Fireplace Fitter Irchester Northamptonshire (NN29): Opening up a disused fireplace to fit a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is a great way to add a bit of charm and a homely feel to your Irchester property. The addition of an open fire or wood burning stove for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove to be cheaper than some central heating systems, providing that you have a regular source of timber or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of hot water at the same time.
But before you start smashing down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some crucial considerations you must bear in mind to achieve a safe and efficient fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed in the home must comply with Part J of the building regulations, and this covers hearths, fireplaces, chimney breasts and flue linings. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with local authorities to find out if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your home.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple restoration of an existing fireplace can probably be completed by a skilled DIY enthusiast, however if any construction work is required there is a possibility of encountering structural problems which have to be dealt with by a professional. You might be lucky when uncovering your old fireplace and find you need little more than a decent chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get a fire roaring. Much more likely you'll discover old brickwork that needs structural reinforcement and a blocked flue.
Owing to the acute health and fire risk issues that can be caused by an improperly fitted or renovated fireplace, it's best to draw on the experience and knowledge of a skilled fireplace fitter and builder in Irchester. Airflow must be adequate in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; and it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. Dangerous carbon monoxide can accumulate from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
It might be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fireplace to get adequate oxygen to burn efficiently and safely all the time. They may also have to fit air vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap condensing air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A large amount of soot and other grime can be discharged from an old chimney upon opening it up for restoration. Even with covers and other dust protection for your furniture, the likelihood of impairment from dust 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 your fireplace is being fitted as part of a larger restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be worked on after you've brought the room back to bare floors and walls. By opening up a fireplace first you will stop any soot from the chimney causing damage to other parts of your restoration project, such as fresh plasterwork or paint on walls.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With the fireplace now open, it's time to see what can be renovated and give the hearth and chimney a comprehensive cleaning. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. They will be able to provide you with professional guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, as to the situation with the structure of the chimney and if you need to exchange the existing lining.
After a chimney sweeps 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. A reputable fireplace installer and builder in Irchester will be needed to perform this work, and will need the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all regulations.
If you need to change the size of opening of your existing fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your new design, a lintel support should be put in. As soon as this has been completed the next step of your Irchester fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. You might find the original hearth has been set into the floor, but to conform to latest regulations it must be raised above floor level. Pre-made solutions from concrete, slate or marble are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Irchester should be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match your room style.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be difficult amongst the various styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online retailer. It's possible that owing to your existing flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs might not be suitable, therefore it pays to follow the advice of your fireplace installer in this respect.
Certain properties and rooms will be more suited to an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop for an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you don't have a pre-existing chimney in your Irchester home, it is still entirely possible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A chimney is not needed as the flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an external wall.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the crackling of a natural fireplace on a cold winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't permit this, what other options are available?
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any house in Irchester, can easily be fitted by anybody who is reasonable competent. Modern electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to mimic a real open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a focus for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. A skillfully fitted modern open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was bricked up by former owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any property in Irchester.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with a range of fuels, (coal, oil, wood, gas) to generate an attractive focal point in your house in Irchester. The AGA style is well known as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a constant hot water supply and an oven and hob for cooking all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many styles to suit all home types and their efficiency to warm a room is better than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe registered technician must install and maintain any gas fireplace in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Irchester can be improved by the fitting of a wood burning stove, which are available in an array of styles, and can even be installed freestanding. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide hot water to heat radiators or for other use around the home.
Fireplace installations are available in Irchester and also in: Finedon, Knuston, Podington, Hinwick, Wellingborough, Wymington, Rushden, New Barton, Wollaston, Stanwick, Great Doddington, Little Irchester, Farndish, and in these postcodes NN29 7EZ, NN29 7DG, NN29 7AH, NN29 7DL, NN29 7AW, NN29 7RL, NN29 7DD, NN29 7ET, NN29 7EA, NN29 7BL. Local Irchester fireplace specialists will most likely have the phone code 01933 and the postcode NN29. Checking this will ensure that you're accessing local tradesmen installing fireplaces. Irchester householders will be able to utilise these and numerous other related services.
Enabling your chimney to perform a lot more effectively, a chimney lining or flue lining is an important element of the chimney system on your property. Crafted from ceramic material, clay or metal, flue liners are ducts that are fitted to the inside of chimneys to transport smoke and fumes outside. Chimneys on older homes in Irchester may not be fitted with linings at all, or will need to be re-lined depending on their condition and age.
The dangerous gases which are generated when you burn a fire can eat away at your chimney's flue. Make sure that your fireplace installer examines the flue lining for potential issues and damage. You have to prevent those dangerous gases from seeping into your home's living space, which is what can take place when a flue lining is impaired. There is an added threat with busted flue liners, in that they can permit intense heat to pass into the structure of the chimney, which might cause fires.
Fireplace Installation Help, Advice and Social Media
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Northamptonshire Fireplace Installation
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Fireplace Installers Near Irchester
Also: Farndish fireplace installers, Great Doddington fireplace installers, Knuston fireplace installers, New Barton fireplace installers, Little Irchester fireplace installers, Wymington fireplace installers, Hinwick fireplace installers, Stanwick fireplace installers, Warmonds Hill fireplace installers, Podington fireplace installers and more.
Fireplaces Around Irchester: Households in London Road, Barringers Gardens, New Street, Biscay Close, Bakers Crescent, Berrill Street, School Hill, Chester Road, Bradshaw Way, Denton Close, Poplar Close, Larch Close, School Road, Alfred Street, Mansfield Way, Edward Road, Irchester Road, Austin Close, Parsons Road, Cedar Close, Higham Road, Orchard Place, Arkwright Road, have needed fireplace installation recently. Fireplace refurbishment was also completed in the following local Irchester postcodes: NN29 7EZ, NN29 7DG, NN29 7AH, NN29 7DL, NN29 7AW, NN29 7RL, NN29 7DD, NN29 7ET, NN29 7EA, NN29 7BL. These places recently saw activity by installers of fireplaces. Irchester residents received professional and competent fireplace services in every case.
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Fireplace installation in NN29 area, telephone code 01933.