Fireplace Fitter Swansea Wales (SA1): Fitting a brand new fireplace or opening up an old disused fireplace in your Swansea property is a splendid way to add a homely feel and a bit of character to any room. Cold winters' evenings can become a pleasure as you sit in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can also enjoy plentiful hot water too.
Before you start chipping away at a blocked up chimney there are some things you'll need to do to make certain you can safely install and use your new fireplace. All work must follow Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of hearths, flue linings, chimney breasts and fireplaces of any combustible appliance. If you live in a listed building you'll also have to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work begins.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You may be capable of doing some of the work in restoring a pre-existing fireplace if you've got the skills needed, but there is always a problem in finding structural and safety issues which need to be resolved by a specialist. It might be your good fortune when you remove the covering from an old fireplace to uncover a hidden gem that needs nothing more than a good clean and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. What's more commonplace however is an area of crumbling brickwork that hides a blocked flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
Because of the serious fire risk and health issues that can result from a poorly installed or renovated fireplace, it is better to draw on the experience and knowledge of a reliable fireplace fitter in Swansea. A major part of Part J of the Building Regulations for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for the fire to burn safely and efficiently. If there's not enough airflow then it is quite possible that a fire will burn inefficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal.
To get past this concern a professional fireplace installation team will analyse the situation and install vents in the room, or beneath the flooring, to ensure a sufficient airflow for the fire to combust effectively and safely. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also have to have air vents fitted as they can trap moist air within them and cause damp to build up inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
A large amount of soot and muck can be discharged from an old chimney when opening it up for renovation. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the risk of impairment from soot and muck is still possible and it's advisable to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace restoration work begins. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be done once you have taken the room back to bare floors and walls. By opening a fireplace first you'll stop any soot from the chimney causing staining damage to other stages of your project, such as fresh plaster or wallpapered walls.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you are able to see the opening of your fireplace it is time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what is fit for restoring. You now need to contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and clean the old chimney and fireplace. They will be able to provide you with professional guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, concerning the situation with the chimney and whether you need to swap the existing flue liner.
If it is necessary to install a new flue liner or strengthen the chimney all relevant Building Regulations must be adhered to. These are projects that should be done by a skilled builder with knowledge of the appropriate building regs and quality construction skills.
If the size of the existing fireplace is larger than your needs, a concrete supporting lintel will have to be installed. Once this has been done the next phase of your fireplace installation in Swansea will be to upgrade the hearth. You may find the original hearth has been sunken into a floor void, however to conform to latest building regulations it must be raised above floor level. There are tailor-made options to fit pretty much any size and design 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
If you check out a fireplace showroom you'll find that you are spoilt for choice with the array of different options open to you. Not all fireplaces may be suitable for your existing flue and chimney and it is wise to accept any advice and guidance from your installation team with regards to your particular circumstances.
Whether you opt for a wood burner, an open fireplace or a multi-fuel stove will hinge on the overall look that you're trying to create, your existing decor and in some situations, your property's age. For example, an inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop for a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, highlighting its character and deflecting heat back into the room.
A wood burner is also a splendid option if you don't have a chimney breast in your Swansea home. So long as you have an external wall through which a flue from the top or back of the stove can be channeled, you don't need an existing chimney structure to enjoy that "real" fire experience.
WOOD, ELECTRIC, GAS, MULTI-FUEL OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the warmth and glow of an open fireplace on a dark winters' evening, but if your circumstances do not allow for this, what alternatives are available?
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a diverse choice of designs make electric fireplaces an extremely popular choice for Swansea houses that don't have a chimney breast. Even if your property has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide selection of different styles to suit any period of property in Swansea, and can even be free standing. If combined with a back boiler these can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your home.
Gas Fireplaces - There are many styles to suit all types of home and their efficiency to warm a room is better than wood burners. A Gas Safe registered engineer must maintain and install any gas fireplace in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with the option of using coal, oil, gas and wood to furnish you with a multipurpose stove for any home in Swansea. They can be used not simply for heating a room, but some styles like the AGA collection, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the whole house if they're plumbed into an existing radiator system.
Open Fireplaces - Provides a stunning focal point for your room and can use a range of solid fuels. In the past an open fire might have had the associations with being inefficient, draughty and smoky, but a well installed fireplace is wonderful to watch while basking in the warmth it provides.
Fireplace installation is available in Swansea and also in: Gowerton, Sketty, Morriston, Clydach, Rhos, Cadle, Skewen, Killay, Cockett, The Mumbles, Plasmarl, Gorseinon, Llanelli, Dunvant, Pontarddulais, West Cross, Neath, Pontardawe, Port Talbot, Penlan, and in these postcodes SA1 1DY, SA1 1HU, SA1 1FZ, SA1 1EQ, SA1 2DH, SA1 1NF, SA1 1QW, SA1 1SR, SA1 1PZ, SA1 1DZ. Locally based Swansea fireplace specialists will likely have the phone code 01792 and the postcode SA1.
Fireplace Installation Information and Advice
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Fireplace Enquiries Wales
Current Wales fireplace installation postings: Marina Collier and Zakariyah Collier recently enquired about getting a price for re-opening and restoring an old, boarded up fireplace in a semi-detached house in Milford Haven. River and Maksymilian Nunn recently enquired about re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new electric fire in a terraced house in Llechryd, Wales. Kaitlin Best and Presley Best recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fire in a bungalow in Blaina. Mr and Mrs Exley recently enquired about the possibility of fitting a wood burner in Blaengwrach. Kajetan Gough and Manahil Gough recently requested a quotation for fitting a multi fuel stove in Aberaeron. Princess Banner and Ronny Banner recently asked for a price quote for re-opening and restoring an old brick fireplace in Brynna, Wales. Rumaisa and Cyrus Batten recently asked for a quote for installing a wood burning stove in a semi-detached house in Connahs Quay. Patrick Sims and Amira Sims recently enquired about the possibility of the installation of a gas fire in a semi-detached house in Glyncorrwg.
Fireplace Installers Near Swansea
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Some Swansea roads where fireplace installation work has recently been carried out - Baran Road, Bayswater Road, Tyn Y Bonau Rd Industrial Estate, Allaway Court, Dreflan, Christina Street, Castle Road, Christopher Road, De La Beche Terrace, The Kingsway, Benson Terrace, Springfield Avenue, Thomson Court, Alltygraban Road, Dyffryn-aur Road, St Christopher Drive, Clos Alaw, Christopher Rise, Stembridge Avenue, Carig Crescent, Dyfed Close, Alden Drive, Brickyard Road, Taliesyn Road, Dewi Terrace, Dolfain, Clifflands Close, Carlton House, Stepney Road, as well as these Swansea area postcodes: SA1 1DY, SA1 1HU, SA1 1FZ, SA1 1EQ, SA1 2DH, SA1 1NF, SA1 1QW, SA1 1SR, SA1 1PZ, SA1 1DZ.
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