Tue 22nd Aug 2017 - 2:26pm Competitions Last Chance to win a £500 radiator voucher - Comp ends 31st August

    Last Chance to win a £500 radiator voucher - Comp ends 31st August

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    Benjamin Clarke

    For the last couple of months, we've been running a fantastic photo competition where all entrants are in with a chance of winning a £500 radiator voucher to use on anything on our website.

    The summer months are a good time to sort out anything with your heating system because you're (supposedly) using your central heating less, plus it's much easier to get hold of a plumber to do the work quickly than in the winter...and this includes the installation of new radiators!

    We've been encouraging all of you to take pictures of your old radiators that are in need of replacement and enter them into our competition by uploading them to our Facebook Competition Page, along with a little story about where your rad is, why it needs replacing and what you'd do with the voucher.

    We've had some excellent entries so far and our competition is coming to a close on 31st August 2017, but there's still time for you to get your entry in! 

    If you've got some 0ld scruffy radiators in your home and could really do with winning a £500 voucher to help with replacing them, why not take a picture and enter our comp? It's really simply, you just upload your photo and provide a little bit of an accompanying story. We will choose the lucky winner shorlt after the closing date.

    Get entering now for your chance to win a £500 radiator voucher!

    ENTER OUR COMPETITION >>

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Wed 16th Aug 2017 - 4:16pm Radiators Homeowners are now getting more adventurous with their radiator choices

    Homeowners are now getting more adventurous with their radiator choices

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    Benjamin Clarke

    It used to be the case that anyone decorating their home or installing a new central heating system would take no interest in what the radiators looked like.

    They would've likely contacted their local plumber and asked for a quote on installing a boiler and around 8 radiators. It would be assumed that the radiators would be horizontal, white and made of steel.

    Partly this was due to the homeowner's lack of interest in the aesthetics of a radiator and partly due to the fact that there weren't many other choices available even if they had been more interested.

    These days however, it's likely the homeowner would want to know what type of radiators they were getting and for which room. It's also likely they they have something in mind already and won't just leave it up to the installer to sort out.

    The late 90s and early 2000s saw a huge amount of interior design programmes which taught people to take more interest in their homes, giving them ideas, opening up possibilities and showing them products that they didn't even know existed.

    One of the most popular ways people realised they could make a difference to their radiators was by adding a heated towel rail into their bathrooms. This had previously been a feature of upmarket hotels, but once people realised they could have them in their own homes, the ladder-style heated towel rail became an easy and cost-effective way of adding something different to the bathroom.

    Because the orientation of most of these towel rails was vertical, this naturally led people to consider installing vertical radiators. People started to realise the aesthetic benefits of vertical radiators as well as the fact that it meant you could get a properly-sized radiator in a room with minimal horizontal space. 

    There is also the chicken and egg situation of whether radiator manufacturers responded to the demand from the public for more extravagant radiators or whether the public wised up to the fact that manufacturers offered more than the standard, white horizontal convector radiators.

    The standard convectors are still very popular of course and are much more energy efficient that in years gone by, as well as slightly more stylish, with more sophisticated finishes.

    However, the general public are definitely more serious about their radiator choices these days and are very likely to want something different in their kitchen than in their bedroom, whereas traditionally they may have just been the same.

    We know what an important decision it is when selecting the correct radiators for your living space, which is why we offer such a fantastic selection of radiators and heated towel rails on our website. From vertical aluminium designer rads, to heavy-duty Victorian cast iron radiators, we've got everything you could possibly want for your home.

    Don't forget that we offer free delivery to all mainland UK addresses and we also now have a Live Chat window on our website so if you have a query before ordering, you can get an answer straightaway!

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

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    Tue 8th Aug 2017 - 6:45pm Press The best bad radiators around the Internet #RudeRad

    The best bad radiators around the Internet #RudeRad

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    Benjamin Clarke

    In keeping with our current Photo Competition where we're inviting you to submit pictures of your terrible and outdated radiators to be in with a chance with winning a £500 radiator voucher to spend on our website, we thought we'd share some other shocking rads that professional plumbers have spotted around the UK.

