Category: Local Business Reviews

Getting an Underfloor Heating System Installed

As you may know from a previous post, i recently moved into a new house. In my old house i had previously experimented with an electric underfloor system as oppose to a radiator. Bad Move! I found the electric system to be slow to heat, un-economical and a liability (more about that later).

I went for an electric underfloor heating system as i was planning on installing a fabulous high spec, white laminate floor in my upstairs “Man Cave”. So i needed a system that was low level and could be fitted on top of the existing floorboards without raising the level of the floor too much.

The electric system was easy to fit, done by me and a friend of mine in less than an hour. We tested it prior to installing the laminate and everything seemed to be working great. However as soon as we laid the laminate floor over it, it would take over five minutes before we could feel any heat coming through it. Even then it did not feel particular warm.

Over the next few days i played around with the digital thermostat, gradually setting it higher and higher to see how warm the room would get. It turned out that i needed to set it to over 90F to get the room temperature up to anything like comfortable (105F on really cold winter days). As you can imagine, this was starting to make my electric bills spike.

The final nail in the coffin for me using the electric underfloor heating actually came when my family spent a weekend away from home. I walked back into my room on the Monday morning after a trip to the seaside, only to be hit by a wall of heat as soon as i opened the door.

I knew for a fact that the underfloor heating had been turned off before we left and was stunned to find that the digital thermostat was reading 115F. It came to light later than day, that while we were away that weekend, there had been numerous power cuts on our street due to the electricity company doing some “maintenance work”. It seems that when the power had been restored at the mains, that something had been tripped on the thermostat and caused it to turn on. I had no idea how long it had been on for but i can assure you that my next electricity bill was even uglier than usual!

So this time around when i was considering getting an underfloor heating system, i decided to try a water underfloor heating system. I found a company who supplied these systems in Leeds with a quick online search. The company are called WarmFloors and are actually based in Bradford.

installing wet underfloor system

The rooms i wanted underfloor heating in this time were the kitchen and dining rooms, that we were renovating from scratch. With it being a ground floor installation this time, i knew that i was not just restricted to electric underfloor heating and i had heard that wet underfloor heatings systems are even more cost effective than radiators.

The installation was done by WarmFloors in both rooms in just over a day and a half. First they laid the pipes and connected it to too the new heat pump. Then a layer of liquid screen was poured over the pipes to create a level surface for the new tiles we were going to be installing.

I found the team at WarmFloors to be very knowledgeable, courteous and efficient in their installation process and would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting a underfloor heating system in Yorkshire. You can vist their website here: https://www.underfloorheatingservice.co.uk/

We have now got our new tiles down and are impressed with both how warm the floor gets and also how well the whole floor is covered with no cold spots.

Underfloor heating Tiled floor

 

 

 

 

 

Just note that with this type of underfloor heating system, they usually recommend that you wait around two weeks for the screed to fully dry out before you fit your new flooring.

 

Jag Wall Coatings

After reading a variety of articles explaining the benefits of wall coating, as well as seeing the visual improvements it can make to a property, I was eager to give it a go myself. I purchased a roller and a couple tins of paint and began searching through tutorial videos on Youtube to see what I could find. Armed with my tools and freshly acquired knowledge, I stepped outside and after trying relentlessly for a few hours, it was evident that I would need some more help.

After a quick search for Wall Coatings in Leeds and a few phone calls, I received a well-priced estimate from a staff member at Jag Wall Coatings and we arranged a date for their visit. A few days later they turned up on time and completed the job without any fuss.  They had an impressive selection of colours to choose from – I went for Sky Blue which makes my property look great. I am very pleased with the finished product and have received a handful of compliments on how much better my home looks with the fresh layer of paint.

Besides looking good, the wall coating service offers a bunch of other benefits to your property:

  • Mould and Algae resistant– A good wall coating is breathable and stops penetrating damp, which stops water damage and the development of algae.
  • Plenty of colours– As mentioned, there are a huge variety of colours and finishes available from most wall coating companies, allowing you to pick one that perfectly suits your home.
  • Covers cracks– Removes horrid blemishes and cracks on the exterior of your house. Also adds a protective layer to help prevent further damage.
  • Adds value to your property– Due to all of the benefits, adding an additional coating to your home can prove to be a very worthy investment, allowing you to add value to your home without breaking the bank.

Jag also offer an Exterior Wall Rendering service which is best suited to walls that have large cracks, blown render or damp issues. They use a GRC Polymer Render (Glass reinforced) for maximum durability and protection throughout the year.

