Fireplace Fitter Portsmouth Hampshire (PO1): Putting in a brand new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Portsmouth property is a wonderful way to add character and a homely feel to any room. Chilly winters' evenings can become enjoyable as you sit back in front of your fireplace listening to the crackling of a burning fire, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can also benefit from plentiful hot water too.
Before you begin chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are some things you will need to consider to ensure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any work that is executed on your chimney breast, fireplace, flue lining and hearth must follow the United Kingdom's Part J building regulations for combustible appliances. If your home is a listed building you'll also have to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local authorities before any work can begin.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodel of an existing fireplace can generally be achieved by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, but if any building work is necessary there's a possibility of encountering structural issues which will have to be handled by a professional. You may be lucky when uncovering your old fireplace and find out you need nothing more than a thorough clean out of the hearth and a chimney sweep to get your fire roaring once more. What you will most likely discover is a pile of crumbling, old bricks that conceals issues such as a lintel that needs replacing or a stopped up chimney.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Portsmouth with the knowledge and experience to do the job effectively. Airflow must be adequate in any room which has a fireplace; and it's a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is the case. Not enough oxygen means the fire won't burn properly, and carbon monoxide fumes could accumulate, which can cause injury or death.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fire to get sufficient oxygen to burn safely and properly at all times. Blocked off and unused chimney flues might also need to have air vents installed because they can sometimes trap moist air inside them causing damp to occur inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
It is astonishing just how much soot and muck can accumulate inside an old fireplace and you won't know precisely what is there until you proceed to open it up. A decent Portsmouth fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and provide a bit of protection, but it is sensible when possible to remove rugs, carpets and furniture from the area before work starts in earnest. If you are carrying out a complete renovation of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. This should help to prevent any damage by soot and other chimney dirt to any completed work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you're able to see the opening of your fireplace it is time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and work out what can be repaired. Bringing in a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the first items on your agenda. Not only will they make certain that your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can also determine the condition of the chimney and flue liner and offer guidance about whether you need to replace any part of the flue and chimney.
It might be essential to put in a new flue lining to conform to the all important UK Building Regulations, and construction work might also be needed to reinforce the existing chimney and breast. These are projects that need to be done by a skilled craftsman with a knowledge of the applicable regulations and reliable construction skills.
In older buildings you might discover the original fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be needed to modify the opening. When you have supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be possible to upgrade or renovate the hearth. You may find your existing hearth has been set into the floor, but to conform to current building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. Pre-made solutions from slate, marble or concrete are available to achieve this, or your fireplace installer in Portsmouth might be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to complement your room style.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will demonstrate the choices available for the different designs and styles of fireplaces. Every fireplace will not be suitable for your chimney and flue therefore it's wise to accept any advice and help offered by your sales and installation team in relation to your particular circumstances.
You property's age, and the style you're trying to create for your room, will all help you to decide on the type and design of fireplace which is most suitable for you. As an example, an inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to a classic cast iron wood burning stove, which highlights its charm and reflects the heat into the room.
A wood burner is also a splendid option if you do not have a chimney breast in your Portsmouth property. This form of fireplace can be installed with its own flue that's routed through an external wall and does not require a chimney, to be safely installed.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
The ambience and charm of a "real" fire can't be matched, but what alternatives are out there if this sort of fireplace isn't possible in your Portsmouth property?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use coal, oil, gas and wood to deliver a versatile stove for any property in Portsmouth. The AGA range is well known as being capable of providing heating for the whole home, a constant supply of hot water and a cooker all in one unit.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Portsmouth can be improved by the installation of a wood burning stove, which are available in an array of styles, and can even be fitted free standing. A back boiler is an extra benefit and could provide hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in another area via a radiator.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any house in Portsmouth, can be easily fitted by any reasonable competent person. Contemporary electric fires can deliver authentic looking flames and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to mimic an open fire when set into into a conventional fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and being more efficient when compared to open fireplaces or wood burning stoves, there are a multitude of styles and designs to suit any Portsmouth home. Must be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe certified (replaced CORGI register in 2009) engineer.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for a room and can utilise a number of different solid fuels. A skillfully installed open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was boarded up by past owners, and its warm elegance is a welcome addition to any house in Portsmouth.
