Fireplace Fitter Herne Bay Kent (CT6): A good way to add a bit of charm to any Herne Bay property is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Nippy winters' evenings can become a joy as you sit in front of your new fireplace surrounded by the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even enjoy plentiful hot water too.
There are some crucial considerations to make before you commence any work, if you are going to create an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your property. Any combustible appliance in residential homes in Herne Bay must conform to Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this covers chimney breasts, hearths, fireplaces and flue linings. If you own a listed building you will also have to ascertain if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work begins.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward remodeling of an existing fireplace can perhaps be completed by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any construction work is necessary there's the chance of encountering structural problems that need to be handled by a professional. It could be that in order to get a fire burning once more you'll need little more than a quick clean of the hearth and a sweeping of the chimney. Much more likely you will discover crumbling brickwork that needs structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
Due to the acute health and fire risk problems that can result from an incorrectly fitted or restored fireplace, it is better to draw on the experience and knowledge of a skilled fireplace fitter and builder in Herne Bay. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations that this is so. Lethal carbon monoxide fumes can soon develop from a fire burning inefficiently in an inadequately ventilated space.
To successfully get around any issues with air flow, vents could be fitted around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also have to have air vents fitted since they can trap moist air and cause damp to develop inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A large amount of soot and dust can be discharged from an old fireplace upon reopening it for renovation. A thoughtful Herne Bay fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and supply some form of protection, however it's wise where possible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the room before any work starts in earnest. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall restoration project then it ought to be one of the initial things to be worked on once you've got the room back to bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll stop any soot from the chimney causing discolouring damage to other phases of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clear out any parts of hearth that can be re-used. The first thing on your checklist should be to call in a proper chimney sweep. They will be able to offer professional advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, concerning the condition of the structure of the chimney and whether it would be advisable to swap the existing liner.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current Building Regulations must be followed to the letter. This sort of work needs to be tackled by a qualified craftsman who is acquainted with the appropriate building regulations and good construction practices.
In older buildings you may discover the existing fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be needed to modify the opening. When your new lintel is in place and secure you may now get on with the repair, installation and updating of the fireplace hearth. In the past the hearth would be set into a void in the floor, but the current regulations require it to be raised above floor level. You can find made to measure options to fit virtually any design and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a range of common sized hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you go to a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the wide range of different choices available to you. Every fireplace may not be suitable for your existing chimney and flue and it's wise to accept any advice and guidance from your installation team regarding your particular circumstances.
Some homes and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a wood burning stove can look amazing in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of deflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you don't have an existing chimney breast in your Herne Bay home, it is still feasible to install a wood burning or multi fuel stove. Provided that you have an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you don't need an existing chimney structure to be able to experience a real fire.
WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, OPEN OR GAS FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a log fire cannot be beaten, however what alternatives are out there if this style of fireplace isn't possible within your Herne Bay property?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies they can be fired up with with different fuels, such as wood, gas, oil or smokeless coal, and become an attractive focal point in any kitchen or lounge in Herne Bay. The AGA range is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a cooker all in one unit.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a focus for any room in your home and it has the capacity to burn almost any solid fuel that is available. A skillfully fitted modern open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps blocked up by former owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any property in Herne Bay.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Herne Bay can benefit from the fitting of a wood burner, which are available in a range of styles, and can even be fitted as a freestanding feature. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in other rooms via radiators.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any home in Herne Bay, can easily be fitted by any reasonable competent person. Modern electric fires can deliver authentic looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to mimic an open fire when set into into a traditional fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many designs to suit all types of property and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to wood burners. Have to be professionally maintained and fitted by a Gas Safe registered tradesman.
Fireplace installation is available in Herne Bay and also nearby in: Reculver, Beltinge, Whitstable, Hoath, Monkton, Herne Common, Broadoak, Westbere, Birchington, Hersden, St Nicholas at Wade, Chestfield, Eddington, Sturry, Tyler Hill, Upstreet, Broomfield, and in these postcodes CT6 5PB, CT6 5BQ, CT6 5BP, CT6 5LG, CT6 5AJ, CT6 5SE, CT6 5JJ, CT6 5DD, CT6 5EX, CT6 5RA. Locally based Herne Bay fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode CT6 and the dialling code 01227. Simply click the "quote" form or banner to get info on fireplace installation in your location.
Kent Fireplace Enquiries
Recently posted Kent fireplace installation job requests: Robin Keane and Frida Keane recently asked for a price quote for opening up and repairing an old, bricked up fireplace in a bungalow in Dunton Green, Kent. Leena and Byron Roberts recently asked for a price quote for fitting a multifuel fireplace in Newington. Mr and Mrs Neville recently enquired about opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new wood burner in Wye. Kieran and Elaina Ridley recently requested a price quote for the installation of an open fireplace in a bungalow in East Farleigh. Dahlia Khalid and Myles Khalid recently requested a quote for re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel stove in a bungalow in Plaxtol, Kent. Deen Crane and Lillian Crane recently enquired about getting a price for the installation of a wood burning stove in Sutton Valence, Kent. Zeeshan Steer and Priya Steer recently requested a quotation for opening up and restoring an old stone fireplace in a detached house in Sholden. Athena and Raees Ireland recently enquired about the possibility of fitting a wood burning stove in a semi-detached house in Hamstreet.
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Around Herne Bay
Homeowners who live in the following areas and roads have recently requested fireplace installation - Albion Lane, Sunningdale Walk, Cornwallis Avenue, Busheyfield Road, Daimler Avenue, The Downings, Cavendish Road, Benstede Close, Dence Park, Shapland Close, Arkley Road, Standard Avenue, Curtis Wood Park Road, The Broadway, Beach Street, Silverdale Drive, Central Avenue, Churchill Avenue, Coopers Hill, The Fairway, St Georges Terrace, Southsea Drive, Arolla Road, Bridle Way, Seymour Close, Aldridge Close, Bournemouth Drive, Broomfield Road, as well as these local Herne Bay postcodes: CT6 5PB, CT6 5BQ, CT6 5BP, CT6 5LG, CT6 5AJ, CT6 5SE, CT6 5JJ, CT6 5DD, CT6 5EX, CT6 5RA.
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