Fireplace Fitter Penwortham Lancashire (PR1): Re-opening a disused fireplace to fit a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is a splendid way to add a homely feel and some charm to your Penwortham property. Adding a wood burning stove or open fire for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove to be cheaper than certain central heating systems, as long as you have a good source of fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of hot water in the process.
Before you start bashing away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you will need to do to ensure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any combustible appliance installed in residential homes in Penwortham must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this covers hearths, chimney breasts, fireplaces and flue linings. If your property is a listed building you'll also need to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work can begin.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward remodel of a pre-existing fireplace can be executed by a skilled DIYer, but if any building work is required there is the chance of encountering structural issues which will need to be dealt with by a professional. You might be lucky when you expose the old fireplace and discover you need nothing more than a decent chimney sweep and a quick clean up of the hearth to get your fire roaring. However, what you will most likely find is a pile of crumbling, old bricks that hides problems such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
If a fireplace is installed incorrectly there is not just a risk of fire to your property, but there can also be health hazards, which is why it is advisable to employ a specialist Penwortham installation company for fireplaces. A major part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn properly and efficiently. Toxic carbon monoxide fumes can develop from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated room.
It could be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fireplace to get adequate oxygen to burn safely and efficiently at all times. To avoid condensed air from becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and producing staining and damp spots, vents might have to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Opening up an old fireplace can cause a lot of of soot and dirt to enter your house. It is advisable to remove any furniture, rugs and carpets from a room where you're planning to expose an old fireplace, to avoid them from being affected by dirt, soot and dust that might be stirred up during the fireplace installation works. If you are installing a fireplace as part of a larger renovation then it should be one of the initial things to be worked on after you have got the room back to bare floors and walls. This prevents any discolouring damage to any renovated work you've already completed.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've opened up your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be able to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clean up any parts of hearth that may have been left in place. Bringing in a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the first items on the checklist. They'll not only make sure your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can also assess the state of the chimney and flue liner and provide advice if you need to upgrade any area of the flue and chimney.
After a chimney sweep assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast and/or install a new flue liner as demanded by Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This type of work must be completed by a skilled person who is familiar with the current building regulations and decent construction practices.
If the size of the existing fireplace is bigger than your needs, a concrete supporting lintel will need to be put in. When you have successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it is now necessary to renovate or upgrade the hearth. You might find your existing hearth has been sunken into a floor void, but to be in accordance with current regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to purchase a bespoke, tailor-made hearth, but there are a wide range of ready to fit hearths in marble, concrete or slate.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the range of different choices available to you. It's entirely possible that because of your existing chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that certain fireplace designs may not be appropriate, therefore it pays to follow the recommendations from your fireplace installer with respect to this.
You property's age, and the style that you're trying to establish for your room, will all help you decide on the design and type of fireplace which is most suitable. As an example, an inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its charm and deflecting heat back into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also a splendid choice if you do not have a chimney breast in your Penwortham property. A chimney is not needed in this instance since the flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
ELECTRIC, GAS, WOOD, OPEN OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The ambience and feel of a "real" fire can't be matched, however what alternatives are available if this form of fireplace is not possible within your Penwortham property?
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a stunning focal point for any room in your home and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. A professionally installed modern open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was boarded up by previous owners, and its warm charm is a delightful addition to any home in Penwortham.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a wide choice of designs make electric fireplaces the obvious choice for Penwortham properties without a chimney. Can be set into traditional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from the real thing.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of different styles to suit any period of property in Penwortham, and can even be a freestanding feature. If combined with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for other use around the home.
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a wide range of styles to suit any home and are typically more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces. Have to be professionally installed and maintained by Gas Safe certified (previously CORGI registered) technician.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with various different fuels, including oil, wood, coal or gas, to generate an attractive focal point in your property in Penwortham. The AGA range is well known as being capable of providing heating for an entire house, a constant hot water supply and an oven and hob for cooking all in one unit.
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