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    A guide to renovating your bathroom

    Tue 26th Aug 2014 - 2:17am Home Interiors A guide to renovating your bathroom

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Whether it’s a bathroom, a cloakroom or an en-suite, a washroom is one of the most important areas of any home. Decorated right and these rooms can be a focal point of your house, perhaps even adding a bit of value if you decided to sell. Done badly, and you can easily find yourself in a nightmare situation and having to spend even more money to correct what went wrong!

    For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of things to bear in mind when it comes to decorating your bathroom.

    Finances

    Before starting, make sure you have a clear idea of the amount of money you want to spend on your bathroom. It can be easy to get carried away spending money on fixtures and fittings. This is all very well if you have the time and expertise to do the majority of the work yourself, but getting in professionals can increase you outlay considerably, so it’s worth considering the total cost beyond the obvious bathroom suite.

    Timeframe

    This point partly depends on the size of your home, but many people underestimate the time it can take to renovate a bathroom. Waiting for parts to arrive (or come into stock), waiting for professionals to become available or finding the time yourself to get the work done can increase the timeframe by quite a lot.

    If your home has more than one bathroom, this may not be too much of a problem, but if you are renovating your only bathroom, having this room out of action for quite sometime can prove very inconvenient and problematic. If this is the case, then try and make alternative plans for your bathroom routines. Showering at work, the gym or at nearby friends or relatives may be possibilities you need to consider during this period.

    Design

    When planning a bathroom overhaul, it’s usually a good idea to think about a few important questions of design before starting the work. Some examples of questions to ask yourself are
    Am i going to have a shower and a bath? Will they be separate or together?
    Will i have a radiator and a heated towel rail?
    What size radiator do i need to heat the room properly?
    Shall i install underfloor heating?
    Does my bathroom have a window or do i need to install an extractor fan?

    Size & measurements

    If you are doing the majority of work yourself, getting the measurements right can save you a lot of costly headaches in the long run. Know the dimensions of the room, know where your pipes are, know how much room you have for a radiator, towel rail, shower, bath, sink and toilet and know what will go where. A tape measure and a spirit level are your friend, so measure, measure and measure again!

    Choosing the Professionals

    Whether you’re experienced with DIY or if you’re a novice, there will come a point when you need to get someone in to do a bit of work on your bathroom. We’ve all heard nightmare stories of payments up front, only to see a job left half-finished or completed but with shoddy workmanship. As mentioned above, it’s much more convenient for you if your bathroom is out of action for only a short amount of time, so choose the professionals wisely. Have a word with friends or relatives who have recently had their bathroom renovated - you’ll soon find out who to avoid and who did a good job!

    Useful links

    Our website has a huge range of radiators of all shapes and sizes suitable for your bathroom
    http://www.traderadiators.com/

    If you are also installing a heated towel rail, then be sure to check out our fantastic range
    http://www.traderadiators.com/acatalog/heated-towel-rails.html

    Not sure what heat output you need from your radiator to ensure you bathroom is heated properly? Then use our simple heating calculator to work it out.
    http://www.traderadiators.com/acatalog/heating-calculator.html

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Latest Product - Coloured rads in our own brand range!

    Tue 19th Aug 2014 - 12:22pm Latest Products Latest Product - Coloured rads in our own brand range!

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the range of our 'own brand'  flat panel radiators and our aluminium eco radiators, to include more colour options.

    These best-selling beauties, designed and manufactured in Italy, are now available in cream RAL 9001 / Anthracite RAL 7016 & Jet Black RAL 9005 to go along with our ever-popular white. 

    If you are upgrading your conventional hot water central heating system, or are starting a brand new project, then the Own Brand Aluminium Radiators are perfectly suited for these tasks. The reason aluminium is a popular radiator material is because it heats up incredibly quickly and therefore warms the room very rapidly. In addition, aluminium is very lightweight, making it easy to transport and install, which means it makes for very affordable radiators. The shape of the panels also spreads heat around the room effectively and quickly because they allow the hot air to circulate easily around the radiator. The aluminium rads come in a wide variety of sizes, meaning you are sure to find the right size for your room.

    As an alternative to standard compacts radiators, our Own Brand Flat Panel Radiators are a great option to consider. If you are thinking of modernising a room or an office, but don't want to spend a fortune, these contemporary radiators are almost certainly the right ones for you. The aesthetically-pleasing smooth flat front is very easy to keep clean, making these rads perfect for installing in commercial or domestic premises. The high quality flat panel rads come in a range of vertical and horizontal sizes, as well as having the options of Single Panel + Single Convector Fins, Double Panel + Single Convector Fins or Double Panel Double Convector Fins. With such an abundance of options available, you will defintely find the right kind of flat panel rad for you

    Free delivery to all mainland UK addresses, and takes approximately 2-4 working days. PLEASE NOTE colour options can take 7 working days. If you require assistance, please contact our customer service team on 0141 225 0430 or info@traderadiators.com

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    What to do when you receive your radiator

    Thu 14th Aug 2014 - 7:51am Radiators What to do when you receive your radiator

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Sometimes our customers know exactly what type of radiator they want before they even order on our website, whilst others don’t have a fixed idea and browse a range of different styles before settling on what they want. It really depends on your individual circumstances, regarding time, space, functionality and your interior design choices. Different strokes for different folks.