Man applying wall coating

Before making the same mistake as me and trying to paint the entire of your property by yourself, I would definitely recommend getting a quote from a professional wall coating company. It is far less expensive than people tend to think and it saves countless hours of headache.

My experience with Jag Wall Coatings was amazing and I couldn’t find a fault in their service. The staff members were very friendly and answered all the questions I had before any work was started. They did a superb job of coating my home and managed to keep within my tight budget.

If you would like to see more about their wall coating services or receive a free estimate, you can do so on their website: https://www.jagwallcoatings.co.uk/or call their Leeds based headquarters on 0800 0438891.

Roof Replacements, General Repairs and Maintenance

If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experience of a leaking roof, you’ll understand that getting it repaired QUICKLY is pretty much the only thing on your mind until it’s fixed. When I woke up to a rather large puddle of water in my upstairs bathroom, I knew that I would have to find an emergency roofer located in Leeds. Normally I would put this sort of thing off for a few days and pray for sunshine, but a few buckets wouldn’t have been able to hold the rain coming through the roof.

This was the first time I had ever needed to get in touch with a roofing contractor and I had no idea how much this repair would end up costing. After a few searches I came across a couple numbers and decided to give SDK Roofing Ltd a ring. They started by asking me a few general questions about my roof, which I assume were to make sure that it wouldn’t collapse while they travelled over. Following the phone call, 2 roofers from SDK showed up at my house within the hour! They took a quick look and gave me a quote before beginning any of the repair work. Thankfully, the price was very fair and wasn’t close to what some online forums were speculating. I gave them the go ahead and almost instantly began to feel relieved, knowing that my roof was in the hands of professionals.

Re Pointing Roof

The repair was done perfectly and didn’t take long at all. I was also told that my roof repair was fully guaranteed so if anything should happen, I can give them a call and it will be sorted as soon as possible. I was very impressed with the service that SDK Roofing Ltd provided and they will definitely be my first port of call whenever I need any form of maintenance for my roof.

They also provide a full roof replacement service, which is a great way of adding value and bringing your property back to life. SDK offer 2 different types of roofing – Slate and Tile. Slate adds a more natural finish to your property, which tile tends to better suit modern homes and conservatories.

SDK Roofing Limited of Leeds have over 12 years of combined experience as a roofing contractor in leeds behind them and can work on virtually any roof related project (For both residential and commercial customers). For more information on any of their services, to see more customer reviews or to start work on your own project, you can visit their website: https://www.sdkroofingltd.co.uk/or use the following number: 01138 056616.

Thanks to Andy Wood in Leeds for this business review.

Using A Leeds Removals Company

Well this is the first business review i have done in a while. I seem to have had a number of poor services provided to me lately by local businesses. People that know me, know that i don’t like to write a bad review on poor quality services. The company in question may just have been having a bad day and i feel that writing really bad reviews online can really damage a companies reputation. We are not in the business of hurting local businesses here (if it was a national company then we would!)

Anyways….

I recently moved house here in Leeds, not very far, literally just over five miles in distance from the old house to the new property. I had been very busy in the build up to the move and i literally was struggling to pack everything my self. So when i decided to look for a removals company to shift my stuff, i was delighted to see that a lot of companies offered a packing and unpacking service.

In the end after much price shopping, i decided on Leeds removal company Eton Jones. They were one of the companies which offered the packing services but were still reasonably priced.

Furniture being moved

I moved on a Saturday and the owner Chris and three of his team turned up twenty minutes early on the morning with a ridiculous amount of large brown boxes and parcel tape!

They then proceeded to pack all my smaller stuff, which i have stacked almost ceiling high in the lounge for the next couple of hours. This was then followed by all the furniture which had been stored in the dinning room, being secured into the back of their large truck. I was impressed by the amount of care  which was taken when loading this onto the truck. The staff at Eton Jones did not seem to be in a rush and were more interested in making sure that everything was stacked neatly.

Finally, all the boxes that had been packed were then slotted around the furniture and everything was secured in place with bungee cords.

I went off at this point for an hour or so to get the keys for the new house from the estate agents and made my way over to the new house. By the time i got to the house, the guys had already unpacked all the boxes from the truck onto the driveway and were ready to take them in the house.

