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Vertical & Designer Radiators

We offer a large selection of Designer Radiators here at Trade Radiators. Whether you're looking for a stylish vertical radiator to be the main feature in the dining room, a slimline tall white radiator to fit that small alcove in the hall way, a large striking brushed satin stainless steel radiator as a focal point in the living room or a lightweight aluminium radiator for that wall in the attic conversion, we're confident we will have one to suit.

The skyline 1600mm x 230mm is a great example to showcase vertical radiators with a gleaming polished stainless steel design that is almost mirror like. The slim design means the radiator only projects 70mm from the wall, taking up no space at all. To view this masterpiece please click here!

The Monza 1800mm x 600mm is another designer radiator that is popular with our customers and it's no wonder why. It is another vertical type radiator with a high polished chrome finish to give it that highly desired mirror effect, making it great for rooms that rely on mirror furnishings to spread natural light. Here is a quick link to The Monza.

The Staten 500mm x 1000mm stainless steel designer radiator is a low but wide horizontal radiator that comes with a sleek satin stainless steel finish and farm gate like design, making it ideal for rooms with long walls and or low ceilings.

All the designer radiators featured above come in a wide range of sizes, finishes and designs. As with all our products, they are available with free delivery and comprehensive guarantees. Our stylish and functional radiators make them the perfect choice for any room of your home. If you're looking for something in particular or need some advice on your requirements please contact our helpful and knowledgeable customer service team.

Designer Radiators - frequently asked questions

  • Making your selection
  • Installation & Maintenance

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What size and heat output do I need for my designer radiator?
Normally, the bigger the designer radiator and the more panels, the greater the heat output. Heat output is measured in BTUs or Watts. For selecting a designer radiator to adequately heat your room, please use our handy heat calculator.

TOOL - Trade Radiators heating calculator
What is the difference between BTUs and Watts?
British Thermal Units (BTUs) and Watts (W) are simply different ways of measuring the heat output of radiators. We display both on our website.
If you need to convert BTUs to Watts, divide by 3.412.
If you need to convert Watts to BTUs, multiply by 3.412.
Why do you list the Pipe Centres measurements?
The pipe centre measurement is the distance between the central points of the two pipe inlets on each designer radiator. If you have a standard, hot water central heating system, this measurement is important because you are likely to use the existing pipework to install your radiator. Measuring the distance between your existing pipes and purchasing a designer radiator with a very similar pipe centre measurement will make it much easier to install with minimal changes to your pipework.

For a pictorial representation please follow below link.

INFOGRAPHIC - How do I measure my pipe centres
What do you mean by 'Projection'?
This is the distance from the wall to the front of the radiator. Essentially, it's how far the radiator sticks out from the wall. If you have a small or narrow space, it would be better for you to select a radiator with a small projection measurement.

To see a pictorial representation please follow the below link.

INFOGRAPHIC - How do I measure my projection
How do I know what valves I need?
We offer many different styles of standard or thermostatic valves, which you can match up to the style of your designer radiator. However with all valves there are three different types that you should be aware of; straight valves, angled valves and corner valves.

Whether you need a pair of straight, angled or corner valves depends on the positioning of your pipework in relation to your radiator. To see which valves you need, please look at the following picture showing all three types of valve and their relation to the pipes and radiator position.

INFOGRAPHIC - What type of valves do I need?

All valves on our site are compatible with all towel rails and radiators on our site. If you are purchasing an electric towel rail, you do not need to buy valves.
Will a designer radiator heat my kitchen/diner?
Usually yes, providing the output of the radiator is greater than the heat loss of the room. If you have a particularly large room, we recommend having more than one radiator to give an even heat distribution. Feel free to find out the heat output you need by using our heat calculator.

TOOL - Trade Radiators heating calculator
Where do the valves fit into the radiator?
Valves will either fit at the bottom or the side of the radiator, depending on its style. The positioning of the valves is stated within the description of all designer radiators on our website. To see how the valves wiil look when fitted please refer to the following infographic.

