Fireplace Fitter Heath Hayes Staffordshire (WS12): Putting in a new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Heath Hayes home is a good way to add character and a homely feel to any room. The addition of an open fire or wood burning stove for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove to be less expensive than certain central heating systems, as long as you've got a regular source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with a plentiful supply of hot water in the process.
There are a few crucial considerations to make before you begin any work, if you are to establish an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your home. All work must follow Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the installation and construction of hearths, chimney breasts, flue linings and fireplaces of any combustible appliance. If you live in a designated conservation area or a listed building you have to check with the local authorities to see if planning permission is required for a fireplace installation in your home.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be able to do some of the work in renovating a pre-existing fireplace if you've got the skills needed, however there is always a problem in finding safety and structural issues which need to be resolved professionally. It may be the case that when you remove the covering from an old fireplace to find a hidden treasure which requires little more than a quick clean and a call to a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. It is much more likely that you will come across old brickwork that requires structural modifications and a blocked flue.
If fireplaces are installed incorrectly there's not only a fire risk to your home, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it's best to bring in a professional Heath Hayes installation team for fireplaces. A major part of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn efficiently and properly. Inadequate oxygen means that the fire won't burn effectively, and a build up of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can cause breathing problems or even death.
To get past this problem a professional fireplace installation team will consider the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or underneath the floors, to guarantee a satisfactory amount of air flow for the fire to combust safely and effectively. They may also have to install air vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and cause damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's amazing how much muck and soot can accumulate inside an old chimney and you will not know precisely what's there until you open it up. Even with covers and other dust protection for your home furnishings, the likelihood of damage from muck and soot is still likely and it's advisable to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning commences. If you are installing a fireplace as part of a larger home restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be done after you've taken the room back to bare walls and floors. By opening a fireplace first you will prevent any soot from the chimney causing staining damage to other phases of your renovation project, such as fresh plaster or wallpapered walls.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace now open, it's time to see what is in a fit state to be restored and to give the chimney and hearth a good clean. The first thing on your agenda will be to contact a competent chimney sweep. They'll be able to provide professional advice on the chimney and flue after sweeping, regarding the condition of the chimney structure and whether you need to switch the existing flue lining.
Following a chimney sweep assessment it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue liner as demanded by Part J of the Building Regulations. These are jobs that need to be done by a competent craftsman with knowledge of the pertinent building regs and quality construction skills.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are larger than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel should be installed. When your new concrete lintel is safely in place you may now get on with the updating, repair and installation of the fireplace hearth. If the current hearth is sunken into the floor you'll have to raise it to observe the latest building regulations. If your fireplace is not a standard size you might have to choose a bespoke, tailor-made hearth, but there are also a whole host of ready-made hearths in marble, slate or concrete.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the range of different choices open to you. Not all fireplaces may be suitable for your existing flue and chimney and it is sensible to accept any advice and help offered by your installation team with regards to your specific situation.
The age of your home, and the theme that you are trying to create for your room, will all help you to decide on the type and design of fireplace that is most suitable. For example, a cast iron wood burner looks splendid set into an inglenook fireplace, which highlights the charm and character of the stove and also deflects the heat back into the room effectively.
A wood-burning stove is also an effective choice if your Heath Hayes property does not have a chimney breast. A pre-existing chimney isn't needed as the flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and routed through an exterior wall.
OPEN, ELECTRIC, WOOD, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of an open fire cannot be matched, but what options are available if this form of fireplace isn't possible in your Heath Hayes home?
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and more efficient when compared to wood burning stoves, there are a multitude of designs and styles to suit any Heath Hayes home. Gas fireplaces must only be installed and maintained by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (previously CORGI registered).
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a unique focal point for any room and it has the capability to burn almost any solid fuel available on the market. An expertly installed contemporary open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was bricked up by earlier owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any property in Heath Hayes.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in a lot of properties in Heath Hayes, and can have classic or modern styling to suit your home's decor. A model with a back boiler can supply extra heating by connecting the piping hot water to radiators in cold rooms in your property.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a range of fuels, (wood, gas, oil, coal) to create a unique focal point in your property in Heath Hayes. They can be utilised not just for heating a room, but some styles like the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the complete home if plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Electric Fireplaces - Electric fireplaces can be fitted easily and safely by any competent person and there are styles and varieties which are suitable for just about any room and property in Heath Hayes. Contemporary electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to imitate an open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Fireplace installation is available in Heath Hayes and also in nearby places like: Burntwood, Great Wyrley, Wimblebury, Chadsmoor, Stoney Lea, Bridgtown, Little Norton, Rawnsley, Norton Canes, Longdon, Hednesford, Chase Terrace, Brownhills, Littleworth, Cannock, Church Hill, and in these postcodes WS12 0HX, WS11 7EY, WS11 7GN, WS11 7WQ, WS11 7GU, WS11 8EF, WS11 7WF, WS11 7YW, WS11 7YS, WS12 2AB. Local Heath Hayes fireplace specialists will probably have the phone code 01543 and the postcode WS12. Simply click the "quote" banner or form to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
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