Fireplace Fitter Glenrothes Scotland (KY6): A fantastic way to add some charm to any Glenrothes home is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. Chilly winter evenings can become enjoyable as you relax in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even benefit from plentiful hot water as well.
Before you start chipping away at a blocked up chimney there are some things you'll need to consider to ensure you can safely install your new fireplace. Any work that's undertaken on your chimney breast, fireplace, flue lining and hearth must adhere to the Part J Building Regs for combustible appliances. If you reside in a listed building you'll also need to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work can commence.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the work in restoring an existing fireplace if you have the skills to do so, however there is always a problem in finding safety and structural problems which need to be resolved professionally. If you are lucky when you expose a boarded fireplace you may find a decent hearth, lintel and chimney breast that needs little more than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. What you will more likely discover is an area of crumbling, old bricks that conceals problems such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that needs replacing.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there is not just a fire risk to your property, but there can also be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it's best to bring in a professional Glenrothes installation company for a fireplace. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. If there's not enough airflow then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be deadly.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to receive enough oxygen to burn safely and properly all the time. They may also have to fit vents in unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap condensing air and cause damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Having a fireplace opened up can cause huge amounts of grime and soot to enter your room. Even with dust sheets for your home furnishings, the likelihood of impairment from soot and muck is still possible and it is advised to remove your furniture, rugs and carpets before any fireplace renovation work begins. If you are lucky enough to be carrying out a full restoration project then it should be one of the initial tasks to focus on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. By opening a fireplace first you will stop any soot from the chimney causing damage to other phases of your restoration project, such as fresh plasterwork or paint on walls.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clear out any parts of hearth that is still in position. The first thing on your checklist will be to contact a decent chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing this will be able to check the structural condition of the chimney and provide guidance on whether a new flue liner is required.
After a chimney sweep's assessment it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as laid down in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This kind of work needs to be accomplished by a competent tradesman who is familiar with the relevant building regulations and decent working practices.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are greater than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel must be put in. As soon as this is complete the next phase of your Glenrothes fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. You might discover that your existing hearth has been set into a floor void, but to be in accordance with current regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you may have to choose a tailor-made hearth, however there are also a whole host of pre-made hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will reveal the alternatives available for the different designs and styles of fireplaces. Not all fireplaces might be suitable for your chimney and flue therefore it is wise to accept any guidance and advice from your sales and installation team with regards to your particular circumstances.
Some homes and rooms will be more suitable for an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. As an example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop for a traditional cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you don't have a pre-existing chimney breast in your Glenrothes property, it is still feasible to install a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. An existing chimney is not needed in this instance as a stainless steel flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and routed through an external wall.
ELECTRIC, GAS, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold, dark evening creates a charm and ambience that simply cannot be beaten, but what are the other available options to fit in your lovely new fireplace in Glenrothes?
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any property in Glenrothes, can easily be fitted by any reasonable competent individual. Contemporary electric fires can provide real look flames and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to mimic an open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a variety of fuels, including coal, oil, wood or gas, to generate an attractive focal point in your property in Glenrothes. Some types, like the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for generating hot water, cooking and heating your whole home.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become extremely popular in a lot of properties in Glenrothes, and can have classic or modern styling to complement your decoration. If coupled with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for use around the house.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many styles to suit all property types and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to open fireplaces. Gas fires must only be maintained and fitted by a certified Gas Safe registered technician, (formerly CORGI registered).
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room and it has the capability to burn almost any solid fuel that you can buy. An expertly fitted modern open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was bricked up by past owners, and its glowing elegance is a welcome addition to any room in Glenrothes.
Fireplace installation is available in Glenrothes and also nearby in: Kinross, Freuchie, Markinch, Leslie, Buckhaven, Falkland, Kinglassie, Kettlebridge, Kirkcaldy, Thornton, Methil, Kingskettle, Coaltown of Balgonie, Windygates, Kennoway, Cardenden, and in these postcodes KY6 2BX, KY6 2AB, KY6 2BP, KY6 1BH, KY6 1JQ, KY6 1JB, KY6 2BW, KY6 2AN, KY6 2EU, KY6 1AZ. Local Glenrothes fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode KY6 and the phone code 01592.
Searching On the Internet For Fireplace Installation
There is no question that your initial impulse when you are looking for tradesmen in Glenrothes is to head online and "Google it". Since you're reading this webpage at this immediate, you probably stumbled on it by looking on Ask, Google, Yahoo or Bing. At first it might seem that the results which are displayed on the 1st page are precisely what you were looking for, however that's not always the reality. But, usually you will key in "fireplace installation in Glenrothes", "Glenrothes fireplace installation", "fireplace installation near me" or "fireplace installation Glenrothes", in the hope of discovering what you're trying to find.
However, you will quickly discover that many of the 1st page of listings on those search engines will likely be either pay per click (PPC) advertising or entries from large trade portals such as Quotatis, Rated People, My Builder, TrustaTrader, Bidvine or Checkatrade or online directories like Free Index, Yelp, Yell or 3 Best Rated. The real web sites of fireplace installers in Glenrothes (if they have one), is likely to be abandoned on the 2nd or 3rd pages of the listings. Accordingly you will have to dig deeper. Rated People, Checkatrade and alternative trader review portals are still worth using at times, since you never can have too much information, their reviews, client appraisals and free quotations can help you choose.
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