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Chimney stacks poking out from rooftops is one of those quintessentially British sights. If yours is falling into disrepair, or if you’d like to give your chimney a new lease of life, find a specialist tradesperson to sweep away your fireplace frets.

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We are an all female,family run team. We specialise in external & internal painting. We are a friendly reliable team,who pride ourselves in our work ,and have over 15 years of experience. We do not consider any job to small , and travel up to a 25 mile radius . All quotes a free , with no obligation.

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Reviewed by Hannes on 19/9/2018

Very pleased with the work and can highly recommend them.

Quotation & finalising work. We provide you a fixed quotation of works. Signed and agreed Contract will be in place after quotation is agreed and finalised. We are fully insured for the building works we undertake. Payments We do not take deposit, no upfront/advance payment on building works before starting the project. We will invoice you weekly depending on the progress of works at the end of that week, so you only pay for works we carried out that week. A certain amount is set aside as retention until completion and this is paid to us after the defects period for your satisfaction. On-site project management We will provide a dedicated project manager to oversee works and make sure the job is done on time and within budget. Experience Our team have a combined experience of over 30 years in all aspects of design and build. We take care of liaison with building regulation inspectors, surveyors, architects, planning permission/local authority, structural engineers to save you any hassle and make the process as smooth as possible for you. Guarantee We guarantee and are committed to deliver a spectacular high-end finish that will bring your vision to life. We only work with the highest level of workmanship and all building materials are used in accordance to British standards. We also provide 10 years guarantee on all works we carry out. For your truly bespoke and personalised service, provided according to your requirements, get in touch with us today and get your free quote. We are open Monday - Sunday from 9am - 6pm everyday. Weekend appointments for site visit and quotation are also available

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Reviewed by Martin on 19/9/2018

The job was completed on time and within budget, we highly recommend hestia contractors for their high quality work and reliability.

We specialise in all aspects of hard landscaping such as patios, driveways, fencing, garden walls, sheds, lawns and garden clearance. We also complete aspects of general building such as extensions, porches, interior and exterior painting

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Reviewed by Julie on 19/9/2018

Would definitely use again and would highly recommend.

free no obligation quote polite and professional service

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Reviewed by Michael on 19/9/2018

Steven and his team made a fantastic job of replacing our old cladding , quality tradesman , workmanship was outstanding , clean and tidy and very thorough, would not hesitate to hire again ,

***All roofing work undertaken, no job too big or small*** All London and surrounding areas. All roofing work, leadwork, fascias, guttering, repairs and velux windows. Contact me for a quotation.

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Reviewed by James on 19/9/2018

Found a solution to the problem and fixed it right there and then

Dm property maintenance is a family run business and been trading over 10 years now we offer a wide load of work we Carrie out Roofing work Tree surgery Landscaping Power washing and cleaning services

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Reviewed by David on 19/9/2018

Quick reply to advert. Came viewed the job, gave a quote and agreed on the price. Job was completed in really quick time to my satisfaction

We're a small, family run business who take pride in our work leaving all our customers satisfied. We are skilled tradesmen in all aspects of roof work, flat and pitched.

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Reviewed by Yasmin on 19/9/2018

Overall Joseph did a good job- raliable, on time. A bit of adjusting to do at the end and Joseph suggested to put some extra cladding on the edges to neaten the roof and to give extra reainforcement. Got rid of he wasps for sure! Would definately recommend. Would also keep the number for other jobs I have in mind. Don't hesitate book in a date for your job with Joseph and son!

Hello everyone, I'm Andrei and with my vast experience in home decorating/painting, tiling (tiles, marbles, natural stones) plastering, carpentery and joinery I can make your dream projects to became true! I look forward to hear from you!

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Reviewed by Linda on 19/9/2018

Good job overall

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Reviewed by Jan on 19/9/2018

Came & gave a quote straight away & after I weighed up the other quotes I gave them the job.

Recommend company been trading for 15 years, very good worker and very reliable, reasonable on quotations. A specialist In flat roofing, all pvc products including facias soffits and gutters, all general roofing repairs, new roofs and all property maintenance

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Reviewed by William on 19/9/2018

I was very pleased with the repair work that was undertaken on my roof. A professional and quality-focussed team.

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Chimney Building / Repair specialists - what you need to know

Chimneys might be a sought-after design feature, but they also perform a crucial role whenever you use your gas, wood-burning or open fire. Chimneys are engineered to allow just the right flow of air to get rid of dirty emissions, while maintaining as much heat in your home as possible.

In fact, the construction of chimneys is governed by strict building regulations – so it pays to use a professional when you’re having work done. As well as creating a chimney breast and fitting a pot or terminal (if necessary), building a new chimney involves assembling the flue lining, flue pipe (where required), connector and the smoke chamber. Doing this in the correct way makes sure a draft is created, which pulls smoke out of your room and evacuates it safely.

