Fireplace Fitter Slough Berkshire (SL1): Putting in a brand new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Slough home is a wonderful way to add character and a homely feel to any room. The addition of an open fire or wood burning stove for those cold winters' evenings can even be less expensive than some central heating systems, as long as you've got a good source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful steaming hot water in the process.
There are a few crucial considerations you must think of before you start any work, in order to establish an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your house. Any work that's done on your fireplace, chimney breast, flue lining and hearth must comply with the Building Regulations, Part J for combustible appliances. If you reside in a designated conservation area or a listed building you must check with local council to find out if planning permission is required for a fireplace installation in your property.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A straightforward restoration of a pre-existing fireplace can generally be completed by a keen DIY person, however if any building work is needed there's a chance of running into structural issues that will have to be addressed by a professional. You could be fortunate when you reveal the old fireplace and discover that you need nothing more than a thorough clean up of the hearth and a quick chimney sweep in order to get a fire roaring. More likely you'll come across crumbling brickwork that requires structural modifications and a blocked flue.
Owing to the acute health and fire risk issues that can result from a poorly fitted or restored fireplace, it is best to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a professional fireplace installer in Slough. There must always be a decent air flow into a room where a fireplace is installed to guarantee adequate levels of oxygen for the fire to burn effectively. Deadly carbon monoxide can build up from a fire burning inefficiently in a poorly ventilated space.
To get past this issue a fireplace specialist in Slough will assess the circumstances and install vents in the room, or under the floor, to guarantee a satisfactory air flow for the fire to combust properly and safely. To prevent condensed air from becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and producing staining and damp spots, vents might need to be installed by the installation team to improve the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is astonishing how much soot and grime can build up inside an old chimney and fireplace and you will not know exactly what's there until you open it up. It is good practice to remove any rugs, carpets and furniture from an area where you're planning to expose an old fireplace, to avoid them from being affected by grime, soot and dust that may be stirred up during the fireplace installation works. If you are lucky enough to be carrying out a complete restoration project then it ought to be one of the first tasks to concentrate on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This will help to avoid any harm by dirt and chimney soot to any completed work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you can see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what is fit for restoring. You now need to speak to your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. They'll not only ensure that your flue and chimney are clean, but they can additionally look at the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer guidance about whether you need to upgrade any section of the chimney and flu, such as the flue lining.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all current UK Building Regulations must be followed. These are jobs that require a competent craftsman with a knowledge of the appropriate building regs and sound construction skills.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are greater than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be put in. When you've successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be necessary to renovate or upgrade the hearth. In the old days the hearth would be sunken into the floor, however the latest building regulations require it to be raised above floor level. If your fireplace is of non-standard size you might have to purchase a custom-built hearth, but there are a whole host of pre-made hearths in slate, marble or concrete.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult when faced with the various styles and designs available from an online store or fireplace showroom. The advice and suggestions from your installation team, which will be in line with your particular requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace that's both perfect for your existing flue and chimney, as well as for your decor.
The age of your house, and the theme you're trying to establish for your room, should all help you to decide on the design and type of fireplace which is best for you. For instance, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop for a traditional cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its charm and deflecting heat back into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also a good option if your home hasn't got a chimney breast. As long as you've got an external wall through which a stainless steel flue from the stove can be channeled, you don't need a chimney structure in place to experience a "real" fire.
OPEN, WOOD, GAS, ELECTRIC OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that cannot be beaten, however what are the other available options to install in your brand new fireplace in Slough?
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace which can use various fuels such as briquettes, smokeless coal, wood and other burnable materials. An open fire is wonderful to watch and contemporary fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, draughty and smoky items they once were.
Wood Burning Stoves - A multitude of styles to suit any kind of property in Slough, and can even be a freestanding feature. A model with a back boiler will provide supplementary heating by connecting the heated water to a radiator in a cold room of your property.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with a range of fuels, (gas, wood, oil, coal) to generate a unique focal point in your property in Slough. Some styles, such as the multi-fuel stoves from AGA, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your entire property.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any reasonable competent person and there are styles that are appropriate for virtually any room and house in Slough. Contemporary electric fires can provide real look flames and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to imitate an open fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in an assortment of designs to suit any home and are usually more efficient (thermally) than open fireplaces. Gas fires can only be fitted and maintained by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, (Gas Safe replaced CORGI registration in 2009).
Fireplace installation is available in Slough and also in: Lent, West Drayton, Britwell, Datchet, Windsor, Hedgerley, Upton, Gerrards Cross, Stanwell, Wexham, Iver, Langley, Stoke Poges, Harmondsworth, Manor Park, Middle Green, Longford, Stoke Green, Dorney, Uxbridge, Burnham, Iver Heath, Harlington, Colnbrook, Lynch Hill, George Green, Eton, Fulmer, Stanwell Moor, Chalvey, Farnham Royal, Yiewsley, Cippenham, and in these postcodes SL1 0LS, SL1 0PR, SL1 0TX, SL1 0FN, SL1 0HF, SL1 0PJ, SL1 0JZ, SL1 0LW, SL1 0UH, SL1 0LN. Locally based Slough fireplace specialists will likely have the postcode SL1 and the phone code 01753.
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Some Slough roads and areas where fireplace installation work has recently been undertaken - Tamarisk Way, Salt Hill Drive, Dandridge Close, Tudor Gardens, Belgrave Parade, Cherry Avenue, The Lawn, Talbot Avenue, Springate Field, Beresford Avenue, Sherwood Close, The Gore, Chalvey Road East, Common Wood, The Briars, Simmons Close, Chilwick Road, Twinches Lane, Daventry Close, Tweed Road, Courtlands Avenue, Chalvey Gardens, Dropmore Road, Sheffield Road, Bannister Close, Bracken Close, Tamar Way, The Frithe, Thirlmere Avenue, as well as the following local Slough postcodes: SL1 0LS, SL1 0PR, SL1 0TX, SL1 0FN, SL1 0HF, SL1 0PJ, SL1 0JZ, SL1 0LW, SL1 0UH, SL1 0LN.
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