Fireplace Fitter Radstock Somerset (BA3): A fantastic way to add some character to any Radstock home is by installing a new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. The addition of an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those cold winter evenings can even be cheaper than some central heating systems, as long as you have a ready source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with a plentiful supply of hot water at the same time.
Before you begin prising away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you'll need to think about to ensure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. All work must follow Part J of the Building Regulations, which addresses the construction and installation of chimney breasts, flue linings, fireplaces and hearths of any combustible appliance. If you live in a listed building you will also need to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local council before any work can commence.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a keen and competent DIYer it may be quite possible to refurbish an existing blocked or bricked-up fireplace, however the likelihood of running into structural problems in many cases is high. If you are fortunate when you open up a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent chimney breast, lintel and hearth that requires nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. More likely you will come across a stopped up flue and crumbling brickwork that requires structural reinforcement.
If a fireplace is installed improperly there's not only a risk of fire to your property, but there can also be associated health hazards, which is why it's best to bring in an experienced Radstock installation company for a fireplace. There must always be airflow into a room where there's a fireplace to guarantee adequate levels of oxygen for the fire to burn effectively. A deficiency of oxygen means the fire will not burn properly, and a build up of carbon monoxide could occur, which can cause death.
To safely overcome any airflow issues, vents may be installed in the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused chimney flues and causing staining and damp spots, vents may need to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to enhance the airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's surprising how much muck and soot can build up inside an old chimney and fireplace and you will not know precisely what is there until you proceed to open it up. A thoughtful Radstock fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and supply some form of protection, however it's sensible when possible to remove carpets and furniture from the area before work starts. If you're conducting a full renovation of a room or property, the fireplace should be opened up and worked on before any plastering or decorating is undertaken. This should help to prevent any impairment by soot and other chimney dirt to any completed renovation work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to rigorously sweep the chimney and clean any hearth that can be re-used. The first thing on your to-do list should be to contact a proper chimney sweep. They will not only make sure your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can also investigate the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer guidance if you need to upgrade any area of the chimney and flue.
It may be vital to put in a new flue lining to observe the all important Building Regulations, and construction might also be needed to reinforce the original chimney and chimney breast. A reputable fireplace installer in Radstock will be needed to undertake this work, and will have the knowledge and skills in construction to closely follow all building regulations.
In buildings that are older you may discover that the existing fireplace is too big for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be needed to modify the opening. When this has been completed the next step of your fireplace installation in Radstock will be to update the hearth. You may find the original hearth has been set into a void in the floor, but to conform to latest building regulations it must be raised above floor level. You can find tailor-made solutions to fit pretty much any style and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a variety of common size and shape hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will illustrate the options available for the different fireplace designs and styles. The advice and suggestions from your sales and installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will enable you to choose a fireplace that is both perfect for your existing chimney and flue, and suited to your decor.
Certain rooms and properties will be more suited to an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For instance, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an eye-catching backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also an excellent choice if you do not have a chimney breast in your Radstock home. So long as you've got an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be channeled, you don't need a chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply cannot be beaten, however what are the other available options to fit in your brand new fireplace in Radstock?
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can make use of various fuels such as coal, wood, briquettes and other combustive materials. A professionally installed contemporary open fire will be nothing like the old style smoky fireplace that was boarded up by former owners, and its warm elegance is a delightful addition to any house in Radstock.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates they can be used with different fuels, such as oil, gas, coal or wood, and become a unique focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Radstock. The AGA range for instance is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the entire home, a constant hot water supply and a cooker all in one useful appliance.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of properties in Radstock, and can have modern or classic design to match your home's decor. If coupled with a back boiler can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for other use in your home.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces come in an assortment of designs to suit any property and are typically more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe registered technician must maintain and fit any gas fire in your property.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any competent individual and there are varieties that are suitable for any room and type of home in Radstock. Contemporary electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to replicate an open fire when set into into a traditional fireplace.
Fireplace installations are available in Radstock and also in: Spring Gardens, Foxcote, White Ox Mead, Shoscombe, Clandown, Writhlington, Peasedown Saint John, Midsomer Norton, Westfield, Faulkland, Kilmersdon, Welton, Buckland Dinham, Haydon, and in these postcodes BA3 3LW, BA3 3AL, BA3 3HQ, BA3 3HN, BA3 3ET, BA3 3DS, BA3 3GB, BA3 3LR, BA3 3BY, BA3 3LU. Local Radstock fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode BA3 and the dialling code 01761. Checking this can confirm you access locally based tradespeople installing fireplaces. Radstock householders will be able to benefit from these and countless other related services. Simply click the "quote" form or banner to get info on fireplace installation in your location.
Radstock Skip Hire
When you're doing any type of home improvements or renovations in Radstock, there is probably going to be quite a bit of waste generated. Some fireplace installationss will create hardly any waste, whilst others could result in quite a bit - it depends on the circumstances of your particular project. Some tradespeople allow for for waste removal when they prepare their quotes, and if this isn't itemised ask if it's included, if not you'll have to make your own arrangements.
If you're like most householders in Radstock, you'll hire a skip to get rid of this waste. You will need to choose the right size skip, because there are various different sizes available. Mini-skips generally hold about 2 cubic yards of waste (25 bin bags), midi-skips hold about 4 cubic yards of waste (45 bin bags), builders skips hold about 6 cubic yards of waste and roll-on-roll-off skips hold about 20 cubic yards of waste (220 bin bags). Skip bags normally hold around 1-1.5 cubic yards of waste.
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Fireplace Installation Information, Help and Social Media
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