Fireplace Fitter Ilkeston Derbyshire (DE5): Re-opening a disused fireplace to install a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is a wonderful way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to your Ilkeston home. Adding an open fire or wood burning stove for those chilly winter evenings can even be less expensive than some central heating systems, providing that you've got a good source of fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with a plentiful supply of hot water at the same time.
However before you start smashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some vital considerations you must bear in mind to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed in residential homes in Ilkeston must follow Part J of the Building Regulations, and this covers flue linings, fireplaces, chimney breasts and hearths. If you are living in a designated conservation area or a listed building you should check with local council if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your house.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic renovation of an existing fireplace can generally be achieved by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any building work is required there's a possibility of running into structural problems which have to be addressed by a professional. If you are fortunate when you expose a blocked up fireplace you may find a decent hearth, lintel and chimney breast that needs little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. More likely you will discover crumbling brickwork that needs structural modifications and a stopped up flue.
Because of the severe health and fire risk problems that can result from an improperly installed or restored fireplace, it is best to draw on the experience and knowledge of a professional fireplace installer in Ilkeston. A major part of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for a fire to burn efficiently and properly. A deficiency of oxygen means that the fire won't burn well, and a build up of carbon monoxide could occur, which can lead to breathing problems or even death.
It could be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to get enough oxygen to burn safely and properly all the time. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents might have to be installed by the fireplace installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A large amount of soot and muck can be released from an old fireplace when reopening it for restoration. A fireplace installer will bring coverings for your home furnishings and provide a bit of protection, but it is advisable when possible to remove carpets and furniture from the area before any work begins. If you're performing a complete restoration of a room or property, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any decoration or plastering works are dealt with. This prevents any staining damage to any renovated work you might have already completed.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace revealed, it's time to see what needs to be renovated and to give the hearth and chimney a good clean. The first item on your checklist will be to call in a decent chimney sweep. They'll be willing to offer you expert advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, regarding the state of the chimney and if it is advisable to exchange the existing liner.
It may be essential to fit a new flue liner to comply with the Building Regulations, and work might also be needed to beef up the original chimney and breast. This type of work must be accomplished by a competent tradesman with experience of the relevant building regulations and good working practices.
In older buildings you might discover the revealed fireplace is too wide for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to modify the opening. When your new concrete lintel is safely in position you may now get on with the installation, updating and renovation of the fireplace hearth. You may find your existing hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, but to conform to latest regulations it must be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is not a standard size you may have to choose a bespoke, tailor-made hearth, however there are a wide range of pre-made hearths in concrete, marble or slate.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the alternatives available for the different fireplace designs and styles. Not all fireplaces might be appropriate for your existing flue and chimney and it is wise to accept any advice and guidance offered by your installation team in relation to your particular circumstances.
Certain rooms and properties will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For instance, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
If your Ilkeston home does not have a chimney breast you still have options for a feature fireplace through the installation of a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. An existing chimney is not needed because a stainless steel flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and channeled through an exterior wall.
OPEN, WOOD, GAS, ELECTRIC OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the flickering of a natural fire on a dark evening, but if your circumstances do not allow for this, what are the other available options?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a variety of fuels, including coal, gas, wood or oil, to create a unique focal point in your property in Ilkeston. Some designs, such as the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, can also be used for generating hot water, cooking and heating your whole home.
Wood Burning Stoves - An array of styles to suit any period of house in Ilkeston, and can even be freestanding. A model with an integrated back boiler can provide extra heating by transferring the heated water to a radiator in a cold room of your home.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a focus for any room in your home and it has the capability to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can buy. In past times an open fire might have had the reputation of being draughty, smoky and inefficient, however a skillfully installed fireplace is a joy to sit in front of and bask in the warmth it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - Available in an array of styles to suit any property and are generally more thermally efficient than wood burners. Gas fireplaces must only be maintained and installed by a qualified Gas Safe registered technician, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit any house in Ilkeston, can be easily fitted by anyone who's reasonable competent. Modern electric fires can deliver authentic looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to replicate an open fire when set into into an old fashioned fireplace.
Fireplace installations are available in Ilkeston and also in: Newthorpe, Long Eaton, Heanor, West Hallam, Mapperley, Stanley Common, Kimberley, Kirk Hallam, Eastwood, Awsworth, Morley, Cossall, Giltbrook, Dale Abbey, Trowell Strelley, Nuthall, Shipley, Larklands, and in these postcodes DE7 4DU, DE7 4EW, DE7 4HH, DE7 4AA, DE7 4GS, DE7 4HB, DE7 4AB, DE7 4AN, DE7 4HW, DE7 0SX. Locally based Ilkeston fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone dialling code 0115 and the postcode DE5. Simply click on the "quote" banner or form to get information on fireplace installation in your location.
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Householders living in the following areas and roads have just recently requested fireplace installation - Albany Street, Amilda Avenue, Coniston Drive, Shaw Street East, The Grange, Derwent Avenue, Avonlea Close, Anson Walk, Balmoral Road, Birdcroft Lane, Albert Street, Sycamore Close, Drummond Road, Summerfields Way South, Cloves Hill, Broomfield Estate, Depedale Avenue, Stoppard Close, Burncroft, Cheriton Drive, Bright Street, Adale Road, Chiltern Drive, Smedley Avenue, Dumbles Close, Clumber Court, The Croft, as well as these local Ilkeston postcodes: DE7 4DU, DE7 4EW, DE7 4HH, DE7 4AA, DE7 4GS, DE7 4HB, DE7 4AB, DE7 4AN, DE7 4HW, DE7 0SX.
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