Fireplace Fitter Claygate Surrey (KT10): If you're fed up with rising energy prices and want to find an alternative solution for heating your home in Claygate, why don't you open up a disused fireplace and put in a budget friendly multi-fuel, open or wood burner fire? Adding an open fire or wood burning stove for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove to be more cost effective than some central heating systems, so long as you've got a regular source of wood. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful hot water in the process.
Before any serious work commences, for example smashing down the walls of a boarded up fireplace or prising away at a blocked chimney, there are some vital things you need to consider. All work carried out must comply with Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the installation and construction of flue linings, fireplaces, hearths and chimney breasts of any heating appliance. If your property is a listed building you'll also have to ascertain if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work can begin.
PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION OR DIY?
If you are a competent and keen DIY'er it may be possible to restore a blocked or bricked-up fireplace, however the chance of running into structural problems in most cases is high. It could be that so as to get a fire roaring once more you'll need little more than a quick clean up of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What is more typical however is a jumble of crumbling brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and also requires some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
Using a certified fireplace installer in Claygate is generally recommended, since a fireplace which is wrongly installed can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health issues. Making certain that enough oxygen is available for a fire to burn correctly is a key aspect of the Building Regulations for fireplaces. An inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space can result in a build-up of toxic carbon monoxide fumes.
To guarantee adequate levels of oxygen reach the fire at all times, and to safely get around any problems with air flow, vents will be installed around the room during the installation of a fireplace. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also have to have air vents fitted as they can sometimes trap moist air within them and cause damp to occur inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It's surprising just how much dust and soot can build up inside an old fireplace and you'll not know what's there until you uncover it. To make sure that your stuff does not get ruined by the dust, dirt and soot that's released during works by a fireplace installer, removing any rugs, furniture and carpets beforehand is strongly recommended. If you are fortunate enough to be carrying out a complete renovation then it ought to be one of the very first jobs to complete before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This prevents any staining damage to any renovated work you might have already done.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
You will be able to sweep and clean the hearth and chimney and figure out what can and cannot be refurbished, once the opening up of the fireplace has been accomplished. Contacting a chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the very first items on your to-do-list. They'll be able to offer professional guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, regarding the situation with the chimney and if it is advisable to swap the existing flue liner.
It might be necessary to fit a new flue lining to comply with the current UK Building Regulations, and construction may also be required to strengthen the original chimney and chimney breast. Experience in good construction practices and an extensive knowledge of the Building Regulations will be needed by anybody who does this sort of construction work, so what you really want is a skilled builder and shouldn't try to do this yourself.
If you need to adjust the size of opening of your existing fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a lintel support must be put in. When you have successfully supported your fireplace with a lintel it will then be necessary to upgrade or repair the hearth. In past times the hearth would be set into the floor, however current building regulations demand that it's raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf solutions from concrete, slate or marble are available to accomplish this, or your fireplace installer in Claygate should be able to offer you a bespoke, made to measure hearth to fit in with the style of your room.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you pay a visit to a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with the array of different choices open to you. Not all fireplaces will be suitable for your existing chimney and flue therefore it is wise to accept any guidance and advice from your sales and installation team in relation to your specific situation.
Whether you decide on a wood burner, an open fireplace or a multi-fuel stove will depend on the look that you are trying to establish, your current decor and perhaps, your property's age. As an example, a wood burning stove looks fantastic set back in an inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character and charm of the stove and also reflects the heat into the room effectively.
Even if you do not have an existing chimney in your Claygate property, it's still possible to put in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. A chimney is not needed in this instance since the flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an exterior wall.
OPEN, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
Who doesn't enjoy the warmth and glow of a natural fireplace on a cool winters' evening, however if your circumstances do not permit this, what are the other alternatives?
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a diverse choice of styles make electric fires a popular choice for Claygate houses without a chimney breast. Can be set into conventional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of modern electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish one from the real thing.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a focus for any room and it has the capability to burn almost any solid fuel that you can buy. In earlier times an open fire might have been associated with being draughty, inefficient and smoky, however a professionally installed modern fireplace is a joy to behold while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies they can be fired up with with different fuels, such as gas, coal, oil or wood, and become a focal point in any kitchen or lounge in Claygate. They can be utilised not simply for heating a single room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the complete house when plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a multitude of styles to suit your home and are more thermally efficient than open fireplaces. Must be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI registered) tradesperson.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Claygate can be improved by the fitting of a wood burner, which can be found in a range of designs, and can even be installed as a freestanding feature. If fitted with a back boiler these can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for other use around the house.