Fireplace installation is available in Portsmouth and also in nearby places like: Southsea, Eastney, Lee on the Solent, Fareham, Havant, Copnor, Cosham, Hayling Island, Porchester, Milton, Widley, Emsworth, Hilsea, Alverstoke, Gosport, Drayton, Purbrook, Fratton, and in these postcodes PO1 1QU, PO1 1SA, PO1 1BY, PO1 1ER, PO1 1EA, PO1 1JQ, PO1 2BF, PO1 2AY, PO1 2BD, PO1. Locally based Portsmouth fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode PO1 and the phone code 023. Simply click the "quote" banner or form to get info on fireplace installation in your area.
Searching On the Internet For Fireplace Installation
Simply "Googling it" seems to be the way in which almost all property owners in Portsmouth look for all kinds of tradesmen in this day and age. In fact, you probably used Bing, Yahoo, Google or Ask to access the web page you are browsing at this point. The fact remains that the listings which are displayed on page 1 of the fashionable search engines may not be the particular results you were looking for. When trying to locate fireplace installers in Portsmouth, you'll probably enter "Portsmouth fireplace installation", "fireplace installation in Portsmouth", "fireplace installation near me" or "fireplace installation Portsmouth" into your search engine and see what listing results this brings up.
Large lead Generation Websites like Quotatis, TrustaTrader, Checkatrade, Rated People, My Builder or Local Heroes, and internet directories such as Yelp, Yell, Hotfrog or 3 Best Rated will show up highly on the first page of listings, as will strictly "pay per click" adverts (typically the top four listings). Without any large budgets for SEO so as to push their web sites farther up the ratings, the majority of fireplace installers are going to be languishing on the 2nd or 3rd pages of the results.
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Fireplace Enquiries Hampshire
Latest Hampshire fireplace installation projects: Leonie Kaur and Maksymilian Kaur recently enquired about getting a price for installing a wood burning stove in Hambledon. Gregory and Farrah Hickey recently asked for a price quote for the installation of an open fireplace in Sparsholt. Harris and Lea Lennon recently asked for a quotation for the installation of a multi fuel stove in Bramshott. Amayah and Rodrigo Morrison recently asked for an estimate for the installation of a gas fireplace in East Woodhay, Hampshire. Nikola Tait and Abbas Tait recently enquired about opening up an old fireplace and fitting a new gas fire in a detached house in Petersfield, Hampshire. Genevieve and Abubakr Appleton recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening and restoring an old, bricked up fireplace in a terraced house in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. Emmy and Harlow Johnstone recently requested a quote for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new electric fireplace in Steep. Jannah and Natan Algar recently asked for a quotation for opening up an old fireplace and installing a new multi-fuel fireplace in Burghclere, Hampshire.
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In the last 12 months fireplaces were professionally installed in the following Portsmouth streets: Burnham Road, Buckingham Green, Spenlow Close, Cinderford Close, Seagrove Road, Dursley Crescent, Cadgwith Place, Blake Road, Tiffield Close, Dragon Estate, Chalkridge Road, Albert Road, Chelmsford Road, Belgravia Road, Doyle Close, Colebrook Avenue, Althorpe Drive, Burrfields Road, St Georges Square, Clydebank Road, Canal Walk, Timpson Road, Braintree Road, Beach Drive, Tarleton Road, Templeton Close, Court Lane, Beck Street, and in these Hampshire postcodes: PO1 1QU, PO1 1SA, PO1 1BY, PO1 1ER, PO1 1EA, PO1 1JQ, PO1 2BF, PO1 2AY, PO1 2BD, PO1.
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