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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…


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