Fireplace Fitter Ilkley West Yorkshire (LS29): Installing a new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Ilkley property is a splendid way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any room. Cold winters' evenings can become a joy as you sit in front of your fireplace listening to the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also benefit from free hot water as well.
There are a few important things you must think about before you start any work, in order to create a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your home. Any work that is completed on your fireplace, hearth, chimney breast and flue lining must adhere to the Part J building regs for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also be necessary before work begins if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be able to do some of the work in renovating an existing fireplace if you've got the ability needed, however structural and safety problems are often discovered which need to be resolved professionally. You might be fortunate when you expose the old fireplace and discover that you need nothing more than a thorough chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get your fire roaring once more. However, what you will more likely discover is a wall of crumbling, old bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
An improperly installed fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and should only be put in by a professional fireplace specialist in Ilkley with the experience and knowledge to install it effectively. There must always be airflow into a room where a fireplace is installed to ensure adequate amounts of oxygen allow the fire to burn properly. A deficiency of oxygen means that the fire won't burn well, and carbon monoxide could build up, which can cause injury or death.
It might be necessary to fit airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fireplace to receive ample oxygen to burn safely and effectively at all times. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents may need to be installed by the installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Opening up an old fireplace can create huge amounts of muck and soot. It is advisable to remove any furniture, rugs and carpets from a room where you're going to open up an old fireplace, to prevent them from being damaged by grime, soot and dust that will be disturbed during the fireplace installation work. If you are fortunate enough to be carrying out a full renovation then it ought to be one of the first jobs to work on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This avoids any staining damage to any renovated work you have already completed.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now you can see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and see what is fit for refurbishment. The first job on your agenda should be to call in a competent chimney sweep. They will not only make sure your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can also look at the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer advice if you need to replace any section of the chimney and flu, such as the flue liner.
If you need 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 competent builder with a knowledge of the pertinent regulations and reliable construction skills.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are greater than your needs, a concrete supporting lintel must be put in. When you've supported your fireplace with a new lintel it will then be necessary to renovate or update the hearth. You may find the original hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, however to abide by latest regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you may have to purchase a custom-built hearth, however there are a wide variety of pre-made hearths in concrete, slate or marble.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your ideal fireplace can be challenging amongst the different shapes, sizes and designs that are available from a fireplace showroom or online shop. It is quite possible that because of your existing chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that certain fireplace designs may not be suitable, therefore it's a good idea to follow the the recommendations and advice of your fireplace company with respect to this.
Whether you go for a multi-fuel stove, an open fireplace or a wood burner will depend on the look you're trying to establish, your existing decor and in some cases, your property's age. If you have an attractive inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look stunning set inside it, which also has the benefit of effectively reflecting the heat into the room from the stone or brick walls surrounding the stove.
Even if your Ilkley property does not have a chimney you've still got the option of a feature fireplace through the installation of a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. An existing chimney isn't needed as the flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and routed through an outside wall.
ELECTRIC, GAS, WOOD, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates a charm and ambience that simply can't be matched, but what are the other options available to put into in your brand new fireplace in Ilkley?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with options to use gas, oil, wood and coal to furnish you with a multi-purpose stove for any property in Ilkley. They can be utilised not simply for heating a single room, but some types like the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the whole property if they're plumbed into a radiator network.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any property in Ilkley, can be easily fitted by any reasonable competent person. Even if your property has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a genuine fire with multi-coloured flames.
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a wide range of styles to suit your home and are more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces. Gas fires can only be maintained and installed by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (formerly CORGI registered).
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Ilkley can be improved by the installation of a wood burning stove, which are available in a variety of designs, and can even be fitted freestanding. If combined with a back boiler they can provide hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your house.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can use various fuels such as wood, coal, briquettes and other flammable materials. In past times an open fire may have had a reputation of being inefficient, smoky and draughty, but a well fitted contemporary fireplace is a joy to behold while basking in the warmth it provides.
Fireplace installations are available in Ilkley and also in nearby places like: Bolton Abbey, Hazlewood, Denton, Silsden, Riddlesden, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Askwith, Addingham, Esscroft, Beamsley, Burley Woodhead, High Eldwick, Menston, Otley, East Morton, Norwood, and in these postcodes LS29 1FQ, LS29 8BD, LS29 8AG, LS29 1GH, LS29 8BT, LS29 1FG, LS29 1FW, LS29 6XS, LS29 1EN, LS29 0DT. Locally based Ilkley fireplace specialists will most likely have the phone code 01943 and the postcode LS29.
West Yorkshire Fireplace Enquiries
Current West Yorkshire fireplace installation job postings: Lilly-Rose and Kelvin Keay recently requested an estimate for opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new wood burner in a cottage in Netherthong, West Yorkshire. Jensen Lacey and Anastasia Lacey recently asked for an estimate for re-opening an old fireplace and fitting a new gas fire in Shelley. Lina Dack and Rehan Dack recently enquired about getting a price for installing an electric fireplace in a bungalow in Thorner, West Yorkshire. Florence and Amos Walkden recently requested an estimate for re-opening and repairing an old brick fireplace in Mickletown. Ralph and Isabel Bentley recently requested a quote for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new multi-fuel fire in Darrington. Aasiyah Cassidy and Owain Cassidy recently requested a quotation for installing a wood burner in a terraced house in Shelley, West Yorkshire. Amir Mcfadden and Adelaide Mcfadden recently requested a quotation for re-opening and repairing an old, bricked up fireplace in Shepley, West Yorkshire. Isaiah and Dana Carmichael recently enquired about installing a gas fire in Northowram, West Yorkshire.
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Information, Help and Social Media
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