases can be formed by the burning of fires and these could cause damage to the flue of your chimney. Your flue lining must be routinely assessed for damage and potential issues whenever it is being cleaned. You must prevent those harmful gases from leaking into your home's living space, which is exactly what can happen when a flue is damaged. Intense heat can also be allowed to penetrate into the chimney's structure, creating the potential for fires.
Improve the Cost-Efficiency of Your Fireplace
With all of the current ecological issues, the fireplace has lost a little of its charm, however it's still a favourite feature for many homeowners in Blantyre. There is nothing quite like feeling the genuine warmth of a fireplace during a cold winter evening. The fireplace offers many benefits for your property, but there are a couple of significant downsides that may need to be fixed. With energy costs rising so rapidly these days, your fireplace should be a source of heat, not one of inefficiency. Whilst having a fire alight in a fireplace keeps the people close to it cosy, it can actually suck warm air from other parts of the room, causing your heater to work harder. The chimney damper is supposed to stop cold air from coming in to your home when you haven't got a fire going in the fireplace. Unfortunately, fireplace dampers are renowned for being inefficient in keeping cold air out, and warm air in.
What the majority of people in Blantyre tend not to understand about their fireplace is that it doesn't always do what they assume it's doing. Rather than keeping heating costs down, it can actually do the precise reverse if one isn't careful. However, there are several procedures that you can follow that can turn your budget smashing fireplace into something much more efficient. There are at least four simple things that you can do to improve your fireplace. You will see that these suggestions will help make your fireplace create quality heat and your current energy bill smaller.
The first tip is to replace your existing fireplace damper with a new top sealing damper. This type of damper is placed at the top of your chimney and helps to stop rain and snow from coming in. It does a good job of retaining warm air in the home during wintertime and cool air from getting out in the summer months. It doesn't take lots of time to fit and you can acquire one online. Next, you should install a fire-back in the rear part of your fireplace. A fire-back is constructed of cast iron and it is meant to shield the back wall from fire damage, whilst making your fireplace look classy. The fire-back basically heats up from the fire and sends the heat back into the room, thus enhancing the fireplace's efficiency.
Another means to cut down on fuel bills is to use a fireplace heater/fan, which heats the area by pulling the air into a chamber and recycling the air back into the room. These devices do not produce any smoke and can be extremely successful in keeping your family home warm. Last but not least, it is possible to install glass doors which will likely be the most expensive. If you do your research, you can secure a good price on glass doors and install them yourself. Glass fireplace doors can keep the air in your house from escaping and also help to safeguard your family from fires.
Every one of these suggestions are simple to do, and the products can easily be found online. Get the best from your fireplace and observe your energy bill tumble.
Chimney Sweeping Blantyre
If you have an open fire or a stove in your house in Blantyre, the regular sweeping of your chimney is essential. Chimneys need to be cleaned and swept at least once each year to keep them in a safe state.
To ensure that the work is being done properly, it's invariably a good idea to call in a professional Blantyre chimney sweep. Employing a chimney sweep not only keeps your chimney nice and clean but also highlights any safety issues that there may be with your chimney.
Chimney fires could easily be the result of a build-up of soot and ash if you neglect to sweep your chimney. Another dangerous situation that you want to avoid at all costs is carbon monoxide gas being drawn back into your property, which can also be caused by a blocked chimney.
The importance of hiring an experienced chimney sweep in Blantyre, should now be apparent. For chimney sweeps prices in Blantyre CLICK HERE.
Fireplace Installation Scotland
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Fireplace Enquiries Scotland
Latest Scotland fireplace installation customer projects: Lexie Mathews and Rehan Mathews recently enquired about getting a price for the installation of a gas fireplace in Cairneyhill, Scotland. Haya and Jenson Taylor recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new gas fire in a terraced house in Sanquhar. Aria Michael and Milo Michael recently enquired about opening up and restoring an old stone fireplace in Bishopton, Scotland. Vincent Aitken and Kacey Aitken recently asked for a price quote for the installation of a wood burning stove in Cupar. Holly and Fergus Richardson recently asked for a quotation for re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new wood burning stove in a bungalow in Clarkston, Scotland. Mr and Mrs Truscott recently enquired about opening up and repairing an old, bricked up fireplace in a semi-detached house in Netherlee. Millicent Hale and Marc Hale recently requested an estimate for the installation of a multifuel stove in Seafield, Scotland. Annabel Benjamin and Billy Benjamin recently enquired about the possibility of opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new electric fireplace in a bungalow in New Stevenston.
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