Fireplace Fitter Wheathampstead Hertfordshire (AL4): Opening up an old disused to put in a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is a good way to add character and a homely feel to any Wheathampstead property. If you combine a new fireplace with a back boiler, you can not only delight in the warmth and ambience of an open fire during the cold winter evenings, you'll also be provided with plenty of piping hot water.
There are a number of things that you will have to do to ensure you can safely install and use your new fireplace, before you start to prise away at a blocked up chimney breast. All work must comply with Part J of the UK Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of flue linings, hearths, chimney breasts andof any combustible appliance. If your home in Wheathampstead is a listed building or is located in a designated conservation area, planning permission might also be necessary before work can commence.
PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION OR DIY?
If any building work is necessary in your fireplace installation project, safety and structural problems may arise that need to be resolved by a professional, although a competent and keen DIY fanatic might be able to tackle a simple renovation on a pre-existing fireplace. If you're fortunate when you open up a blocked up fireplace you may find a decent lintel, hearth and chimney breast that requires nothing other than the services and advice of a chimney sweep to get a toasty fire going. However, a stopped up flue and old brickwork that requires structural reinforcement is what you're most likely to find.
An improperly fitted fireplace can cause significant fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be put in by a specialist fireplace installer in Wheathampstead with the experience and knowledge to do the job effectively. Making certain that sufficient oxygen is available in a room for a fire to burn correctly is a key element of the Building Regulations (Part J) for. A fire won't burn properly if there's not enough oxygen, and death can occur when there is a build-up of carbon monoxide.
To allow the fire to receive ample oxygen to burn safely and properly at all times, it may be necessary for a competentteam to fit airflow vents in flooring and walls. To enhance air circulation in unused or blocked chimney flues, your fireplace installation team may also need to install vents to stop condensed air becoming trapped and causing staining and damp areas.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
Having a fireplace opened up can create large amounts of dirt and soot. It's advisable to remove any rugs, furniture and carpets from an area where you are going to expose an old fireplace, to avoid them being damaged by dust, soot and muck that may be stirred up during the fireplace installation works. If it's just part of a more extensive renovation project, opening up a fireplace should be one of the very first things to be worked on, due to the mess that is involved. The reason behind this is to lower the chances of any discolouring damage to any restoration work that's previously been completed.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have exposed your fireplace you will have a far better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clean up any parts of hearth that can be re-used. One of the first things on your checklist should be to contact a decent chimney sweep who works in and around Wheathampstead. They will not only ensure your flue and chimney are nice and clean, but they can also check the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer guidance if you need to replace any area of the flue and chimney.
It could be necessary to install a new flue lining to conform to the UK Building Regulations, and construction might also be needed to reinforce the original chimney and chimney breast. An experienced fireplace installer in Wheathampstead will be required to carry out this work, and will need the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all building regulations.
In older buildings you may find that the original fireplace is too wide for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be needed to modify the opening. When your lintel is safely in place you can now get on with the installation, renovation and updating of the fireplace hearth. In earlier times the hearth was usually set into a void in the floor, but the current regulations require it to be raised above floor level. You can find tailor-made solutions to fit pretty much any design and size of fireplace, or you can pick from a variety of popular size and shape hearths to match your decor.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the options that are available for the different styles and designs of fireplaces. It's quite possible that due to your existing chimney and flue, that some fireplace designs may not be appropriate, therefore it's advisable to follow the the advice and recommendations of your fireplace installation company in this respect.
Some rooms and houses will be more suited to open fireplaces than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. As an example, a wood burner looks amazing set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the character of the stove and also deflects the heat into the room to good effect.
Even if your Wheathampstead property does not have a chimney you still have options for a fireplace feature by putting in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. Providing that you've got an exterior wall through which a flue from the back or top of the stove can be passed, you do not need an existing chimney in place to be able to enjoy a real fire.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
Who does not enjoy the glow and warmth of a natural fire on a dark evening, but if your situation doesn't permit this, what alternatives are available?
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces are available in a range of designs to suit any home and are usually more thermally efficient than open fireplaces. A Gas Safe certified contractor must install and maintain any gas fire in your property.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fires a popular choice for Wheathampstead homes without 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.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be fired up with with a range of fuels, (coal, gas, oil, wood) to create a focal point in your home in Wheathampstead. They can be used not only for heating an individual room, but some types such as the AGA range, can supply hot water, provide a useful cooking area and can be used to heat the entire home if plumbed into a radiator network.
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a focus for any room in your home and it has the capacity to burn almost any solid fuel available on the market. A professionally installed open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was boarded up by former owners, and its warm elegance is a welcome addition to any property in Wheathampstead.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide array of different styles to suit any period of home in Wheathampstead, and can even be a free standing feature. If combined with a back boiler they can provide piping hot water for radiators or for other use in your home.
Fireplace installations are available in Wheathampstead and also in: Marshalls Heath, Ayot Green, Kimpton, Batford, Sandridge, Welwyn Garden City, Ayot St Peter, Ayot St Lawrence, Flamstead, Blackmore End, Gustard Wood, Mackerye End, Harpenden, and in these postcodes AL4 8TJ, AL4 8BG, AL4 8BL, AL4 8PA, AL4 8NR, AL4 8TF, AL4 8DJ, AL4 8TB, AL4 8DD, AL4 8BX. Locally based Wheathampstead fireplace specialists will probably have the telephone dialling code 01582 and the postcode AL4. Checking this out should confirm that you are accessing locally based tradespeople installing fireplaces. Wheathampstead home and business owners can utilise these and numerous other similar services.
