Fireplace Fitter Molesey Surrey (KT8): Re-opening a disused fireplace to put in an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is an excellent way to add a homely feel and some character to your Molesey home. If you choose to combine your fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire during the cold winter evenings, you'll also be provided with plentiful hot water.
There are some vital considerations to make before you begin any work, if you are to create an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your house. Any combustible appliance in domestic homes in Molesey must conform to Part J of the building regulations, and this covers fireplaces, chimney breasts, hearths and flue linings. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with local council to find out if planning permission is required for a fireplace installation in your home.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodeling of a pre-existing fireplace can probably be completed by a skilled DIYer, however if any building work is necessary there's a chance of encountering structural issues which will need to be handled professionally. If you are lucky when you expose a blocked up fireplace you might find a decent chimney breast, lintel and hearth that requires nothing other than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get it ready for a fire once more. However, what you'll more likely discover is a patch of crumbling bricks that conceals issues such as a lintel that needs replacing or a blocked up chimney.
Owing to the serious health and fire risk issues that can result from an incorrectly fitted or renovated fireplace, it's best to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of a competent fireplace fitter in Molesey. There always has to be a decent air flow into a room where there is a fireplace to guarantee sufficient quantities of oxygen for the fire to burn safely. Insufficient oxygen means the fire will not burn effectively, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide could occur, which can cause injury or death.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fire to receive ample oxygen to burn effectively and safely at all times. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and creating staining and damp spots, vents may need to be installed by the fireplace installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Having a fireplace opened up can cause large amounts of soot and dust to enter your house. It is sensible to remove any carpets, rugs and furniture from a room where you are planning to open up an old fireplace, to avoid them being damaged by dirt, soot and dust that may be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning works. If you're conducting a full renovation of a house or room, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. This will help to avoid any discolouring damage by soot and dirt to any previously completed renovation work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace open, it's time to see what can be renovated or replaced and give the hearth and chimney a thorough clean. The first job on your agenda should be to contact a decent chimney sweep. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and while doing this can inspect the condition of the chimney and provide you with advice on whether you need a new flue liner.
Following a chimney sweep assessment it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue lining in keeping with Part J of the UK Building Regulations. A competent fireplace installer and builder in Molesey will be needed to perform this work, and will have the skills and knowledge of construction to follow all regulations.
If the dimensions of the original fireplace are bigger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel must be put in. When this has been completed the next phase for your Molesey fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. You might discover that your existing hearth has been set into the floor, however to conform to latest regulations it must be raised above floor level. There are tailor-made options to fit pretty much any size and design of fireplace, or you can select from a range of common size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you'll find that you have plenty of choice with the wide range of different choices open to you. It is possible that due to your current flue and chimney, that certain fireplace designs might not be suitable, therefore it's advisable to follow the the recommendations and advice of the fireplace company in this respect.
Certain properties and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop for an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its charm and reflects the heat into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also a splendid option if your Molesey property does not have a chimney breast. Providing that you have an external wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be routed, you don't need to have an existing chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that can't be beaten, but what are the other available options to fit in your new fireplace in Molesey?
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent individual and there are varieties and styles that are appropriate for virtually any room and property in Molesey. Modern electric fires can provide "real" look flames and even the crackling sound of wood to imitate a real fire when set into into a conventional fireplace.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for any room and can be used with an assortment of solid fuels. An open fire is a delight to the eye and modern fireplaces are no longer the draughty, smoky and inefficient items they were in the past.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces come in a range of styles to suit any property and are typically more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe certified technician must maintain and fit any gas fire in your property, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Molesey can benefit from the installation of a wood burner, which are available in a range of designs, and can even be installed as a free standing feature. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for use in your house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various different fuels, including oil, wood, gas or coal, to create an attractive focal point in your house in Molesey. Some designs, like the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, can also be used for generating hot water, cooking and heating your entire home.
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