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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2024

Traditional Vs Modern Cast Iron Radiators

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Traditional radiators boast timeless appeal, featuring intricate detailing and period-specific designs that complement classic or vintage-inspired interiors.


Posted: Friday, April 5, 2024

How To Find A Cast Iron Radiator Installer

Cast Iron Radiator Installer

 Hiring a cast iron radiator installer ensures precise positioning, correct pipework and even heat distribution, allowing these radiators to enhance the visual appeal of a space whilst providing efficient heating for years to come.  


Posted: Friday, March 22, 2024

A Complete Guide To Maintaining Cast Iron Radiators

Maintaining Cast Iron Radiators

As a leading manufacturer of cast iron radiators, Trads understands the importance of proper care and upkeep. Maintaining cast iron radiators ensures that their aesthetic appeal remains intact, allows for efficient heat distribution and plays a role in extending their lifespan.


Posted: Friday, March 8, 2024

Discover The Beauty Of Decorative Cast Iron Radiators

Decorative Cast Iron Radiators

Each home tells a unique story and decorative cast iron radiators play a part in that narrative.


Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2024

6 Advantages Of Buying From A Radiator Manufacturer

Radiator Manufactures

Trads manufactures high-quality cast iron radiators in their Lincolnshire-based factory. With over 10,000 colour and finish options available for a diverse range of models, the personalised direct-to-consumer approach has emerged as a compelling alternative to traditional retail channels.


Posted: Friday, February 2, 2024

A Guide To Cast Iron Radiator Accessories

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Radiator accessories, including pipe shrouds and wall stays, complete the overall aesthetic, whereas electric heating elements and smart valves provide more varied heating options.


Posted: Friday, January 26, 2024

Smart Valve Compatibility With Trads’ Radiators

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Smart meters play a crucial role in creating a more eco-friendly environment by enabling real-time monitoring and optimisation of energy usage.


Posted: Friday, January 12, 2024

Upgrading Manufacturing Processes With Made Smarter East Midlands

Made Smarter East Midlands

In 2023, Trads took proactive steps to leverage digital technology for improved operations and manufacturing processes. An offshoot of parent company Jig UK Ltd, Trads specialises in creating cast iron radiators and was looking to increase capacity.


Posted: Friday, December 22, 2023

Discover The Versatility Of Anthracite Designer Radiators


Anthracite Designer Radiators are fast becoming one of the most popular interior choices in the UK. Their distinctive dark colour and minimalist vertical lines make them a fitting addition to contemporary and industrial-style settings. Grey has a universal appeal, complementing light, neutral colour schemes, as well as bolder hues. Trads offer a variety of Anthracite models to suit diverse spaces, from hallways to bathrooms. 


Posted: Friday, December 15, 2023

Ready-Made Radiators With Next Day Delivery


Trads is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of Cast Iron Radiators in the UK. Models are built to order in our workshop and onsite paint facility by a team of expert engineers. This enables the buyer to order a precise size, style and finish. However, ready-made radiators eliminate manufacturing times and can be delivered the following day.


Posted: Friday, December 8, 2023

Calculating The Right Number Of Radiator Sections

Radiator Sections

Determining the optimal number of radiator sections is crucial to heating a room sufficiently and ensuring a cosy, comfortable atmosphere.


Posted: Friday, November 24, 2023

Selecting The Perfect Victorian Cast Iron Radiator

Victorian Radiator

The size of a room, BTU and interior decor should all be considered when choosing a Victorian Cast Iron Radiator.


Posted: Friday, November 17, 2023

5 Radiator Design Ideas To Suit Any Interior

Radiator Design Ideas

Cast Iron Radiators double as a functional necessity and an impressive design element. Unlike their uninspiring steel counterparts, these classic heating fixtures create a lasting impression that blends old-world charm with modern sensibilities. Explore how these radiator design ideas make Cast Iron models the unexpected star of interior décor.



Posted: Friday, November 10, 2023

Choosing The Right Radiator Company


An established radiator company can help with every aspect of the process, from calculating BTU, to model recommendations based on the character of its surroundings.


Posted: Friday, October 27, 2023

A Buyer’s Guide To Cast Iron Radiator Models

Cast Iron Radiator Models

Cast Iron Radiator models double as practical heating solutions and exquisite pieces of interior decor. Whether renovating a property or upgrading a heating system.


Posted: Friday, October 13, 2023

Electric Heating Elements For A Greener Home

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This paradigm shift towards low-carbon alternatives has made electric heating elements a promising choice for homeowners.


Posted: Friday, September 8, 2023

Classic Vs. Contemporary Radiators

Contemporary Radiators

Traditional and contemporary interior design approaches can shape the atmosphere of a living space. Classic features such as rich colours, intricate patterns and ornate details exude a sense of history that pays homage to past eras.