    All photos of these shockers are courtesy of our friends at Find Your Plumber/PlumberParts.co.uk who run a brilliant hashtag (#RudeRad) on their Twitter account inviting plumbers to tag some of the shocking sights they see whilst out on jobs. We think you'll agree that some of these are real shockers!

    If you have a shocking example of a radiator in your home then be sure to enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a £500 radiator voucher for use on anything on our site!

     

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    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Tue 25th Jul 2017 - 8:18am Press New Discount Page with all offers & vouchers!

    New Discount Page with all offers & vouchers!

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    Benjamin Clarke

    We're often running discounts on our sites through the use of special offers and voucher codes and we've just made it even easier to find them!

    When you're in your Shopping Cart, keep an eye out for the 'Find My Offer' link towards the bottom of the page.

    That will take you through to a list of all of our current Vouchers & Discounts that are running on the site, giving you the opportunity to save even more on our already super low prices!

    Our discount page will regularly be updated, so keep an eye on it to access some of our most eye-wateringly spectacular offers. 

    Make sure you also go to our Homepage and sign up to our newsletter to ensure you don't miss out on our discounts, voucher codes, competitions and more!

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Tue 18th Jul 2017 - 1:39pm Radiators What's the difference between Compact, Round Top & Seam Top Radiators?

    What's the difference between Compact, Round Top & Seam Top Radiators?

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    Benjamin Clarke

    When choosing a radiator, there are so many different styles to choose from, that actually making a final decision on what you want to buy can be quite challenging.

    You may have decided that you want to keep things simple and opt for a classic white convector radiator, the most common type of radiator that can be seen in most people's homes up and down the country.

    However, even with the humble white convector radiator, there are still some choices to be made, most notably between compact, round top or seam top radiators.

    However, though you may be given these choices (we offer them on our site), they are nothing to be worried about, as they simply refer to the way the radiator is styled and finished at the top.

    COMPACT RADIATORS

    You can recognise a compact convector radiator most easily when looking at it from the top or from the side. Usually a compact radiator will be 'enclosed' in the sense that when looking down or from the side, the inner parts of the radiator are covered up by thin white panels. 

    On top there will usually be a neatly fitting grill panel which allows the hot air to escape but covers up the internal convector fins (the zig zaggy bits of metal inside the radiator). Down the side will be a long smooth panel, matching the white of the rest of the radiator and again covering up the side of the internal convector fins.

    It's really a stylistic choice rather than anything functional, but compact radiators are popular because they are aesthetically pleasing and easy to keep clean. They're also informally popular for resting things on, like a cup of tea or some defrosting sausages!

    You can view our full range of Quinn Compact Convector Radiators here >>

    ROUND TOP RADIATORS

    Whereas with compact radiators the internal convector fins are covered up, with round top radiators, the fins are visible.

    However, this is offset by the fact that the panels (the grooved, white faces of the radiator) are rounded off at the top, creating a smooth and gentle look that is also pleasing to look at.

    If your home was built in the 1970s or 80s, then these types of radiator may well have been installed when they were built and are therefore popular for doing a straight swap with a more modern and efficient version.

    Round tops are informally popular for drying clothes on due to the ease with which items of clothing can be slipped over the top of them!

    You can view our full range of Quinn Round Top Convector Radiators here >>

    SEAM TOP RADIATORS

    Again the internal convector fins can be seen from the top or from the side, but this time the tops of seam top radiators are thin and straight, providing a crisp, straight line to the top of the radiator.

    These were also standard installations for many 1970s built houses and if your radiators have not been replaced since your home was built, these are a popular choice for a straight swap that won't change the aesthetics of your rooms.

    The straight nature of the finish makes them popular for drying socks and underwear on them, without them sliding off (the radiator)!

    You can view our full range of Quinn Seam Top Convector Radiators here >>

    All of our convector radiators utilise 3rd generation radiator technology meaning they are more energy efficient, use less water, are manufactured from less steel and provide greater heat outputs than previous generations. This means you will be spending less on heating bills as well as knowing that you're likely purchasing a product that has a smaller carbon footprint than what you have in place at the moment.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

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