Fireplace Fitter Caterham Surrey (CR3): Opening up an old disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is a wonderful way to add a homely feel and some charm to your Caterham home. If you opt to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire during the chilly winter evenings, you'll also be supplied with a plentiful supply of hot water.
But before you start bashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some essential things to consider if you are to wind up with an efficient and safe fireplace. Any work that is done on your fireplace, hearth, flue lining and chimney breast must follow the Building Regs, Part J for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also be needed before work commences if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic remodeling of a pre-existing fireplace can perhaps be executed by a skilled DIYer, but if any building work is needed there is the chance of running into structural issues that have to be addressed professionally. It may be that so as to get a fire roaring once more you need little more than a good clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. Much more likely you will come across a stopped up flue and old brickwork that needs structural modifications.
Due to the serious health and fire risk problems that can result from an improperly fitted or restored fireplace, it is best to draw on the knowledge and experience of a competent fireplace fitter and builder in Caterham. A major factor of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available for the fire to burn properly and efficiently. If the airflow is not sufficient then it is possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be deadly.
To safely get over any airflow issues, vents may be installed around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and causing damp spots and staining, vents might need to be fitted by the installation team to introduce more airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is astonishing how much dirt and soot can build up inside an old fireplace and you won't know exactly what's there until you open it up. Even with dust sheets for your furniture, the chance of damage from soot and muck is still likely and it is advised to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning begins. If your fireplace is being installed as part of an overall home restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be worked on after you've got the room back to bare floors and walls. This should help to avoid any impairment by soot and dirt to any completed restoration work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to rigorously sweep the chimney and clean up any parts of hearth that may have been left in place. The very first thing on your agenda will be to contact a decent chimney sweep. They'll be willing to offer you professional advice on the chimney and flue after sweeping, as to the situation with the chimney and if you need to switch the existing liner.
It may be necessary to put in a new flue lining to conform to the current UK Building Regulations, and work might also be needed to strengthen the existing chimney and chimney breast. This sort of work should be completed by a qualified tradesperson who is acquainted with the appropriate building regulations and good working practices.
If you need to adjust the size of opening of your existing fireplace to a more suitable size for your new design, a supporting lintel should be installed. When you've successfully supported your fireplace with a new lintel it is now time to update or repair the hearth. You might find your existing hearth has been set into the floor, however to be in accordance with current regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf solutions from concrete, marble or slate are available to achieve this, or your fireplace builder in Caterham might be able to offer a bespoke, made to measure hearth to match the style of your room.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you go to a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with a wide array of different options available to you. It's entirely possible that due to your existing flue and chimney, that some fireplace designs might not be suitable, therefore it's a good idea to follow the advice of the fireplace installation company in this respect.
Whether you opt for a wood burner, a multi-fuel stove or an open fireplace will depend on the all round style you're trying to establish, your current decor and in some situations, your home's age. For instance, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you haven't got a pre-existing chimney in your Caterham property, it is still possible to install a wood burning or multi fuel stove. This type of fireplace can be installed with its own stainless steel flue which is channeled through an outside wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be installed safely.
WOOD, GAS, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The ambience and charm of a log fire cannot be beaten, but what options are out there if this style of fireplace isn't possible in your Caterham home?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with a variety of fuels, (gas, oil, wood, coal) to establish a unique focal point in your property in Caterham. Some designs, such as the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole home.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room and it has the capacity to burn almost any solid fuel that you can purchase. In earlier times an open fire may have been associated with being draughty, inefficient and smoky, however a skillfully installed modern fireplace is a joy to behold while reclining in the warm glow it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of homes in Caterham, and can have modern or classic design to complement your decoration. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and could provide hot water for personal use, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a wide choice of designs make electric fires a popular choice for Caterham houses that don't have a chimney breast. Can be inset into conventional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be difficult to distinguish them from the genuine article.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of designs to suit all types of house and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. A Gas Safe registered contractor must install and maintain any gas fire in your home.
Fireplace installation is available in Caterham and also in nearby places like: Chipstead, Woldingham, Bletchingley, Old Coulsdon, Tatsfield, Coulsdon, Chaldon, South Croydon, Kenley, Nutfield, Godstone, Merstham, Whyteleafe, Oxted, Sanderstead, Warlingham, and in these postcodes CR3 4AP, CR3 5JX, CR3 5NZ, CR3 5EA, CR3 0HA, CR3 5EX, CR3 5BW, CR3 5EP, CR3 5GH, CR3 5FL. Locally based Caterham fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode CR3 and the phone code 01883. Click the "quote" banner to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
Fireplace Enquiries Surrey
Latest Surrey fireplace customer projects: Mr and Mrs Walls recently enquired about fitting an open fireplace in Ash Vale. Austen Pattison and Bonnie Pattison recently enquired about opening up an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new electric fireplace in a bungalow in Merstham, Surrey. Mr and Mrs Douglas recently enquired about getting a price for re-opening an old fireplace and installing a new wood burner in a semi-detached house in Bisley, Surrey. Mr and Mrs Hale recently requested an estimate for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fire in a detached house in Banstead. Mr and Mrs Finlay recently requested a quote for fitting a wood burning stove in Betchworth, Surrey. Vivienne and Callan Beatty recently enquired about the possibility of opening up and restoring an old brick fireplace in a cottage in Brockham, Surrey. Jovan and Hannah Dyer recently enquired about installing an electric fire in Elstead, Surrey. Ophelia and Nico Brookfield recently requested an estimate for opening up and repairing an old, bricked up fireplace in Dormansland, Surrey.
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Households in Markfield Road, The Hill, The Clares, Harestone Drive, Harestone Lane, Greenwood Gardens, Harestone Valley Road, Godstone Road, Tupwood Court, Grange Road, Crescent Road, War Coppice Road, Woolhams, Caterham By-pass, Station Avenue, Gravelly Hill, Bradenhurst Close, Farningham Crescent, Clareville Road, Commonwealth Road, The Copse, Whitehill Lane, Woodlands Place, Highfield Drive, have needed fireplace installation just recently. Fireplace restoration was also done in these local Caterham postcodes: CR3 4AP, CR3 5JX, CR3 5NZ, CR3 5EA, CR3 0HA, CR3 5EX, CR3 5BW, CR3 5EP, CR3 5GH, CR3 5FL.
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