Posted: Friday, September 1, 2023

Choosing The Perfect Art Nouveau Radiator


Art Nouveau Radiator models bridge the gap between utility and design. Exquisite detail combines with function, providing a beautiful focal point as well as efficient heating. Trads produce a wide range of Cast Iron Radiators that encapsulate the celebrated art movement and make a striking addition to any room. With over 10,000 colours and a range of finishes to choose from, each radiator can be adapted to suit a variety of settings, from stately homes to industrial buildings. 


Posted: Friday, August 25, 2023

Complete Any Room With An Ornate Radiator

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Cast Iron Radiators have graced homes for over a century, offering warmth, sophistication and character. An ornate radiator is not just a heating fixture but a piece of art that becomes an attractive focal point in any room. In a world of fleeting trends, Cast Iron Radiators infuse functionality with intricate designs that stand the test of time. Trads manufactures a wide spectrum of ornamental models perfectly suited to both period and modern properties alike. 


Posted: Friday, August 18, 2023

Are Cast Iron Models Eco-Friendly Radiators?

Eco Friendly Radiators

Heating home and work environments is one of the highest contributors to the global carbon footprint. It is estimated that 19% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from warming spaces, with more than three-quarters of this attributed to domestic dwellings.


Posted: Friday, August 11, 2023

Choosing Kitchen Radiators

Kitchen Radiators

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home and ensuring that it is properly heated is vital. Without carpeting, often without curtains and having many cool surfaces and no soft furnishings can result in the kitchen remaining at a lower temperature, even when the rest of the property is at a comfortable one. The perfect way to prevent this is by installing kitchen radiators.


Posted: Friday, August 11, 2023

Lifetime Guarantee: Trads’ Commitment To Excellence

Lifetime Guarentee

Emitting both heat and a sense of nostalgic elegance, Cast Iron Radiators have been an integral part of interior design for decades. Established in 2001, Trads design and manufacture traditional, Victorian-inspired Cast Iron Radiators that serve as a room’s focal point and minimalist contemporary models that complement diverse interior themes. Every model is awarded a lifetime guarantee due to Trads’ commitment to high-quality materials and craftsmanship.


Posted: Friday, July 21, 2023

Purchasing A Traditional Radiator From Trads

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A traditional radiator makes a beautiful addition to any property and, as well as being highly attractive, they are incredibly efficient. Trads’ easy-to-use website makes it simple for customers to find, customise and purchase the perfect model for them.


Posted: Friday, July 7, 2023

Victorian Radiators

Victorian Radiators

The Trads range of Victorian Radiators is one of their most popular styles. These classic models add a historical, elegant charm to any space. Their versatility makes them suitable for any type of property, from period homes to modern, industrial buildings.


Posted: Friday, June 23, 2023

Choose Trads For Quality Traditional Radiators

Quality Traditional Radiators

Trads pride themselves on the manufacture of quality traditional radiators. The designs are based on original models and created using traditional methods with the help of modern technology, ensuring quality and safety.


Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

About Trads Cast Iron Radiators

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There are few heating solutions available that offer the timeless elegance and efficiency of a Cast Iron Radiator. Trads are a leading brand on the market who have mastered the manufacture of these classically styled models.


Posted: Friday, June 9, 2023

Widespread Relief Due To Lower Energy Bills

Lower Energy Bills

The cost of living crisis, including the energy crisis, has resulted in some less comfortable times for everyone. Fortunately, we are now beginning to emerge from the other side. At the end of May, Ofgem, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, announced that they would be introducing new price caps that will lower energy bills for households in Great Britain!


Posted: Friday, June 2, 2023

Products To Avoid When Cleaning A Radiator

Cleaning A Radiator

Our radiators are manufactured using only the best materials available, whether Cast Iron or Steel. They are then expertly finished by master craftsmen in our own Lincolnshire-based factory. This creates an outstanding product that needs to be properly cared for. Using the wrong products when cleaning a radiator can lead to damage.


Posted: Friday, May 26, 2023

Complete Your Bathroom With Our Quality Towel Rails

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There was a time when towel rails were considered very much a luxury. However, due to modern technology, intelligent design and better materials, they are now much more affordable and present in almost every UK home. Read on to learn more about our fantastic range.


Posted: Friday, May 19, 2023

Little Greene Paint Company

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Our 10,000 different colour and finish options are supplied by Little Greene, Farrow & Ball, Roberson Liquid Metal and our own Trads Traditional Colours. 


Posted: Friday, May 12, 2023

When To Purchase New Radiators

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Do your radiators function effectively and look attractive in your home? If not, you might want to consider purchasing new radiators.


Posted: Friday, April 28, 2023

Why Invest In A Copper Bath?

