Fireplace Fitter Willingdon East Sussex (BN20): Fitting a brand new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Willingdon home is an excellent way to add character and a homely feel to any room. Cold winters' evenings can become a pleasure as you sit back in front of your fireplace surrounded by the crackle of firewood, and if your fire is used in combination with a back boiler you can even enjoy cheap hot water as well.
However before you start smashing down the walls of a bricked-up fireplace there are some vital considerations you must bear in mind to achieve a safe and efficient fireplace. Any combustible appliance installed in domestic homes in Willingdon must comply with Part J of the building regulations, and this applies to fireplaces, flue linings, hearths and chimney breasts. If you live in a designated conservation area or a listed building you have to check with local authorities to see if planning permission is required for installing a fireplace in your property.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are an enthusiastic and competent DIYer it might be possible to restore a blocked up fireplace, however the chance of experiencing structural problems in most cases is high. You could be fortunate when you reveal the old fireplace and discover that you need little more than a decent clean out of the hearth and a quick chimney sweep in order to get a fire roaring once more. Much more likely you will come across old brickwork that requires structural modifications and a blocked flue.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be fitted by a professional fireplace installer in Willingdon with the experience and knowledge to do the work effectively. There always has to be airflow into a room where there's a fireplace to ensure sufficient quantities of oxygen allow the fire to burn properly. If the airflow is not sufficient then it's possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause carbon monoxide fumes to build up, which can be deadly.
To successfully get over any airflow problems, vents could be fitted around the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. To prevent condensed air becoming trapped in blocked off or unused chimney flues and producing damp spots and staining, vents might need to be installed by the installation team to introduce some airflow.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Having a fireplace opened up can cause a lot of of soot and dust to enter your home. A thoughtful Willingdon fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets to cover up your home furnishings and provide some form of protection, but it's advisable where possible to remove furniture and woven floor coverings from the area before any work starts in earnest. If your fireplace is being installed as part of a larger home restoration project then it should be one of the first things to be done once you have brought the room back to bare floors and walls. This stops any discolouring damage to any restored work you have already finished.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've exposed your old fireplace you will have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clean any parts of hearth that remains. Contacting a proper chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the very first items on your to-do-list. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing so will be able to check the condition of the chimney and offer advice on whether a new flue liner is needed.
After a chimney sweep examination it may be required to install a new liner and/or strengthen the chimney breast in keeping with Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This type of work needs to be done by a skilled tradesperson who is acquainted with the appropriate building regulations and decent construction practices.
If the size of the original fireplace is greater than your needs, a concrete supporting lintel should be installed. When your concrete lintel is safely in position you may now proceed with the repair, installation and upgrade of the fireplace hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you will need to raise it above floor level to conform to the latest regulations. There are bespoke options to fit pretty much any size and style of fireplace, or you can select from a range of common sized hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you pay a visit to a fireplace showroom you will find that you have plenty of choice with the range of different choices open to you. Not all fireplaces will be appropriate for your flue and chimney and it's wise to accept any advice and guidance offered by your installation team with regards to your specific situation.
Some properties and rooms will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For instance, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be a wonderful backdrop to a traditional cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its charm and deflects the heat into the room.
Even if your Willingdon home hasn't got a chimney you've still got the option of a fireplace feature through the installation of a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. A chimney isn't required as the flue is taken straight from the rear or top of the stove and channeled through an external wall.
MULTI-FUEL, WOOD, OPEN, GAS OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
Who can deny that they enjoy the flickering of a natural fire on a dark evening, but if your circumstances do not permit this, what other options are available?
Open Fireplaces - The traditional fireplace that can use various fuels such as wood, coal, briquettes and other combustible materials. An open fire is lovely to see and modern fireplaces are no more the draughty, inefficient and smoky items that they used to be.
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a varied choice of styles make electric fires a popular choice for Willingdon homes without a chimney. Can be inset into conventional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish them from the genuine article.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves can be used with various different fuels, (gas, coal, oil, wood) to generate an attractive focal point in your home in Willingdon. The AGA range is well known as being capable of providing heating for an entire house, a supply of hot water and a hob and oven all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of styles to suit all home types and their efficiency to warm a room is better than wood burning stoves. Have to be professionally fitted and maintained by a Gas Safe registered technician.
Wood Burning Stoves - A multitude of styles to suit any kind of home in Willingdon, and can even be a free standing feature. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide hot water for use around the home, or for heating for the house via radiators.
