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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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About us: Property Projection and Maintenance Ltd is a building firm based in Northampton covering all aspects of building work. We offer a wide range of services employing both modern and traditional techniques in order to guarantee complete customer satisfaction. We have a full team of qualified regular sub-contractors who have been a part of PPM for many years, a number of whom were trained by Matthew - the director. We undertake work from small remedial alterations and maintenance up to complete refurbishments and renovations. Why choose us? 1. Honest & affordable prices - over the years, we have developed new techniques, knowledge and contacts which is the reason we are able to offer unbeatable prices for the standard of work that we consistently achieve. We are good at sourcing high quality materials and appliances for our customers which allows us to offer an even better price. 2. Professional and high standard work - PPM uses the highest quality of materials on every job and all work is carried out to the highest possible standard. 3. Unparalleled customer service - we provide full assistance and honesty from start to finish. We do not regard the job as complete until our customer is 100% satisfied. We believe communication is very important; we always keep our customers informed. Choose PPM for a stress free experience! 4. Fully trained & experienced - PPM has 15+ years of experience. All of our sub-contractors are very professional with years of experience. PPM have the best of the best tradesman. 5. Tidiness - one of the many positive comments we get when carrying out work is our tidiness. We ensure all jobs are only complete once the place is spotless! 6. Fully insured & guaranteed - public liability insurance held up to 1 million pound. All work is fully guaranteed; Roofing: 25 years; Rendering: 15 years; All other work is guaranteed for 1 year.

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Reviewed by Mohammed on 18/9/2020

Bad workman and bad service.

Welcome to Avant. We are a small independent team who are dedicated to making our customers feel safe when it comes to improvements or general maintenance. Our skilled employees have years of experience and are committed to completing work to the highest standard. Take a look at some of our gallery to witness some of the jobs we have completed in Darlington and surrounding areas.

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Reviewed by James on 23/9/2020

Very good and honest tradesman who did a good job

We are a small company based in Sunderland,we cover all building work including extensions,loft conversions,kitchens,bathrooms and full refurbs

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Reviewed by William on 21/5/2020

SB Construction responded to our inquiry promptly. They have proven to have been an excellent choice, providing a first class, professional service at an excellent price, The standard of workmanship and communication has been exceptional throughout the entire build, The site was always left tidy at the end of the day and the team were always punctual and on time. Due to the excellent standard of work and the trust we had in Steve, we had further work carried out and the build was still completed on time.

We at rapid fit roofing & roughcasting are a growing business covering all types of roofing work from repairs to full replacements , from driveways to building work We Have it covered we are fully insured and all work comes with a guarantee .

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Reviewed by Colin on 18/9/2020

I would recommend the lads to anybody. Very good tradesmen unlike a few roofers who done other houses in my street...my roof doesn't leak like there's.

Hi I'm Asher brickwork a family run buissness with over 20 yrs experience we take on all aspects of the building trade from extensions to garages,garden walls,repointing,chimney work and repair work.I have 3 NVQ'S in Bricklaying dating back from 1999 I take alot of pride in my work and finish every job to a very high standard,thank you for taking the time to read my profile.

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Reviewed by Richard on 17/1/2020

Reliable and friendly. Looked at pictures submitted and prioritised work due to urgency of supporting structure.

Hi I’m Rod Furness. Ex parachute regiment solider turned bricklayer. I cover all aspects of brickwork. I run a honest hardworking business with year’s of experience to meet the needs of your project. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Reviewed by Nigel on 25/6/2020

Rod was the first and only person to quote . I would use Rod again as his work has a nice finish he was helpful in sourcing the right materials and did a fair cleanup job at the end. Happy all round.

Astonishing-Roofing A company you can trust

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Reviewed by Matthew on 4/5/2020

Prompt reply. Excellent work and on time

Ap home improvement is a trusted professional company with a great reputation to uphold & add years of experience.We improve the character and value of your home for less money than you think A complete service is provided we also offer a free demonstration without obligation. We always work closely with our customers in order to guarantee complete satisfaction Proper preparation is the most essential part of our jobs We spend time ensuring the work is properly prepared for a flawless look.

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Reviewed by Rebecca on 3/9/2020

Adam responded to my request instantly and then quoted and completed the job within a few days. He's very honest, reliable and polite. The work is of an excellent standard and he was happy to provide before and after photos of the roof repair. Will definitely use again and am happy to recommend!

We have just been asked to join Rated People ,so our ratings do not exist yet. However with over 30 years experience and countless jobs under our belt, we can do anything from fixing a broken tile to complete refurbishments and extensions. New drains to a new roof we can do it all, and do it well. Kitchens, bathrooms, alterations redecoration, all in a day's work for us. An Island family firm ,with excellent references and recommendations . We are recomended by estate agents and property management services. Friendly reliable service at realistic prices. We finish on time on price. For a builder you can trust, call us.

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Reviewed by Ray on 28/8/2020

Nick kept me informed throughout (as do not live at property) completely trustworthy and stuck to his price even though it was a tricky Job which turned out very nice. Thanks Nick

We’re a fast growing Roofing, Gutter and Driveway company based in Oxford, South East England. We are committed to providing a professional and efficient service at all time whilst maintaining the highest standards of work. Our extensive experience in the industry make us the go to company for roofing, gutters, driveway and patio work throughout Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and surrounding areas. With a vast array of expertise and experience, our workforce specialise in a variety of roofing services, from small repairs to a full re-roofing. Our roofing services are suitable for both residential and commercial properties. All our roofing services are fully insured during the duration of the work carried out by our team and covered by our 10 year guarantee once completed. We also offer other specialised services including: Guttering and Fascia protection, Tiling, Roof system protection, Roof re-pointing plus more. Praised for exceptional professionalism and services, the company is known for delivering the highest quality of work, and with over 20 years of in-field experience, you can trust Premier Roofing, Gutters & Driveways and its team of experts with all types of roofing, gutters & fascias and driveways projects you might have. With Premier Roofing, Gutters & Driveways as your business partner, you can expect only the highest level of craft and customer service. Most of our trade comes from our past clients recommendations. Our pricing is very competitive, and every single client is important to us.

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Reviewed by Mike on 20/9/2020

Jamie gave us an excellent professional assessment of what was wrong with our roof, establishing what the problem was and the best solution. This was the third roofer who had tackled the job. This time we are confident that Jamie and the team did not cut corners, they were very punctual, worked with scaffolding rather than ladders and were able to show us the damaged rafters that they replaced. They cleaned up the site and now we confidently wait for rain to confirm that our leak has finally been stopped!

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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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