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A copper bath can transform your bathroom into a luxury space for you to enjoy and relax in. Our Siena Copper Bateau with its nickel-plated interior, freestanding taps and bath waste is a fantastic example of one of these beautiful additions.


Posted: Friday, April 14, 2023

Using Alternative Energy To Heat Your Home

Alternative Energy

Heating and powering your home using traditional energy sources, such as gas and electricity, is continuing to fall in popularity.


Posted: Friday, April 7, 2023

Introducing Our New Range Of Baths!

Alternative Energy

We are delighted to announce that we are adding a range of luxury baths to our collection! These beautiful tubs are classically designed and effortlessly stylish, plus, they look great with our Cast Iron Radiators and Heated Towel Rails! Read on to learn more about these new additions.


Posted: Friday, March 3, 2023

Heating A Period Property

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If you live in a period property, know someone who does, or you are considering purchasing one, you may already be aware that they can be difficult to heat. Fortunately, our Cast Iron Radiators are perfect for this job!


Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2023

Radiator Smells And Their Causes

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Is there an unfamiliar smell coming from your radiator? Whilst it’s unlikely that different radiator smells are caused by something dangerous, it is comforting to know what they are. That is why we thought we would help by putting together this list of the most common smells, their causes and what to do about them


Posted: Friday, February 10, 2023

Visit Our Factory And Radiator Showroom!

Radiator Showrooms

Did you know that we hand assemble, quality test and finish your radiators in our very own Lincolnshire-based factory? We now offer tours of these premises, allowing you to see exactly how your purchase is created. Just next door is our radiator showroom, in which you can see a variety of our finished models, making exploring our range even easier!


Posted: Friday, January 20, 2023

2023 Home Décor Trends

Home Decor Trends

Are you renovating a property or giving your home a makeover? If so, it may be helpful for you to explore Ideal Home’s 2023 home décor trends. This is a great way to find some inspiration and make sure that your home does not have a dated appearance. Read on to find out how our Cast Iron Radiators can keep your home looking on trend!


Posted: Friday, January 13, 2023

Which Radiator Size Is Right For Your Home?

Radiator Size

When purchasing a new radiator, it is important to ensure that its size is appropriate for the room in which it is situated as choosing a model of the wrong size will result in less effective heating. Read on to learn about how to pick the appropriate radiator size for your space.


Posted: Friday, January 6, 2023

Why Cheap Radiators May End Up Costing More

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The current cost of living crisis has led to many of us scrutinising our finances more than ever before. This has resulted in multitudes of people looking for cheaper ways to do things, including heating their homes. Whilst often proving a positive and practical money saving step (see our top tips here), some of these supposed ‘savings’ actually end up costing more over time. Purchasing cheap radiators may, at first, seem like a viable option, however, it often turns out that the opposite is true.


Posted: Friday, December 30, 2022

Tips To Improve Radiator Efficiency

Improve Radiator Efficiency

Ensuring that your radiators are functioning effectively will result in a comfortable, constant temperature in your home and can reduce your energy bills - something that we could all use some help with considering the current energy crisis! To help you to achieve this, we thought that we would give you some tips to improve radiator efficiency.


Posted: Friday, December 23, 2022

UKCA Marking Requirements

UKCA Marking Requirements

You will soon begin to notice that our products will be adhering to UKCA marking requirements, moving away from the current CE marking. The purpose of these is to signify that our products meet a range of health, safety and environmental regulations. This will not affect the way in which we manufacture our radiators, it is just a change in how their quality is displayed.


Posted: Friday, December 23, 2022

Looking For Replacement Radiators? Choose Trads!

Replacement Radiator

The temperature at this time of year is sure to have every household thinking about their heating, and considering the current energy and cost of living crisis, this year it may be more salient than ever. One way to ensure that you are getting the optimal performance from your central heating is to purchase replacement radiators.


Posted: Friday, December 16, 2022

Anthracite Radiators

Anthracite Radiators

We are delighted to now be offering a range of Anthracite radiators! The Oxford Dictionary states that anthracite is ‘a coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke of a dark grey colour.’ However, here it refers to the dark coal finish, as opposed to what they are made out of. They are in fact made out of steel. 

Read on to learn more about the latest addition to our range…


Posted: Friday, December 9, 2022

Renovating A Property? Choose Trads

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When renovating a property, something to consider is installing new radiators. If you’ve recently bought a property, you have no way of knowing if the heating is adequate, and if you are renovating a property that you already live in, you might want to install new radiators to make sure that they are providing an energy efficient solution. Saving on energy bills is a high priority for all of us at the moment due to the ongoing energy crisis.  


