Fireplace Fitter Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire (HR9): Opening up a disused fireplace to put in an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is an effective way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to your Ross-on-Wye home. Cold winter evenings can become very 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 free hot water as well.
Before you go bashing away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you will need to consider to make certain you can safely install and use your new fireplace. Any work that is done on your chimney breast, hearth, flue lining and fireplace must follow the Part J Building Regulations for combustible appliances. If you reside in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you have to check with local council if planning permission is needed for installing a fireplace in your house.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the restoration work on an existing fireplace if you have the ability to do so, but there is always a problem in finding structural and safety problems which need to be resolved professionally. It may be your good fortune when you remove the boarding surrounding an old fireplace to discover a hidden gem which requires nothing more than a quick clean up and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What is more typical however is a swathe of old brickwork that hides a stopped up flue, and needs some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be put in by a specialist fireplace installer in Ross-on-Wye with the knowledge and experience to install it safely. There must always be airflow into a room where there's a fireplace to ensure adequate amounts of oxygen enable the fire to burn properly. If there is not enough airflow then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
It might be necessary to fit airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fireplace to get enough oxygen to burn effectively and safely at all times. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and producing staining and damp spots, vents might need to be installed by the fireplace installation team to enhance the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A huge amount of dust and soot can be released from a blocked up chimney upon reopening it for renovation. It is advisable to remove any furniture, carpets and rugs from an area where you are going to expose an old fireplace, to prevent them being damaged by dust, soot and dirt that may be whipped up during the fireplace installation work. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of a larger home restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be worked on after you've brought the room back to bare walls and floors. This will help to avoid any damage by soot and other chimney dirt to any previously completed work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace opened up, it is time to see what can be renovated or replaced and to give the hearth and chimney a good cleaning. Bringing in a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the initial things on the agenda. They'll not only make sure your flue and chimney are completely clean, but they can additionally check the state of the flue liner and existing chimney and provide advice about whether you need to replace any area of the chimney structure and flue.
Following a chimney sweeps assessment it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as set out in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This sort of work needs to be accomplished by a qualified tradesman who is familiar with the current building regulations and decent construction practices.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are bigger than your requirements, a concrete supporting lintel will need to be put in. When this has been done the next step of your Ross-on-Wye fireplace installation will be to update the hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you'll need to raise it above floor level to observe the latest regulations. Off-the-shelf solutions from slate, concrete or marble are available to achieve this, or your fireplace installer in Ross-on-Wye should be able to provide you with a bespoke, custom-made hearth to fit in with your room style.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will show the alternatives that are available for the different styles and designs of fireplaces. The recommendations and advice from your installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace that's both suited to your existing flue and chimney, as well as for your decor.
Whether you opt for a multi-fuel stove, a wood burner or an open fireplace will be based on the overall look that you're trying to establish, your current decor and perhaps, the age of your home. For instance, a cast iron wood burning stove looks fantastic set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the character of the stove and deflecting the heat into the room effectively.
Even if your Ross-on-Wye home does not have a chimney you've still got the option of a feature fireplace by installing a wood burning or multi fuel stove. This kind of fireplace can be fitted with a flue that is channeled through an outside wall and does not require a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
WOOD, OPEN, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR GAS FIREPLACE?
The ambience and feel of a log fire cannot be beaten, but what alternatives are out there if this sort of fireplace isn't possible in your Ross-on-Wye home?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for your room and can be used with a variety of solid fuels. In the good old days an open fire might have been associated with being inefficient, smoky and draughty, but a professionally installed modern fireplace is a joy to behold while reclining in the warmth it provides.
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a varied choice of designs make electric fires the obvious choice for Ross-on-Wye properties without a chimney breast. Even if your home has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a "real" fire with dancing flames.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Ross-on-Wye can be improved by the installment of a wood burning stove, which are available in a variety of designs, and can even be fitted free standing. If coupled with a back boiler can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for use around the house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be used with various fuels, such as coal, oil, gas or wood, and become an attractive focal point in any living room or kitchen in Ross-on-Wye. The AGA range for instance is renowned as being capable of providing heating for an entire home, a constant hot water supply and a hob and oven all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of styles to suit all home types and their effectiveness in warming a room is better than wood burners. A Gas Safe registered engineer must install and maintain any gas fireplace in your property.
Fireplace installation is available in Ross-on-Wye and also nearby in: St Owens Cross, Greytree, Wilton, Weston under Penyard, Llangarron, Upton Bishop, Peterstow, Rudhall, Walford, Hentland, Brampton Abbots, Bridstow, Hildersley, Goodrich, Hoarwithy, Ashfield, and in these postcodes HR9 5AD, HR9 5UU, HR9 5LR, HR9 5HZ, HR9 5NH, HR9 5UH, HR9 5AN, HR9 5NX, HR9 7AD, HR9 5GE. Local Ross-on-Wye fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone code 01989 and the postcode HR9.
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