Fireplace Fitter Harwich Essex (CO12): Fitting a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Harwich property is a splendid way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. If you combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove during the nippy winters' evenings, you will also be provided with a plentiful supply of boiling hot water.
But before you start knocking down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some crucial considerations you must bear in mind to achieve a safe and efficient fireplace. Any work that's completed on your flue lining, hearth, chimney breast and fireplace must follow the UK's building regs, Part J for combustible appliances. If you are living in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with the local authorities if planning permission is needed for installing a fireplace in your home.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and enthusiastic DIY'er it may be possible to restore a blocked or bricked-up fireplace, however the likelihood of encountering structural problems in many cases is high. It could be that in order to get a fire burning in your fireplace once more you'll need nothing more than a good clean of the hearth and a sweeping of the chimney. Much more likely you will come across old brickwork that needs structural modifications and a blocked flue.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not only a risk of fire to your home, but there can also be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is best to employ a professional Harwich installation team for fireplaces. Airflow has to be adequate in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. Deadly carbon monoxide can soon build up from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated space.
To safely get around any airflow issues, vents may need to be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. They might also have to install air vents into unused chimney flues which sometimes trap moist air and lead to staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is astonishing just how much dirt and soot can accumulate inside an old chimney and you'll not know what's there until you uncover it. A decent Harwich fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and supply a bit of protection, but it's sensible where possible to remove furniture and carpets from the room before work starts in earnest. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of an overall renovation then it should be one of the initial things to be completed after you've taken the room back to bare floors and walls. This prevents any discolouration damage to any renovated work you've already done.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace uncovered, it is time to see what can be renovated and give the hearth and chimney a comprehensive clean. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and whilst doing this will be able to inspect the condition of the chimney and provide advice on whether you need a new flue lining.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all Building Regulations must be followed. These are jobs that need to be done by a capable tradesman with knowledge of the relevant regulations and sound construction skills.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are greater than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel will need to be installed. As soon as this has been completed the next step for your Harwich fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll need to raise it to comply with the latest regulations. You can get made to measure options to fit virtually any design and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a range of popular size and shape hearths to match your decor.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the array of different options open to you. The advice and suggestions from your installation team, which will hinge on your particular requirements, will enable you to pick a fireplace that's both perfect for your existing flue and chimney, as well as for your home's decor.
Whether you go with an open fireplace, a wood burner or a multi-fuel stove will be based on the all round look that you're trying to create, your current decor and in some cases, your home's age. If you've got an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look stunning set inside it, which also has the benefit of effectively deflecting the heat into the room from the brick or stone walls that surround the stove.
Even if your Harwich home doesn't have a chimney breast you've still got the option of a fireplace feature by putting in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. Providing that you've got an external wall through which a flue from the top or back of the stove can be routed, you don't need an existing chimney structure in place to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
ELECTRIC, OPEN, GAS, WOOD OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The charm and ambience of an open fireplace can't be matched, but what options are available if this sort of fireplace isn't possible in your Harwich property?
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can be used with various fuels such as wood, briquettes, smokeless coal and other burnable materials. In past times an open fire may have had the associations with being draughty, inefficient and smoky, but a well fitted contemporary fireplace is a delight to the eye whilst reclining in the warm glow it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using coal, wood, gas and oil to furnish you with a versatile stove for any home in Harwich. The AGA style is well known as being capable of providing heating for the entire home, a constant hot water supply and an oven and hob for cooking all in one unit.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by any reasonable competent individual and there are styles that are appropriate for virtually any room and house in Harwich. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a "real" fire with an authentic flame effect.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide array of different styles to suit any period of house in Harwich, and can even be free standing. If fitted with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for use in your home.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of different designs to suit all types of property and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burners. A Gas Safe registered engineer must maintain and install any gas fire in your home.
Fireplace installations are available in Harwich and also in: Great Oakley, Wrabness, Little Bentley, Little Bromley, Lawford, Thorpe-le-Soken, Ramsey, Little Oakley, Kirby le Soken, Walton-on-the-Naze, Beaumont, Frating, Weeley, Bradfield, Parkeston Quay, Dovercourt, and in these postcodes CO12 3AW, CO12 3JB, CO12 3LB, CO12 3RL, CO12 3PL, CO12 3HY, CO12 3RZ, CO12 3QP, CO12 3EB, CO12 3HQ. Locally based Harwich fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone code 01255 and the postcode CO12. Click on the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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