Chimney Cowls Wheathampstead
A chimney cowl is a hood-shaped covering for your chimney pot that adds draft and prevents backflow. It is usually made of galvanized iron and fits over the chimney pot to keep the wind from blowing smoke back down. It is an essential component for any chimney in Wheathampstead. It can be bought online or in a hardware store. Whether you choose to purchase a new one or make an existing one work better, a cowl will keep your fireplace or stove working efficiently.
There are several types of chimney cowls available. There are pot hanging cowls that can be installed without removing the chimney pot. They connect to the flue liner via three straps, which secure the cowl in place. Another type of cowl is a weathering cap, which is attached to the end of the flue system. It is larger than the chimney pot, which ensures that it stays in place.
You can also find chimney cowls made from everyday objects, like a stainless steel colander or steel bucket. Chicken wire can also be used to make a cowl. Clay flower pots also make good chimney cowls. These covers can be purchased at a local hardware store or online.
Chimney cowls are a simple way to prevent birds from nesting in your chimney in Wheathampstead. They are inexpensive and easy to install. You should make sure you have easy access to the area above the chimney to install one. It can also prevent debris from accumulating inside the chimney. Ask yourin Wheathampstead if they can fit a suitable chimney cowl for you.
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Wheathampstead Fireplace Related Tasks
There is a wide range of work that can be accomplished by your local Wheathampstead fireplace installer including gas fireplace installations, open fireplaces in Wheathampstead, brick fireplace installations Wheathampstead, fireplace surrounds in Wheathampstead, hearth fireplaces Wheathampstead, chimney sweeping, electric fire suites, Victorian fireplaces, wood burning fireplaces, chimney lining in Wheathampstead, fake fireplace installation, outdoor fireplaces Wheathampstead, modern fireplace, tiled fireplaces Wheathampstead, Victorian fireplace installation, inset stoves, fireplace repairs, fireplace installation, fake fireplaces, fireplace mantels, electric fireplace installation, reclaimed fireplaces Wheathampstead, wood burning fireplace installations, inglenook fireplaces Wheathampstead, two-sided fireplaces in Wheathampstead,Wheathampstead, brick fireplaces, made-to-measure fireplaces, electric fireplaces, freestanding stoves, chimney modifications, double-sided stove installation Wheathampstead, marble fireplaces Wheathampstead, gas fireplaces, Regency fireplaces Wheathampstead, and lots more. These are just a small portion of the tasks that are carried out by people fitting fireplaces. Wheathampstead specialists will inform you of their full range of services.
Skip Hire Wheathampstead
Home refurbishments, garden revamps and even modest DIY projects are renowned for the amount of waste that is generated and needs to be gotten rid of. Your specific fireplace installations might generate very little waste, and then again it could produce a lot. If the tradesman you use doesn't deal with waste removal, and it hasn't been listed on your price quote, this is something that you're going to have to deal with.
Where there is a substantial amount of waste, most homeowners in Wheathampstead tend to hire a skip. If you have never hired a skip before, you might not know that skips come in a range of different volumes and sizes. Skip sizes range from skip bags to mini-skips, midi-skips to builders skips, and for massive projects or commercial use - roll-on roll-off skips.
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Hertfordshire Fireplace Enquiries
Current Hertfordshire fireplace installation requirements: Pearl Lake and Jaylen Lake recently enquired about the possibility of opening up and repairing an old fireplace in a semi-detached house in Bedmond. Lillia Wild and Jan Wild recently enquired about re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new gas fire in South Oxhey. Jonty Slater and Marley Slater recently asked for a quote for fitting a wood burning stove in a detached house in North Mymms. Elise Foulkes from Turnford was searching for somebody who can install an outdoor fireplace in her bungalow. Shane Obrien and Rosanna Obrien recently enquired about the installation of an electric fire in a bungalow in Maple Cross, Hertfordshire. Hawa Hilton was looking for someone who can fitin Kimpton. Mr and Mrs Hennessy recently asked for a price quote for installing an open fireplace in a cottage in Colney Heath, Hertfordshire. Henri Rouse from Buntingford, Hertfordshire asked "are there any decent ?".
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Fireplaces Around Wheathampstead: In the last year fireplaces had been fitted in the following Wheathampstead streets: Parkinson Close, Down Green Lane, Latchford Mews, Dale Avenue, Garrard Way, Hewitt Close, High Street, East Lane, Paddock Wood, Sauncey Wood, Sauncey Wood Lane, Plummers Lane, Bower Heath Lane, Tudor Road, Vale Court, Station Road, Brewhouse Hill, Bury Green, Barton Road, Codicote Road, Meads Lane, Long Buftlers, Ash Grove, Gustard Wood, Four Limes, Kimpton Road, and in these Hertfordshire postcodes: AL4 8TJ, AL4 8BG, AL4 8BL, AL4 8PA, AL4 8NR, AL4 8TF, AL4 8DJ, AL4 8TB, AL4 8DD, AL4 8BX. These locations recently saw activity by local installers of fireplaces. Wheathampstead business and home owners were given reliable and top notch fireplace services on each occasion.
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