Fireplace Fitter Southwick West Sussex (BN42): A great way to add a bit of character to any Southwick property is by the installation of a new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. If you opt to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the warmth and ambience of an open fire on those nippy winters' evenings, you'll also be supplied with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water.
There are some vital things you must think about before you begin any work, in order to create a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your property. Any work that is performed on your chimney breast, hearth, flue lining and fireplace must conform to the United Kingdom's Part J Building Regs for combustible appliances. If you live in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you have to check with local authorities if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your property.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the remodeling work on an existing fireplace if you have the skills needed, however structural and safety issues are often discovered which need to be resolved professionally. It might be your good fortune when you remove the boarding surrounding an old fireplace to uncover a hidden gem which requires little more than a quick clean up and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. Much more likely you'll come across old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there is not only a risk of fire to your home, but there can be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is best to employ a competent Southwick installation team for a fireplace. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is so. A deficiency of oxygen means that the fire will not burn properly, and carbon monoxide could build up, which can lead to death.
To safely get around any issues with air flow, vents may be fitted in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. They might have to install vents into unused chimney flues which can trap condensing air and lead to staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Opening up an old fireplace can create large amounts of muck and soot. It is good practice to remove any furniture, rugs and carpets from a room where you are planning to open up an old fireplace, to avoid them being affected by muck, soot and dust that will be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning work. If you're fortunate enough to be carrying out a complete renovation project then it ought to be one of the first tasks to focus on before re-plastering and decorating the walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll prevent any chimney soot causing discolouring damage to other parts of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plasterwork.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you can see the fireplace opening it is time to sweep and clean the chimney and hearth and work out what is fit for restoring. You now ought to contact your chimney sweep, if you've not already done so, to come and look at the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and while doing so can inspect the condition of the chimney and offer you advice on whether a new flue liner is required.
Following a chimney sweep's examination it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as demanded by Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This type of work must be done by a competent tradesperson who is familiar with the relevant building regulations and good working practices.
If you need to modify the width of opening of your original fireplace to a more suitable size for your design, a concrete supporting lintel will have to be put in. When your lintel is in place and secure you may now get on with the installation, upgrade and repair of the fireplace hearth. In the past the hearth was normally set into a void in the floor, however current building regs demand that it is raised above floor level. Ready-made solutions from slate, marble or concrete are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace installer in Southwick may be able to offer a bespoke, custom-made hearth to complement the design of your room.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you visit a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with the wide range of different choices open to you. It's entirely possible that due to your existing flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs might not be suitable, and it pays to follow the recommendations from the fireplace installation company in this respect.
Certain rooms and homes will be more suitable for open fireplaces than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop for an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you don't have an existing chimney breast in your Southwick property, it is still feasible to install a wood burning or multi fuel stove. This style of fireplace can be installed with its own stainless steel flue that is channeled through an outside wall and doesn't need a chimney, to be safely installed.
GAS, OPEN, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
The charm and ambience of an open fireplace cannot be matched, however what options are available if this type of fireplace is not possible in your Southwick home?
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of different styles to suit all types of property and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to open fireplaces. Have to be professionally fitted and maintained by Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI registered) technician.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for your room and can use a number of different solid fuels. An open fire is wonderful to watch and contemporary fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, smoky and draughty items that they once were.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use wood, oil, gas and coal to furnish you with a multipurpose stove for any property in Southwick. They can be utilised not simply for heating an individual room, but some designs such as the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the whole property if they are plumbed into a network of radiators.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become "the in thing" in many properties in Southwick, and can have classic or modern design to complement your decoration. If coupled with a back boiler can provide piping hot water for radiators or for use in your house.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any house in Southwick, can be easily fitted by anyone who is reasonable competent. Contemporary electric fires can deliver real look flames and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to mimic a real fire when set into into a conventional fireplace.
Fireplace installation is available in Southwick and also nearby in: Woodmancote, Findon, Ashington, Worthing, Hove, Sompting, Storrington, Coombes, Fishergate, Fulking, Broadwater, Shoreham-by-Sea, Small Dole, Lancing, Wiston, Upper Beeding, Goring, Portslade, and in these postcodes BN42 4FY, BN42 4ED, BN41 2PT, BN42 4NL, BN42 4AT, BN42 4FN, BN42 4DS, BN42 4AZ, BN41 1SU, BN42 4RF. Locally based Southwick fireplace specialists will most likely have the telephone dialling code 01273 and the postcode BN42. Simply click the "quote" form or banner to get information on fireplace installation in your area.
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Households in Dolphin Road, Montford Close, Sandown Road, Phoenix Crescent, Old Rectory Gardens, Albion Street, Waterdyke Avenue, Park Lane, Cross Road, Franklin Road, The Cotswolds, Roman Road, Stoney Lane, Middle Road, Rectory Road, Roman Crescent, Westmount Close, Upper Shoreham Road, Victoria Road, Kingsfield Close, Albert Road, Kingston Way, Querneby Close, have needed fireplace installation just recently. Fireplace restoration was also completed in these Southwick area postcodes: BN42 4FY, BN42 4ED, BN41 2PT, BN42 4NL, BN42 4AT, BN42 4FN, BN42 4DS, BN42 4AZ, BN41 1SU, BN42 4RF.
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