Posted: Friday, November 11, 2022

Vertical Column Radiators

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Did you know that replacing your old radiators with modern, efficient versions may save you hundreds of pounds on your energy bills?! With the current energy crisis, now may be the perfect time to update your old heating solution with our vertical column radiators. Read on to learn more about them and why you should purchase yours from Trads.


Posted: Friday, November 4, 2022

How To Finish Our Beautiful Radiators

Beautiful Radiators

With over 10,000 different colour and finish options available, it can be difficult to choose how to finish our beautiful radiators. With so many fantastic options, selecting just one may seem overwhelming. Therefore, we thought we would help by putting together a list of the most popular choices. Read on to discover our top ten, as chosen by our customers.


Posted: Friday, October 21, 2022

Find Your Bathroom Radiators At Trads

Bathroom Radiators

With the high temperatures of the summer feeling like a distant memory, many of us are preparing to switch our heating on. Have you started to notice the chill in the air when you get out of the bath or shower? It’s important to make sure that you have effective bathroom radiators, and we offer many options that will keep your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature.


Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Alternative Energy Sources: Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source Energy

Are you looking for an alternative form of heating? Many of our customers come to us seeking advice about which new technologies are appropriate to use with our radiators. Whether you are looking to reduce heating costs, or would prefer a more eco-friendly option, ground source heat pumps may be the ideal solution.


Posted: Friday, October 7, 2022

How To Stay Warm This Winter


With darker evenings and crisp, cold mornings, we can see that autumn has truly established itself. Whilst we’re out and about, we can wrap up properly and keep moving to stay warm, but when we get back home, things can get a bit chilly. Everyone wants to get home to a lovely, warm house, but, with the current energy crisis, some of us are finding this difficult, unfortunately.


Posted: Friday, September 23, 2022

Reduce Your Energy Bills With A Cast Iron Radiator!

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Choosing when to switch on the heating is a contentious issue in many homes, and this year it may cause even more disagreements!


Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Finish Your Property With Our Old Fashioned Radiators

Old Fashioned Radiators

Here at Trads, our old fashioned radiators are based on designs dating back to the earliest models of the 1800s. We are incredibly proud of the products that we create, and believe that they are the ideal way to finish any property.


Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Why Choose A Column Radiator?

Column Radiator

There are many factors to consider when selecting what type of radiator to install in your home. One of the first choices to make is whether you would prefer a convection or column radiator. Read on to explore the differences between them and find out why we would advise the column option.


Posted: Friday, August 26, 2022

What Is A Radiator Bleed Key?

Radiator Bleed Key

A radiator bleed key is a small tool which is used, as the name suggests, to bleed your radiators. This simple and quick task will ensure that your heating system is performing efficiently and effectively. Read on to learn more.


Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2022

Our Radiators and Towel Rails Have Been Featured On Coronation Street!


We recently had the pleasure of working with ITV and Coronation Street to create a honeymoon set for an episode aired on the 15th of July, featuring Tyrone Dobbs (played by Alan Halsall) and Phill Whittaker (played by Jamie Kenna). The Coronation Street team were wonderful to work with and we are so proud of how the set looked when completed. Our Cast Iron Radiators and Towel Rails add classic style and sophistication to any space - visit our website to explore our collection.


Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2022

Invest In Designer Radiators From Trads

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Designer radiators from Trads are a good investment for any home, Best Heating has suggested that they can add up to £10,000 to the value of a property! You can read more about this here. However, deciding to purchase one of our models is not just financially beneficial, they are also stylish, high quality and efficient heating solutions.


Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Fitting Cast Iron Radiators Into a Listed Building: What You Need to Know

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If you live in a listed building, then modern cast iron radiators that feature period designs are the perfect way to keep your home efficiently heated all-year-round. However, before you move forward, there are some important pieces of information you need to know. Keep reading to find out more…


Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2022

Central Heating

Central Heating

With the recent temperatures, central heating may be the last thing on your mind, however, the summer is actually the perfect time to install new radiators.


Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2022

Why Choose A Victorian Cast Iron Radiator?


Here at Trads, we offer a wide range of Cast Iron Radiators, you can design these yourself, or choose from our ready-made range. We offer decorative, contemporary and Victorian models, allowing you to find an option that perfectly suits your interior design vision. A Victorian radiator is a great option for any space as its classic style matches any home.


Posted: Friday, July 1, 2022

Period Home Renovation - How Can Trads Help?

Home Renovations

Home renovation can be stressful. Whilst it is wonderful to truly make a place your own, the process may be somewhat difficult. Finding the perfect way to finish a property in such a way that honours its history, whilst offering modern amenities is something that many people find problematic. 

Fortunately, here at Trads Cast Iron Radiators we offer a wide range of heating solutions that will suit the style of any period building, whilst simultaneously offering highly effective central heating.


