Fireplace Fitter Harrow Greater London (HA1): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a splendid way to add charm and a homely feel to any Harrow property. If you choose to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire on those chilly winter evenings, you will also be supplied with plentiful boiling hot water.
Before you start chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you'll need to consider to make certain you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any combustible appliance in residential homes in Harrow must follow Part J of the UK's buildings regulations, and this applies to flue linings, chimney breasts, fireplaces and hearths. If you are living in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with local authorities to find out if planning permission is needed for installing a fireplace in your home.
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 structural and safety problems are often discovered which need to be resolved professionally. If you are lucky when you expose a blocked up fireplace you might find a decent lintel, chimney breast and hearth that needs little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. However, what you'll likely discover is a pile of old bricks that conceals problems such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that needs replacing.
A wrongly installed fireplace can cause significant fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be put in by a professional fireplace company in Harrow with the experience and knowledge to do the work effectively. A major part of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available for the fire to burn properly and efficiently. Insufficient oxygen means that the fire will not burn well, and a build up of carbon monoxide could occur, which can lead to breathing problems or even death.
To get past this problem a professional Harrow fireplace fitter will consider the circumstances and install vents around the room, or beneath the floors, to ensure a satisfactory air flow for the fire to burn safely and efficiently. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also have to have air vents installed since they can trap moist air inside them and cause damp to develop inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A substantial amount of soot and other muck can be released from a bricked up chimney when opening it up for renovation. It is wise to remove any rugs, carpets and furniture from an area where you're planning to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them from being affected by dust, soot and dirt that may be stirred up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning work. If you're fortunate enough to be working on a complete home renovation project then it should be one of the initial jobs to complete before re-plastering and decorating the walls. This should help to avoid any harm by dirt and chimney soot to any completed renovation work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you can see the fireplace opening it is time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what can be repaired. The very first thing on your checklist will be to contact a proper chimney sweep. Not only will they make certain your chimney and flue are clean, but they can also assess the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide advice about whether you need to upgrade any section of the flue and chimney.
It might be essential to put in a new flue liner to observe the all important UK Building Regulations, and work might also be required to reinforce the existing chimney and chimney breast. This sort of work must be completed by a competent tradesman with experience of the relevant building regulations and good working practices.
If the size of the original fireplace is greater than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel must be installed. Once this is complete the next step for your fireplace installation in Harrow will be to upgrade the hearth. If the current hearth is sunken into the floor you'll need to raise it to observe the latest building regulations. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you may have to purchase a made to measure hearth, however there are also a whole host of ready to fit hearths in marble, slate or concrete.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be tricky when faced with the many shapes, sizes and designs that are available from a fireplace showroom or online dealer. The advice and suggestions from your fireplace installers, which will be based on your specific requirements, will enable you to pick a fireplace that's both perfect for your flue and chimney, as well as for your decor.
You property's age, and the theme that you are trying to create for your room, should all help you decide upon the design and type of fireplace that's most suitable. For instance, an inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also a great choice if you don't have a chimney breast in your Harrow property. This type of fireplace can be installed with a flue which is routed through an external wall and does not require a chimney, to be installed safely.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that can't be beaten, but what else is available to fit in your new fireplace in Harrow?
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide variety of styles to suit any type of property in Harrow, and can even be freestanding. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide hot water for radiators or for other use in your home.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can be used with various fuels such as briquettes, coal, wood and other flammable materials. An expertly fitted contemporary open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps blocked up by former owners, and its warm charm is a delightful addition to any home in Harrow.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Harrow houses without a chimney. Even if your home has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be installed that looks almost like a real fire with multi-coloured flames.
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a variety of styles to suit your property and are generally more efficient than wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and fitted by a Gas Safe registered tradesperson.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various different fuels, including coal, gas, oil or wood, to generate a focal point in your property in Harrow. Some types, such as the AGA range, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole property.
Fireplace installation is available in Harrow and also in: Harrow Weald, Harrow on the Hill, Belmont, Kenton, Burnt Oak, Rayners Lane, Pinner, Sudbury, South Harrow, North Wembley, West Harrow, Roxeth, North Harrow, Greenhill, Wealdstone, Preston, and in these postcodes HA1 1ST, HA1 1XZ, HA1 1YH, HA1 1SU, HA1 1PA, HA1 1UD, HA1 1XY, HA1 1JP, HA1 1SG, HA1 1BW. Locally based Harrow fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode HA1 and the phone code 020.
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