Fireplace Fitter Croydon Greater London (CR0): A fantastic way to add a bit of charm to any Croydon property is by installing a brand new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. Nippy winters' evenings can become enjoyable as you sit back in front of your new fireplace listening to the crackling of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also benefit from free hot water as well.
Before you begin chipping away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you'll need to do to make sure you can safely install your new fireplace. All work carried out must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of chimney breasts, fireplaces, hearths and flue linings of any combustible appliance. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you should check with the local authorities if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your home.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodeling of a pre-existing fireplace can be completed by a keen DIY person, but if any building work is necessary there is a possibility of encountering structural issues that have to be addressed by a professional. You may be lucky when uncovering your old fireplace and discover that you need little more than a good chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get a fire roaring. However, what you'll more likely find is an area of crumbling bricks that hides issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
Owing to the acute health and fire risk problems that can result from a poorly fitted or restored fireplace, it's best to draw on the knowledge and experience of an experienced fireplace fitter in Croydon. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; and it's a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. Not enough oxygen means that the fire will not burn well, and carbon monoxide fumes could build up, which can cause breathing problems or even death.
To effectively get around any airflow issues, vents could be installed around the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. They might have to install vents into unused chimney flues which sometimes trap condensing air and result in staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's astonishing just how much soot and muck can accumulate inside an old fireplace and you will not know precisely what is there until you proceed to open it up. Even with coverings for your furniture, the risk of impairment from soot and muck is still possible and it's advisable to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning starts. If you are performing a complete renovation of a room or property, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are tackled. This avoids any discolouring damage to any refurbished work you may have already finished.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean up any parts of hearth that may have been left in place. You now need to contact your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. They will be willing to offer you expert guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the condition of the structure of the chimney and if you need to exchange the existing flue lining.
Following a chimney sweep assessment it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast in keeping with Part J of the Building Regulations. These are tasks that require a competent builder with a good understanding of the relevant building regs and sound construction skills.
If you need to change the size of opening of your existing fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be put in. When you have successfully supported your fireplace with a new lintel it is now possible to renovate or update the hearth. If the current hearth is sunken into the floor you'll have to raise it above floor level to conform to the latest regulations. Ready-made options from concrete, slate or marble are available to achieve this, or your fireplace fitter in Croydon might be able to provide you with a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match the style of your room.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult when faced with the many designs and styles available from a fireplace showroom or online store. It is entirely possible that because of your existing chimney and flue, that certain fireplace designs might not be appropriate, therefore it's a good idea to follow the the recommendations and advice of your fireplace installation company in this respect.
Whether you go for an open fireplace, a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner will depend on the look you're trying to create, your existing decor and maybe, your home's age. If you have an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burner can look gorgeous set within it, and has the added benefit of reflecting the heat into the room from the brick or stone walls that surround the stove.
Even if you haven't got a chimney breast in your Croydon home, it's still entirely possible to put in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. An existing chimney is not needed in this instance since the flue is taken straight from the rear or top of the stove and channeled through an outside wall.
MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, OPEN, GAS OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply can't be beaten, but what else is available to put into in your lovely new fireplace in Croydon?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a focal point for a room and can use a range of solid fuels. In earlier times an open fire might have had a reputation of being smoky, draughty and inefficient, but a professionally fitted fireplace is a joy to behold while lounging in the warmth it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a variety of fuels, (gas, wood, coal, oil) to create a focal point in your property in Croydon. The AGA range for example is well known as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a supply of hot water and a cooker all in one useful appliance.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in many households in Croydon, and can have modern or classic design to match your furnishings. If fitted with a back boiler can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for other use in your house.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many designs to suit all types of property and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than open fireplaces. Gas fires can only be maintained and installed by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (previously CORGI registered).
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a varied choice of designs make electric fires the obvious choice for Croydon houses without a chimney breast. Even if your room has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a real fire with multi-coloured flames.
Fireplace installation is available in Croydon and also nearby in: Addington, Beddington, Purley Oaks, South Croydon, Mitcham, Thornton Heath, Shirley, Waddon, South Norwood, Purley, Carshalton, Selhurst, Addiscombe, Woodside, West Wickham, and in these postcodes CR0 1FF, CR0 1HJ, CR0 1HH, CR0 1AD, CR0, CR0 1FA, CR0 1BT, BR4 9NL, CR0 1DG, CR0 1FB. Local Croydon fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode CR0 and the telephone code 020.
If you are trying to find a tradesman or service in Croydon, you'll more than likely go online initially to see what's out there. Google, Ask, Bing or Yahoo will offer on the spot results that will to a certain extent be connected to your search. In reality the results displayed on the opening page of the popular search engines may not be the particular results that your were after. Keying in "fireplace installation Croydon", "fireplace installation near me", "Croydon fireplace installation" or "fireplace installation in Croydon" will generally be the procedure to use when looking for fireplace installers in Croydon.
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Fireplace Enquiries Greater London
Recently posted Greater London fireplace requests: Mr and Mrs Powell recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new electric fireplace in a detached house in Clerkenwell. Kelsie Delaney and Huzaifa Delaney recently requested a quote for re-opening and restoring an old brick fireplace in Lee, Greater London. Mr and Mrs Clamp recently asked for a quote for the installation of a wood burner in a cottage in Forest Hill. Millicent and Kingsley Garrett recently enquired about getting a price for the installation of a multifuel fireplace in Selhurst. Orion and Kathleen Sadler recently requested an estimate for the installation of an electric fire in Mile End. Bobbi and Joao Stubbs recently enquired about the possibility of fitting an open fireplace in West Harrow. Mr and Mrs Ballard recently enquired about getting a price for fitting a wood burning stove in a terraced house in Freezywater, Greater London. Daphne Styles and Andrew Styles recently requested a quote for re-opening and repairing an old, boarded up fireplace in St Helier, Greater London.
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Households in Tenterden Gardens, Bedlow Way, Dittoncroft Close, Bardolph Avenue, Dalmally Road, Central Parade, Cuthbert Road, Aberdeen Road, Chasemore Gardens, South Way, Cherryhill Gardens, Tenterden Road, Cornwall Road, St Georges Walk, Ashby Walk, Colworth Road, Crown Hill, Arnhem Drive, Twickenham Close, Border Gardens, Stapleton Gardens, Bracewood Gardens, Ashurst Walk, Blackhorse Lane, Dartnell Road, The Coppins, The Grange, Boundary Way, St James's Park, have needed fireplace installation just recently. Fireplace restoration was also done in these local Croydon postcodes: CR0 1FF, CR0 1HJ, CR0 1HH, CR0 1AD, CR0, CR0 1FA, CR0 1BT, BR4 9NL, CR0 1DG, CR0 1FB.
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