Watton at Stone plumber
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Replacement radiator installation in Hertfordshire


Have you ever looked at the radiators in your house and wished you could change them?

Radiator design has come a long way over the years, from heavy old iron monsters to sleek and slimline modern panel designs you hardly notice.

But what if you want a classic design with a modern touch?

LH Gas has just installed new radiators for a client who wanted exactly that. The customer had previously employed us to install a new heating system and bathroom, so he came back to us for some advice.

A classic look

The house was a beautiful courtyard property in a small Hertfordshire village in classic “cottage” style with a solid wood floor and barn style doors, but with very modern decor. Our client wanted a classic radiator design that would compliment the age and style of the house but also match the décor.

We supplied our customer with The Radiator Company book that offers a wide range of styles, but we recommended “Ancona” as the design most likely to meet his requirements. These are classic steel column radiators in traditional style and also the UK’s highest output multi-column radiators.

They come in various heights, widths, column configurations and colours, either wall-mounted or floor standing, with cast iron or welded feet. Special finishes can also be added to compliment your interiors, including specialist valves and pipe covers.

Special valves added

After discussing all the options with our client, he opted for cream-coloured wall-mounted radiators with colour coded base and top brackets attaching to the wall. Decorative thermostatic radiator valves were also installed, in a style that would fit a more traditional house and give the column radiators a classic feel.

All the radiators and fittings came from our local supplier, WHABS, and once all items were in stock the installation took just two days to complete. The property was left with a great finish that we are proud of.

Feedback from our client was very positive. He was sure that he made the correct choice of radiators and is very pleased he took the advice of the LH Gas team!

Worcester Bosch combination boiler
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Boiler installation in Roydon, Essex

This is how LH Gas Ltd came to the rescue of an existing client whose boiler stopped working just before it was due for its routine annual service.

 

When we got to the house we discovered that the gas valve had failed, so we used the ipad app “Parts Arena” to search for availability nationwide and try to source a new valve. This is a brilliant app as we can stay on site and advise the client on how quickly we can resolve their problem.

 

All new installation

 

In this case, unfortunately, the part had been discontinued because of the age of the boiler, so our client agreed that a completely new installation would be best. We recommended a Worcester Bosch 24i heat-only boiler, for two good reasons. Not only are Worcester Bosch one of the best makes on the market — they have won the WHICH? “Best Buy” award for the past 7 years — they also offer up to a 10-year guarantee.

 

As soon as our quotation was agreed we arrived the very next day to carry out the work. The new boiler was connected onto the existing gas, electrical and heating supplies. A new condensate discharge pipe was installed to the nearest available drain point, in accordance with the manufacturers’ guidelines and a horizontal flue kit was added.

 

Cleaning the system

 

A Worcester Bosch central heating system filter was also installed on to the return pipe from the radiators and positioned above the boiler. This helps prevent the boiler’s heat exchanger from clogging up with sludge and debris from inside the radiators. This also adds an extra one year guarantee on the boiler.

 

LH Gas then carried out a chemical power flush that uses a machine to jet chemicals around the heating system to remove as much sludge and debris as possible from the radiators and pipe work. An inhibitor protector chemical is added to the system to help prevent future sludge build up.

 

The boiler was then commissioned and all legally required paperwork completed. This included registering with “Gas Safe” as compliant with Part L Building Regulations. We also registered the boiler with Worcester so that our client received their extended guarantees.

Two column radiator and tiled floor
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Cloakroom renovation in Hertford

 Our customer wanted to change the style of their current hallway and downstairs cloakroom. Both rooms had wooden flooring and the customer wanted to change this to tiles for a more modern look.

We suggested our customers visit Pentagon Tiles in Harlow, a showroom that could help them see what was available and choose a style that they liked.  The tiles they chose were classic with modern twist; a mix of grey colours with multiple individual designs on spectate tiles.  We had to design a pattern for the layout of the installation.

Before any tiles could be laid, the old wooden flooring had to be removed, along with all the skirting boards. We then laid the new floor using plywood and specialist ‘Ditra’ movement matting.  For comfort and warmth, we also installed under-floor heating. We laid the tiles using ‘Bahl’ adhesive in the pattern chosen by the customer and the team at LH Gas Ltd.

The new skirting boards were then cut to size and installed ready for the decoration. The customer chose Farrow and Ball paint, which was also used on the woodwork giving a great finish.

The WC and basin vanity unit was reinstalled in the cloakroom and a white two-column radiator was installed to achieve a real feature effect. In the hallway, we installed a second two-column radiator that had been painted in the chosen “rail colour grey” specialist paint.

The radiators really complemented the new floor and certainly gave each room a luxury feel to them. This renovation really delivered, it gave the property a beautiful unique feel and had the wow factor.