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

Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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Ornate cast iron radiatorLast 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!

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