Trads Blog

Posted: 01 March 2016

Radiator Advice

Radiator Advice

Posted: 22 February 2016

What Colour can I Have my Radiator?

What Colour can I Have my Radiator?

Simply put: Any…

A paint revolution is happening! Gone are the days of the standard white radiators placed in every hallway and bedroom. The sky is no longer the limit when choosing what colour or finish you want your radiator to be!

Here at Trads, we have been thinking outside the box when it comes to decorating Carron’s superb range of classic and contemporary cast iron radiators, and have been hard at work to develop and expand the range and choice that is available.

At last count we had over 4,000 colours in our colour bank! We even offer a free colour matching service so simply tell us your choice of colour.

As well as constantly increasing the amount of paint colours on offer, we have been working on some new specialised metallic finishes and even iridescent or polychromatic finishes. We can also offer the highly sought after ’Antiqued’ option.

We hand assemble, rigorously test each radiators for a period exceeding 24 hours, and hand paint every radiator, deploying a unique ‘double painted method’ to ensure the highest quality of finish is attained.

So join the painted radiator revolution and paint the town whatever colour you like!

Posted: 08 February 2016

Focus on: Some of the More Unusual Radiator Finishes Trads can Offer

Focus on: Some of the More Unusual Radiator Finishes Trads can Offer

We believe that whatever graces your home should be a reflection of your personality, what you love and what makes ‘you’ you.

Here at Trads we can offer painted radiators in pretty much any colour imaginable, last count had our colour bank at over 4,000 colours! What’s more, our colour matching service is tailored to allow you to be the master of your radiators…

…But, what if you want something a bit special?

What if you want your radiators to really stand out from the crowd or fit a specific décor?Never fear, the Trads team can produce some specialised finishes fit for even the most discerning palette!

Along with our much sought after Hand Burnished finish, we have been working on some new specialised metallic, iridescent and polychromatic finishes that really sparkle and catch the light in a most playful way.

The dedicated techniques Trads’ craftsmen use can beautifully highlight the intricate casting details and patterns or can be used to create a focal point of a room/space.

In order to maintain their wonderful looks and effect, we use high quality lacquers and protectants, ensuring your radiators are looking their best year after year.

Posted: 01 February 2016

Choosing Radiators’ Wall Stays

Choosing Radiators’ Wall Stays

In addition to supplying sections that have legs cast with them, we can offer additional ways to support your Trads cast iron radiator/s - using Wall Stays.

These are used as additional means of support, by firmly attaching your radiator to a solid wall.

Wall stays help prevent any accidental damage to your wall, radiators and pipework by simply securing the radiators from movement, being knocked or nudged out of line.

As with our radiators, we have finishes available that mean we can provide the ideal fit for your choice of décor and/or to match the style of your radiator/s. Choose from finishes including steel, chrome or brass.

Need any further advice? Let us know and one of the friendly team will contact you personally!

Posted: 25 January 2016

How To Bleed Your Radiators

How To Bleed Your Radiators

High fuel costs and falling external temperatures can quickly place a drain on household finances, especially when the central heating system is not working efficiently.

Radiators that feel cooler at the top than the bottom and those emitting a banging noise are tell tale signs that you've got air trapped in your system, however it only requires a simple, DIY response to put things right.

Bleeding radiators, including our cast iron radiator range, involves opening a small valve on the radiator to release air. Here, we walk you through the simple steps to resolve the problem.

  1. Start by turning off your central heating.
  2. Locate the bleed valve at the top of the radiator on either the right or left side. This might be brass and hand operated on modern cast iron radiators or need a screwdriver/radiator key on modern steel units.
  3. Open the bleed valve until water starts to bubble out. Having an old tea towel to cover the open valve will stop dirty water spraying on to your walls or dripping out on to your flooring. This water may be very hot, so be careful to avoid scalding.
  4. With a tea towel ready in one hand, use the other hand to turn the bleed valve about a half turn anticlockwise to open it. When the water starts rushing out, quickly place the tea towel over the hole from where the air is escaping.
  5. As soon as water starts escaping, close the bleed valve as quickly as possible.
  6. Topping up the central heating system may be necessary, as bleeding radiators can cause some loss of pressure within the central heating system.
  7. There should be a pressure gauge for the system near to your boiler. For most domestic hot water heating systems this should read between 1.5 and 2 bar. If the pressure reading is below this level, open the valve that lets water into your central heating system until the gauge returns to the desired pressure level.
  8. Simply turn your heating back on for a warmer more efficient home.

Posted: 18 January 2016

How We Test our Radiators?

How We Test our Radiators?

A question we often get asked is: “How do Trads test your radiators?” or “How will I know they will be safe in my property?”.

