Fireplace Fitter Stockport Greater Manchester (SK3): Fitting a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Stockport home is a wonderful way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any room. The addition of an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those chilly winters' evenings can even prove to be more cost effective than certain central heating systems, as long as you've got a ready source of timber or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with a plentiful supply of hot water in the process.
There are a few vital considerations you must think of before you commence any work, if you are going to create a safe, attractive and efficient fireplace in your property. Any work which is undertaken on your fireplace, chimney breast, hearth and flue lining must conform to the building regs, Part J for combustible appliances. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be able to do some of the work in remodeling a bricked-up fireplace if you have the skills needed, however structural and safety problems are often found which need to be resolved by a professional tradesman. You could be fortunate when uncovering your old fireplace and find out you need little more than a thorough clean out of the hearth and a quick chimney sweep in order to get a fire roaring. What is more commonplace however is a swathe of old brickwork covering a blocked flue, and also requires some degree of structural modification before it can be safely used.
A poorly fitted fireplace can cause serious fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace specialist in Stockport with the knowledge and experience to do the job safely. Airflow has to be adequate in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; and it is a key requirement of the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. Inadequate oxygen means that the fire will not burn properly, and a build up of carbon monoxide could occur, which can cause injury or death.
To successfully overcome any airflow issues, vents could be fitted around the room during a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and producing damp spots and staining, vents may have to be fitted by the installation team to increase the airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It is amazing how much soot and dust can accumulate inside an old fireplace and chimney and you won't know precisely what is there until you open it up. Even with coverings for your furniture, the risk of damage from soot and dirt is still possible and it is advised to remove your furniture and carpets before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning starts. If you are installing a fireplace as part of an overall home renovation project then it ought to be one of the first things to be completed once you've brought the room back to its bare walls and floors. This prevents any staining damage to any restored work you might have already done.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
With your fireplace open, it's time to see what can be renovated or replaced and give the chimney and hearth a good clean. The first thing on your checklist will be to call in a proper chimney sweep. They will be willing to provide expert guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, regarding the condition of the chimney structure and whether it would be advisable to swap the existing flue liner.
If you need to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all current Building Regulations must be complied with. These are projects that require an experienced craftsman with a good understanding of the appropriate regulations and sound construction skills.
If it is necessary to modify the width of opening of your existing fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your design, a lintel support must be put in. When your concrete lintel is safely in position you may now press on with the installation, repair and updating of the fireplace hearth. In the old days the hearth was generally sunken into a void in the floor, but the latest regulations require it to be raised above floor level. Ready-made options from slate, marble or concrete are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace fitter in Stockport may be able to provide you with a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match your room style.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Deciding on your choice of fireplace can be challenging amongst the different designs and styles that are available from an online retailer or fireplace showroom. It is entirely possible that because of your existing chimney and flue, that some fireplace designs might not be appropriate, and it's a good idea to follow the recommendations from the fireplace installer in this respect.
Some properties and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its charm and deflecting heat back into the room.
Even if you don't have an existing chimney in your Stockport home, it is still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. Provided that you have an external wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be routed, you don't need a chimney in place to enjoy a real fire.
OPEN, WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply cannot be matched, however what else is available to fit in your brand new fireplace in Stockport?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Provides you with the option of using gas, wood, oil and coal to deliver a multipurpose stove for any property in Stockport. Some types, such as the AGA range, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole home.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by anybody who's reasonable competent and there are styles and designs that are appropriate for just about any room and home in Stockport. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that looks almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide selection of styles to suit any period of property in Stockport, and can even be freestanding. If coupled with a back boiler these can provide hot water for radiators or for other use in your home.
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a wide range of styles to suit your home and are usually more thermally efficient than wood burning stoves. Gas fireplaces must only be maintained and installed by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer, (previously CORGI registered).
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a focus for any room and it has the capacity to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. An open fire is a sight to behold and modern fireplaces are no more the inefficient, draughty and smoky things that they were in the past.
Fireplace installations are available in Stockport and also in: Bramhall, Heaton Chapel, Hazel Grove, Reddish, Offerton, Heaton Moor, Burnage, Brinnington, Heaton Norris, Shaw Heath, Cheadle Hulme, Great Moor, Cheadle Heath, Davenport, Woodley, Romiley, and in these postcodes SK1 1NH, SK1 1YJ, M18 7TT, SK1 1RE, SK1 1DL, M20 5PG, SK1 1ED, SK1 1NZ, SK1 1PD, SK1 1PW. Locally based Stockport fireplace specialists will likely have the dialling code 0161 and the postcode SK3.
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