Fireplace Fitter Stevenage Hertfordshire (SG1): Installing a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Stevenage property is a great way to add charm and a homely feel to any room. The addition of an open fire or wood burning stove for those chilly winter evenings can even be cheaper than some central heating systems, providing that you have a good source of timber. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of hot water in the process.
There are some important considerations to make before you begin any work, in order to establish an efficient, safe and attractive fireplace in your house. All work must observe Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of chimney breasts, hearths, fireplaces and flue linings of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also be needed before work begins if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic remodel of an existing fireplace can perhaps be completed by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, but if any building work is necessary there is the chance of running into structural issues which will have to be resolved by a professional. If you're fortunate when you open up a blocked up fireplace you may find a decent chimney breast, lintel and hearth that involves nothing other than the advice and services of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. More likely you'll discover crumbling brickwork that requires structural reinforcement and a stopped up flue.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a professional fireplace specialist in Stevenage with the knowledge and experience to do the job effectively. A key part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn safely and efficiently. Toxic carbon monoxide can accumulate from an inefficiently burning fire in a poorly ventilated room.
To safely overcome any problems with air flow, vents may need to be installed around the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also have to have air vents installed since they can sometimes trap moist air within them causing damp to build up inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Opening up an old fireplace can create a lot of of soot and dust. It is sensible to remove any furniture, carpets and rugs from an area where you are going to open up an old fireplace, to avoid them being damaged by soot, dust and dirt that may be disturbed during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning works. If you're installing a fireplace as part of a larger renovation then it should be one of the first things to be completed after you've got the room back to its bare floors and walls. This should help to avoid any impairment by soot and other chimney dirt to any completed work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace uncovered, it's time to see what can be renovated or replaced and give the hearth and chimney a good clean. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the first things on your agenda. They'll be able to provide expert guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, concerning the condition of the chimney structure and whether it would be advisable to swap the existing lining.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current Building Regulations must be complied with. An experienced fireplace installer and builder in Stevenage will be needed to complete this task, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to follow all regulations.
If the dimensions of the existing fireplace are larger than your requirements, a supporting concrete lintel should be put in. As soon as this has been done the next phase for your Stevenage fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you will have to raise it to conform to the latest building regulations. You can get bespoke options to fit virtually any design and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a range of popular size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be difficult when faced with the different styles available from a fireplace showroom or online retailer. Every fireplace might not be appropriate for your existing flue and chimney therefore it is sensible to accept any guidance and advice from your fireplace installers with regards to your particular situation.
Certain rooms and houses will be more suitable for open fireplaces than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and reflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you do not have an existing chimney breast in your Stevenage property, it is still entirely possible to put in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. A pre-existing chimney is not needed because the flue is taken straight from the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
WOOD, OPEN, GAS, ELECTRIC OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that cannot be beaten, but what other options are available to put into in your brand new fireplace in Stevenage?
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become "the in thing" in many households in Stevenage, and can have modern or classic design to match your home's decor. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and can provide hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in other rooms via radiators.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various fuels, such as coal, oil, gas or wood, and become a unique focal point in any living room or kitchen in Stevenage. Some designs, such as the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole property.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for your room and can use a variety of solid fuels. In past times an open fire may have had the reputation of being draughty, inefficient and smoky, but a well fitted contemporary fireplace is a joy to sit in front of and recline in the warmth it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of designs to suit all types of house and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to open fireplaces. A Gas Safe registered contractor must fit and maintain any gas fireplace in your property, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by any competent person and there are varieties and styles which are appropriate for almost any room and type of property in Stevenage. Contemporary electric fires can provide authentic looking flame effects and and sometimes even the crackling sound of wood to imitate a real fire when inset into an old fashioned fireplace.
Fireplace installation is available in Stevenage and also in nearby places like: Codicote, Datchworth, St Pauls Walden, Aston, Knebworth, Graveley, Bragbury End, Walkern, Ardeley, Benington, Standon, Little Wymondley, Broadwater, Dane End, Woolmer Green, Langley, and in these postcodes SG1 1AL, SG1 1BP, SG1 1LA, SG1 1PG, SG1 1JS, SG1 1JB, SG1 1NB, SG1 1UD, SG1 1HG, SG1 1EJ. Locally based Stevenage fireplace specialists will probably have the dialling code 01438 and the postcode SG1. Click the "quote" banner to get details about fireplace installation in your area.
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In the past year fireplaces had been installed in the following Stevenage streets: Southwark Close, Bandley Rise, Drakes Drive, Stony Croft, Bedwell Crescent, Sisson Close, Ashleigh, Alleyns Road, Bedwell Park, The Chace, Taywood Close, Sparrow Drive, Salisbury Road, Torquay Crescent, Barham Road, Badgers Close, Aston End Road, Cromwell Road, Dyes Lane, Trinity Place, Sutcliffe Close, Barry Court, Breakspear, Chauncy Road, Truro Court, Cabot Close, Basils Road, The Hyde, Almonds Lane, and in these Hertfordshire postcodes: SG1 1AL, SG1 1BP, SG1 1LA, SG1 1PG, SG1 1JS, SG1 1JB, SG1 1NB, SG1 1UD, SG1 1HG, SG1 1EJ.
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