Fireplace Fitter Kidderminster Worcestershire (DY10): An excellent way to add some charm to any Kidderminster home is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Cold winters' evenings can become enjoyable as you sit back in front of your fireplace listening to the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even enjoy a plentiful supply of hot water too.
However before you start knocking down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some crucial considerations you must bear in mind to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. All work carried out must observe Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the installation and construction of fireplaces, chimney breasts, hearths and flue linings of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also be necessary before work begins if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a competent and enthusiastic DIYer it might be quite possible to refurbish a bricked-up fireplace, however the chance of running into structural problems in most cases is unfortunately high. It may be the case that when you pull back the boarding surrounding an old fireplace to find a hidden gem which requires nothing more than a good clean up and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. However, what you will more likely discover is a wall of crumbling bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
Owing to the severe fire risk and health issues that can be caused by a poorly fitted or renovated fireplace, it is preferable to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of an experienced fireplace fitter in Kidderminster. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. If the airflow is not good enough then it's quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be lethal.
To get past this problem a professional Kidderminster fireplace installer will consider the situation and install vents in the room, or under the floor, to ensure a satisfactory air flow for the fire to combust safely and properly. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also need to have air vents installed as they can trap moist air causing damp to build up inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is astonishing just how much dust and soot can accumulate inside an old chimney and fireplace and you'll not know precisely what is there until you uncover it. It's advisable to remove any carpets, rugs and furniture from a room where you're going to uncover an old fireplace, to prevent them from being affected by dust, muck and soot that might be whipped up during the fireplace installation works. If you're fortunate enough to be carrying out a complete renovation project then it ought to be one of the very first tasks to complete before re-plastering and decorating the walls. By opening up a fireplace first you will avoid any chimney soot causing staining damage to other parts of your project, such as wallpapered walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now you can see the opening of your fireplace it is time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and see what is fit for restoring. You should now get hold of your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. They'll not only ensure your flue and chimney are clean, but they can also determine the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide advice if you need to upgrade any part of the chimney and flue.
Following a chimney sweep's assessment it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as set out in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This work must be done by a qualified person who is familiar with the building regulations and good working practices.
If the size of the existing fireplace is larger than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel must be installed. When your lintel is in position and secure you can now get on with the updating, installation and repair of the fireplace hearth. If the current hearth is sunken into the floor you will need to raise it to conform to the latest building regs. Pre-made solutions from slate, marble or concrete are available to accomplish this, or your fireplace installer in Kidderminster may be able to offer a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match the design of your room.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be challenging amongst the many styles that are available from an online shop or fireplace showroom. It is entirely possible that owing to your current flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that certain fireplace designs might not be appropriate, and it's advisable to follow the the advice and recommendations of your fireplace installation company in this respect.
The age of your home, and the theme that you're trying to establish for your room, should all help you decide on the design and type of fireplace that is best for you. For instance, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop for a traditional cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its charm and deflects the heat into the room.
Even if your Kidderminster property doesn't have a chimney you've still got the option of a feature fireplace through the installation of a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. So long as you have an outside wall through which a flue from the stove can be routed, you don't need an existing chimney in place to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
MULTI-FUEL, OPEN, ELECTRIC, GAS OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fire on a dark winters' evening, but if your situation doesn't permit this, what are the other available options?
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for your room and can utilise a range of solid fuels. In earlier times an open fire might have had the associations with being draughty, inefficient and smoky, but a professionally fitted contemporary fireplace is a delight to the eye whilst lounging in the warm glow it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a range of fuels, including oil, wood, coal or gas, to create an attractive focal point in your house in Kidderminster. Some designs, such as the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole property.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of styles to suit any type of house in Kidderminster, and can even be free standing. If combined with a back boiler these can provide hot water to heat radiators or for use around the house.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a varied choice of designs make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Kidderminster houses without a chimney. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a genuine fire with an authentic flame effect.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of different styles to suit all property types and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. A Gas Safe registered contractor must maintain and install any gas fireplace in your home.
Fireplace installation is available in Kidderminster and also nearby in: Wolverley, Shenstone, Summerfield, Hoobrook, Shatterford, Habberley, Blakedown, Cookley, Hurcott, Ismere, Chaddesley Corbett, Iverley, Stourport, Harvington, Worcester, Trimpley, and in these postcodes DY10 1NB, DY10 1HA, DY10 1HG, DY10 1XL, DY10 1XP, DY10 1QL, DY10 1UD, DY10 1LG, DY10 1HR, DY10 1SQ. Locally based Kidderminster fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode DY10 and the telephone code 01562. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
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Recent Worcestershire fireplace customer projects: Malachy Ferreira and Anaya Ferreira recently enquired about getting a price for installing a wood burning stove in a terraced house in Callow Hill. Caitlin Healey and Teodor Healey recently enquired about fitting an electric fireplace in a terraced house in West Malvern, Worcestershire. Malaika and Riaan Gardiner recently asked for a quote for opening up and restoring an old, bricked up fireplace in a detached house in Eckington. Lily-Mai and Toby Mackay recently enquired about opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new electric fireplace in a bungalow in Dunley, Worcestershire. Mr and Mrs Mottram recently enquired about the installation of a gas fireplace in Beoley. Mateo Hooper and Vanessa Hooper recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel stove in Crowle. Summer and Malachy Bear recently asked for a quote for re-opening an old fireplace and fitting a new gas fire in a semi-detached house in Rubery, Worcestershire. Rayyan Snell and Naomi Snell recently enquired about the possibility of installing a wood burning stove in Astley, Worcestershire.
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In the previous year fireplaces were fitted in these Kidderminster streets: Doddington, Doverdale Avenue, Buckeridge Lane, Brett Young Close, Bull Ring, The Quarry, Shrubbery Close, Dark Lane, Stonechat Close, Carroll Walk, Bronte Drive, Chaucer Crescent, Churchill Lane, Burghley Drive, Dunclent Crescent, Barnetts Lane, Talbot Square, Spring Grove Road, Sutton Park Rise, Borrington Road, The Leasowes, The Holloway, Dunclent, Skylark Way, Bliss Gate Road, The Paddocks, The Serpentine, Brinton Close, Blount Terrace, and in these Worcestershire postcodes: DY10 1NB, DY10 1HA, DY10 1HG, DY10 1XL, DY10 1XP, DY10 1QL, DY10 1UD, DY10 1LG, DY10 1HR, DY10 1SQ.
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