Posted: Friday, June 24, 2022

Plan Beyond Summer With New Cast Iron Radiators

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Now that summer has started, finding new Cast Iron Radiators may not be the first thing to do on your list. Your thoughts are probably more on taking day trips away, going on family holidays, catching your favourite bands at weekend festivals, having sunny Sunday afternoon barbeques and generally spending time outside. 


Posted: Friday, June 24, 2022

Our Trade Discount For Cast Iron Radiators

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At Trads, we pride ourselves on having a range of traditional radiators to suit a diverse array of spaces. We primarily use Cast Iron to create our heating solutions and we stock a multitude of styles.


Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2022

Farrow & Ball Paint - A Perfect Match For Our Traditional Radiators

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At Trads we offer a wide range of Cast Iron Radiators. Every one of our models is based on authentic, vintage designs, with the aim of bringing an extra touch of class and sophistication to its surroundings. In addition to all of the hard work that goes into their creation, it’s the colour of our decorative radiators that often makes the biggest impression. Our extensive range of Farrow & Ball paint has really caught the imagination of our customers.


Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Our Interesting Radiators Can Complement Any Room In Your Home

Interesting Radiators

The visual impact of the radiators in our homes is not always an element of interior design to which we pay enough attention. Choosing a style that blends with your décor, adding to the character and atmosphere of your home (whilst also providing efficient and cost-effective heating) could prove to be an excellent investment in your property. More interesting radiators can make beautiful and bold statement pieces, showcasing your individual sense of style.


Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Why You Should Consider Purchasing Steel Radiators

Steel Radiators

Even as the weather gets warmer, heating your home can be a challenge on chilly nights. You are looking for something with a terrific output and high efficiency, which can keep you comfortable for a long period of time without using much energy, whilst complementing your existing interior and adding an element of class. 


Posted: Monday, May 9, 2022

Cast Iron Radiators: A Surprising Option For Eco Friendly Heating

Eco Friendly Heating

You may look at a cast iron radiator and wonder how on earth this antique water-heating device could help the environment. After all, they are a Victorian invention. Victorians are synonymous with large industrial towns and factories, the beginning of the societal cycle of production and pollution. 


Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Sneak A Peek Behind The Scenes With Our Showroom And Factory Tour

Factory Tour

We are eager to share with you the secrets of our beautiful cast iron radiators, masterfully crafted in Lincolnshire. We invite you to take a look behind the scenes with our showroom and factory tour.


Posted: Friday, April 29, 2022

Choose Trads For Energy Efficient Radiators


If the recent rise in energy prices has left you cold, you’re not alone. But luckily, Trads can help. 

By purchasing one of our energy efficient radiators, you’ll be able to stop worrying about how much you’re spending on bills, and start focusing on the more important things in life!


Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2022

Replacing Radiators - What You Need To Know

Replacing Radiators

With the recent rise in energy prices, there is no better time to ensure that you are getting the most out of your heating solutions. In some cases, replacing radiators is the best thing that you can do.


Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Purchase Your Painted Radiators From Trads

Painter Radiators

A cast iron radiator from Trads is the perfect way to finish any space and our painted radiators are available in over 10,000 different colour and finish options! Read on to learn more about them.


Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2022

Trads Modern Cast Iron Radiators

Modern Cast Iron Radiators

Our modern cast iron radiators have retained the charm of our early models, but have become much more efficient.

For a long time, these heating solutions have been the go-to options for any period home, however, they’ve also become desirable statement pieces for more contemporary, industrial buildings too!


Posted: Friday, February 18, 2022

Cleaning Cast Iron Radiators

Cleaning Cast Iron Radiators

Cleaning cast iron radiators can seem like a big job, however, it really doesn’t have to be too much of a chore. With spring just around the corner, we thought we would give you some valuable information on how to have your Trads rads looking their best.

Please note, the following applies to painted, NOT polished, models.


Posted: Friday, February 11, 2022

Trads Ready-Made Cast Iron Radiators: Spring Sale

Cast Iron Radiators Spring Sale

Trads’ ready-made cast iron radiators come in a wide variety of styles, colours and finishes, and this spring you can find the perfect models for your home at hugely discounted prices! Read on to learn more about the different styles that we have to offer.


Posted: Friday, January 28, 2022

Spring With Trads Cast Iron Radiators

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If you have been out for a walk recently it is likely that you will have seen the snowdrops and daffodils starting to awaken. 

These signs of the end of winter warm our hearts, but, unfortunately, the temperature has not yet increased enough for us to stop warming our homes.


Posted: Friday, January 21, 2022

Why Purchase Your Traditional Radiator From Trads?

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Traditional radiators are a beautiful way to finish any space. As well as adding a touch of sophistication to a room, they also provide highly effective heating.

There are a number of establishments from which you can purchase one of these fabulous heating solutions, so why choose Trads?

There are several reasons, read on to find the answers.