Fireplace installation is available in Willingdon and also in: Hankham, Foulride Green, Selmeston, Stone Cross, Arlington, Alfriston, Summerhill, Magham Down, Polegate, Sayerland, Hailsham, Wannock, Eastbourne, Jevington, Hellingly, Litlington, Upper Dicker, and in these postcodes BN20 9LN, BN22 0PS, BN22 0JJ, BN22 0NL, BN20 9HR, BN20 9PH, BN20 9ST, BN20 9HY, BN20 9LS, BN20 9HP. Local Willingdon fireplace specialists will most likely have the phone code 01323 and the postcode BN20. Checking this out will make sure that you access local tradesmen installing fireplaces. Willingdon householders will be able to benefit from these and various other fireplace related services.
An important part of the chimney set-up on your home, a flue or chimney liner improves the safety of your chimney while at the same time enabling it to perform more effectively than it otherwise would. Installed inside chimneys to carry smoke and fumes to the outside, flue liners are ducts manufactured from metal, clay or ceramic material. Older chimneys in Willingdon might not be fitted with flue liners at all, or will need to be relined depending on their condition and age.
The dangerous fumes and gases which are generated when burning a fire can harm your fireplace's flue lining. Make sure your fireplace specialist inspects the flue lining for potential issues and damage. If it is impaired, those harmful gases may be able to seep into your home instead of being properly vented outside. Extreme heat may also be allowed to penetrate into the structure of the chimney, creating the potential for fires.
How To Preserve Your Fireplace And Lower Your Heating Bills
Sparked by worries about the environment, the iconic fireplace is missing some of its charm, although it's still a favourite with many folks in Willingdon. Sitting in front of the warmth of a fireplace, revives many treasured memories for a lot of people. The fireplace can offer many benefits for your home, but there are several major drawbacks that need to be fixed. With energy costs rising so swiftly nowadays, your fireplace must be a source of heat, not one of inefficiency. When you have a fire going in the fireplace, it can in fact remove warm air out from the room, making your heat source work harder. In the event you don't have a fire going, the damper is intended to keep heat in. The thing is, fireplace dampers can often be inefficient in keeping warm air in the dwelling and cold air out.
Many house owners that currently have fireplaces in their property in Willingdon do not understand how the fireplace can cause their energy bills to skyrocket. Instead of keeping the cost of heating down, it can actually do the precise opposite if one is not careful. You will find there's a way to take your ineffective fireplace, and turn it into a heat creating system that will more closely fit your budget. Just about all you need to do is only four fundamental things to fix your fireplace. Each of these will make your fireplace very cost effective and more efficient.
The very first thing to do is to replace the damper with a new top sealing damper. This form of damper is set up at the top end of the chimney, and operates like a storm door. The top sealing damper will keep the air in the house from escaping and will work incredibly well in both cold and hot weather. Its not that challenging to put in and may also be easily bought online. An additional thing that you can do would be to position a fire-back at the back of your fireplace. It is manufactured from cast iron and it is used to enhance the look of your fireplace whilst protecting the back wall from fire damage. The fire-back essentially heats up from the fire and reflects the heat back into the room, consequently improving the fireplace's efficiency.
Another cost saver is a fireplace heater/fan, which heats the space by pulling the air into a heat chamber and recycling the air back into the room. These heating units are sealed systems, hence no smoke is discharged, and they can really make a difference in the temperature of your house. And finally, installing glass doors, even though a bit on the expensive side, can be beneficial in making your open fireplace economical to run. If you do a bit of homework, you can find a good price on glass doors and fit them on your own. These doors help to stop the heat from getting away plus it keeps pets and young ones from being burned.
The suggestions given here are not that hard to do and you can buy everything you need online. Get the best from your fireplace and watch your energy bills tumble.
Chimney Sweeping Willingdon
The routine sweeping of your chimney is imperative if you have a wood burner or an open fire in your house in Willingdon. Chimney cleaning and sweeping should generally be done at least once yearly.
It is invariably best to bring in a specialist Willingdon chimney sweep if you want to get this work done correctly. Bringing in a chimney sweep not only keeps your chimney nice and clean but also highlights any safety issues that there might be with your chimney.
A build-up of ash, soot and creosote can lead to chimney fires if you fail to sweep your chimney. As well as the risk of a fire, you will want to avoid any chances of poisonous carbon monoxide gas flowing back into your property, another frequent result of blocked or poorly maintained chimneys.
Make sure that your chosen Willingdon chimney sweep is experienced and is also covered by ample public liability insurance. To get a chimney swept in Willingdon, CLICK HERE for a quote. chimney sweeps are also available in Hankham, Foulride Green, Selmeston, Stone Cross, Arlington, Alfriston, Summerhill, Magham Down, Polegate, Sayerland, Hailsham, Wannock, Eastbourne, Jevington, Hellingly, Litlington, Upper Dicker, and in Willingdon, East Sussex.
