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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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: Monday, February 22, 2016

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: Monday, February 8, 2016

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: Friday, January 1, 2016

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: 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: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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: Monday, January 11, 2016

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: 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…