Each box was then taken to the relevant room of the house, where the guys unpacked everything onto the floor. All the boxes were then taken back to the truck. This was great because i did not have to start thinking about what stuff was in what box, everything was neatly laid out on the floor. Also i was not left with a load of boxes to get rid of!

Finally, all the large furniture items were brought it the house and placed exactly where i wanted. Again, the guys were exceptionally careful when moving the furniture off the truck and into the house.

I definitely would recommend the packing and unpacking service to anyone getting a removals company in to help them with a house move. It definitely takes a lot of hassle out of what is usually a stressful experience.

Eton Jones Leeds Removal Company

In regard to Eton Jones, i would recommend them highly. They were prompt, well organised, friendly and took exceptional care with everything they did.

For more information on their services or to book them for your own removals job, you can visit their website here: https://www.etonjones.com

Leeds Search Engine Optimisation Companies

Just over 3 months ago i was checking the traffic statistics of this website as it had been online for over six months. I was a little disappointed to find that the number of visits to the site had not really increased from the first couple of months when i initially set it up.

Pratt's Information Store - Leeds News and Business Reviews

I had seen a couple of traffic spikes, most notably in June, when i spent quite a lot of time promoting it on social media like Facebook and Twitter. I was really hoping to see over 500 unique visitors a month to the site, but on average i was seeing just 250-350 a month.

I decided to seek some professional assistance from an SEO Expert. Search Engine Optimisation is working at both the on page and off page ranking factors to make your website more prominent in online searches.

The first place i looked for an SEO company to help me out was……… on Google of course! I thought, surely if these companies can rank for “seo leeds”, then they should not have any trouble ranking my website. I searched for that term and was surprised with what i saw……..

Most of the companies on the first page of Google, were not actually Leeds Companies but companies with their head offices registered in London. You know my website is all about promoting local businesses and helping the economy of Leeds grow. Why would i want to pay money to a London company rather than an actual Leeds based business?

I searched other different terms such as “leeds seo experts” and found a few companies that were actually local businesses. One of these SEO agencies was called Brand That Name and after a nice long chat in the Victoria Quarter (at Harvey Nic’s cafe no less) with the company owner Chris Scott, i decided to use them.

Brand That Name

Over the next week they asked me what keywords i would like to rank for and how much traffic was i wanting my site to get each month. After i had given them the information, they came back to me with tailored package over a three month period, payable on a monthly basis.

The results are in……….

Traffic as you can see from the counter on the right hand side of this page, is up drastically over the last three months. In September alone we got over 1000 unique visitors to this site!

Brand That Name have done a great job in getting most of the keywords i wanted to target, to the first page of Google. I am particularly impressed by the fact that as of today 28 October 2017, we rank both 1st and 2nd for one of our main targeted search terms “local business reviews leeds”

Top Ranking positions in Google Pratt's Store

 

As you can guess, i would highly recommend Chris and Brand That Name to anyone wanting to rank a Leeds related website. They were highly professional, delivered great results and were great to chat with over the last few months. Their SEO package was cheaper than i originally expected after my initial consultation, as i had quite a limited budget and i was not wanting to commit to a long term contract.

You can get in touch with them by clicking here

Chiropractors and Osteopaths Leeds

The Most Important Benefits Of Finding A Good Chiropractor

If you have never suffered from chronic back pains, count yourself lucky. About six years ago i woke up one morning and literally could not bend down to put my socks on without suffering a horrendous stabbing like pain in my back.

Man with back painI was generally an active person, enjoying a number of sports including weightlifting (which is how i think i caused it) for years since i was a teenager.

To cut a long story short, that first episode lasted a week and even after clearing up initially, i continued to suffer on an off for two years. My girlfriend (a teacher who spends hours a day hunched over books and coursework) used to go to a chiropractor every few months to have the knots loosened from her shoulders.

So i though i would give it a go and went to a local Osteopath in Leeds. After four sessions of therapy over  the next year, my back problems were pretty much gone. It has been over five years since i have had any stabbing pain episodes. I occasionally get a small twinge but when that happens i practice my stretches and exercises i was shown to do at home by my osteopath. Then i am fine again for months.

Here is a bit more detailed information on Chiropractors and Osteopaths. This article provides an overview of the most important benefits of finding a good chiropractor in your area. Also, there is a link for a site i found that locates the best clinics wherever you are in Leeds:

If you have not visited a good chiropractor yet, you may be missing out on the numerous benefits offered by chiropractic care. Finding a good chiropractor is not only good for correcting damage caused by years of poor posture or trauma issues, but it is also important for anyone who wants to take a proactive approach to his/her healthcare.

