Fireplace Fitter Oadby Leicestershire (LE2): Installing a brand new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Oadby home is an effective way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. Cold winters' evenings can become a joy as you sit back beside your new fireplace listening to the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even benefit from free hot water as well.
There are some vital considerations to make before you start any work, if you are to create an attractive, efficient and safe fireplace in your property. Any work which is undertaken on your chimney breast, hearth, flue lining and fireplace must adhere to the United Kingdom's Part J building regulations for combustible appliances. If you are living in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you must check with local authorities to find out if planning permission is needed for installing a fireplace in your house.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a keen and competent do-it-yourselfer it is quite possible to renovate a blocked or bricked-up fireplace, however the chance of experiencing structural issues in many cases is high. If you're fortunate when you expose a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent hearth, chimney breast and lintel that involves nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for a fire once more. More likely you'll discover crumbling brickwork that needs structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
An improperly fitted fireplace can cause significant fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace specialist in Oadby with the experience and knowledge to install it effectively. There always has to be enough airflow into a room where there's a fireplace to ensure sufficient quantities of oxygen for the fire to burn safely. Inadequate oxygen means that the fire will not burn well, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can lead to injury or death.
To successfully get around any airflow problems, vents may be fitted around the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and causing damp spots and staining, vents may need to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It's amazing how much muck and soot can accumulate inside an old fireplace and chimney and you'll not know what's there until you uncover it. It is wise to remove any carpets, furniture and rugs from a room where you're planning to open up an old fireplace, to prevent them from being affected by dust, dirt and soot that might be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning works. If you're engaging in a complete restoration of a room or house, the fireplace should be opened up before any plastering or decorating is undertaken. This avoids any discolouring damage to any refurbished work you may have already done.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you can see the fireplace opening it is time to sweep and clean the chimney and hearth and figure out what can be refurbished. The first thing on your checklist should be to contact a competent chimney sweep. They will not only make certain that your chimney and flue are clean, but they can additionally take a look at the state of the chimney and flue liner and provide advice if you need to replace any section of the chimney and flue.
It could be essential to fit a new flue liner to conform to the UK Building Regulations, and work might also be needed to strengthen the existing chimney and breast. A competent fireplace installer and builder in Oadby will be required to accomplish this task, and should have the knowledge and skills in construction to closely follow all building regulations.
If the size of the existing fireplace is bigger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be put in. When this has been done the next phase for your Oadby fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. In the past the hearth was set into a hole in the floor, however the current building regs require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to choose a made to measure hearth, but there are also a whole host of "off-the-shelf" hearths in concrete, marble or slate.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be challenging when faced with the many designs and styles available from a fireplace showroom or online outlet. The advice and suggestions from your installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will enable you to choose a fireplace that is both suitable for your existing chimney and flue, and suited to your decor.
The age of your property, and the style you're trying to develop for your room, should all help you to decide upon the design and type of fireplace that is best for you. For example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop for an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its character and deflects the heat into the room.
A cast iron wood burner is also an excellent option if your Oadby home hasn't got a chimney breast. Provided that you've got an outside wall through which a flue from the top or back of the stove can be routed, you do not need a pre-existing chimney structure to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
OPEN, MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE?
The feel and ambience of an open fire can't be matched, however what alternatives are out there if this kind of fireplace isn't possible in your Oadby property?
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a variety of designs to suit your home and are usually more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces. A Gas Safe registered engineer must install and maintain any gas fire in your home.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any competent individual and there are styles and designs which are appropriate for almost any room and house in Oadby. Even if your room has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be installed that looks almost like a "real" fire with dancing flames.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a stunning focal point for any room in your home and it has the ability to burn virtually any solid fuel that you can buy. A skillfully fitted modern open fire is far from the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps blocked up by previous owners, and its glowing charm is a delightful addition to any property in Oadby.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Oadby can benefit from the installation of a wood burning stove, which come in a variety of styles, and can even be installed as a freestanding feature. If coupled with a back boiler can provide steaming hot water to heat radiators or for other use around the home.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various different fuels, (coal, oil, wood, gas) to generate a focal point in your property in Oadby. The AGA range is well known as being able to provide heating for an entire house, a supply of hot water and a cooker all in one unit.
Fireplace installation is available in Oadby and also in nearby places like: Stoughton, Houghton on the Hill, West Knighton, Glen Parva, Thurnby, Evington, Blaby, Stoneygate, Great Glen, Aylestone Park, Knighton, Clarendon Park, Leicester, Stretton Hall, Wigston, and in these postcodes LE2 4HD, LE2 2LH, LE2 2LA, LE2 4NY, LE2 2HG, LE2 2DP, LE2 2HR, LE2 3RP, LE2 4DS, LE2 2EH. Local Oadby fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode LE2 and the phone code 0116.
Leicestershire Fireplace Enquiries
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