Posted on 12:04pm Wednesday 5th May 2010
Listed under: Fireplace Guides
These few points are given so that you may know what to expect during the installation process.
It is building work that may be structural so light, electricity, water and often a mains gas supply will be required. It is important that you have checked the fireplace and it is on site before the installation date as most installers like an early start in the morning. It will be necessary to bring quite a lot of equipment and materials to your home so if there are difficulties with parking it is very helpful to know beforehand. In many circumstances the fireplace is installed in one day, if it is likely to have to go beyond that time then this is usually discussed before work starts. There are occasions however when unforeseen problems occur but having the chimney swept and getting a certificate of competence beforehand is essential and helps eliminate these.
Should the fireplace setting be installed on a working site it is ideal that the room be solely available to the installer. This may not be possible in which case as larger area as practicable should be cleared beforehand. In domestic circumstances unless the room is empty all items that may be sensitive to dust should be removed from the room. This may include electrical equipment, books, curtains etc. Carpets should be rolled back away from the chimney breast by approximately 6ft. If having a gas appliance then the gas supply will be checked that it is live and in the correct position, likewise electrical plugs and aerials must be clear of the fireplace. Additional ventilation may well be required in the room to conform to gas/solid fuel regulations, the options and positioning of vents must be clarified before work commences. Wall vents in particular often involve dusty procedures. Installers should always carry a good supply of clean dustsheets to cover and protect furniture and items that may need to remain in the room. It may be that help will be required to prepare the room in which case it is best to discuss this during the initial site visit.
Generally mantelpieces are fixed directly to the brickwork and plastered in to decorating standards. This will mean that when the plaster has dried, 3 – 4 days, the chimney breast will need re-decorating. Fireplace installers will not take responsibility for re-fitting carpets. The general understanding is that they will cut out sufficient around the hearth area for the fitting but this is at the customers risk. Similarly wherever practicable, if there is sufficient skirting then this will be re-fitted, any shortfalls will be the responsibility of the client. These are specialist skills and it is not an integral part of the installation process but where practicable they should assist.
A drying out period is required after fixing so that the material around the fire that seals and fireproofs the area is given time to cure. It is best to leave 5 - 7 days in a heated house for this before a fire is lit. With all solid fuel fires there must always be a gentle build up from an initial small burn to normal use. Some damp patches and discolouration may occur particularly with stone mantelpieces and hearths, these should dry out within a couple of weeks.
Do keep the paperwork given to you by the installer so that should you have any questions after completion of works you can contact them directly: likewise that the paperwork with instructions for the care and use of your fireplace have been received.
Enjoy your new fireplace.
Advice courtesy of Amazing Grates Fireplaces in London