Here in the UK, it’s safe to say that we really feel the cold during the winter, and in some cases, even during the summer as well, so having a warm and well-insulated home is absolutely essential. Although our winters are perhaps not as extreme as other snowier and icier parts of the world, we do often experience prolonged cold snaps and we do really feel the cold, especially in older homes. Obviously, in terms of heating our homes, aside from a fireplace/stove, our primary source of heating is central heating from various radiators around the home.
The problem with radiators is that overtime, they can find themselves becoming blocked and clogged full of rust and general sludge from your central heating system, which can cause them to corrode and not perform as efficiently as you may have hoped. In these cases, you may wish to purchase brand new radiators, which will be clean, efficient, and are actually not that expensive. When you replace old radiators with new ones, the difference in heat is pretty astonishing, providing of course, that your radiator installations have been carried out properly. When it comes to radiator installations, don’t cut corners, and don’t try doing them yourself. Instead, bring in the professionals to do it for you. Here we’ll be taking a look at how to find a reputable radiator installations company.
Don’t make price your priority – When it comes to housework and general DIY, unfortunately, you get what you pay for, and as the saying goes ‘if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys’. This basically means that, if you come across a firm that is considerably cheaper than everybody else, they COULD be risky and may be considered to be “cowboys”. Of course, that isn’t to say that every cheap company out there will be under-qualified, because in reality, they may just be setting competitive prices to help them make more sales. When it comes to radiator installations; however, you should not hire a company based solely on how much they are charging. That doesn’t mean you should go for the most expensive company you can find, either, but generally speaking, make sure your final decision is NOT based upon how much the company is charging per service.
Ask for recommendations – Let’s face it, virtually every single property in the UK is going to have radiators to keep the building warm in the winter, and if you know anybody who has recently had new radiators installed, ask them who carried out the installation, and whether or not they are happy with the finished result. You can ask people in person, or you can ask on social media pages and see what other people have to say. This is very useful because not only will people be able to recommend companies, if anybody has had bad experiences with companies, they will again be able to warn you off of them so that you can avoid them.
Ask to see examples of their work – When hiring a company to install your radiators for you, before you go ahead and hire them, ask to see examples of their work. If they have an office for example, if you go in and speak face to face, take a look at the radiators installed in the office and ask whether or not they installed them. Alternatively, they should have pictures and videos online, as well as online portfolios, so take a look at the installations, look for as much detail as possible, and see whether you like the finished article. For example, if you can see signs of damage to the wall and pipes in any images or videos, this could be a sign that they are heavy-handed and are not as cautious as you may have liked, in which case you should continue your search. If you like what you have seen, however, then you may be in luck.
Ask for a rough estimate upfront – Although you shouldn’t make money the deciding factor when it comes to your radiator installations, that doesn’t mean that you want to get ripped off and taken for a ride, so when speaking to a company, tell them exactly what you need, give as much detail about your central heating system and your home as possible, and ask for a rough estimate upfront. If they are hesitant to give you an estimate, this could be a sign that they are potentially thinking of overcharging, in which case you should look elsewhere. Obviously, it is only an estimate, but they know exactly what they are doing and how much things cost roughly, so by getting a rough estimate, you at least get a rough idea of how much you are going to be spending on the finished product. If you enjoyed reading this article about how to find a company for radiator installations, please share.
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