Fireplace Fitter Brackley Northamptonshire (NN13): A splendid way to add a bit of character to any Brackley property is by installing a new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. The addition of an open fire or wood burning stove for those cold winter evenings can even prove to be more cost effective than certain central heating systems, providing that you've got a good source of timber or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with plenty of steaming hot water in the process.
But before you start bashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some crucial considerations you must bear in mind if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. All work carried out must abide by 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 are living in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you must check with local authorities if planning permission is needed for installing a fireplace in your house.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic remodel of a current fireplace can generally be accomplished by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any construction work is needed there's a chance of encountering structural issues which will have to be resolved by a professional. It might be that in order to get a fire roaring in your fireplace once again you'll need little more than a good clean of the hearth and a sweeping of the chimney. What's more common however is a swathe of old, crumbling brickwork covering a blocked flue, and also requires some degree of structural modification before it can be used safely.
An incorrectly installed fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace specialist in Brackley with the knowledge and experience to do the job effectively. A major factor of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for the fire to burn safely and efficiently. Inadequate oxygen means the fire won't burn well, and carbon monoxide fumes could accumulate, which can lead to death.
To effectively overcome any airflow problems, vents might be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and creating damp spots and staining, vents may need to be fitted by the installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
An enormous amount of muck and soot can be discharged from a bricked up chimney upon reopening it for restoration. Even with covers and other dust protection for your home furnishings, the likelihood of impairment from soot and muck is still likely and it's advisable to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning starts. If your fireplace is being installed as part of a larger renovation project then it should be one of the initial things to be done after you have got the room back to its bare floors and walls. This will help to avoid any damage by soot and dirt to any completed renovation work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clean up any sections of hearth that remains in place. The very first thing on your to-do list will be to bring in a proper chimney sweep. They'll not only make sure your flue and chimney are completely clean, but they can additionally assess the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide advice about whether you need to replace any section of the chimney and flue.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current Building Regulations must be followed to the letter. These are jobs that need to be done by a capable builder with a good understanding of the applicable building regs and sound construction skills.
If you need to adjust the width of opening of your exposed fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your new design, a supporting concrete lintel must be put in. When you've supported your fireplace with a new lintel it will then be possible to upgrade or repair the hearth. In the past the hearth would be sunken into the floor, but the latest building regs demand that it is raised above floor level. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you might have to purchase a custom-built hearth, however there are a wide variety of "off-the-shelf" hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you visit a fireplace showroom you will find that you have lots of choice with the wide range of different options open to you. Every fireplace might not be suitable for your existing chimney and flue and it's sensible to accept any advice and help offered by your fireplace installers in relation to your specific circumstances.
Whether you decide on a wood burner, an open fireplace or a multi-fuel stove will be determined by the look you are trying to create, your existing decor and in some situations, your property's age. If you have an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burner can look magnificent set inside it, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
A cast iron wood burner is also an effective option if your home doesn't have a chimney breast. Provided that you have an outside wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be channeled, you do not need a pre-existing chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, OPEN, GAS OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The feel and ambience of an open fire can't be surpassed, however what options are available if this type of fireplace is not possible in your Brackley home?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with different fuels, such as gas, wood, oil or coal, and become a unique focal point in any living room or kitchen in Brackley. Some types, such as the AGA range, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole home.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in many homes in Brackley, and can have modern or classic styling to match your home's decor. A model with a back boiler can deliver extra heating by transferring the piping hot water to radiators in cold spots in your property.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a diverse choice of designs make electric fires a popular choice for Brackley properties that don't have a chimney. Contemporary electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real fire when set into into a traditional fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of designs to suit all home types and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to wood burners. A Gas Safe registered engineer must fit and maintain any gas fireplace in your home.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a stunning focal point for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn almost any solid fuel that is available. A skillfully fitted contemporary open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was blocked up by former owners, and its warm elegance is a welcome addition to any home in Brackley.
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