    No matter how you come to your decision, in the vast majority of cases, we will despatch and deliver your chosen radiator or towel rail very quickly and free of charge.

    Just as some people have different requirements when selecting a radiator, some of our customers do different things when they receive it. Many people have a project that they are in the middle of and need their new purchase instantly, whilst others may need their rad for a future project and may not immediately need to install it.

    However, we have an important message that we want to make clear to all of our customers and that is PLEASE CHECK YOUR RADIATOR AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE IT. Even if you aren’t planning on installing straightaway, please open up the packaging and check the condition of the radiator.

    We have excellent relations with top quality radiator manufacturers and we have selected our courier companies with great care, based on their professionalism, efficiency and respect for other people’s property. Inevitably, although very rarely, mistakes happen and damage can occur and when this happens we like to be informed of it as soon as possible so we can make it right.

    If the products are damaged during transit, then the courier company will cover the cost of the damage with their insurance, as long as the damage is reported with 3 WORKING DAYS OF RECEIVING THE GOODS. For this reason it’s vital that you check your radiators as soon as you receive them and let us know there’s an issue.

    If you get your radiator delivered, take it inside and open up the packaging to find there is something wrong, please don’t panic. All you need to do is take some pictures of the damage and email them through to us, with your information and any other relevant details, to info@traderadiators.com. You can also call us on 0141 225 0430.

    Please don’t delay and let us know within 3 working days of receiving your damaged radiator. We will normally arrange a courier to pick up the damaged product and also will arrange delivery of a new one at a time convenient to you.

    In the unlikely event you find your radiator has been damaged, all you need to do is follow our instructions above and we’ll get the matter sorted out quickly and to your satisfaction!

    Many thanks!

    Some fantastic recent customer feedback

    Tue 12th Aug 2014 - 7:47am Press Some fantastic recent customer feedback

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Although our website processes 1000s of transactions per month, we never forget that there are human beings at the end of the line, patiently waiting for the new addition to their interior design plan. 

    Excellent customer service is at the heart of what we do and we love to get feedback from our customers to let us know what we're doing right and also areas where we need to improve.

    If you've ordered from us and would like to leave some feedback for us, you can do it on our Facebook Page, or on our profile at Reviews.co.uk. We'd love to hear from you.

    Below we've included just a fraction of comments, kindly left by many of our satisfied customers!


    After I decided that I wanted a curved radiator in my Georgian window bay I searched the net and came across this company. I rang them up and they explained the process and now I have a perfectly fitting curved radiator. I am very happy with my decision, also thanks to a very good service and produced provided by Trade Radiators!
    - Gerhard Muller-Kosack, Ramsgate

    They are a very good company. They supply a very good service at a very good price. I really recommend the. Thanks again.
    - David Polley, Clacton-On-Sea

    Bought a heated towel rail for previous house and purchased another when I moved house last year. Fantastic prices for such high quality products!
    - Lisa Bisset, Glasgow

    The bathroom radiator was just what we were looking for to update our old one. The price was good and the delivery time was very quick and at no extra charge. The plumber had no issues fitting the new one and said we had brought a good quality radiator. We would recommend this company to anyone.
    - Dave Kimpton

    Navigating the website and placing order could not be easier. Delivery was on time with me being kept informed of progress. Have used you before and will be happy to do so again. Thank you.
    - Michael Randall

    You are aiming to give customers the best possible service. As far as I am concerned, each time that I have bought from you the service could not have been improved. I will be ordering from you again in the future, my updating programme rolls on slowly. I am impressed with the way the goods are packed, no damage so far. Well done.
    - K.J. Slade

    Absolutely outstanding customer service from a really friendly firm. Couldn't be happier with the price, delivery time, quality of the products we received and also the aftersales. Highly recommended. Five stars!
    - Adrian Rennie

    The process was very simple and a phone call to my plumber to ensure he was okay in fitting a new radiator supplied by me was in order, a couple of measurement checks to ensure a good fit from old to new and I was ready to place my order. The online process couldn't have been easier and 2 days later a parcel van arrived although the delivery guy was pleased to have a second pair of hands to handle the package (well packed but heavy). Wouldn't have wanted him dragging up the driveway! Plumber fitted the new radiator and within 3 hours including testing we were back to normal. And the cost was lower than my local DIY store even in the National sale.
    - Ian Brown

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    VIDEO - How to install a column radiator

    Thu 7th Aug 2014 - 11:28am DIY Troubleshooting VIDEO - How to install a column radiator

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Jimmy the plumber is back with a very detailed and educational video on how to fit a column radiator.

    He takes you through the whole process from unpacking the rad, to removing the old radiator, to making sure you fit the new one level and a whole load more.

    There is so much great stuff in this video and it will leave you feeling completely confident to fit a column radiator in your own home yourself! Enjoy!

     

    Article by Benjamin Clarke