Fireplace Fitter Hitchin Hertfordshire (SG4): A marvelous way to add a bit of character to any Hitchin home is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Chilly winter evenings can become enjoyable as you sit back beside your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also benefit from free hot water as well.
Before you begin prising away at a blocked up chimney there are some things you will need to consider to ensure you can safely install your new fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed in residential homes in Hitchin must follow Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, and this applies to chimney breasts, fireplaces, flue linings and hearths. If you live in a listed building you'll also need to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local authorities before any work begins.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodeling of a current fireplace can perhaps be executed by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, but if any construction work is needed there is the chance of encountering structural issues which need to be dealt with by a professional. If you are lucky when you expose a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent lintel, chimney breast and hearth that requires little more than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. It's much more likely that you'll come across a blocked flue and old brickwork that requires structural modifications.
Because of the severe health and fire risk issues that can be caused by an improperly fitted or restored fireplace, it is best to draw on the knowledge and experience of an experienced fireplace installer in Hitchin. Airflow has to be adequate in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. Toxic carbon monoxide fumes can accumulate from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated space.
To effectively get over any airflow problems, vents could be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen are able to reach the fire. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also need to have air vents fitted since they can often trap moist air within them causing damp to build up inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's astonishing how much muck and soot can build up inside an old fireplace and chimney and you won't know what's there until you proceed to open it up. It is wise to remove any furniture, carpets and rugs from a room where you're planning to open up an old fireplace, to avoid them from being affected by dust, dirt and soot that might be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning work. If you're lucky enough to be working on a complete renovation then it ought to be one of the first tasks to complete before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This helps prevent any discolouring damage to any refurbished work you have already completed.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace uncovered, it is time to see what is in a fit state to be restored and give the chimney and hearth an intensive clean. Contacting a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the initial things on the to-do-list. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and whilst doing this will check the structural condition of the chimney and offer you advice on whether you need a new flue lining.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all current Building Regulations must be adhered to. These are tasks that need to be done by a competent builder with knowledge of the relevant regulations and quality construction skills.
If it is necessary to change the width of opening of your existing fireplace to a more suitable size for your design, a concrete supporting lintel must be installed. When you have successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now time to repair or upgrade the hearth. You might find the original hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, but to abide by latest building regulations it must be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you may have to purchase a bespoke, custom-built hearth, but there are a whole host of ready-made hearths in marble, slate or concrete.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your ideal fireplace can be difficult amongst the different designs and styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online shop. It is possible that because of your current flue and chimney, that some fireplace designs may not be appropriate, and it's a good idea to follow the the recommendations and advice of your fireplace installation company with respect to this.
Some homes and rooms will be more suited to an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. As an example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop for a traditional cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its charm and deflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you don't have a pre-existing chimney in your Hitchin property, it is still feasible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A chimney is not needed in this instance as a stainless steel flue is taken directly from the rear or top of the stove and channeled through an exterior wall.
WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the flickering of a natural fireplace on a dark evening, but if your circumstances do not allow for this, what alternatives are on offer?
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a variety of styles to suit your property and are typically more efficient (thermally) than wood burners. A Gas Safe registered technician must maintain and fit any gas fire in your property.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Hitchin can be improved by the fitting of a wood burner, which can be found in a range of styles, and can even be fitted as a free standing feature. If coupled with a back boiler can provide steaming hot water to heat radiators or for use in your home.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can use various fuels such as coal, wood, briquettes and other combustive materials. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no longer the smoky, inefficient and draughty objects that they were in the past.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using gas, oil, coal and wood to deliver a multipurpose heater for any home in Hitchin. Some designs, such as the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your entire property.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by anyone who is reasonable competent and there are styles which are suitable for virtually any room and property in Hitchin. Contemporary electric fires can deliver authentic looking flames and even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real fire when inset into a conventional fireplace.
Fireplace installation is available in Hitchin and also in nearby places like: Pirton, Lower Stondon, Ashbrook, Kings Walden, St Ippolyts, Letchworth Garden City, Offley, Walsworth, Preston, Pegsdon, Little Wymondley, Gosmore, Holwell, Weston, Ickleford, Lilley, and in these postcodes SG4 0LB, SG4 0JD, SG4 0LR, SG4 0NF, SG4 0DR, SG4 0PT, SG4 0RF, SG4 7WR, SG4 0QQ, SG4 0YQ. Local Hitchin fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode SG4 and the telephone code 01462. Click the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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Homeowners who live in the following areas and roads have just recently requested fireplace installation - The Green, Brookside, Ashbrook Lane, Sun Street, The Elms, South Place, The Meadows, Apsley End Road, Standhill Road, Traherne Close, Church Path, St Olives, St Giles Road, Coopers Close, Dark Lane, Bancroft, Chestnut Walk, Shelley Close, The Mead, Benslow Path The Avenue, Aston Rise, Cedar Avenue, Dukes Lane, Charlton Road, Cranborne Avenue, St Marys Rise, The Gardens, as well as these local Hitchin postcodes: SG4 0LB, SG4 0JD, SG4 0LR, SG4 0NF, SG4 0DR, SG4 0PT, SG4 0RF, SG4 7WR, SG4 0QQ, SG4 0YQ.
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