INFOGRAPHIC - Where the valves fit to the radiators
What is the paint finish like on your designer radiators?
All of our paint finish designer radiators are of a high quality 'powder coat' paint finish and are applicable to radiators that are black, anthracite and white. We clearly label the type of finish of every designer radiator in the descriptions on our website.
What grade of stainless steel are the designer radiators made from?
All of our stainless steel designer radiators are made from high quality Grade 304 stainless steel. To read more on why this Grade 304 is so well-suited to radiator manufacturing, please read the following article.

BLOG - Why grade 304 stainless steel is used for heated towel rails
What's the difference between polished and satin stainless steel finishes?
A polished stainless steel finish gives a mirror-style reflective finish. A satin or brushed stainless steel finish has more of a smooth matt, non-reflective finish. Both have the same heat outputs and guarantees so choosing a polished or satin finish is purely down to personal preference.
Why do stainless steel and aluminium radiators have longer guarantees?
While all of our designer radiators are manufactured to the highest possible quality, stainless steel and alumiunium are non-ferrous metals, which are naturally more resistant to corrosion than mild steel with a powder coat finish. Because of the nature of the materials, we offer the appropriate length of guarantees depending on the metal. All radiators on our website are clearly labelled with their manufacturing material and the length of guarantee. Which finish you choose should always be appropriate to your budget and style preferences.
Which radiators give the best heat output?
Aluminium designer radiators usually give the best heat output. This is due to Aluminium being an excellent conductor of heat and an ability to reach the desired temperature very quickly.

You can read more about the benefits of aluminium radiators in the article below

Blog - Why are aluminium radiators so popular?
What's the best finish of radiator to go in my kitchen?
Of course, this is completely down to personal preference depending on your personal tastes and your style of kitchen. However, a very popular choice for kitchens among our customers is a designer radiator with a satin stainless steel finish as these often look great with kitchen appliances.
What is the best radiator for limited wall space?
We would advise selecting a vertical designer radiator if you have limited horizontal wall space. Vertical radiators make the most of upwards, vertical space and have been an excellent development in radiator technology as many of us move into smaller and smaller spaces.

Blog - The benefits of choosing a vertical radiator
How far will the radiator stick out from the wall?
To determine this, please look at the 'Projection' measurement that is listed on every radiator on our website. The projection measurement is how far the radiator sticks out from the wall.
I want to replace my standard radiator with a designer radiator. How do I know what heat output my existing standard radiator has?
It is best to approach this question with what you NEED for your room rather than working out what you already have. Your existing radiator might not been replaced since your house was built or it may have been a replacement that is the wrong size for the room. Radiator efficiency has come a long way over the last decade, so we advise you to use our heat calculator to establish the correct heat output for your room and select a suitable new radiator accordingly.
I need to replace all of my radiators in my house/project but don't know where to start. Can you help?
Yes, this is a common request because it can be such a daunting task and we are more than happy to assist. We can provide a 'spreadsheet schedule' that will tell you what size radiator you need in each room, what styles would look good and much more. Please don't hesitate to contact us on 0141 225 0430 or for further assistance.

Installing and maintaining a designer radiator

Do your designer radiators come with something to fix it to the wall?
Yes all of our designer radiators come with wall brackets, fixings and everything you need to fix them to the wall.
Can I install a designer radiator myself?
Yes, it's certainly possible to carry out this task yourself, especially if you have DIY and plumbing experience. However, we would always recommend you use the services of a professional due to additional tasks that may need to be done when installing a radiator. Such things can include draining the system, balancing the system, moving pipework and adding a chemical inhibitor to your system. If you do want to install your designer radiator yourself, you may find the videos below, featuring Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber, useful.

VIDEO - How to fit a vertical radiator

VIDEO - How to install a stainless steel radiator

VIDEO - How to install a heated towel rail, a step by step guide

VIDEO - Installing a heated towel rail timelapse.

Can I bleed my designer radiator myself?
Yes you can. All of our designer radiators have removable bleed plugs that you can access should you need to let air out of your radiator. The video below features Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber explaining how to bleed a radiator.

