Fireplace Fitter Dewsbury West Yorkshire (WF12): Re-opening a disused fireplace to install an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is an effective way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any Dewsbury property. Cold winters' evenings can become a joy as you relax in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even enjoy cheap hot water as well.
However before you begin bashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some important things to consider if you are to wind up with a safe and efficient fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed in the home must adhere to Part J of the building regs, and this applies to hearths, fireplaces, flue linings and chimney breasts. If your property is a listed building you will also have to ascertain if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work commences.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are an enthusiastic and competent DIYer it is possible to restore an existing blocked or bricked-up fireplace, however the probability of experiencing structural issues in most cases is high. It might be that in order to get a fire burning once more you'll need little more than a good clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What you'll likely discover is a wall of old, crumbling bricks that hides problems such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there's not only a fire risk to your property, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is better to bring in an experienced Dewsbury installation team for a fireplace. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it's a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can develop from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
To overcome this problem a professional fireplace installation team will consider the circumstances and install vents around the room, or underneath the floors, to ensure a satisfactory amount of air flow for the fire to combust safely and effectively. They may have to install air vents into unused chimney flues which sometimes trap moist air and cause damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A large amount of soot and other dirt can be released from an old chimney upon reopening it for renovation. Even with covers and other dust protection for your furniture, the likelihood of damage from grime and soot is still likely and it's advisable to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning begins. If you're engaging in a complete renovation of a room or property, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. This should help to prevent any damage by soot and dirt to any completed work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace opened up, it's time to see what is in a fit state to be restored and to give the chimney and hearth a good clean. The first job on your agenda should be to contact a professional chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and while doing this can inspect the condition of the chimney and offer you guidance on whether you need a new flue lining.
It could be vital to fit a new flue lining to comply with the UK Building Regulations, and construction may also be required to reinforce the original chimney and breast. This kind of work needs to be tackled by a competent tradesman with experience of the current building regulations and good construction practices.
If the size of the existing fireplace is bigger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be installed. When you've supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now necessary to upgrade or repair the hearth. You might discover that the original hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, but to be in accordance with latest building regulations it must be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to choose a custom-built hearth, however there are also a wide variety of "off-the-shelf" hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will illustrate the options that are available for the different fireplace designs and styles. Every fireplace may not be appropriate for your existing chimney and flue and it's wise to accept any advice offered by your fireplace installers in relation to your particular situation.
Certain rooms and houses will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look gorgeous set within it, which also has the benefit of effectively deflecting heat into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
A cast iron wood burner is also an excellent choice if your Dewsbury property hasn't got a chimney breast. A chimney is not required because a stainless steel flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and routed through an exterior wall.
WOOD, GAS, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the flickering of a natural fireplace on a cool evening, however if your situation doesn't allow for this, what alternatives are on offer?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide array of styles to suit any kind of home in Dewsbury, and can even be free standing. If fitted with a back boiler these can provide hot water for radiators or for other use around the house.
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces, there are a wide range of designs and styles to suit any period of property. Gas fires must only be maintained and fitted by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (previously CORGI registered).
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a diverse choice of styles make electric fireplaces the obvious choice for Dewsbury homes without a chimney breast. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for your room and can use an assortment of solid fuels. A professionally fitted contemporary open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps bricked up by previous owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any room in Dewsbury.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using oil, gas, wood and coal to furnish you with a multi-purpose stove for any house in Dewsbury. The AGA range for example is renowned as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a supply of hot water and a cooker all in one unit.
Fireplace installations are available in Dewsbury and also in: Westtown, Ossett, Shaw Cross, Batley, Savile Town, Ravensthorpe, Moorend, Earlsheaton, Heckmondwike, Chickenley, Thornhill, Mirfield, Dewsbury Moor, Staincliffe, Hanging Heaton, and in these postcodes WF12 0BT, WF12 0EA, WF12 0QR, WF12 0QZ, WF12 0NB, WF12 0AR, WF12 0NT, WF12 0AP, WF12 0RN, WF12 0PA. Local Dewsbury fireplace specialists will likely have the phone code 01924 and the postcode WF12.
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Searching For Fireplace Installation Online
It's much easier to search for tradesmen these days than it was once, seeing as we've got the benefit of technological innovation and can just search on the web. You can get on the spot results through the use of Google, Bing, Yahoo or Ask, and without doubt that is the wonder of modern search engines. One problem is usually that the page one listings given by the principal search engines may not be exactly the ones that you were after. Entering "fireplace installation in Dewsbury", "fireplace installation Dewsbury", "fireplace installation near me" or "Dewsbury fireplace installation" will normally be the process to use when looking to find fireplace installers in Dewsbury.
However, you'll subsequently realise that many of the page 1 results on those search engines will be either pay per click (PPC) results or listings from large lead generation sites such as Bidvine, Checkatrade, My Hammer, Rated People, Quotatis or TrustaTrader or directories like Yell, Thomson Local, 3 Best Rated or Yelp. For any fireplace installers in Dewsbury who have got their own website, the chances are they're hidden away on page two or three of the listings, and you will need to look further than the first page alone.
Fireplace Installation Help and Guidance
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