Fireplace Fitter Whittlesey Cambridgeshire (PE7): Opening up an old disused fireplace to put in an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is a good way to add a homely feel and some charm to your Whittlesey home. Chilly winter evenings can become enjoyable as you sit back in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackle of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can even benefit from plentiful hot water as well.
But before you begin knocking down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some crucial things to consider to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed in residential homes in Whittlesey must adhere to Part J of the building regulations, and this covers fireplaces, hearths, flue linings and chimney breasts. Planning permission may also be necessary before work commences if your property is listed or in a conservation area.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the work in remodeling an existing fireplace if you've got the skills needed, but structural and safety issues are often found that need to be resolved professionally. It may be the case that when you remove the covering from a disused fireplace to find a hidden gem that needs nothing more than a quick clean up and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. More likely you will come across a blocked flue and crumbling brickwork that requires structural modifications.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace company in Whittlesey with the knowledge and experience to do the job safely. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is the case. Insufficient oxygen means the fire will not burn effectively, and an accumulation of carbon monoxide could occur, which can lead to death.
To get past this issue a professional fireplace installation team will analyse the circumstances and fit vents around the room, or underneath the floors, to ensure an adequate amount of air flow for the fire to combust efficiently and safely. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also need to have air vents installed because they can sometimes trap moist air inside them and cause damp to build up inside the chimney.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A large amount of grime and soot can be released from an old chimney when reopening it for restoration. It's advisable to remove any carpets, furniture and rugs from an area where you're going to uncover an old fireplace, to avoid them from being damaged by soot, grime and dust that might be whipped up during the fireplace installation and chimney cleaning work. If you are lucky enough to be working on a complete home renovation project then it ought to be one of the very first tasks to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. This should help to avoid any harm by dirt and chimney soot to any completed restoration work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you can see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and see what is fit for restoring. The very first thing on your agenda will be to call in a competent chimney sweep. Not only will they ensure your chimney and flue are clean, but they can also determine the condition of the chimney and flue liner and provide advice about whether you need to upgrade any area of the chimney structure and flue.
After a chimney sweep's examination it may be necessary to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast as laid down in Part J of the Building Regulations. This kind of work must be done by a competent tradesperson with experience of the current building regulations and decent construction practices.
If you need to modify the size of opening of your existing fireplace to something more suitable for your design, a supporting concrete lintel should be put in. When this has been completed the next step of your Whittlesey fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. You might find the original hearth has been set into a void in the floor, but to conform to current building regulations it is required to be raised above floor level. You can get custom-made solutions to fit virtually any style and size of fireplace, or you can select from a variety of common size and shape hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with a wide array of different choices available to you. It's entirely possible that owing to your current flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that certain fireplace designs may not be appropriate, therefore it's a good idea to follow the advice of the fireplace company with respect to this.
Whether you go for a multi-fuel stove, an open fireplace or a wood burner will hinge on the all round style you're trying to develop, your existing decor and maybe, the age of your house. By way of example, a wood burner looks splendid set back in an inglenook fireplace, highlighting the character of the stove and deflecting the heat into the room to good effect.
A wood burner is also a splendid option if your home doesn't have a chimney breast. As long as you have an exterior wall through which a flue from the top or back of the stove can be passed, you don't need to have a pre-existing chimney structure in place to be able to enjoy a real fire.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of an open fireplace cannot be matched, but what alternatives are out there if this type of fireplace isn't possible in your Whittlesey home?
Open Fireplaces - Provides an attractive focal point for any room and can use a variety of solid fuels. In past times an open fire may have had the reputation of being inefficient, smoky and draughty, however a well installed modern fireplace is a joy to behold while basking in the warmth it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with various different fuels, (oil, wood, gas, coal) to create a unique focal point in your property in Whittlesey. The AGA range is renowned as being capable of providing heating for the entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - Come in a range of styles to suit your property and are usually more thermally efficient than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe certified engineer must install and maintain any gas fire in your home, (CORGI was replaced by Gas Safe registered qualification in 2009).
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fires an extremely popular choice for Whittlesey properties that don't have a chimney. Even if your room has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be installed that looks almost like a real fire with an authentic flame effect.
Wood Burning Stoves - A whole host of different styles to suit any period of property in Whittlesey, and can even be freestanding. If coupled with a back boiler they can provide hot water to heat radiators or for use around the home.
Fireplace installations are available in Whittlesey and also in nearby places like: Coates, Holme, Guyhirn, Peterborough, Ramsey Saint Marys, Turves, Wimblington, Eastrea, Newark, Yaxley, Doddington, Farcet, North Side, March, Dogsthorpe, Thorney, Benwick, Conington, and in these postcodes PE7 1DA, PE7 1GH, PE7 1LQ, PE7 1FW, PE7 1QZ, PE7 1FX, PE7 1GB, PE7 1HY, PE7 1EB, PE7 1GN. Locally based Whittlesey fireplace specialists will likely have the phone code 01733 and the postcode PE7.
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Current Cambridgeshire fireplace customer enquiries: Mr and Mrs Cowell recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new electric fireplace in a detached house in Washingley, Cambridgeshire. Jamie and Amy Morrison recently enquired about the possibility of installing a gas fireplace in Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire. Julius and Bella-Rose Shearer recently enquired about getting a price for fitting a wood burning stove in Great Staughton, Cambridgeshire. Aayan Milford and Princess Milford recently enquired about getting a price for installing an open fireplace in Northborough. Lucie Plumb and Gethin Plumb recently enquired about fitting an electric fireplace in Littleport, Cambridgeshire. Daniela Preston and Russell Preston recently asked for a quote for fitting a wood burning stove in Bottisham. Lawrence Stanford and Sumaya Stanford recently asked for a quotation for re-opening and repairing an old marble fireplace in a bungalow in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire. Amiyah and Oisin Adams recently requested an estimate for re-opening and restoring an old, boarded up fireplace in Swavesey.
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