Posted: Monday, January 10, 2022

Dispelling Heating Myths

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Energy bills have been in the news a lot recently, with the BBC stating that the industry has warned that prices may soar by a huge 50% without government intervention. Unfortunately, times of worry and uncertainty often lead to the spread of misinformation. 


Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2021

Save Money With Trads Cast Iron Radiators

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Purchasing a cast iron radiator can be a fantastic way to add value to your property. We are extremely proud that at Trads you can do so with some of the ‘most competitive [prices] on the market’.


Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Trads Cast Iron Radiators - Testimonials

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Here at Trads, we are so grateful for the many five-star reviews that we receive and are happy to say that you can explore a large collection of these on our website.


Posted: Friday, November 12, 2021

How Cast Iron Radiators Add Value To Your Home

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The invention of the Bundy Loop in 1872 resulted in cast iron radiators becoming more efficient, which meant higher demand, increased manufacturing and therefore lower prices. Lower prices led to these heating systems becoming a common feature in homes. (If you would like to read more about the history of cast iron radiators, please see our previous blog.)


Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Our Charity Work

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Here at Trads we pride ourselves on the quality of our products, however, that’s not all that we have to be proud of. We believe in giving back to the community, so when our employee, Jeremy Dent, approached us with the idea of founding a charity we were immediately onboard.


Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Cast Iron Radiators vs. Steel Radiators

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Cast iron radiators are the ideal solution - aesthetically pleasing, efficient, eco-friendly and easy to install.

Read on to discover how our cast iron radiators are the obvious choice when compared to their standard steel counterparts… 


Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Cast Iron Radiators As A Piece Of Décor

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Furnishing a home can be an exciting, creative and stressful journey, so finding a colour scheme that you love and furniture to fit each room is no mean feat. Choosing to purchase your radiators from Trads can make this process easier, whilst simultaneously ensuring that you find the perfect piece for you.


Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2021

The History Of Cast Iron Radiators


Here at Trads we are passionate about, and proud of, our products. Our pieces are designed to not only efficiently heat a home, but also to act as a beautiful addition to any room.

The invention, development and resurgence of the cast iron radiator is an interesting story. Curiously, the term ‘radiator’ is in fact a misnomer, as the vast majority of heat output comes from convection, as opposed to radiation.

Read on to discover more about how modern radiators came to be.


Posted: Monday, September 6, 2021

A Guide to Trads' Radiator Painting Service

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A traditional cast iron radiator completed in a deep, lustrous colour and finish can become the focal point of a room. At Trads we know that high-quality radiators can transform a home renovation project. We also know that you may have a very particular colour in mind for your radiator. That’s why we offer the most comprehensive radiator painting service in the industry. Find out everything you need to know about this service with our complete guide to Trads’ Radiator Painting Service.


Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2021

How To Heat A Hallway

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When purchasing a radiator it is important to ensure that it will heat your home effectively. A hallway can be a difficult area to heat, as it leads to numerous different areas, and it can be particularly tricky when a downstairs hallway leads directly to an upstairs landing.


Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2021

How To Change A Cast Iron Radiator Section

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Should you ever need, or want, to change one of our cast iron radiator sections, this blog will talk you through exactly what you need to do.

Although they are of outstanding quality, we also design our radiators to be practical. 

Functionally, they work exceptionally well as the high-grade cast iron that we use retains heat far better than standard steel. This means that our radiators heat your home both cheaply and efficiently.


Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2021

How To Assemble A Two Part Cast Iron Radiator

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Here at Trads, The Traditional Radiator Company, we take pride in the hard work that we do to create the perfect heating solution for your home.

As well as our products being high quality, they are also built to suit your interior design needs.

This means that we can cater not only to your desired aesthetic, but we can also ensure that your radiator is the perfect size for your room and can fit in any space.


Posted: Friday, July 30, 2021

The Story Of How Carron Radiators Featured On George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations

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We are exceptionally proud to report that Carron Radiators have been featured in George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations! Trads is an exclusive supplier of Carron Radiators, which appear in a recently aired episode.

Read on to find out more about the programme, the renovation and why the radiators were the perfect addition to this classically styled English home.


Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

How New EU VAT Rules Could Affect Your Sales


As discussed in one of our most recent blogs, the UK’s move away from the European Union (EU) was hardly the smoothest of transitions. But things haven’t stopped there. Thanks to the recent introduction of new EU VAT rules, UK suppliers are now having to make changes to how they sell their products to European customers. 

What does this mean for your business? Read on to find out more. 


Posted: Friday, June 18, 2021

Cast Iron Radiators: An Eco-Friendly Central Heating Solution


Here in the UK, many of us are trying to be more eco-friendly. Using recyclable and environmentally sound products in our day-to-day lives is a great way to minimise our carbon footprints, but what else can we be doing at home, and at work, to further reduce this?

