Fireplace Fitter Kirkby Merseyside (L32): Installing a new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Kirkby property is a great way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any room. Nippy winter evenings can become a joy as you sit back in front of your new fireplace listening to the crackling of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also enjoy plentiful hot water as well.
Before you begin chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you will need to consider to ensure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. All work carried out must comply with 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 have to be sought before work commences if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic remodeling of a pre-existing fireplace can probably be achieved by a skilled DIY enthusiast, however if any construction work is necessary there is the possibility of running into structural problems that have to be addressed by a professional. It might be your good fortune when you remove the covering from an old fireplace to uncover a hidden treasure that needs little more than a good clear out and a call to a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. What you will most likely find is a wall of old, crumbling bricks that conceals issues such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
Due to the acute health and fire risk problems that can result from an improperly installed or restored fireplace, it is preferable to draw on the experience and knowledge of a reliable fireplace installer in Kirkby. A key part of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available for the fire to burn efficiently and safely. Not enough oxygen means that the fire won't burn effectively, and a build up of carbon monoxide could occur, which can cause death.
It could be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fireplace to receive ample oxygen to burn properly and safely at all times. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also need to have air vents fitted as they can trap moist air causing damp to occur inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
It's amazing just how much soot and muck can build up inside an old chimney and you'll not know exactly what is there until you open it up. It is wise to remove any rugs, furniture and carpets from a room where you're planning to open up an old fireplace, to avoid them being affected by dust, soot and muck that may be whipped up during the fireplace installation works. If you are conducting a complete restoration of a property or room, the fireplace should be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. By opening a fireplace first you will prevent any chimney soot causing damage to other parts of your project, such as fresh plasterwork or wallpapered walls.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace now open, it is time to see what can be renovated and give the hearth and chimney a good clean. You now need to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They will not only ensure your chimney and flue are clean, but they can additionally take a look at the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide guidance if you need to replace any area of the chimney structure and flue.
After a chimney sweep's examination it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue lining as set out in Part J of the Building Regulations. These are tasks that require a skilled craftsman with knowledge of the appropriate regulations and sound construction skills.
If you need to modify the size of opening of your original fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a supporting lintel should be put in. When your new concrete lintel is safely in position you can now press on with the repair, updating and installation of the fireplace hearth. You might discover that the original hearth has been set into a void in the floor, but to conform to latest regulations it must be raised above floor level. Pre-made options from slate, concrete or marble are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Kirkby should be able to provide you with a bespoke, custom-made hearth to match the style of your room.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be tricky when faced with the many sizes, shapes and styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online store. It is entirely possible that due to your current chimney and flue, that certain fireplaces may not be appropriate, therefore it's advisable to follow the advice of your fireplace installer with respect to this.
The age of your property, and the style you're trying to develop for your room, should all help you determine the type and design of fireplace that's most suitable for you. For example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks fantastic set into an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm and character of the stove and deflecting the heat back into the room effectively.
Even if your Kirkby property does not have a chimney you still have options for a feature fireplace through the installation of a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. This form of fireplace can be fitted with a stainless steel flue that is taken through an external wall and doesn't need a chimney, to be safely installed.
OPEN, ELECTRIC, WOOD, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a "real" fire cannot be beaten, however what options are out there if this form of fireplace isn't possible in your Kirkby home?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for your room and can be used with an assortment of solid fuels. A professionally installed open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was bricked up by earlier owners, and its glowing elegance is a welcome addition to any property in Kirkby.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a range of fuels, (oil, wood, gas, coal) to create an attractive focal point in your home in Kirkby. The AGA range is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one useful appliance.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of households in Kirkby, and can have classic or modern design to complement your furnishings. A version with a back boiler can deliver supplementary heating capabilities by transferring the hot water to radiators in cold rooms in your home.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a multitude of designs to suit any property and are typically more efficient (thermally) than wood burners. A Gas Safe registered engineer must maintain and fit any gas fire in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fireplaces a popular choice for Kirkby properties without a chimney. Contemporary electric fires can deliver "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to replicate a real fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Fireplace installation is available in Kirkby and also in nearby places like: Old Roan, Northwood, Melling, Waddicar, Croxteth, Knowsley, Southdene, Norris Green, Simonswood, Melling Mount, Aintree, Westvale, Barrow Nook, Gillmoss, and in these postcodes L32 1BD, L32 0WA, L31 1DJ, L32 1TB, L32 0UL, L32 0TA, L32 0SN, L32 0UP, L32 1BT, L32 0TE. Locally based Kirkby fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode L32 and the telephone dialling code 0151.
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