Fireplace Fitter Walkden Greater Manchester (M28): Fitting a brand new fireplace or opening up a disused fireplace in your Walkden property is a wonderful way to add charm and a homely feel to any room. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those frosty winter evenings can even be less expensive than certain central heating systems, providing that you have a ready source of fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can provide you with plenty of steaming hot water at the same time.
However before you start bashing down the walls of a blocked up fireplace there are some crucial things to consider if you are to finish up with an efficient and safe fireplace. All work must abide by Part J of the UK's Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of fireplaces, flue linings, hearths and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. If you own a listed building you will also need to find out if planning permission is required from the local authorities before any work begins.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you're a competent and keen do-it-yourselfer it is quite possible to renovate an existing bricked-up or closed-off fireplace, however the likelihood of encountering structural issues in most cases is high. You might be lucky when you expose the old fireplace and find out that you need little more than a good chimney sweep and a quick clean out of the hearth to get a fire roaring once more. It is much more likely that you'll come across a blocked flue and old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause serious respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Walkden with the experience and knowledge to do the work safely. There always has to be a decent air flow into a room where a fireplace is installed to ensure adequate amounts of oxygen for the fire to burn effectively. Not enough oxygen means that the fire won't burn properly, and carbon monoxide could build up, which can lead to breathing problems or even death.
It may be necessary to fit airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fire to receive sufficient oxygen to burn properly and safely all the time. Unused and blocked up chimney flues might also have to have air vents fitted because they can trap moist air within them and cause damp to build up inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Having a fireplace opened up can create huge amounts of soot and dirt. A fireplace installer will bring dust sheets for your home furnishings and supply a bit of protection, but it's wise where possible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the area before work starts in earnest. If your fireplace is being installed as part of a larger home renovation project then it ought to be one of the first things to be done once you've got the room back to its bare floors and walls. This prevents any discolouration damage to any restored work you've already done.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you are able to see the fireplace opening it's time to sweep and clean the hearth and chimney and identify what is fit for restoring. Contacting a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the initial things on the checklist. They'll be able to offer expert guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, concerning the condition of the structure of the chimney and whether it would be advisable to upgrade the existing lining.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all current UK Building Regulations must be followed to the letter. A reliable fireplace installer in Walkden will be needed to undertake this work, and should have the knowledge and skills in construction to closely follow all building regulations.
In buildings that are older you may find the existing fireplace is too big for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to adapt the opening. When you have supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be possible to repair or upgrade the hearth. If the existing hearth is sunken into the floor you will need to raise it to conform to the latest regulations. Ready-made options from marble, concrete or slate are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace fitter in Walkden might be able to offer you a bespoke, custom-made hearth to match the design of your room.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be difficult when faced with the many styles and designs available from an online store or fireplace showroom. The advice and recommendations from your fireplace installers, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace which is both suitable for your existing flue and chimney, and suited to your decor.
Some homes and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For instance, a cast iron wood burning stove looks fantastic set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm of the stove and deflecting the heat back into the room to good effect.
Even if you don't have an existing chimney in your Walkden property, it is still entirely possible to put in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. As long as you have an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the back or top of the stove can be passed, you don't need to have a pre-existing chimney in place to be able to benefit from that "real" fire experience.
MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, GAS, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The ambience and feel of an open fire can't be matched, but what options are out there if this form of fireplace isn't possible in your Walkden home?
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fireplaces the obvious choice for Walkden homes that don't have a chimney breast. Even if your house has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a "real" fire with multi-coloured flames.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a focus for any room and it has the capability to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. In the bad old days an open fire may have had the associations with being draughty, inefficient and smoky, however a well installed contemporary fireplace is a delight to the eye whilst reclining in the warmth it provides.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burners have become "the in thing" in a lot of homes in Walkden, and can have modern or classic styling to suit your furnishings. If fitted with a back boiler can provide piping hot water to heat radiators or for other use in your home.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests they can be fired up with with different fuels, such as gas, wood, coal or oil, and become an attractive focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Walkden. The AGA range for instance is well known as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a cooker all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and more efficient when compared with wood burning stoves, there are a wide variety of designs and styles to suit any Walkden property. Have to be professionally maintained and installed by Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI registered) technician.
