Fireplace Fitter Witney Oxfordshire (OX28): Fitting a new fireplace or re-opening an old disused fireplace in your Witney home is a wonderful way to add character and a homely feel to any room. If you choose to combine your new fireplace with a back boiler, not only can you enjoy the ambience and warmth of an open fire during the chilly winter evenings, you'll also be provided with plenty of boiling hot water.
There are a few crucial things to consider before you begin any work, in order to create an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your house. All work carried out must adhere to Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of fireplaces, hearths, chimney breasts and flue linings of any combustible appliance. If your property is a listed building you will also need to ascertain if planning permission is required from the local council before any work is started.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
If you are an enthusiastic and competent do-it-yourselfer it might be quite possible to renovate a blocked up fireplace, however the probability of running into structural issues in most cases is regrettably high. It might be the case that when you pull back the boarding surrounding a disused fireplace to discover a hidden gem which requires nothing more than a quick clean up and a visit from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What is more commonplace however is a patch of old, crumbling brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and also requires some form of structural reinforcement before it can be safely used.
Because of the severe health and fire risk issues that can result from a poorly fitted or renovated fireplace, it's best to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a skilled fireplace installer in Witney. A key part of the Building Regulations (Part J) for fireplaces is that enough oxygen is available for a fire to burn safely and efficiently. Lethal carbon monoxide fumes can build up from an inefficiently burning fire in a poorly ventilated room.
To safely get over any issues with air flow, vents may be fitted in the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels are able to reach the fire. They may have to install air vents into unused chimney flues which can sometimes trap moist air and lead to damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCES
It's astonishing just how much muck and soot can accumulate inside an old fireplace and you will not know what is there until you uncover it. It is good practice to remove any rugs, carpets and furniture from a room where you are going to uncover an old fireplace, to avoid them from being affected by dust, soot and muck that might be whipped up during the fireplace installation work. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of an overall home restoration project then it should be one of the initial things to be completed once you have got the room back to its bare walls and floors. This avoids any discolouration damage to any refurbished work you might have already completed.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've revealed your old fireplace you will have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clear out any hearth that may have been left in place. Bringing in a proper chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the very first things on your checklist. They'll not only make certain that your flue and chimney are nice and clean, but they can also take a look at the condition of the flue liner and existing chimney and offer guidance about whether you need to replace any area of the flue and chimney.
After a chimney sweep's assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or/and install a new flue liner as set out in Part J of the UK Building Regulations. A competent fireplace installer and builder in Witney will be required to perform this task, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all building regulations.
If it is necessary to change the size of opening of your existing fireplace to something more suitable for your new design, a lintel support should be installed. When this has been completed the next phase of your Witney fireplace installation will be to upgrade the hearth. In the old days the hearth was generally set into the floor, however the current regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. There are made to measure solutions to fit pretty much any style and size of fireplace, or you can select from a range of common sized hearths to match your decor.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a visit to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the options that are available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. The suggestions and advice from your installation team, which will hinge on your specific requirements, will enable you to pick a fireplace that's both suitable for your existing flue and chimney, and suited to your decor.
The age of your property, and the theme that you are trying to establish for your room, should all help you to decide on the type and design of fireplace that's most suitable for you. For instance, an inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop for a classic cast iron wood-burner stove, which highlights its charm and deflects the heat into the room.
Even if your Witney property hasn't got a chimney you still have options for a fireplace feature by installing a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A chimney is not required since the flue is taken directly from the top or rear of the stove and routed through an external wall.
MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of an open fire can't be surpassed, however what alternatives are out there if this kind of fireplace is not possible within your Witney home?
Gas Fireplaces - Available in a wide range of styles to suit any property and are typically more efficient (thermally) than wood burners. Have to be professionally fitted and maintained by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) tradesman.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use wood, coal, gas and oil to deliver a multipurpose stove for any home in Witney. Some types, like the AGA range, can also be used for generating hot water, cooking and heating your whole house.
Wood Burning Stoves - A multitude of styles to suit any period of home in Witney, and can even be a freestanding feature. An integrated back boiler is an additional benefit and can provide hot water for use around the home, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any home in Witney, can be easily fitted by any competent individual. They can be inset into traditional fireplaces, and with "real feel" electric fires it can often be difficult to distinguish one from the real thing.
Open Fireplaces - A crackling fire is a focus for any room and it has the capability to burn almost any solid fuel available on the market. An open fire is a delight to the eye and contemporary fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, draughty and smoky objects they were in the past.
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