5 Things To Think About When Buying White Radiators

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When you have had a white radiator for a long time, and that initial eggshell white has started to show some signs of beige coming through, or wear and tear, you might be looking for a new white radiator to take pride of place.

When shopping for a new white radiator, there are some key areas that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here are five, in particular, I want to focus on, so you can choose the right white radiator when shopping around.

Material

If you didn’t already know, the majority of home radiators are made from steel. Steel is cheap to make, shape and cast, while also being a good heat conductor. If you’re looking for the cheapest version of a radiator, always go for steel. 

On the flip side, if you wanted a radiator which is quicker to get going and lighter, aluminum is your best bet. It’s the lesser-known radiator material and can be harder to find as it is more expensive to shape and form. One of the most significant advantages which comes with aluminum is that they don’t need as much hot water pumped through to heat a room, so even though it would be more expensive to buy, you’d see savings in the long run by needing less hot water on the go.

Design

White tends to be seen as a “basic” look for radiators, but you’d be surprised just how many designs there are out there. Curved, column, flat panel, straight, minimal; the list goes on. If you’re getting a new white radiator because you’re redecorating a room and want it to have a more modern/contemporary look, put the same effort into choosing a unique radiator design to go with it.

Height

Oh, the trouble you’ll be in if you buy a spanking new designer white radiator and get it delivered only to find it’s too tall for your wall, especially if you’ve gone with a vertical model. Whenever measuring for a new radiator, always include the distance from the bottom of the radiator to the floor. 

In most homes, radiators tend to sit 15cm/6inches above the ground, so on the off chance you’ve gone too tall, you may be able to get away with cutting down your pipes a fraction, but you would only ever do so with a professional who knows what they’re doing.

Wall Projection

A bit like having a table side you’ll hit in the kitchen or a cabinet in the bathroom you mistakenly bang your arm off, wall projection is important to ensure you don’t have a radiator which will start getting in the way. 

When researching online for a new radiator, measure the depth your current radiator has from the wall. If you think your radiator sites perfectly as is, try and find products that match that depth. If you have a radiator under a shelf or window and always thought it juts out too much, opt for a slimline radiator. It is important when choosing slimmer alternatives that you’re getting a radiator which has a similar or identical heat output.

Panels

Lastly, I want to focus on one element which I think people don’t tend to take on board when shopping around or reading up on radiators. Radiators traditionally will come with the option of being a single or double panel radiator. As I just mentioned with wall projection, when you’re limited by depth and don’t want a radiator jutting out, you’ll tend to go for a single panel over double.

While it does help things look a little tidier and keep the radiator flush to the wall if you’re in an area which you know can be tricky to keep warm at the best of times, you always want to go for double panel radiators or a single panel with a fin on the back. Doing so will dramatically increase the surface area of your radiator, which helps it heat significantly larger volumes of cold air.

Are you looking for a new white radiator?

If you’ve read through the article and are looking for a white radiator, I recommend visiting https://www.traderadiators.com/radiators/white-designer-radiators. They have over 500 different styles of white radiators in stock with a size and shape to suit any space.

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