VIDEO - How to bleed a heated towel rail
What do I do if my designer radiator is cold & won't get hot?
If you have employed a professional to install your new designer radiator, they should also check that it's actually working and getting hot before finishing the job. If this is the case, then you should not encounter this problem. However, if you have installed the radiator yourself, you may experience this problem, though fortunately it's usually fairly easy to fix. Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber explains in the video below exactly how to fix a radiator that won't get hot.

VIDEO - How to fix a radiator that won't get hot
What do I do if my designer radiator gets warm but not hot?
If your radiator is only getting warm, it's highly likely that your central heating system needs balancing. We recommend calling in a professional to balance your system, but if you want to tackle it yourself, Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber explains how to do it in the video below.

VIDEO - How to balance your heating system
What should I use to clean my designer radiator?
Hot radiators attract dirt and dust, so it's important you keep them clean for aesthetic and performance reasons. You can use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dust and wrap a dry cloth around a long utensil to reach dust in the fiddly bits. Finally you can wipe down the designer radiator with warm water and a small bit of washing up liquid to shine up the finish. Do not use a strong detergent as this made cause damage to the metal or finish.
What can I do if my designer radiator problem isn't covered above?
We recommend that you call in a professional to have a good look at your central heating system, though you can look at the helpful blog post below.

BLOG - How to fix common radiator problems
  • Designer Vertical Radiators

    Below are a few of the positive comments we receive every day from delighted customers: Hi there, Just a quick message to say I received my radiator a couple of days ago and I am absolutely thrilled to bits weith it. It is far, far nicer than I expected it to be and I just love it. It is not installed yet as my bathroom is still in the process of being refurbished but I just wanted to say how pleased I am. !!<S. Travis, Hythe

    Hi, I am pleased to say I am was very happy with my order. Delivery was fast and the radiator was well packed. My towel radiator has now been fitted. It throws out alot of heat and is a focal point in the bathroom with its contemporary look. The added bonus was your competitive prices. I shopped around on the internet and found you to have the most competitive prices against many others including certain 'high street' DIY stores. I have recommended you to others.
    C. Shelmerdine, Tarvin

    On the 29th os september 2010 I ordered a Lupari radiator and on that same day I recieved a email confirming that I had bought it foolowed shortly afterwards by a second email telling me that it would be delivered the next day..... honestly I looked at the second email and thought you had got the date wrong but the next day my radiator turned up in pristine condition. This is not execelent service its beyond that . Thankyou to all at Trade Radiators for a fast and faultless service.
    G. Penny, London

    Great doing business with you, thoroughly recommend. Thankyou
    R. Gunn, Nottingham

    We found your website easy to use and ordering was quick and easy to follow. We received the radiator 9.30am following the day of order which was extremely quick and efficient.
    G. James, Cheshire

    This is to tell you my radiator arrived just before midday. I'm very impressed with the speed of your service. Thank you very much.
    S. Corbett, Trowbridge

    I ordered late Sunday evening, arrived Tuesday, courier very helpful, very pleased, many thanks.
    I, Allen, Buckinghamshire

    Arrived 1000 this morning in good shape. Brilliant service. Thank you. I'll be back.
    P, Gabbott, Tadley

    Hi Sorry for delay in getting in touch. Thank you for your prompt service. Radiators not yet in use plumber held up! However everything looks fine & impressed with service. Would gladly recommend you to others. Many thanks
    F, Byam, Ipswich

    I was very impressed with the service I received from your company, from the delivery service which was amazing fast, to the quality of the product. I would certainly use your company again, and already have. and recommend you to other people. Please feel free to use my feedback.
    P, Crowe, Essex

    At 09.50 hrs yesterday Monday 28 Jan 2013 I made the above order. At 08.15 today Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 the oder was delivered.
    I am impressed with your response and wish other companies were as diligent in responding to their customer needs.
    Thank you and I will recommend your company when the opportunity arises.
    Best Regards
    J,Duncan Wells, Dorset

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