Fireplace Fitter Exmouth Devon (EX8): A great way to add some charm to any Exmouth property is by installing a new fireplace, or renovating an existing one. Adding a multi-fuel stove or open fire for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove to be more economical than some central heating systems, as long as you've got a ready source of timber or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of steaming hot water at the same time.
However before you begin knocking down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some essential things to consider to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. Any work that's carried out on your chimney breast, flue lining, hearth and fireplace must conform to the Part J building regulations for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also be needed before work begins if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward renovation of an existing fireplace can generally be accomplished by a keen DIY person, however if any building work is needed there's a chance of running into structural problems which have to be addressed by a professional. You could be fortunate when exposing your old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a thorough chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get your fire roaring. What you will most likely find is a patch of crumbling bricks that hides issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Exmouth with the experience and knowledge to do the work safely. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it's a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is so. Inadequate oxygen means that the fire won't burn effectively, and carbon monoxide fumes could accumulate, which can cause death.
To successfully get around any airflow problems, 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 causing damp spots and staining, vents may need to be fitted by the installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is astonishing just how much dirt and soot can build up inside an old chimney and you will not know precisely what's there until you proceed to open it up. A fireplace installer will bring covers for your home furnishings and provide a bit of protection, but it's wise when possible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the room before any work begins. If you are fortunate enough to be carrying out a complete restoration project then it ought to be one of the very first tasks to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This will help to prevent any damage by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you're able to see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what can be repaired. Contacting a chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the initial items on your checklist. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and while doing so can inspect the condition of the chimney and offer guidance on whether you need a new flue liner.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current UK Building Regulations must be complied with. A reputable fireplace installer in Exmouth will be needed to perform this task, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all building regulations.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are bigger than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel will have to be installed. When you've successfully supported your fireplace with a new lintel it is now possible to update or repair the hearth. You might find the original hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, but to conform to current regulations it must be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is not a standard size you may have to purchase a made to measure hearth, however there are also a wide range of ready-made hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be challenging when faced with the various sizes, styles and shapes available from a fireplace showroom or online retailer. It's entirely possible that owing to your existing flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that certain fireplaces may not be appropriate, therefore it's advisable to follow the advice of your fireplace installer in this respect.
You property's age, and the theme you're trying to establish for your room, will all help you decide upon the design and type of fireplace which is most suitable. As an example, a wood burning stove looks splendid set into an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character of the stove and also reflects the heat into the room to good effect.
Even if your Exmouth home doesn't have a chimney breast you've still got the option of a fireplace feature through the installation of a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. A chimney isn't required because a stainless steel flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and routed through an exterior wall.
GAS, OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a log fire can't be surpassed, but what alternatives are out there if this style of fireplace isn't possible in your Exmouth property?
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become very popular in many households in Exmouth, and can have classic or modern design to suit your furnishings. An integrated back boiler is an extra benefit and could provide hot water for personal use, or to provide heating in another area via a radiator.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces, there are a whole host of styles to suit any type of Exmouth property. Gas fires can only be maintained and fitted by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with options to use wood, coal, gas and oil to furnish you with a multi-purpose stove for any property in Exmouth. Some styles, such as the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole home.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a diverse choice of designs make electric fireplaces an extremely popular choice for Exmouth houses without a chimney. Even if your property has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a real fire with an authentic flame effect.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a focal point for your room and can be used with an assortment of solid fuels. In the bad old days an open fire might have had the reputation of being draughty, inefficient and smoky, but a professionally fitted modern fireplace is wonderful to watch while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Fireplace installations are available in Exmouth and also nearby in: Woodbury, Lympstone, Brixington, Hulham, Budleigh Salterton, Bystock, Exeter, Exton, Knowle Village, Woodmanton, Sandy Bay, Topsham, Courtlands Cross, Withycombe Raleigh, Littleham, and in these postcodes EX8 1AR, EX8 1AF, EX8 1SU, EX8 1JF, EX8 1BT, EX8 1BQ, EX8 1QU, EX8 1RY, EX8 1LS, EX8 1AN. Local Exmouth fireplace specialists will probably have the dialling code 01395 and the postcode EX8.
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More Help and Guidance
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Fireplace Installation work has recently been done in these Exmouth streets and roads - Burnside, Danby Terrace, South Street, Trinfield Avenue, Bradham Lane, Schooners Court, Comilla Close, Seymour Road, Bankside, Shakespeare Way, Stoke Lyne, Beechway, Sadler Close, Church Road, Cherry Close, The Beacon, Sheppards Row, St Sevan Way, Cauleston Close, Cliston Avenue, Brooklands Road, Salterton Road, Burgmanns Hill, Church Mews, Boarden Barn, as well as the following Exmouth area postcodes: EX8 1AR, EX8 1AF, EX8 1SU, EX8 1JF, EX8 1BT, EX8 1BQ, EX8 1QU, EX8 1RY, EX8 1LS, EX8 1AN.
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