Chiropractic care is the best medicine available on the planet to cure neuromuscular-based diseases. This is why you need to choose a good chiropractor.

There have been many studies conducted on the therapeutic benefits of chiropractic care. These benefits have been documented in numerous medical journals across the world. The European Spine Journal published a report on a test conducted on patients who were treated with chiropractic care for sciatica. The treatment showed a 72% reduction in related symptoms compared to 22% success rate from physical therapy and a 50% success rate from corticosteroid injections.

Back pains and neck pains are the other conditions that can be effectively treated with chiropractic care. A clinical study conducted some time back showed that chiropractic therapy could result in a speedier recovery for patients with neck and back pains compared to physiotherapy and manual therapy. Also, the total cost of chiropractic care was almost one-third of the costs of general practitioner care and physiotherapy.

Tension and migraine headaches are also effectively treated with chiropractic care. Migraine and tension headaches affect millions of people across the world on a daily basis. Headaches are one of the most common conditions treated with chiropractic treatment methods, second only to back pain. A group of 22 people who were treated with chiropractic care for headaches saw a 90% decrease in the condition within a short period. There are only a few treatment methods that can cure a headache similar to chiropractic care.

A Chiropractor in action

Neurological conditions are easily treated with chiropractic treatment methods. MRI scans have shown that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow were increased after a chiropractic adjustment. Hypertension is another condition that could be treated effectively with chiropractic methods.

A recent study proved that one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment had a similar effect as two blood pressure lowering drugs.

In conclusion, chiropractic care is effective in curing many conditions and diseases. You need to find a good chiropractor in your area but with so many chiropractors operating locally, it may not be an easy to find the right one for you so check out the Chiropractor Leeds Directory.

Finding the Best Refrigeration Repair Service in Leeds

When looking for the best refrigeration repair service in Leeds, you want someone who can deal with the hassle of handling a broken drown refrigerator. You also definitely want it to work as efficiently as it can after repairs have been made on it. While you are in the process of finding a refrigerator repair service person, hiring a local one may be a better option to hiring one from a national chain. The need to be sure that your refrigerator is in good hands is why you should consider these factors:

1. RELIABILITY: You need a refrigeration repair service whose work and words can be relied on. If you are told that the refrigerator will be up and running within two hours, for instance, you expect it to be so. The same goes for the reliability of the work done by the refrigeration repair service.

2. EXPERIENCE: One thing you do not want is a person that would use your refrigerator to learn how to do repairs on a refrigerator. A refrigeration repair service person with a good number of years under his or her belt is more likely to do a good work on your refrigerator than someone who is just starting out.

3. QUICK RESPONSE: A good refrigeration repair service should have a quick turnaround time when it comes to attending to customers. When you reach for them, they should be able to tell you how soon they can be available to attend to you. One thing you should look out for is the professional tone with which they receive calls. Even if you call after hours and you have to leave a message this is still necessary. This will help you avoid doing business with someone who just woke up and placed an advertisement on a local newspaper without being qualified to do the work.

4. PRICING: The price should be competitive. Their price should be competitive when compared with other refrigeration repair services in Leeds and indeed the entire West Yorkshire area. An exorbitant price does not necessarily translate to the refrigeration repair service being the best. This is where hiring a local refrigeration repair service comes in handy again. They are most likely to charge less than a national chain for the same quality of work.

5. CUSTOMER FOCUSED: They should not have any preference for any kind of customers. They should be poised to do the required repairs without having the need to prefer a commercial customer over a domestic one. It is preferable to go for a local refrigerator repair service person who is more likely to be more concerned than a national chain.

6. MEMBER OF AN ASSOCIATION: It would do you some good if you can get one that is a member of their trade association. Chances are that a member of a trade association would be more cautious in the discharge of their duties since they have a reputation to protect. It also offers a good place to find a local refrigeration repair service person.

It is very important to get the right person to do a refrigeration work. There is no point in thinking you are through with a refrigerator repair, only to have it broken down after a few days. This is the reason why these tips should be used as a factor to determine the best refrigeration repair service person to hire in Leeds.

My personal recommendation for good repair company in Leeds is Keep It Cold. My brother owns a bar in Leeds City Centre and his main beer fridge broke down on a Saturday afternoon. He called these guys out and they were able to repair the fridge in a couple of hours, before the Saturday evening rush started!