Eco-friendly Central Heating Solutions have surged in popularity in recent years, in both domestic homes and business premises, and as part of such a revamp, cast iron radiators offer an eco-friendly central heating solution.


Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Are EU Ready?

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No matter how you voted, we are now officially out of the EU, and businesses need to make sure that they adapt to this accordingly. Here at Trads, we have been successful in ensuring that our post-Brexit operations have run smoothly.


Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Best Cast Iron Radiators UK

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Cast iron radiators date back to 1841 and many of the design and manufacturing methods from around this time are still used today.

A huge advantage of a cast iron radiator is its ability to hold and store heat. With this unrivalled heat retention, you can actually switch off a cast iron radiator once it has reached a desired temperature and still enjoy its heat for hours to come.


Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Your Complete Guide to Decorative Radiators

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Buying a radiator for your home brings many benefits. Buying a decorative cast iron radiator brings even more benefits, and we don’t just mean from a design perspective. From warmer, more efficient heating, environmental credentials and even improving the value of your home, decorative radiators are more than worth the investment. 

But which one is right for you? Find out with our complete guide to decorative radiators. 


Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021

How to Measure a Radiator

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When you’re looking for a new or replacement radiator, simply picking out a nice-looking model is one of the last things you should do.

The measurements for a radiator are among the essentials you need to know before going ahead with renovating or installing new radiators in a room. Ensuring you have a note of the correct sizes of your existing radiator provides a foundation for a replacement. But how do you get your measurements spot on?

Well, Trads is here to help ensure a replacement or new radiator fits perfectly into your home heating system…


Posted: Monday, January 4, 2021

Difference Between Thermostatic and Manual Radiator Valves

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For a radiator to function properly and efficiently, you need to have the right radiator valves - which can also help reduce your heating bills.

There are two main options available when choosing radiator valves: manual and thermostatic. While both control the heat from your radiator, they are very different from each other. But in what ways? Trads is here to help explain by guiding you through each radiator valve and what they can do for your home heating.

Read on to find out about manual and thermostatic radiator valves, as well as the differences between them…


Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Vertical Radiators Buying Guide

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New radiators can be a great way of improving your home’s heating efficiency or adding a fresh look to your decor - but you can have both.

To achieve this combination, you could buy any one of our cast-iron or Victorian radiators. But if you don’t want to go down that route and want something a little more contemporary, a vertical column radiator is what you’re looking for. But what are they?

Well, Trads is here to help by explaining everything there is about vertical radiators, including where best to fit them and what makes them so popular. Read on to find out more…


Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020

How to Clean Radiator

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Maintaining your radiator is not only key to it lasting but it provides efficient heat whenever you need it - and cleaning can be an important part of this.

Cleaning is an easy but overlooked way of making sure your radiators last and remain efficient. There are a number of ways to clean a radiator, of course, but where do you get started? How often and why do you need to?

Trads is here to explain everything about cleaning your radiators, including the methods you can use at home for a simple DIY job...


Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Where to Position a Radiator

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Whether you’re overhauling a living room or installing a radiator elsewhere in your home, there are some rules you should be aware of for where to position it.

There is traditional thinking involved - under the window has always been the first choice - but where you place your radiator is all about maximising efficiency. There are lots of considerations for modern homes, so where do you position a radiator?

Trads is here to explain the dos and don’ts as well as how the placement of your radiators has changed…


Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

How to Flush a Radiator

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Ensuring your radiators are working properly ahead of winter is crucial and this means clearing your radiators of sludge or trapped air.

If you switch your heating on and your radiators have cold spots, it could be that sludge has built up in your radiators. This will certainly be the case if you’ve balanced and bled your radiators but they’re still cold. You want your heating to work properly, so, how do you flush a radiator?

Trads is here to explain what this is, why you may need to do and how it’s done…


Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

How Many Radiators Do I Need?

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When you’re renovating a home or even a room, it’s helpful to know how many radiators you may need - there isn’t a set rule for each space.

To do this, you’ll need to use what’s called a BTU calculator. This is much more precise than simply thinking along lines of filling most wall space with a radiator - unless there’s a window or TV already there. There are lots of questions you need to consider when buying.

So, Trads is here to help by guiding you through them as well as explaining BTU so you have the answer to ‘how many radiators do I need?’. Read on to find out…


Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Fit & Replace a Radiator Valve

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While having a radiator is one thing, you need radiator valves for it to work efficiently and reduce heating bills.

If you’re buying a radiator and valves for the first time or replacing your old valves with Thermostatic Radiator Valves, you need to know how to fit them. There are lots of questions and topics to answer but let’s start with the main one - how do you fit a radiator valve?