Fireplace Enquiries East Sussex
The latest East Sussex fireplace customer projects: Cerys Batten and Will Batten recently enquired about re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and installing a new multi-fuel fire in a terraced house in Herstmonceux. Scarlett Southgate and Mitchell Southgate recently enquired about fitting an open fireplace in a semi-detached house in Salehurst, East Sussex. Mr and Mrs Fletcher recently requested a quote for re-opening an old fireplace and fitting a new electric fireplace in a bungalow in Plumpton, East Sussex. Edie Core and Herbert Core recently asked for a quote for the installation of a wood burning stove in East Dean, East Sussex. Annabelle and Amos Black recently asked for a price quote for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new wood burner in Northiam. Asher Edwards and Bella-Rose Edwards recently enquired about getting a price for fitting a multi fuel fireplace in Warbleton. Mr and Mrs Bell recently enquired about the installation of an electric fire in a semi-detached house in Withyham. Mr and Mrs Stannard recently requested a quote for opening up and repairing an old brick fireplace in Nutley, East Sussex.
Willingdon Fireplace Related Tasks
There are a whole host of tasks that can be accomplished by your local Willingdon fireplace fitter including fake fireplace installations Willingdon, open fireplaces, wood burning fireplace installations, chimney lining in Willingdon, electric fire baskets, inset stove installation, fireplace mantels, fireplace restoration, gas fireplaces, wood burning fireplaces in Willingdon, fireplace replacement, electric fireplaces Willingdon, oak beam fireplaces in Willingdon, gas fireplace installation, chimney sweeping in Willingdon, brick fireplaces, fireplace removal in Willingdon, fireplace repairs Willingdon, fireplaceestimates, cast iron fireplace installations, marble fireplace installations, chimney strengthening Willingdon, fire grate conversions, fireplace installation, modern fireplaces, electric fireplace installations, fireplace hearths Willingdon, fireplace inserts, and more. These are just a handful of the activities that are accomplished by tradesmen fitting fireplaces. Willingdon specialists will be delighted to keep you abreast of their whole range of services.
Fireplace Installation East Sussex
In the East Sussex area you can additionally find: Battle fireplace installers, Herstmonceux fireplace installations, Northiam fireplace installations, Woodingdean fireplaces, Broyle Side fireplace fitters, Burwash fireplace installers, Wivelsfield fireplace fitters, Peacehaven fireplace installations, Groombridge fireplace installations, Salehurst fireplace installations, Framfield fireplace installations, Danehill fireplaces, Portslade By Sea fireplaces, Broyle Side fireplace installation, Broad Oak fireplaces, Maresfield fireplace fitters, Nutley fireplaces, Burwash fireplace fitters, Guestling fireplace installers, Broyle Side fireplaces, Barcombe fireplace installers, Uckfield fireplace installers, Nutley fireplace installers, Danehill fireplace fitters, South Heighton fireplace installation, Forest Row fireplace installers, Northiam fireplace fitters, Horam fireplaces, Five Ashes fireplace installers, Hartfield fireplace fitters. In every area of the East Sussex region you will be able to find fireplace fitters who will offer quality services for your fireplace needs. If you're unable to identify the perfectin Willingdon itself then you should be able to find a decent one someplace nearby.
Fireplace Installers Near Willingdon
Also here.: Alfriston fireplaces, Selmeston fireplaces, Hellingly fireplaces, Litlington fireplaces, Wannock fireplaces, Upper Dicker fireplaces, Hankham fireplaces, Polegate fireplaces, Magham Down fireplaces, Stone Cross fireplaces, Eastbourne fireplaces, Arlington fireplaces, Summerhill fireplaces, Foulride Green fireplaces, Jevington fireplaces, Sayerland fireplaces, Hailsham and more. All of these villages and towns are covered by tradesmen fitting fireplaces. Willingdon home and business owners can get price quotes by clicking
Fireplaces Around Willingdon: In the last year fireplaces were installed in the following Willingdon streets: Dutchells Way, The Triangle, Wayfaring Down, Oldfield Avenue, The Dene, Willingdon Road, Cornmill Gardens, Church Mews, Hazel Grove, Coppice Avenue, Regnum Close, Filching Close, Farmlands Close, Oldfield Road, Windover Way, Combe Rise, Lodge Avenue, Honeyway Close, Seven Sisters Road, Mill Close, St Annes Road, Mill Way, Eastbourne Lane, Exeter Close, Brocks Gyhll, and in these East Sussex postcodes: BN20 9LN, BN22 0PS, BN22 0JJ, BN22 0NL, BN20 9HR, BN20 9PH, BN20 9ST, BN20 9HY, BN20 9LS, BN20 9HP. These places recently saw activity by local installers of fireplaces. Willingdon home and business owners received trusted and reliable fireplace services in all cases.
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Fireplace installation in BN20 area, and dialling code 01323.