Fireplace Fitter Kettering Northamptonshire (NN15): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a good way to add charm and a homely feel to any Kettering home. If you opt to combine your fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire during the chilly winter evenings, you'll also be supplied with plentiful steaming hot water.
Before you start prising away at a blocked up chimney there are some things you'll need to think about to make sure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any work that's undertaken on your fireplace, hearth, chimney breast and flue lining must conform to the Building Regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. If you live in a listed building you'll also have to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work begins.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the renovation work on an existing fireplace if you've got the ability needed, but safety and structural problems are often discovered which need to be resolved by a professional. You could be fortunate when you reveal the old fireplace and discover you need nothing more than a thorough clean up of the hearth and a chimney sweep in order to get your fire roaring once more. However, what you'll more likely discover is a wall of old bricks that hides issues such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
Due to the severe health and fire risk issues that can result from a poorly installed or renovated fireplace, it is preferable to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a specialist fireplace fitter in Kettering. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; and it's a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. Not enough oxygen means the fire won't burn properly, and carbon monoxide could build up, which can cause death.
It could be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fire to receive adequate oxygen to burn safely and properly at all times. They might also have to fit vents into unused chimney flues which can trap moist air and cause damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A large amount of soot and other dirt can be discharged from an old fireplace upon reopening it for restoration. It's advisable to remove any furniture, carpets and rugs from an area where you're planning to expose an old fireplace, to prevent them from being affected by soot, grime and dust that will be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning work. If you are performing a full restoration of a house or room, the fireplace should be opened up and worked on before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. This avoids any discolouring damage to any refurbished work you've already done.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace now open, it is time to see what needs to be restored and give the hearth and chimney a good clean. You now ought to get hold of your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and while doing so will inspect the condition of the chimney and offer you guidance on whether you need a new flue 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. These are tasks that should be done by a skilled craftsman with a good understanding of the applicable regulations and quality construction skills.
If it is necessary to change the width of opening of your exposed fireplace to something more suitable for your design, a lintel support will have to be put in. When your new concrete lintel is safely in position you may now get on with the renovation, updating and installation of the fireplace hearth. In the old days the hearth was normally sunken into the floor, however the latest building regs demand that it's raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to choose a made to measure hearth, but there are also a whole host of ready-made hearths in slate, concrete or marble.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be tricky amongst the many designs and styles available from a fireplace showroom or online store. Every fireplace might not be suitable for your existing chimney and flue and it is wise to accept any advice and help offered by your installation team regarding your specific circumstances.
Certain rooms and properties will be more suited to open fireplaces than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you've got an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look gorgeous set within it, and has the added benefit of effectively reflecting 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 Kettering property, it is still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. Providing that you have an outside wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be channeled, you don't need an existing chimney in place to enjoy a "real" fire.
GAS, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that can't be beaten, however what are the other options available to put into in your lovely new fireplace in Kettering?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using wood, oil, gas and coal to deliver a multi-purpose stove for any home in Kettering. They can be used not only for heating a room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the entire home when plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent person and there are styles and designs that are suitable for almost any room and home in Kettering. Modern electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real open fire when set into into an old fashioned fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a stunning focal point for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can buy. An open fire is lovely to see and contemporary fireplaces are no more the smoky, draughty and inefficient items that they used to be.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Kettering can be improved by the installation of a wood burning stove, which come in a variety of designs, and can even be fitted as a freestanding feature. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide hot water for radiators or for other use in your house.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of styles to suit all types of house and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and installed by Gas Safe certified (replaced CORGI register in 2009) engineer.
Fireplace installation is available in Kettering and also nearby in: Orlingbury, Rushton, Loddington, Cransley, Warkton, Barton Seagrave, Desborough, Little Cransley, Rothwell, Pytchley, Mawsley, Isham, Broughton, Glendon, Cranford, and in these postcodes NN15 5BW, NN15 5HL, NN15 5UP, NN14 4XU, NN15 5HW, NN15 5WT, NN15 6AG, NN15 5AT, NN15 5HB, NN14 6XW. Locally based Kettering fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode NN15 and the telephone dialling code 01536.
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Fireplace Installation work has recently been done in the following Kettering areas and streets - Sherwood Drive, Storefield Cottages, Sandlands Avenue, Bridge Street, Burnell Close, Burditt Close, Churchill Close, Churchill Way, Duck End, Cogan Crescent, Douglas Court, Carlow Street, Clarence Road, Blandford Avenue, Anderson Drive, Bedford Close, Thirlmere Close, Balfour Street, St Dunstans Close, Cedar Close, Severn Court, Carrington Street, Sandringham Court, The Square, Baker Court, Springfield Avenue, Chandler Gardens, Church Street, Central Avenue, Salisbury Street, as well as these local Kettering postcodes: NN15 5BW, NN15 5HL, NN15 5UP, NN14 4XU, NN15 5HW, NN15 5WT, NN15 6AG, NN15 5AT, NN15 5HB, NN14 6XW.
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