Trads is here to explain everything about radiator valves and the installation process, the types of valves and what they do…


Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Which Radiator Style is Best?

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When it comes to picking the perfect radiator for your home, it helps to know which type and style work best in each room.

This isn’t always easy to know if you’re buying a radiator for the first time or you want a complete restyle of a certain room to freshen it up. When it comes to choosing a radiator design, you can go down the modern approach or something more traditional and vintage. But which one is best for you and your home?

Well, Trads is here to explain the types of radiator you can choose from with us, where they fit best and how you can style them…


Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020

How to Balance a Radiator


When it comes to looking after your radiators, there are some steps you can take well before autumn truly sets in to keep them efficient and lasting for years.

When the temperatures drop, you want your heating to work properly to keep your home warm. One step you can take is to balance your radiators whenever you check your boiler and central heating for any potential cold spots.

Trads is here to explain not only why you should balance your radiators but we’ll explain how you should balance them so your heating is ready for winter. Read on to find out more...


Posted: Monday, September 14, 2020

How to Bleed Your Radiators


As autumn arrives and winter draws nearer, checking on the performance of your radiators is vital - and that includes bleeding your radiators.

Next time you check your boiler and central heating for any potential cold spots - a standard procedure at this time of year - you may need to bleed your radiators. This is all part of making sure your heating is winter-ready. You don’t want to switch your heating on later in the year and find it’s not working properly. So, how do you bleed a radiator?

Well, Trads is here to help guide you through the process, what it is and why it’s so important to do...


Posted: Monday, September 7, 2020

Can You Replace a Radiator With a Heated Towel Rail?

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Whether it’s your bathroom or kitchen, saving space is a must to ensure you aren’t wasting the surface area, especially in a smaller room.

That’s what makes a heated towel rail so popular. Capable of heating a room as well as drying and warming your towels, these versatile fixtures come in a range of styles and sizes to match any decor you may have. But there’s an important question many of us ask, can you replace a radiator with a heated towel rail?

Trads is here to help answer that question and explain everything about heated towel rail, including how to fit one. Read on to find out more...


Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020

What Colour can I Have my Radiator?


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!


Posted: Friday, August 14, 2020

How to Fit a New Radiator to Your Central Heating System

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Nothing is better than a cosy home to come home to at the end of the day. But, if you don’t have the right number of radiators to give your house the heat it needs, you'll likely be faced with the option of adding a new one to your system.

Fitting a whole new radiator to your existing pipework is a great way to give a cold room a boost. But, there are a few important considerations to make - find out more in our complete guide!


Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Reasons Why Your Radiators Are Too Cold

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When your radiators are working fine, you can take it for granted that your home will be cosy and warm when it’s cold outside!

But, when you find your radiators just aren’t working as you expect them to, it can be a real nuisance. Whether it’s a cool patch, a certain problem radiator or you’re not getting any heat out of them at all, getting to the bottom of the reasons why your radiators are cold sometimes feels like a mystery.

So, what should you do if you discover you have a cold radiator?

Well, there are a few different reasons why that might be the case. To help you out, we’ve answered some of the most common concerns and how to fix them...


Posted: Friday, July 24, 2020

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.


Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A Guide to Finding What Size Radiator You Need

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When deciding what size radiator you need, there are a few things you need to consider to be able to achieve the ideal level of heat in your room, such as:

  • The BTUs required
  • The amount of space available to you
  • How many radiators you need for an even heat
  • Whether cast iron or steel best suits your room

But, choosing the perfect size radiator doesn’t have to be complicated! To help you out, we’ve put together a guide with all the information you need to get going...


Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020

Can You Replace a Radiator Yourself?

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If you’ve spotted one of our stunning radiators, you might be wondering just how easy it is to replace one of your old ones with a nice shiny new one. So, to help you out, we’ve put together a complete guide to changing radiators, allowing you to decide whether you are able to tackle the job yourself - or if you’d rather sit back and get a plumber in!


Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020

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?


Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020

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:


Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020

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.


Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Radiator Advice


Looking for advice on how which radiators best fit?


Posted: Monday, January 18, 2016

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.


Posted: Monday, January 1, 0001

How to Prevent Radiators Rusting


If you want your radiators to last for years or even decades, you have to take proper care of them and this will include preventing rusting.

Now, just to make clear, of course radiators at Trads are made to the highest quality and won’t rust. So, this is more of a general care guide to answer some key questions, including why radiators rust, plus, what you can do to fix it and avoid it from happening.

Trads is here to explain everything about rusting radiators and what you can do to avoid it forming on your radiators…


Posted: Monday, January 1, 0001

Victorian Style Radiators

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Many of our customers come to Trads looking for Victorian style radiators to heat their historic properties effectively whilst also matching the period decor. We are proud to offer numerous models that replicate the classic design of models created as early as the 1890s.