Fireplace installation is available in Claygate and also nearby in: Long Ditton, Leatherhead, Molesey, Oxshott, Claremont Park, Lower Ashtead, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Ditton Hill, Maldon Rushett, Surbiton, Epsom, Hersham, Thames Ditton, Chessington, Weston Green, and in these postcodes KT10 0HQ, KT10 0DY, KT10 0PW, KT10 9DD, KT10 0LA, KT10 0NS, KT9 1NN, KT10 0JW, KT10 0LX, KT10 0TY. Local Claygate fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode KT10 and the telephone dialling code 01372 020 (small part). Checking this should ensure that you access locally based tradesmen installing fireplaces. Claygate property owners can utilise these and countless other related services. Simply click on the "quote" banner to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
Chimney Sweeping Claygate
If you've got an open fire or a wood burning stove in your house in Claygate, the regular sweeping of your chimney is crucial. Chimneys ought to be swept and cleaned at least once yearly to keep them in a safe state.
You could sweep your own chimney, if you have the right equipment, but this is an unpleasant job and is best left to a qualified Claygate chimney sweep if you want it to be done cleanly and correctly. If there are any problems with your chimney, your chimney sweep will be able to spot them and advise you accordingly.
A build-up of ash, soot and wood tar can result in chimney fires if you neglect to sweep your chimney. Odourless carbon monoxide fumes can also flow back into your house if you allow your chimney to become badly maintained.
The importance of hiring an experienced chimney sweep in Claygate, should now be clear. CLICK HERE to get chimney sweeping quotes for the Claygate area.
Doing a Search On the Web
The first thought for most home owners when they are trying to find tradesmen in Claygate, is to use the web with their laptop or mobile. With prominent search engines like Ask, Bing, Google or Yahoo, it is possible to view some on the spot results. Flaws do however occur with the notable search engines, and you might discover that the listings offered are not exactly what you had expected. Keying in "Claygate fireplace installation", "fireplace installation in Claygate", "fireplace installation near me" or "fireplace installation Claygate" will generally be the process to use when trying to track down fireplace installers in Claygate.
If you read through the first page of results, you'll see that the top and bottom four results will be some type of paid advertising, while many of the remainder will be from corporate lead creation sites such as TrustaTrader, Checkatrade, Quotatis, My Hammer, Rated People or Bidvine or directories like Thomson Local, Yelp, Yell or Gumtree. The actual web sites of fireplace installers in Claygate (when they have one), is likely to be hidden away on the second or third pages of the listings. Accordingly you'll need to navigate further. Obtaining reviews, client appraisals and free quotes on a tradesman vetting portal like Local Heroes or Rated People can come in handy, because there will be tradesmen registered with such platforms who don't have their own company websites or associated social media accounts.
Claygate Fireplace Related Tasks
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Fireplace Installers Near Claygate
Also find: Esher fireplace installers, Long Ditton fireplace installers, Hinchley Wood fireplace installers, Claremont Park fireplace installers, Thames Ditton fireplace installers, Molesey fireplace installers, Leatherhead fireplace installers, Surbiton fireplace installers, Oxshott fireplace installers, Weston Green fireplace installers, Lower Ashtead fireplace installers, Epsom fireplace installers, Maldon Rushett fireplace installers, Hersham fireplace installers, Ditton Hill fireplace installers, Chessington fireplace services and more. Most of these places are covered by tradesmen installing fireplaces. Claygate property owners can get fireplace quotations by clicking here.
Fireplaces Around Claygate: Some Claygate roads and areas where fireplace installation has recently been carried out - Woodbourne Drive, Thorne Close, Derwent Close, Norfolk Road, Kings Mead Park, Blakeden Drive, Caerleon Close, Raymond Way, Vale Croft, Woodward Close, St. Leonards Road, Kilnside, Woodlands Close, Foley Road, Ashton Place, Foley Mews, Homestead Gardens, Hurstbourne, Beaconsfield Gardens, Westbury Avenue, Glebelands, Elm Road, Hillview Road, Cavendish Drive, Forge Drive, as well as these local Claygate postcodes: KT10 0HQ, KT10 0DY, KT10 0PW, KT10 9DD, KT10 0LA, KT10 0NS, KT9 1NN, KT10 0JW, KT10 0LX, KT10 0TY. Work was performed in these areas by local installers of fireplaces. Claygate householders received dependable and professional fireplace services on each occasion.
More Claygate Tradespeople: When your Claygate home is in need of improvements or refurbishing, a number of different tradespeople might be required to finish the project, and even though your current search is for fireplace specialists in Claygate, Surrey, you may also need the skills of a chimney sweep in Claygate, a roofer in Claygate, waste removal in Claygate, a stonemason in Claygate, an electrician in Claygate, metalworkers in Claygate, a tiler in Claygate, a painter and decorator in Claygate, a plasterer in Claygate, a carpenter and joiner in Claygate, a bricklayer in Claygate, a plumber in Claygate, a handyman in Claygate, SKIP HIRE in Claygate, a carpet fitter in Claygate, a builder in Claygate, and quite possibly others.
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Fireplace installation in KT10 area, and dialling code 01372 020 (small part).