Fireplace Fitter Rochester Kent (ME1): Putting in a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Rochester property is an excellent way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. If you combine your fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire or stove during the cold winter evenings, you will also be supplied with a plentiful supply of hot water.
But before you start knocking down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some essential things to consider if you are to end up with a safe and efficient fireplace. All work must adhere to Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the installation and construction of chimney breasts, fireplaces, flue linings and hearths of any combustible appliance. If you reside in a listed building you will also need to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work begins.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen do-it-yourselfer it may be quite possible to renovate an existing blocked up fireplace, but the probability of running into structural problems in most cases is high. If you are lucky when you expose a blocked up fireplace you may find a decent hearth, lintel and chimney breast that needs little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get it ready for use. What you'll more likely find is a pile of crumbling, old bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs to be replaced or a blocked up chimney.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there is not just a fire risk to your home, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is advisable to hire an experienced Rochester installation company for fireplaces. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. A deficiency of oxygen means the fire won't burn well, and carbon monoxide fumes could build up, which can cause death.
To safely overcome any airflow problems, vents may be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and producing staining and damp spots, vents may need to be fitted by the fireplace installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A large amount of soot and other dirt can be discharged from a blocked up fireplace when reopening it for restoration. It is sensible to remove any furniture, rugs and carpets from a room where you are going to open up an old fireplace, to avoid them being affected by dust, dirt and soot that may be whipped up during the fireplace installation work. If you are performing a complete renovation of a house or room, the fireplace ought to be opened up and worked on before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. This helps to prevent any staining damage to any restored work you might have already finished.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace now open, it is time to see what can be restored and to give the chimney and hearth a comprehensive cleaning. Bringing in a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney will be one of the very first things on the to-do-list. Not only will they make certain that your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can also check the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide advice about whether you need to upgrade any section of the chimney structure and flue.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all relevant UK Building Regulations must be followed to the letter. This work must be tackled by a competent craftsman who is acquainted with the relevant building regulations and good working practices.
If it is necessary to adjust the width of opening of your original fireplace to something more suitable for your design, a lintel support should be put in. When you've successfully supported your fireplace with a new lintel it is now possible to update or repair the hearth. In past times the hearth was usually set into a hole in the floor, however current regulations demand that it's raised above floor level. There are made to measure options to fit virtually any size and design of fireplace, or you can choose from a variety of common sized hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be tricky when faced with the various designs and styles that are available from a fireplace showroom or online outlet. Every fireplace might not be suitable for your chimney and flue and it is wise to accept any advice and help from your installation team regarding your particular circumstances.
Certain rooms and homes will be more suited to an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look spectacular in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of effectively deflecting heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
Even if your Rochester property doesn't have a chimney you've still got the option of a fireplace feature by putting in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. Provided that you have an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be passed, you don't need to have a pre-existing chimney structure to enjoy a "real" fire.
WOOD, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a log fire cannot be surpassed, however what options are out there if this kind of fireplace isn't possible within your Rochester home?
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement any property in Rochester, can be easily fitted by any reasonable competent individual. Can be inset into traditional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of some electric fires it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish them from the genuine thing.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and being more efficient (thermally) when compared with open fires, there are a wide selection of designs and styles to suit any Rochester home. Have to be professionally maintained and fitted by a Gas Safe registered technician.
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can use different fuels such as coal, briquettes, wood and other combustive materials. An open fire is wonderful to watch and modern fireplaces are no more the smoky, draughty and inefficient items that they once were.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with options to use wood, gas, coal and oil to deliver a versatile heater for any property in Rochester. The AGA range is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the whole home, a constant hot water supply and a hob and oven for cooking all in one unit.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Rochester can benefit from the installation of a wood burning stove, which are available in a range of styles, and can even be fitted freestanding. A model with an integrated back boiler can provide supplementary heating by connecting the hot water to a radiator in a cold spot of your property.
Fireplace installation is available in Rochester and also in: Wouldham, Blue Bell Hill, Walderslade, Burham, Halling, Higham, Grange, Strood, Luton, Frindsbury, Cuxton, Borstal, Brompton, Wigmore, Upper Halling, Wainscott, Hempstead, Gillingham, and in these postcodes ME1 1RS, ME1 1RE, ME1 1HG, ME1 1SF, ME1 1HX, ME1 1LE, ME1, ME1 1NJ, ME1 1QA, ME1 1GE. Locally based Rochester fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode ME1 and the dialling code 01634. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of fireplace installation in your location.
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Kent Fireplace Enquiries
Recent Kent fireplace installation customer enquiries: Mr and Mrs Langley recently asked for an estimate for the installation of a gas fireplace in Westgate on Sea. Elyas Darlington and Danielle Darlington recently enquired about getting a price for opening up an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new multi-fuel fireplace in Cliffe, Kent. Eadie Pratt and Ari Pratt recently enquired about installing a wood burning stove in a bungalow in Goudhurst. Romy Brooker and Dominykas Brooker recently enquired about fitting a wood burner in Wilmington. Raja and Annabell Weeks recently enquired about the possibility of opening up and repairing an old stone fireplace in a bungalow in Capel. Mr and Mrs D arcy recently requested a quotation for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new gas fireplace in a terraced house in Iwade. Shelby Oleary and Ian Oleary recently requested a quotation for opening up an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new electric fire in Sholden, Kent. Reuben and Olivia Davie recently enquired about the possibility of the installation of an electric fire in Woodchurch, Kent.
Fireplace Installers Near Rochester
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Over the last year fireplaces were professionally installed in these Rochester streets: Avery Way, Cooling Common, Trubridge Road, Castle Hill, Amherst Road, Broadwood Road, Carton Road, The Rise, Sealand Court, Clinton Avenue, Brompton Farm Road, Beech Road, Clarence Avenue, Thatchers Lane, Berkeley Close, Denison Mews, Bath Hard, Anne Figg Court, School Lane, Dart Close, Chalk Road, Church Path, Temple Boat Yard, Stanford Way, St Helens Road, The Street, Charles Drive, Battlesmere Road, Carnation Road, Churchfields Terrace, and in these Kent postcodes: ME1 1RS, ME1 1RE, ME1 1HG, ME1 1SF, ME1 1HX, ME1 1LE, ME1, ME1 1NJ, ME1 1QA, ME1 1GE.
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