Fireplace Fitter Eastleigh Hampshire (SO50): Opening up an old disused fireplace to put in an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is a splendid way to add a bit of charm and a homely feel to your Eastleigh home. The addition of an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those cold winter evenings can even prove less expensive than certain central heating systems, providing that you've got a good source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with a plentiful supply of hot water in the process.
There are some important considerations you must think of before you commence any work, in order to create an efficient, safe and attractive fireplace in your property. Any combustible appliance installed in the home must conform to Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this applies to hearths, fireplaces, flue linings and chimney breasts. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you should check with the local council to find out if planning permission is required for a fireplace installation in your home.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward remodel of a current fireplace can perhaps be achieved by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, but if any construction work is required there is the possibility of encountering structural problems which have to be handled professionally. You could be fortunate when you uncover the old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a thorough clean out of the hearth and a quick chimney sweep in order to get a fire roaring once more. Much more likely you'll discover old brickwork that needs structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not just a risk of fire to your property, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it's best to employ a competent Eastleigh installation company for fireplaces. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it is a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is so. If there is not enough airflow then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be lethal.
It could be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fireplace to receive sufficient oxygen to burn properly and safely at all times. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also need to have air vents installed since they can trap moist air and cause damp to occur inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A huge amount of soot and dirt can be discharged from an old fireplace upon opening it up for renovation. A decent Eastleigh fireplace installer will bring dust sheets for your home furnishings and supply some form of protection, however it's advisable where possible to remove furniture and carpets from the area before any work begins. If you're lucky enough to be carrying out a full room renovation then it ought to be one of the first jobs to work on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This should help to prevent any damage by soot and dirt to any previously completed work.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean any parts of hearth that remains. You now ought to contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. They'll be able to offer you professional guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the situation with the chimney structure and if it would be advisable to exchange the existing flue liner.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all UK Building Regulations must be followed. A reputable fireplace installer and builder in Eastleigh will be needed to undertake this task, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all building regulations.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are bigger than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel will need to be put in. Once this has been completed the next phase for your Eastleigh fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you'll need to raise it above floor level to observe the latest regulations. You can get custom-made solutions to fit any size and design of fireplace, or you can choose from a variety of common size and shape hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will show the alternatives available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. Every fireplace will not be suitable for your existing chimney and flue therefore it's wise to accept any advice and help from your fireplace installers with regards to your particular situation.
Some houses and rooms will be more suitable for open fireplaces than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you have an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look gorgeous set inside it, and also has the benefit of effectively reflecting heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
If your Eastleigh property does not have a chimney you've still got the option of a feature fireplace through the installation of a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. As long as you've got an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be routed, you don't need an existing chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
OPEN, WOOD, GAS, ELECTRIC OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply cannot be beaten, but what other options are available to install in your lovely new fireplace in Eastleigh?
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of different styles to suit all types of property and their efficiency to warm a room is better than open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe certified contractor must fit and maintain any gas fireplace in your home.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with different fuels, such as coal, wood, oil or gas, and become a focal point in any living room or kitchen in Eastleigh. The AGA style is renowned as being capable of providing heating for an entire home, a constant supply of hot water and an oven and hob all in one useful appliance.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit any home in Eastleigh, can be easily fitted by any reasonable competent individual. They can be set into conventional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of modern electric fires it can sometimes be hard to distinguish one from the real thing.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a unique focal point for any room and can use a range of solid fuels. In earlier times an open fire may have had the reputation of being draughty, inefficient and smoky, but a professionally fitted fireplace is wonderful to watch while reclining in the warm glow it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - An array of styles to suit any period of home in Eastleigh, and can even be a free standing feature. If coupled with a back boiler can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for other use in your house.
Fireplace installation is available in Eastleigh and also in: Shawford, West End, Rownhams, Chandlers Ford, Colden Common, Ampfield, Otterbourne, Bishopstoke, Fishers Pond, Portswood, Chilworth, Shirley, North Baddesley, Fair Oak, Horton Heath, and in these postcodes SO50 4JF, SO50 4HD, SO50 0LD, SO50 4GE, SO50 0FX, SO50 0HE, SO50 4FU, SO50 4GT, SO50 4DH, SO21 2HR. Locally based Eastleigh fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode SO50 and the telephone dialling code 023.
Fireplace Enquiries Hampshire
Recent Hampshire fireplace customer projects: Albi Quinn and Asma Quinn recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new multi-fuel fireplace in a cottage in Tadley. Miriam Gregory and Rafi Gregory recently requested an estimate for installing a wood burning stove in a bungalow in Ringwood, Hampshire. Jan Milligan and Aniela Milligan recently asked for a quotation for opening up an old fireplace and installing a new electric fire in a semi-detached house in Steep, Hampshire. Faris Bains and Emilie Bains recently enquired about opening up and restoring an old brick fireplace in a cottage in Bursledon, Hampshire. Darci West and Arnav West recently asked for a price quote for the installation of an electric fire in a semi-detached house in Baughurst, Hampshire. Shiloh Gaynor and Ada Gaynor recently requested a quote for installing a gas fire in Fordingbridge. Saffron and Keegan Dalton recently enquired about getting a price for fitting a multi fuel fireplace in Abbotts Ann, Hampshire. Mr and Mrs Kirk recently requested a quote for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new gas fireplace in Froxfield, Hampshire.
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Fireplace Installation work has recently been done in the following Eastleigh streets and roads - Beaver Drive, Celandine Close, Tiptree Close, Salmon Drive, Compton Close, Shears Road, Augustus Way, Consort Road, Avenger Close, Cotton Close, Spring Lane, Stinchar Drive, The Mews, Somerset Crescent, Blencowe Drive, Torwood Gardens, Bracken Crescent, Cosford Close, Desborough Road, Durley Road, Dean Road, Sandy Lane, Bramley Gardens, Charnwood Gardens, Toynbee Close, Cambridge Drive, Acorn Grove, Ashdown Close, Devon Drive, Avebury Gardens, as well as the following Eastleigh area postcodes: SO50 4JF, SO50 4HD, SO50 0LD, SO50 4GE, SO50 0FX, SO50 0HE, SO50 4FU, SO50 4GT, SO50 4DH, SO21 2HR.
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Not surprisingly, when you're doing fireplace installations in Eastleigh, Hampshire, you will likely need all types of different tradesmen and apart from a fireplace installer in Eastleigh, Hampshire, you could also need a chimney sweep in Eastleigh, a handyman in Eastleigh, a plumber in Eastleigh, a stonemason in Eastleigh, a blacksmith in Eastleigh, a roofer in Eastleigh, an electrician in Eastleigh, a cleaner in Eastleigh, a carpenter in Eastleigh, a tiler in Eastleigh, skip hire in Eastleigh, a bricklayer in Eastleigh, a builder in Eastleigh, a plasterer in Eastleigh, waste removal in Eastleigh, a painter and decorator in Eastleigh, and other different Eastleigh tradesmen.
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