Fireplace Fitter Weston-super-Mare Somerset (BS22): Fitting a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Weston-super-Mare home is a wonderful way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to any room. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those frosty winters' evenings can even be less expensive than some central heating systems, as long as you have a ready source of wood or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water in the process.
There are a few important considerations to make before you start any work, in order to establish an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your home. Any combustible appliance installed within the home must comply with Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this applies to flue linings, chimney breasts, fireplaces and hearths. If you own a listed building you'll also need to ascertain if planning permission is necessary from the local council before any work can commence.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are a keen and competent DIYer it might be quite possible to refurbish a bricked-up or closed-off fireplace, however the chances of running into structural problems in the majority of cases is unfortunately high. If you're fortunate when you open up a stopped up fireplace you might find a decent lintel, hearth and chimney breast that requires little more than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. It is much more likely that you'll come across crumbling brickwork that needs structural modifications and a stopped up flue.
Owing to the serious health and fire risk problems that can result from a poorly fitted or renovated fireplace, it is preferable to draw on the experience and knowledge of a professional fireplace fitter and builder in Weston-super-Mare. A major part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that sufficient oxygen is available for the fire to burn efficiently and safely. Deadly carbon monoxide can develop from an inefficiently burning fire in an inadequately ventilated space.
It might be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to allow the fireplace to get enough oxygen to burn safely and properly all the time. They might have to install vents into unused chimney flues which sometimes trap condensing air and lead to staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
Having a fireplace opened up can cause a lot of of dust and soot to enter your room. Even with covers and other dust protection for your home furnishings, the risk of impairment from grime and soot is still possible and it's advisable to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning commences. If you're installing a fireplace as part of an overall home renovation project then it should be one of the first things to be done once you've got the room back to its bare walls and floors. This will help to avoid any discolouration damage by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed restoration work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clear out any parts of hearth that remains in place. Bringing in a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney will be one of the initial things on the to-do-list. They will not only make sure that your chimney and flue are nice and clean, but they can also check the state of the chimney and flue liner and provide guidance if you need to replace any part of the chimney and flu, such as the flue liner.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all current UK Building Regulations must be followed to the letter. These are tasks that need to be done by a competent tradesman with a good understanding of the pertinent regulations and reliable construction skills.
If it is necessary to modify the size of opening of your exposed fireplace to something smaller and more suitable for your new design, a concrete supporting lintel should be put in. When this has been done the next step of your Weston-super-Mare fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. You may find the original hearth has been sunken into a void in the floor, but to abide by latest regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. There are bespoke solutions to fit any style and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a range of common size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will reveal the alternatives available for the different styles and designs of fireplaces. Not all fireplaces may be appropriate for your existing chimney and flue and it is wise to accept any advice and guidance from your fireplace installers regarding your particular circumstances.
You property's age, and the style that you are trying to develop for your room, will all help you decide on the design and type of fireplace that's best for you. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burning stove can look amazing set within it, and also has the benefit of deflecting the heat back into the room from the brick or stone walls surrounding the stove.
Even if you do not have an existing chimney in your Weston-super-Mare property, it's still entirely possible to put in a wood burning or multi fuel stove. This kind of fireplace can be installed with its own stainless steel flue which is channeled through an outside wall and does not need a chimney, to be installed and work safely.
OPEN, GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates an ambience and charm that cannot be matched, however what else is available to put into in your new fireplace in Weston-super-Mare?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a focal point for your room and can use a variety of solid fuels. A professionally installed open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was perhaps boarded up by former owners, and its warm charm is a welcome addition to any house in Weston-super-Mare.
Gas Fireplaces - Come in an assortment of designs to suit your home and are generally more thermally efficient than open fireplaces. Must be professionally maintained and installed by a Gas Safe registered tradesperson.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Weston-super-Mare can be improved by the fitting of a wood burning stove, which are available in an array of designs, and can even be installed as a freestanding feature. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and could provide piping hot water for use around the home, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a range of fuels, such as smokeless coal, wood, gas or oil, and become a focal point in any living room or kitchen in Weston-super-Mare. Some types, like the AGA range of multi-fuel stoves, are also suitable for cooking, providing hot water and heating your entire house.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide variety of electric fireplaces to suit any property in Weston-super-Mare, can easily be fitted by any reasonable competent individual. Even if your property has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be fitted.
Fireplace installation is available in Weston-super-Mare and also in nearby places like: Loxton, Nailsea, Burnham on Sea, Clevedon, Oldmixon, Uphill, Ashcombe, Hutton, West Wick, Batch, Kewstoke, Worlebury, Lower Canada, Worle, Milton, Locking, Bleadon, Bournville, and in these postcodes BS22 6JJ, BS22 6BD, BS22 6BG, BS22 6ND, BS22 6EE, BS22 6RP, BS22 6NT, BS22 6DG, BS22 6RJ, BS22 6DB. Locally based Weston-super-Mare fireplace specialists will probably have the telephone dialling code 01934 and the postcode BS22.
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Fireplace Enquiries Somerset
Recently posted Somerset fireplace installation requests: Monty and Antonia Forde recently requested a quotation for installing a wood burning stove in a detached house in Misterton, Somerset. Teodor and Dottie Tomlinson recently enquired about re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fireplace in Wraxall, Somerset. Mr and Mrs Clifford recently enquired about getting a price for installing an open fireplace in Ansford, Somerset. Eddie and Cecilia Douglas recently enquired about the possibility of opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new electric fireplace in a semi-detached house in Dunster. Zayn Dunne and Kristina Dunne recently enquired about getting a price for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new gas fireplace in a semi-detached house in Wiveliscombe. Orson and Charlotte Thornton recently enquired about the possibility of fitting a wood burning stove in a cottage in Wedmore. Nikodem and Kayleigh Bird recently enquired about re-opening and repairing an old marble fireplace in a detached house in Baltonsborough, Somerset. Amiyah Prescott and Mikaeel Prescott recently requested a price quote for opening up and restoring an old, boarded up fireplace in Merriott.
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Fireplace Installation work has recently been done in these Weston-super-Mare streets - Blackberry Drive, Sand Road, Dunkery Road, Thirlmere Road, Barley Cross, Tirley Way, Shiplate Road, The Cornfields, Clover Court, Cromwell Drive, Southmead Road, Bluebell Road, Sutherland Drive, Ashcombe Park Road, Bleadon Road, Tower Hill, Brean Down Avenue, Aller Parade, Southside Crescent, Siskin Walk, Dean Close, Blaisdon, The Drive, Church Corner, Teal Close, Cormorant Close, Clarence Road South, Aconite Close, Beechmount Drive, The Hedges, as well as the following local Weston-super-Mare postcodes: BS22 6JJ, BS22 6BD, BS22 6BG, BS22 6ND, BS22 6EE, BS22 6RP, BS22 6NT, BS22 6DG, BS22 6RJ, BS22 6DB.
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