Fireplace Fitter Consett County Durham (DH8): A good way to add character to any Consett property is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. Adding an open fire or wood burning stove for those frosty winter evenings can even be more cost effective than certain central heating systems, as long as you've got a ready source of timber or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plenty of hot water at the same time.
There are a few important things to consider before you begin any work, in order to establish an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your house. Any combustible appliance in residential homes in Consett must conform to Part J of the Building Regs, and this covers fireplaces, chimney breasts, flue linings and hearths. Planning permission may also be needed before work commences if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the remodeling work on a pre-existing fireplace if you have the ability needed, but structural and safety issues are often found that need to be resolved by a professional. If you're fortunate when you expose a boarded fireplace you may find a decent lintel, hearth and chimney breast that needs little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. It's much more likely that you'll discover crumbling brickwork that needs structural reinforcement and a blocked flue.
An improperly installed fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and should only be put in by a professional fireplace specialist in Consett with the experience and knowledge to do the work safely. Airflow must be adequate in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations that this is the case. Dangerous carbon monoxide can soon develop from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
To get past this problem a fireplace specialist in Consett will analyse the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or beneath the flooring, to ensure an adequate amount of air flow for the fire to burn safely and properly. They may have to install air vents into unused chimney flues which can trap moist air and result in staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's astonishing just how much dirt and soot can build up inside an old chimney and fireplace and you won't know what is there until you uncover it. Even with coverings for your furniture, the likelihood of impairment from soot and grime is still possible and it is advised to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace renovation work begins. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall restoration project then it ought to be one of the initial things to be completed once you have brought the room back to bare walls and floors. This avoids any discolouring damage to any refurbished work you might have already finished.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With your fireplace uncovered, it's time to see what needs to be restored and to give the chimney and hearth a good cleaning. You should now get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and while doing this can check the condition of the chimney and offer you guidance on whether you need a new flue lining.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all UK Building Regulations must be complied with. These are projects that need to be done by an experienced craftsman with a knowledge of the applicable regulations and sound construction skills.
In older buildings you may discover that the revealed fireplace is too big for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be required to modify the opening. When this has been done the next phase of your Consett fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. In the past the hearth would be sunken into a hole in the floor, however current building regulations require it to be raised above floor level. Off-the-shelf options from slate, concrete or marble are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Consett might be able to provide you with a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to fit in with your room style.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be difficult amongst the different styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online outlet. Not all fireplaces may be appropriate for your existing chimney and flue therefore it's sensible to accept any guidance and advice offered by your sales and installation team with regards to your particular circumstances.
Some houses and rooms will be more suitable for an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. By way of example, a wood burning stove looks marvelous set into an inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character of the stove and also deflects the heat back into the room to good effect.
A wood-burning stove is also a great choice if you haven't got a chimney breast in your Consett home. A pre-existing chimney isn't needed since the flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the warmth and glow of an open fireplace on a cool evening, however if your situation doesn't permit this, what other options are on offer?
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement any home in Consett, can easily be fitted by any reasonable competent individual. Can be inset into conventional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of modern electric fires it can often be hard to distinguish from the real thing.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of homes in Consett, and can have modern or classic styling to suit your home's decor. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and could provide hot water for personal use, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with various different fuels, (gas, wood, oil, coal) to generate a focal point in your home in Consett. The AGA range for example is well known as being able to provide heating for the whole home, a constant hot water supply and a cooker all in one unit.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for a room and can use an assortment of solid fuels. In the bad old days an open fire may have had the associations with being smoky, inefficient and draughty, but a well fitted contemporary fireplace is wonderful to watch while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - Providing instant heat and being more efficient when compared to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces, there are a wide variety of styles to suit any type of Consett home. A Gas Safe registered technician must maintain and fit any gas fire in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
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Some Consett areas and roads where fireplace installation work has recently been carried out - Elmdale Road, Elsdon Gardens, Bright Street, Buckham Street, Queens Gate, Newbell Court, Trafalgar Street, Steading Court, Collison Street, Northfield View, Pitt Street, Sherburn Terrace, Chartwell Place, Stanley Gardens, Gibson Street, Ash Grove, Harvey Court, Herbert Street, Garden Place, Elmfield Road, Gladstone Street, Stanley Street, Beverley Terrace, Fern Street, Nansen Street, George Street, The Crescent, as well as the following local Consett postcodes: DH8 0SG, DH8 0DU, DH8 0HT, DH8 0NT, DH8 0BJ, DH8 0AX, DH8 0TH, DH8 0UA, DH8 0UD, DH8 0RL.
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