What you need to know before you remove your chimney29 February 2016


 

Despite being a common addition in older buildings – particularly those constructed before 1900 – more and more people are choosing to remove their chimney to update the look or functionality of their property.

So, what does this involve? For many, chimney removal can seem like a daunting task, which is why our experts at Morgan Asphalte have put together this article to explain everything you will need to know about the removal process. That way, you know exactly what action to take and what the work will entail.

 

Why do people remove their chimney?

Depending on your requirements, any of the following chimney parts can be removed from your property: the fireplace (internal), chimney breast (internal), flue (internal) and the chimney stack (external). There are a host of reasons why people choose to remove the chimney from their property, including:

  1. Damp problem/damage. Repairing a chimney which has fallen victim to damp or weather damage or general wear can be rather costly, so if you no longer require a chimney in your property, it may be more practical to have it removed.
  2. State of disrepair. In some cases, it’s a more cost-effective option to remove the chimney rather than shelling out a hefty cost to have it continually repaired.
  3. Takes up too much space. Removing your chimney can create more space in your property.
  4. No plans to use it in the future. If you do not intend on using the chimney, you may decide to have it completely removed.
  5. Smoke laws. Many areas in the UK are smoke control areas, which ban smoke emissions from a chimney unless you are using an authorised fuel or appliance exempt from the rules (such as burners and stoves). To find out if you live in a smoke control area, contact your local council today who will be able to help you.

 

Will removing my chimney affect the resale value of my property?

Prior to removing your chimney, you must carefully consider whether the resale value of your property will be affected. For example, the value of an older period property may be majorly impacted if the chimney is removed, as it takes away some of its traditional charm.

 

What problems may I face when removing my chimney?

If you only decide to remove parts of the chimney rather than the whole structure, strong support beams will be required to hold any overhead masonry in place. This is crucial as it will prevent any structural damage or, at worst, the collapse of the building.

If your chimney is located on a partition wall shared with a neighbouring property, then you are obligated to follow the appropriate guidelines set out in the Party Wall Act. When it comes to building work, following this act dutifully will help prevent any disputes between you and your neighbour while the work is being carried out. As such, special attention needs to be paid to any part of the chimney on the party wall – such as the chimney breast – and you must follow the correct procedures accordingly.

Out of courtesy, you should notify your neighbours at least two months prior to the work taking place to inform them of your plans.

Morgan Asphalte
As a professional roofing company, here at Morgan Asphalte we can remove, fix or replace your chimney stack depending on your requirements – it’s worth noting that you will need to obtain a separate quote for the internal work. As one of London’s leading roofing companies, we promise quality workmanship and a high level of service with every project we undertake. Simply contact our expert team today to find out more or to arrange a free, no obligation quote.


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