Fireplace installations are available in Walkden and also in nearby places like: Little Hulton, Farnworth, Astley, Tyldesley, Wardley, Hulton, Greenheys, Mosley Common, Linnyshaw, Hill Top, Boothstown, Stoneclough, Pendlebury, Roe Green, and in these postcodes M28 3SD, M28 0SE, M28 3FY, M28 3EQ, M28 3RQ, M28 3LL, M28 3RX, M28 3ST, M28 3TH, M28 3PA. Locally based Walkden fireplace specialists will likely have the dialling code 0161 and the postcode M28. Click on the "quote" banner or form to get info on fireplace installation in your location.
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Fireplace Enquiries Greater Manchester
Current Greater Manchester fireplace requirements: Rosa Nuttall and Rodrigo Nuttall recently asked for an estimate for re-opening an old fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fireplace in Timperley. Hadiya Lavery and Connor Lavery recently enquired about the installation of a wood burning stove in Bramhall. Sami Kerr and Eshaal Kerr recently enquired about the possibility of installing a multi fuel stove in Little Lever, Greater Manchester. Zayd Olivier and Hadiya Olivier recently enquired about the installation of a gas fire in Timperley, Greater Manchester. Luke Clayton and Anayah Clayton recently asked for a quotation for opening up and repairing an old stone fireplace in Springhead, Greater Manchester. Ines Beveridge and Junior Beveridge recently requested an estimate for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new wood burner in Delph, Greater Manchester. Vivienne and Borys Mistry recently asked for an estimate for fitting an open fireplace in a cottage in Bowdon, Greater Manchester. Aronas and Macie Charlton recently asked for a price quote for the installation of a wood burner in a bungalow in Kearsley.
Searching For Fireplace Installation Online
It's much simpler to track down a service or tradesman nowadays than it was previously, since we now have the advantage of technology and can simply carry out a search on the web. Instant and pertinent results are the reward of using Google, Ask, Yahoo or Bing, which exist for this precise objective. Imperfections do however crop up with the favoured search engines, and you may discover that the results you are presented with aren't exactly what you had anticipated. In this precise situation you'll be typing in something like "fireplace installation near me", "fireplace installation in Walkden", "Walkden fireplace installation" or "fireplace installation Walkden" to track down the right person.
Just to enlighten you if you did not already know, you will typically find that the top and bottom four results are going to be some kind of "paid for" adverts, whilst many of the remainder will likely be business directories such as Scoot, Three Best Rated, Yell or Yelp, or entries for large trade portals like TrustaTrader, Checkatrade, Quotatis, My Builder, Rated People or Bidvine, which might or might not be of any use. For any fireplace installers in Walkden who've got their own website, the likelihood is they'll be hidden away on page two or three of the listings, and you'll have to look further than the first page alone. Approved tradesmen websites like Rated People or Local Heroes are still handy, and you will be able to make use of their helpful offerings to receive free quotes, examine client feedback and study reviews, as there are fireplace fitters on there that do not yet have a website of their own.
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In the last twelve months fireplaces had been fitted in these Walkden streets: Hopefold Drive, Nuthatch Avenue, Elvington Crescent, North Grove, St Mark's Crescent, Shearwater Drive, Park Grove, Redstart Grove, Waters Edge, Walter Street, Manchester Road East, Harbourne Close, Spring Clough Avenue, Hyde Drive, Campbell Way, Silkhey Grove, Fells Grove, Bridgewater Road, Reedley Drive, Parsonage Drive, Reedmace Close, West Avenue, Mesne Lea Road, Habergham Close, Hyde Grove, Fairhurst Drive, Harrier Close, Derwent Close, St Pauls Road, and in these Greater Manchester postcodes: M28 3SD, M28 0SE, M28 3FY, M28 3EQ, M28 3RQ, M28 3LL, M28 3RX, M28 3ST, M28 3TH, M28 3PA.
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