Fireplace Fitter Paignton Devon (TQ3): A great way to add some charm to any Paignton property is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the restoration of an existing one. Nippy winter evenings can become enjoyable as you relax in front of your new fireplace surrounded by the crackling of firewood, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also benefit from a plentiful supply of hot water as well.
There are some important considerations to make before you start any work, in order to create a safe, efficient and attractive fireplace in your home. Any work that is undertaken on your hearth, fireplace, flue lining and chimney breast must follow the building regs, Part J for combustible appliances. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you should check with local authorities to find out if planning permission is necessary for installing a fireplace in your property.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the restoration work on a pre-existing fireplace if you've got the skills to do so, but safety and structural issues are often discovered which need to be resolved by a professional tradesman. You could be fortunate when uncovering your old fireplace and find that you need little more than a decent chimney sweep and a quick clean up of the hearth in order to get a fire roaring once more. What is more common however is an area of old, crumbling brickwork that hides a stopped up flue, and also requires some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
Due to the acute fire risk and health problems that can be caused by a poorly fitted or restored fireplace, it is better to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of a specialist fireplace fitter and builder in Paignton. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it's a key requirement of Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. If there's not enough airflow then it's quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.
To overcome this problem a professional fireplace installation team will assess the circumstances and install vents around the room, or under the floor, to ensure an adequate amount of air flow for the fire to combust effectively and safely. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also need to have air vents fitted because they can trap moist air causing damp to develop inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
It is astonishing how much dirt and soot can build up inside an old chimney and you'll not know exactly what's there until you uncover it. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and provide some form of protection, but it is advisable when possible to remove carpets and furniture from the area before any work starts. If you're installing a fireplace as part of a larger home restoration project then it ought to be one of the first things to be done after you have got the room back to its bare walls and floors. This should help to avoid any damage by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed renovation work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace revealed, it is time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated or replaced and to give the hearth and chimney a good cleaning. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the initial things on the to-do-list. They will be able to provide professional advice on the chimney and flue after sweeping, as to the situation with the chimney structure and if it would be advisable to upgrade the existing liner.
After a chimney sweep's assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue lining in keeping with Part J of the Building Regulations. An experienced fireplace installer in Paignton will be needed to carry out this task, and will need the skills and knowledge of construction to follow all building regulations.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are bigger than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel will need to be installed. When you have supported your fireplace with a lintel it will then be necessary to renovate or upgrade the hearth. In the past the hearth was set into the floor, however current regulations require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace isn't of a standard size you might have to purchase a made to measure hearth, but there are a wide range of pre-made hearths in concrete, slate or marble.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be difficult amongst the various styles and designs that are available from an online outlet or fireplace showroom. Not all fireplaces might be suitable for your chimney and flue therefore it is wise to accept any advice and help offered by your sales and installation team regarding your specific situation.
Certain houses and rooms will be more suited to open fireplaces than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. As an example, an inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop to a traditional cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its character and deflects the heat into the room.
A wood burner is also an effective option if you haven't got a chimney breast in your Paignton home. So long as you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the stove can be passed, you do not need a chimney structure in place to be able to experience a "real" fire.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a "real" fire cannot be surpassed, but what alternatives are available if this form of fireplace is not possible within your Paignton property?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use coal, wood, oil and gas to furnish you with a versatile heater for any house in Paignton. Some designs, like the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole home.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room in your home and it has the capacity to burn almost any solid fuel that is available. In earlier times an open fire might have had the associations with being inefficient, smoky and draughty, but a skillfully fitted modern fireplace is a joy to behold while lounging in the warmth it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of designs to suit all types of home and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. A Gas Safe certified contractor must fit and maintain any gas fire in your property.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by any reasonable competent individual and there are varieties and styles that are suitable for just about any room and type of house in Paignton. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide variety of styles to suit any type of home in Paignton, and can even be free standing. If combined with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for other use around the home.
Fireplace installations are available in Paignton and also nearby in: Brixham, Tweenaway, Blagdon, Sandridge, Stoke Gabriel, Galmpton, Longcombe, Galmpton Warborough, Collaton Saint Mary, Goodrington, Shorton, Yalberton, Churchston Ferrers, Waddeton, Marldon, Preston, and in these postcodes TQ3 1AE, TQ3 1DS, TQ3 2DD, TQ3 1AL, TQ3 1DN, TQ3 1AY, TQ3 1DH, TQ3 1DT, TQ3 2BA, TQ3 1AG. Local Paignton fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode TQ3 and the telephone code 01803.
Devon Fireplace Enquiries
Current Devon fireplace customer enquiries: Freddy Cotterill and Michelle Cotterill recently asked for a price quote for re-opening and repairing an old fireplace in a bungalow in Walkhampton, Devon. Joe and Caroline Addis recently asked for a quote for re-opening and restoring an old stone fireplace in a terraced house in Morchard Bishop. Evie-Rose and Greyson Leonard recently requested a price quote for fitting a wood burning stove in a semi-detached house in Modbury. Tomos Wilkins and Alissia Wilkins recently asked for a quotation for fitting a gas fire in a terraced house in Uffculme. Maxwell and Hermione Bush recently asked for an estimate for opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel stove in a cottage in Landkey. Logan Hardy and Summer Hardy recently enquired about the possibility of opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new gas fire in Stokenham. Bruce and Harmony Wright recently asked for a price quote for installing a wood burning stove in Drewsteignton. Gracie-Mae Daniels and Ruben Daniels recently enquired about the possibility of fitting an electric fireplace in Berry Pomeroy.
Searching On the Web
Nowadays most folks in Paignton who are trying to find tradesmen of any sort are likely to "Google it", in other words do a search for them on the internet. You can obtain instantaneous results by making use of Google, Bing, Yahoo or Ask, and certainly that's the appeal of modern search engines. What you'll soon discover is that these favoured search engines display results that are relatively obscure. But, usually you'll type in "fireplace installation Paignton", "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation in Paignton" or "Paignton fireplace installation", with the aim of of finding exactly what you are trying to locate.
However, you'll shortly realise that a lot of the page 1 listings on the various search engines will probably be either "pay per click" adverts or listings for large trade portals such as TrustaTrader, Quotatis, Rated People, My Builder, Checkatrade or Local Heroes or online directories like Yelp, Yell, Hotfrog or Gumtree. In order to uncover the web sites of real fireplace installers, you'll have to scroll down to page two and three or possibly even lower down the listing results. It isn't every fireplace fitter that actually has a business web site, so it is still advisable to make use of a trade portal like My Builder or Rated People to figure out exactly who is available in the Paignton area.
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