The quick answer would be: we test our radiator quite extensively to ensure that there are no leaks and that they are safe for use. We are also proud to say all our radiator conform to British Standards (BS:EN 442-2) and we have been awarded the ISO:9001 accreditation for Quality Management.

Testing in more detail

We are confident that our comprehensive period of testing is more than suitable to assess any potential weakness in the casting of each individual section and the connections of complete cast iron radiators.

Once the assembly is complete and the assembly inspection is passed, the radiator/s are carefully transferred to our bespoke water and air testing station. Here, trained operatives put the radiator through a series rigorous pressure tests. The total time of high pressure testing exceeds more than 24 hours, the pressure that is used is at a rate well beyond that of normal water pressure found in the UK.

High Standards

The reason for such thorough testing is to ensure each and every radiator more than meets the requirements that are expected and exceeds the high level of standards that we impose on ourselves. On the rare occasion that a radiator or sections fail, the failed sections are discarded and radiators are re-built with new sections.

Once passed they return to the paint team to complete the ‘Double Painted Method’.

If you’d like to know more please contact one of the team on 0808 1785 533.

Posted: 13 January 2016

How to Choose your Radiators’ Style: a Guide by Trads - Part 2

How to Choose your Radiators’ Style: a Guide by Trads - Part 2

Last time we spoke about some of the styles we have....Let’s go on to the next step.

It’s a good idea to get an assessment of the size of your room, the environment and the possible restrictions. Properties come in all shapes and sizes and have nooks and the occasional cranny to consider. Will the radiator style you have chosen fit in to the space that you are thinking?

We’ll come on to the amount of sections required next, but remember a larger room will require more sections or even several radiators. Is the room upstairs? Are there any logistical considerations? Whilst some of these will not be answered straight away, it is worth keeping a note, as forewarned is forearmed!

Next, you need to know the level of heating that is required – whilst we admit our radiators can stand alone as decoration, they do offer a practical and efficient heating solution, so don’t be left in the cold!

Thankfully, we’ve already done the hard work for you, so put away the abacus and complicated formulas for another day – here is our BTU calculator: http://www.tradscastironradiators.co.uk/btu-calculator

British thermal unit or ‘BTU’ is unit of measurement used amongst the heating industry. We’ve worked out the BTU output of each radiator from the smallest possible size of 3 sections all the way up to a mammoth 20 sectioned one. This makes it quite easy to check and refer to the BTU room requirements and the BTU output of your desired radiator.

Nearly there…

After you’ve made your choice and checked its heating performance then it’s time to get creative! Time to dip your brush in the paint pot, or so to speak at least. You tell us the colour, AND we mean ANY colour, and we’ll attentively hand spray your radiators using our special ‘Double Painted Method’ using resistant and above all beautiful looking paint to cap off your radiators!

Want something a bit more than paint? Why not go for our special finishes range where you can explore the radiance of polished metal or highly reflective paints.

Now, all is left is to choose your accessories; Valves – these control the hot water flow to the radiators, effectively a temperature control mechanism. Wall Stays - wall stays are used to secure our cast iron radiators to solid walls. Pipe shrouds – designed to hide or ‘shroud’ copper pipework ruining the look or aesthetic of your radiator.

That’s it! You will soon be the proud owner of your cast iron radiator/s – rather simple, isn’t it?

Be sure to read our other guides and blogs if you are stuck or want to find out any further information!

Posted: 11 January 2016

How to Choose your Radiators’ Style: a Guide by Trads - Part 1

How to Choose your Radiators’ Style: a Guide by Trads - Part 1

Choosing a radiator can be a daunting task with quite a few considerations and even restrictions, so we’ve put together some points of guidance to hopefully set you on the right track:

The first consideration is all down to style and design…

“What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.”- Lucretius

The old adage coined by the Roman philosopher, Lucretius, has never been truer than in the case of choosing your cast iron radiators. You know what you like and what style speaks to you.

We have a fantastic range of styles and designs for you to choose from and it does very often boil down to personal taste, but let’s explore the possibilities.

If you like your radiator to have a flourish or to incorporate patterns inspired by nature, then choose from the more classic and very often highly decorative designs first seen throughout France and Western Europe (in what we know as the late Victorian period), as found in the Rococo, The Daisy, The Ribbon and The Antoinette.

If you prefer crisp lines and less lavish decoration, then take a trip back to The Roaring Twenties. Defined by largely American radiators, such as those by radiator juggernaut The American Radiator Company, and exhibiting Art Deco designs, the straight lines that typify the era can be found in The Deco, The Tuscany and The Eton & Narrow Eton.

Chosen what you like? Great, we'll talk more about what to next in the 2nd part of the blog. Stay Tuned!