Fireplace Fitter Lytham St Annes Lancashire (FY8): Opening up a disused fireplace to install a wood burner, a gas fire or an open fire is an excellent way to add some character and a homely feel to any Lytham St Annes home. Nippy winter evenings can become very enjoyable as you sit in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackling of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even enjoy cheap hot water too.
Before you go chipping away at a blocked up chimney there are some things you will need to consider to make certain you can safely install and use your new fireplace. Any work that is performed on your fireplace, flue lining, hearth and chimney breast must follow the Part J building regulations for combustible appliances. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you should check with the local authorities to see if planning permission is needed for installing a fireplace in your house.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the restoration work to a pre-existing fireplace if you've got the skills to do so, however there is always a problem in finding safety and structural issues which need to be resolved by a professional. It may be that in order to get a fire burning in your fireplace once more you will need nothing more than a good clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What you'll more likely find is a pile of crumbling, old bricks that hides issues such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there's not just a fire risk to your property, but there can also be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is better to hire a competent Lytham St Annes installation company for fireplaces. There must always be airflow into a room where a fireplace is installed to guarantee sufficient amounts of oxygen for the fire to burn safely. Insufficient oxygen means the fire will not burn properly, and a build up of carbon monoxide could occur, which can lead to death.
To get past this concern a professional Lytham St Annes fireplace fitter will assess the situation and fit vents around the room, or under the floors, to guarantee a satisfactory amount of air flow for the fire to combust properly and safely. They might have to install air vents in unused chimney flues which sometimes trap condensing air and cause damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Opening up an old fireplace can cause huge amounts of dirt and soot to enter your home. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and supply a bit of protection, however it is sensible where possible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the area before work commences. If your fireplace is being installed as part of an overall renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be completed once you have brought the room back to its bare walls and floors. By opening a fireplace first you will stop any chimney soot causing damage to other phases of your renovation project, such as fresh plaster or paint on walls.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you're able to see the fireplace opening it is time to sweep and clean the hearth and chimney and identify what is fit for refurbishment. Bringing in a chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the very first items on your to-do-list. They'll not only ensure that your flue and chimney are clean, but they can also assess the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide guidance about whether you need to upgrade any section of the flue and chimney.
It could be essential to install a new flue liner to conform to the current Building Regulations, and construction work may also be needed to beef up the original chimney and breast. These are jobs that need to be done by a competent craftsman with knowledge of the appropriate regulations and reliable construction skills.
In buildings that are older you might discover that the original fireplace is too wide for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be required to adapt the opening. When you've supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now necessary to update or repair the hearth. In the old days the hearth would be set into a hole in the floor, however current regulations require it to be raised above floor level. There are made to measure options to fit pretty much any style and size of fireplace, or you can select from a variety of common sized hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with a wide array of different choices open to you. It is quite possible that owing to your existing flue and chimney, that some fireplaces might not be suitable, therefore it pays to follow the advice of the fireplace company in this respect.
Some homes and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop to a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its character and reflects the heat into the room.
Even if your Lytham St Annes property hasn't got a chimney you still have options for a fireplace feature by installing a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. This style of fireplace can be installed with its own stainless steel flue which is taken through an outside wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, ELECTRIC OR GAS FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the flickering of a natural fire on a cold evening, but if your situation doesn't allow for this, what alternatives are on offer?
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become extremely popular in many households in Lytham St Annes, and can have modern or classic styling to complement your home's decor. If combined with a back boiler these can provide hot water for radiators or for other use in your home.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is an attractive focal point for any room in your home and it has the capability to burn almost any solid fuel that you can purchase. An open fire is a delight to the eye and modern fireplaces are no more the inefficient, smoky and draughty things that they once were.
Gas Fireplaces - Offering instant heat and more efficient (thermally) when compared to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces, there are a wide variety of designs and styles to suit any Lytham St Annes home. Gas fireplaces can only be maintained and fitted by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered technician, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fires a popular choice for Lytham St Annes homes without a chimney breast. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that looks almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with options to use wood, oil, gas and coal to furnish you with a versatile stove for any house in Lytham St Annes. They can be utilised not just for heating a single room, but some designs like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the complete home if plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Fireplace installations are available in Lytham St Annes and also nearby in: Little Marton, Staining, Warton, Marton Fold, Ansdell, Weeton, Blackpool, Great Marton, Hey Houses, Singleton, Fairhaven, Kirkham, Freckleton, Layton, Wrea Green, Higher Ballam, and in these postcodes FY8 1DP, FY8 1NT, FY8 1GL, FY8 1NN, FY8 1JX, FY8 1DG, FY8 1JP, FY8, FY8 1PN, FY8 1LE. Local Lytham St Annes fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode FY8 and the telephone code 01253. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
Help and Advice
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Fireplace Enquiries Lancashire
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Households in Bedford Road, Dorset Road, Alexandria Drive, Beatty Close, Derby Road, Bath Road, Brompton Close, Shalbourn Road, Ballam Road, Clifton Gardens, States Road, Derwent Road, Smithy Lane, Thornton Avenue, Tewkesbury Drive, Ambleside Road, School Lane, The Belfry, Central Beach, Anson Close, Anchor Way, Bridge Road, Britannia Walk, Bath Street, Bellingham Road, Trent Street, Ashwood Close, South Holme, have needed fireplace installation recently. Fireplace restoration was also completed in the following local Lytham St Annes postcodes: FY8 1DP, FY8 1NT, FY8 1GL, FY8 1NN, FY8 1JX, FY8 1DG, FY8 1JP, FY8, FY8 1PN, FY8 1LE.
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