Fireplace Fitter Lancing West Sussex (BN15): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is an effective way to add a homely feel and some charm to your Lancing home. The addition of an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those chilly winter evenings can even prove to be less expensive than some central heating systems, providing that you have a ready source of fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plenty of steaming hot water at the same time.
There are some vital considerations to make before you commence any work, in order to establish an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your home. Any work that is executed on your chimney breast, fireplace, flue lining and hearth must comply with the Part J Building Regulations for combustible appliances. If you are living in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you should check with the local council to see if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your property.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodel of a current fireplace can probably be accomplished by a skilled DIYer, but if any building work is required there's the possibility of running into structural issues that have to be dealt with professionally. If you're lucky when you open up a boarded fireplace you may find a decent hearth, lintel and chimney breast that involves nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. However, what you will more likely find is a wall of old bricks that hides problems such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that needs replacing.
Due to the severe fire risk and health issues that can result from an incorrectly fitted or renovated fireplace, it is best to draw on the experience and knowledge of a professional fireplace fitter in Lancing. A major factor of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn properly and efficiently. Lethal carbon monoxide can accumulate from an inefficiently burning fire in a poorly ventilated room.
To overcome this issue a professional fireplace installation team will consider the situation and install vents around the room, or under the flooring, to ensure a sufficient amount of air flow for the fire to combust properly and safely. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and causing damp spots and staining, vents may have to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Having a fireplace opened up can cause huge amounts of soot and grime to enter your home. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and provide some form of protection, but it's wise when possible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the area before work starts. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of an overall renovation then it ought to be one of the first things to be completed once you have taken the room back to its bare walls and floors. By opening up a fireplace first you will prevent any soot from the chimney causing damage to other parts of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now you can see the fireplace opening it is time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and see what can be repaired. Bringing in a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the initial items on your checklist. A chimney sweep will first of all clean the flue and while doing this will check the structural condition of the chimney and offer advice on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
It might be essential to put in a new flue liner to observe the current Building Regulations, and construction work may also be needed to reinforce the original chimney and breast. These are jobs that should be done by a competent builder with a good understanding of the applicable building regs and reliable construction skills.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are larger than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel will have to be put in. When your concrete lintel is safely in position you can now get on with the installation, renovation and updating of the fireplace hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to observe the latest regulations. If your fireplace is not a standard size you might have to purchase a made to measure hearth, however there are a wide range of pre-made hearths in concrete, marble or slate.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will illustrate the alternatives that are available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. Every fireplace will not be appropriate for your existing flue and chimney therefore it's wise to accept any advice from your fireplace installers regarding your particular situation.
The age of your property, and the theme you're trying to create for your room, will all help you to decide on the type and design of fireplace that's best for you. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and deflecting heat back into the room.
A wood burner is also an excellent choice if you don't have a chimney breast in your Lancing property. This kind of fireplace can be fitted with its own stainless steel flue which is taken through an outside wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be safely installed.
WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, ELECTRIC OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply can't be matched, but what are the other available options to install in your lovely new fireplace in Lancing?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with the option of using gas, oil, coal and wood to furnish you with a multipurpose heater for any home in Lancing. They can be used not just for heating a single room, but some styles like the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the entire house if they are plumbed into a radiator system.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a unique focal point for any room and can use a number of different solid fuels. In the old days an open fire might have had a reputation of being smoky, draughty and inefficient, but a well fitted contemporary fireplace is a delight to the eye whilst lounging in the warm glow it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Lancing can be improved by the fitting of a wood burning stove, which are available in a range of designs, and can even be installed free standing. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating for the house via radiators.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any property in Lancing, can be easily fitted by anybody who's reasonable competent. Can be inset into traditional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish them from the genuine thing.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of designs to suit all home types and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Have to be professionally maintained and fitted by a Gas Safe registered tradesperson.
Fireplace installation is available in Lancing and also nearby in: South Lancing, Bramber, Broadwater, Upper Beeding, North Lancing, Sompting, Coombes, Botolphs, Shoreham-by-Sea, Washington, Worthing, Steyning, Goring by Sea, Wiston, Findon, and in these postcodes BN15 8EQ, BN15 0EX, BN15 0PR, BN15 8EU, BN15 0PP, BN15 5BD, BN15 0HP, BN15 0PZ, BN15 8BE, BN15 5BR. Locally based Lancing fireplace specialists will probably have the dialling code 01903 and the postcode BN15. Click on the "quote" banner to get details about fireplace installation in your area.
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