Fireplace Fitter Reading Berkshire (RG1): An excellent way to add some charm to any Reading home is by installing a new fireplace, or restoring an existing one. Cold winters' evenings can become very enjoyable as you sit in front of your new fireplace surrounded by the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even benefit from plentiful hot water as well.
There are a few crucial things to consider before you commence any work, in order to establish a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your house. Any combustible appliance installed in the home must conform to Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this applies to chimney breasts, fireplaces, flue linings and hearths. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward renovation of an existing fireplace can generally be executed by a competent DIY enthusiast, but if any building work is needed there is the possibility of running into structural problems which will need to be handled professionally. It may be that so as to get a fire roaring in your fireplace once more you'll need little more than a quick clean of the hearth and a sweep of the chimney. Much more likely you will discover crumbling brickwork that requires structural modifications and a blocked flue.
Because of the severe fire risk and health problems that can result from a poorly installed or renovated fireplace, it is best to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a reliable fireplace fitter in Reading. A major factor of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn safely and efficiently. If there's not enough airflow then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be deadly.
To successfully overcome any airflow problems, vents could be fitted around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. They may have to fit vents in unused chimney flues which sometimes trap condensing air and cause damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
A substantial amount of soot and other muck can be released from an old fireplace when reopening it for renovation. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets to cover up your furniture and supply some form of protection, but it's sensible when possible to remove furniture and carpets from the area before any work begins. If you are installing a fireplace as part of a larger renovation project then it should be one of the initial things to be worked on once you've taken the room back to bare walls and floors. This will help to prevent any harm by soot and other chimney dirt to any previously completed restoration work.
CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURAL WORK
With your fireplace opened up, it's time to see what is in a fit state to be renovated or replaced and to give the chimney and hearth a thorough clean. You now ought to speak to your chimney sweep, if you've not already done this, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They'll be willing to provide you with professional advice on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the condition of the chimney and whether you need to switch the existing flue lining.
Following a chimney sweep assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or/and install a new flue lining as set out in Part J of the Building Regulations. A good fireplace installer and builder in Reading will be needed to carry out this work, and will need the knowledge and skills in construction to closely follow all regulations.
If you need to modify the width of opening of your exposed fireplace to a more suitable size for your new design, a concrete supporting lintel should be installed. When your new concrete lintel is in position and secure you may now press on with the upgrade, repair and installation of the fireplace hearth. You might discover that 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 not a standard size you might have to purchase a tailor-made hearth, however there are also a wide variety of pre-made hearths in marble, slate or concrete.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will demonstrate the options that are available for the different styles and designs of fireplaces. It is possible that due to your current chimney and flue, that some fireplaces may not be suitable, therefore it's a good idea to follow the advice of the fireplace company with respect to this.
The age of your house, and the style that you're trying to establish for your room, should all help you decide on the design and type of fireplace that's most suitable. For instance, an inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its character and reflects the heat into the room.
A cast iron wood burner is also an effective option if your home does not have a chimney breast. This style of fireplace can be installed with a stainless steel flue which is channeled through an outside wall and doesn't require a chimney, to be safely installed.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold evening creates a charm and ambience that simply can't be matched, but what are the other available options to put into in your brand new fireplace in Reading?
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become extremely popular in a lot of households in Reading, and can have classic or modern styling to suit your decoration. If fitted with a back boiler they can provide piping hot water for radiators or for other use in your house.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for any room and can use an assortment of solid fuels. An open fire is a delight to the eye and modern fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, draughty and smoky objects that they used to be.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a variety of fuels, including gas, oil, coal or wood, to create a unique focal point in your home in Reading. They can be used not only for heating a single room, but some styles such as the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the whole house if they're plumbed into a radiator system.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces come in a multitude of designs to suit your home and are more efficient than open fireplaces. Gas fires can only be installed and maintained by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any property in Reading, can be easily fitted by anyone who's reasonable competent. Even if your home has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Fireplace installation is available in Reading and also in nearby places like: Theale, Lower Earley, Norcot, Calcot, Chazey Heath, Caversham Heights, Southcote, Purley on Thames, Earley, Englefield, Emmer Green, Tidmarsh, Whitley, Shinfield, Pingewood, Mapledurham, Dunsden Green, Sonning, Sulham, Play Hatch, West Reading, Pangbourne, Woodley, Caversham, Tilehurst, and in these postcodes RG1 2JR, RG1 1GY, RG1 1SB, RG1 2PS, RG1 2HT, RG1 2AP, RG1 1AF, RG1 1HX, RG1 2LG, RG1 2HB. Locally based Reading fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone dialling code 0118 and the postcode RG1. Simply click the "quote" banner or form to get info on fireplace installation in your location.
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Some Reading areas and roads where fireplace installation work has recently been carried out - The Pightle, Borocourt, Albert Road, Canhurst Lane, Choseley Road, Bankside Close, Dennose Close, Bolwell Close, Berrys Road, Carbinswood Lane, Tokers Green Lane, The Hamlet, Anvil Close, Beenhams Heath, The Walled Garden, Catalina Close, Spring Terrace, Balmore Park, The Willows, Blaenant, Tenby Avenue, The Chatters, Barbel Close, Dee Road, Castlemans Farm Cottages, Thomson Walk, Sandleford Close, Chervil Way, Drayton Road, as well as these local Reading postcodes: RG1 2JR, RG1 1GY, RG1 1SB, RG1 2PS, RG1 2HT, RG1 2AP, RG1 1AF, RG1 1HX, RG1 2LG, RG1 2HB.
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