The complexity of repairing a chimney depends on the fault. The good news is that most problems can be resolved. Flues can be relined or repaired to address issues with leaking smoke or emissions. Or, if you’re having damp problems, these can be fixed too – either with brickwork remediation or by replacing lead flashings. And even more serious structural problems such as a leaning chimney breast can be sorted – though this may be a big job, with scaffolding required.

Cost of chimney building and repair

The labour and material costs to build a chimney will depend on the complexity of what you’re trying to achieve. And, design features aside, that will usually be steered by the type of fire you have (or want). Expect the construction of even the most modest chimney to start at around £1,000 and go up from there.

When it comes to flue costs, these vary according to the type of fuel you’re using. Wood-burning stoves can use prefabricated stainless-steel flues, which are the cheapest option. Gas fires only need a single-skin flue, but solid fuel fires require an insulated twin-wall flue – this is to stop smoke from condensing inside. A typical twin-wall stainless-steel flue will cost anywhere from £1,250-£1,500. Ceramic flues (as well as those made from other resilient materials like pumice stone) are also available, but these will cost significantly more than the steel option.

Chimney repair costs can vary drastically according to the job. You’ll usually be quoted according to the time required to remedy your exact problem. Depending on where you are, that rate will be between £150-£300.

How to repair a chimney

  • Problems with the flue. Your flue has to be airtight for safety, to make sure carbon monoxide is sent out of your home. The flue can be tested using a smoke pellet, or your professional may recommend a specialist survey using a video camera. The solution to most flue-related problems is having a new liner installed, which an experienced tradesperson will carry out in accordance with building regulations.
  • Leaking chimney stack. Stains on ceilings or walls near your chimney breast are the telltale signs of a leak. Often this is the result of flashings (strips which cover the area where roof tiles meet the chimney brickwork) either coming loose or cracking and allowing rainwater in. Replacing flashings is a relatively straightforward job, and lead is typically selected as it is both durable and weatherproof. New flashings are usually installed in a stepped pattern for waterproofing.
  • Cracked brickwork. Whether internally or externally, cracked brickwork can present problems for your chimney and will need to be resolved. External cracks can create structural damage, while internal cracks could allow dangerous emissions to escape into your home. Replacing damaged brickwork requires any defective sections to be removed and replaced, or for more minor repairs areas can simply be repointed. In extreme cases, the chimney stack may need to be taken down and rebuilt.
  • Unstable chimney stacks. If chimneys show evidence of leaning, they can be reinforced with steel straps or stay bars. Where leaning becomes more exaggerated, it may be necessary to rebuild the chimney – either partially or entirely.

Building a chimney – the key components

  • Chimney breast. Usually a brick or blockwork column either built inside a property or on the outside of an external wall, the chimney breast directs smoke, gas and other by-products out of your home. Some may have a dedicated flue pipe inside, or simply be lined with a flue liner. A chimney breast will terminate at the roof of your home and is usually finished by a pot or cowl.
  • Flue liner. The flue liner is made from a fire-resistant material – typically specialist concrete, clay, or metal. Flue liners help to protect the brickwork of a chimney from combustion gases, and also improve air flow. There are two types of flue liner – class 1, for solid fuel fires, and class 2, for gas fires.
  • Flue pipe. The flue pipe allows smoke and other emissions to travel out of your home, away from the fire. Not every chimney will have (or needs) a flue pipe, but where they are present, they need to be engineered to ensure they create enough draught.
  • Flue connector. This connects the fireplace to the flue. Provided the angle it is installed at doesn’t exceed 45°, your chimney sweep can still clean your fireplace.
  • Hearth. This is the surround that helps keep your fire where it’s supposed to be and prevents heat from damaging nearby elements, like carpets and walls.
  • Smoke shelf. A horizontal surface that helps to prevent downdraughts of smoke from entering your home.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

A general builder will be able to construct a chimney, while a roofing expert can repair elements like lead flashings. These tradespeople don’t necessarily need any specific qualification to do this work.

But to install a fireplace your tradesperson may require additional accreditation, depending on the type of fuel you’ll be using. For gas fires, your professional must be Gas Safe registered. For solid fuel fires, they should be HETAS (the solid fuel fire accreditation body) registered.

Planning permission for chimney construction and repair

You won’t usually need planning permission to install a chimney. To quote the planning portal: “Planning permission is not required provided that the height of the chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe is not more than 1 metre above the highest part of the roof.”

There may be additional requirements if you live certain areas, such as a national park or a neighbourhood featuring listed buildings.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

Make sure your tradesperson holds public liability insurance. This helps to protect you and your tradesperson from any damage to your property.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Would your professional recommend installing a flue pipe?
  • If a flue pipe is not necessary, would they recommend a flue liner?
  • What techniques would they recommend for a smoke or gas leak, or a damp issue?
  • Do they hold Gas Safe or HETAS accreditation?
  • Can they offer a warranty on their work?

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