Fireplace Fitter Hartlepool County Durham (TS24): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is an excellent way to add some charm and a homely feel to any Hartlepool property. Nippy winters' evenings can become a pleasure as you relax in front of your fireplace listening to the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also enjoy a plentiful supply of hot water as well.
There are a few crucial things you must think about before you start any work, if you are to establish a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your house. Any work that is performed on your fireplace, chimney breast, flue lining and hearth must comply with the United Kingdom's building regs, Part J for combustible appliances. If you are living in a designated conservation area or a listed building you have to check with local council to see if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your property.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are an enthusiastic and competent DIY'er it may be possible to refurbish an existing bricked-up fireplace, however the probability of running into structural problems in the majority of cases is unfortunately high. If you're fortunate when you expose a boarded fireplace you may find a decent hearth, lintel and chimney breast that involves little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. What you will likely find is an area of old bricks that hides problems such as a lintel that needs replacing or a stopped up chimney.
An improperly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace specialist in Hartlepool with the experience and knowledge to do the work safely. A major factor of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn properly and efficiently. Deadly carbon monoxide can soon build up from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated room.
To overcome this issue a professional Hartlepool fireplace installer will evaluate the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or under the floor, to guarantee a sufficient airflow for the fire to combust safely and properly. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents may have to be installed by the installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
An enormous amount of dust and soot can be discharged from an old chimney when reopening it for restoration. A thoughtful Hartlepool fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and provide a bit of protection, however it is advisable when possible to remove carpets and furniture from the area before any work begins. If you're engaging in a complete renovation of a house or room, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is undertaken. By opening a fireplace first you will prevent any chimney soot causing damage to other stages of your project, such as fresh plasterwork or paint on walls.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace uncovered, it is time to see what needs to be renovated or replaced and give the hearth and chimney an intensive cleaning. You now ought to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. They'll be able to offer you expert advice on the chimney and flue after sweeping, as to the situation with the chimney and if you need to exchange the existing flue lining.
After a chimney sweeps examination it may be required 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 should be done by a competent tradesman with knowledge of the pertinent building regs and quality construction skills.
If the size of the original fireplace is larger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be installed. When you have supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now necessary to repair or update the hearth. You might find the original hearth has been sunken into a floor void, however to abide by current building regulations it must be raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from marble, slate or concrete are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Hartlepool might be able to offer a bespoke, custom-made hearth to complement your room style.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the choices that are available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. The suggestions and advice from your fireplace installers, which will be based on your specific requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace that is both suited to your existing flue and chimney, and suited to your decor.
Some rooms and properties will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a wood burner can look amazing in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
A wood burner is also a good choice if your home hasn't got a chimney breast. So long as you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the top or back of the stove can be channeled, you don't need to have a chimney structure in place to experience a real fire.
GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that cannot be matched, however what else is available to install in your lovely new fireplace in Hartlepool?
Gas Fireplaces - Delivering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) when compared with open fireplaces or wood burning stoves, there are a wide selection of styles to suit any Hartlepool home. Have to be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) tradesman.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become extremely popular in a lot of homes in Hartlepool, and can have modern or classic design to match your decor. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using wood, oil, coal and gas to furnish you with a multipurpose stove for any property in Hartlepool. The AGA range for instance is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the whole home, a supply of hot water and a hob and oven all in one unit.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a focal point for a room and can be used with a variety of solid fuels. In earlier times an open fire may have been associated with being inefficient, draughty and smoky, but a professionally installed modern fireplace is wonderful to watch while lounging in the warmth it provides.
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a wide choice of designs make electric fireplaces the obvious choice for Hartlepool houses that don't have a chimney breast. Even if your room has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a "real" fire with dancing flames.
Fireplace installation is available in Hartlepool and also in nearby places like: High Throston, Blackhall Colliery, Elwick, Rift House, Durham, Hartfields, Wingate, Claxton, Middleton, Hesleden, Peterlee, Seaton Carew, Castle Eden, Greatham, and in these postcodes TS24 0BP, TS24 0SP, TS24 0HL, TS24 0LX, TS24 0LL, TS24 0BH, TS24 0LR, TS24 0SY, TS24 0DA, TS24 0JG. Locally based Hartlepool fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode TS24 and the dialling code 01429.
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Fireplace installation was recently completed for homeowners living in Alston Street, Stonechat Close, Darvel Road, Boswell Grove, Durness Grove, Chichester Close, Atkinson Court, Avenue Road, St Bees Walk, Downham Grove, Slake Terrace, Sitwell Walk, The Elms, Cornwall Street, Auckland Way, Dallas Road, Copperwood Close, Sandringham Road, Spencers Buildings, Berkeley Avenue, Torquay Avenue, Burn Valley Road, Bathgate Terrace, Teesbrooke Avenue, Ainderby Walk, Aged Miners Homes, Scott Grove, Beachfield Drive, Springston Road, Dorma Park Bungalows and these Hartlepool postcodes: TS24 0BP, TS24 0SP, TS24 0HL, TS24 0LX, TS24 0LL, TS24 0BH, TS24 0LR, TS24 0SY, TS24 0DA, TS24 0JG.
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