Fireplace Fitter Dursley Gloucestershire (GL11): A splendid way to add charm to any Dursley home is by installing a new fireplace, or renovating an existing one. If you opt to combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire or stove during the cold winter evenings, you will also be provided with plenty of boiling hot water.
There are a few vital considerations you must think of before you commence any work, if you are going to create an attractive, safe and efficient fireplace in your home. All work carried out must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of hearths, flue linings, chimney breasts and fireplaces of any combustible appliance. If your property is a listed building you will also have to find out if planning permission is required from the local council before any work begins.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen DIY'er it might be quite possible to renovate a bricked-up fireplace, but the chances of experiencing structural issues in many cases is regrettably high. If you are fortunate when you open up a boarded fireplace you might find a decent hearth, lintel and chimney breast that needs nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. What's more typical however is an area of crumbling brickwork that hides a stopped up flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a professional fireplace company in Dursley with the experience and knowledge to do the job safely. Airflow has to be adequate in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. Not enough oxygen means that the fire won't burn well, and carbon monoxide could accumulate, which can cause breathing problems or even death.
To successfully overcome any airflow issues, vents could be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and producing staining and damp spots, vents might need to be fitted by the installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A huge amount of soot and other dirt can be released from a bricked up fireplace upon reopening it for renovation. Even with covers and other dust protection for your home furnishings, the risk of impairment from soot and muck is still possible and it's advisable to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning begins. If you're carrying out a full renovation of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up before any plastering or decorating is tackled. By opening a fireplace first you'll stop any chimney soot causing damage to other stages of your project, such as fresh plasterwork or wallpapered walls.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have exposed your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clear out any sections of hearth that may have been left in place. You now need to speak to your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing this will inspect the condition of the chimney and provide guidance on whether you need a new flue liner.
Following a chimney sweep examination it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as set out in Part J of the Building Regulations. These are jobs that need to be done by an experienced tradesman with a knowledge of the appropriate regulations and reliable construction skills.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are larger than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel will need to be installed. Once this is complete the next phase of your Dursley fireplace installation will be to update the hearth. In earlier times the hearth was generally sunken into a hole in the floor, however current regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. There are bespoke solutions to fit any style and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a variety of popular size and shape hearths to match your decor.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will show the options available for the different fireplace designs and styles. The advice and suggestions from your fireplace installers, which will hinge on your particular requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace which is both suitable for your existing flue and chimney, as well as for your decor.
The age of your house, and the style you're trying to develop for your room, should all help you decide on the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable. As an example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop to a traditional cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its charm and reflects the heat into the room.
Even if you do not have a chimney in your Dursley home, it's still entirely possible to put in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. Provided that you've got an outside wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be passed, you don't need to have a chimney in place to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, OPEN, GAS OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of an open fire cannot be surpassed, however what options are out there if this sort of fireplace is not possible in your Dursley home?
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can make use of different fuels such as coal, briquettes, wood and other combustive materials. An open fire is a delight to the eye and modern fireplaces are no more the smoky, draughty and inefficient things that they once were.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a range of fuels, (gas, coal, oil, wood) to generate a focal point in your property in Dursley. They can be utilised not just for heating a single room, but some designs like the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the whole property if plumbed into a radiator network.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become "the in thing" in a lot of properties in Dursley, and can have modern or classic styling to match your home's decor. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide hot water to heat radiators or for use in your house.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to suit any house in Dursley, can easily be fitted by anybody who's reasonable competent. Modern electric fires can deliver authentic looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to replicate a real open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many designs to suit all types of home and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. A Gas Safe certified engineer must install and maintain any gas fireplace in your property.
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