At Trade Radiators we want everyone to find the ideal radiator for any space, whether you’re looking for a no-fuss simple heating solution to the box bedroom upstairs, or fancy updating your old bathroom panel radiator for a sleek new chrome towel rail.
With the best range of radiators you’ll find from any UK store, better delivery and our unique price promise, we aim to help any room across the country get the radiator it deserves. It all starts with knowing what you need from a new radiator
Here are some of the radiators we offer:
Shop the Range
Shop our extensive range of quality radiators by what matters to you most. Whether you’re looking for a specific style of radiator, such as column or designer, or a particular colour to suit your home’s interior, Trade Radiators has something to suit you.
Shop by Size
From finding space in the downstairs toilet to figuring out how to heat your living room, size plays a significant role in the radiator you’ll be buying. With every type of radiator we sell at Trade Radiators, you’ll be able to filter your options by size.
Our range starts at just 300mm high and goes all the way to 1800mm and 1800mm wide.
We have a selection of both horizontal and vertical radiators with sizing that’ll ensure we’ll have a radiator for your requirements.
Shop by Style
How the radiator looks is arguably the most significant decision you make when buying a radiator.
We have an unbeatable range of radiator styles to match any room and everyone’s interior tastes. You can find a dynamic range of column radiators, stand out cast-iron models, vertical rails that save space or traditional radiators that use the latest build technology to work magically.
And don’t forget we always have an extensive range of the humble convector radiator when you want a simple radiator that works efficiently and blends in.
We have radiators to match a wide range of aesthetics from neo-traditional, to cottage core, rustic aesthetics, and contemporary ones. We aim to be a one-stop shop for all your radiator needs regardless of your interior design preference.
Shop by Heating Requirement
Different homes have different heating requirements. You don’t want to be at a loss trying to get a tiny compact radiator heating up your hallway or a 1600mm column radiator leaving a bedroom feeling like a sauna.
You can shop to find the radiator that helps any room find that sweet spot to leave you feeling cosy and toasty. Why not use our BTU calculator to aid you?
Shop by Finish
When a plain white radiator won’t do, you’ll want a radiator that has a custom finish and specific colour or tone that sets it apart. We stock radiators in a host of finishes including anthracite, black, chrome, silver and raw metal.
We also have some radiators that can optionally be painted whatever colour you want. So if you’ve always wanted a bright pink cast iron radiator or pine green column radiator, we can make it happen and give you the radiator of your dreams.
Shop by Material
Not all radiators are created equal, and it shows when you have different materials to work with. We stock radiators that are made from high-quality steel (the most common in the UK), including aluminium radiators, cast iron radiators and even glass radiators.
Shop with Ease
Once you’ve found your perfect radiator, simply add it to your cart and go through our secure checkout. With free and fast UK delivery, you’ll have your chosen radiator in no time at all. We can dispatch your radiator as soon as the mandatory 3-day fulfilment window has passed.
We are dedicated to providing a fast, efficient, and punctual service regarding all of our products – no matter how big or small your chosen product may be.
Frequently Asked Questions About Radiators
How Many Radiators Do I Need?
When it comes to adding radiators to your home, it is always recommended to replace an old radiator with a new radiator in a one-to-one ratio. If you remove a radiator, you should put a new one in its place.
For newly built homes, they should usually come with radiators already, but if they don’t, a general rule of thumb is to have one radiator per room.
You can find out the BTU you’d need for your room using our free heating calculator.
How Much Do Radiators Cost?
The cost of a radiator will depend upon many factors, such as the material, style of radiator, the type of heating technology in use, the finish, and the overall size of the radiator.
Smaller radiators with lower heat output can be anywhere from £100 - £250, whereas larger radiators with more heat output can cost anywhere between £250 - £500.
There are plenty of financing options available when you shop with Trade Radiators.
How Long Do Radiators Last?
A high-quality radiator can last anywhere up to a decade before it's recommended that they be switched out for a newer model. How long a radiator lasts depends on how well it is maintained through bleeding and cleaning.
Do You Offer Warranties On Radiators?
Yes. We offer different warranties depending on the brand of radiator you purchase. We can offer warranties anywhere from 5 years to 15 years.
Get Your Ideal Radiator Now
We have constructed our site to make the vast range of options that we stock easily and readily available. Our radiators are all of a premium quality and come with an affordable price tag to ensure you’re never over-paying for exceptional radiator units and accessories.
Additionally, we have a financing option available so that you can get the radiator you desire and pay it up across several instalments.
And if you are concerned a radiator isn’t working the way it is meant to, our returns policy covers that unlikely scenario. Let us know and we’ll be sure to sort out a solution for you as soon as possible.
We want our customers to walk away happy with their radiator and any additional accessories they require for their heating needs.
Determining the appropriate size of a radiator for your room involves considering factors such as the type of room, the room's dimensions, the number of windows, and insulation levels.
The most common method is to calculate the room's heat loss in British Thermal Units (BTUs) per hour and then select a radiator that will put out enough heat to satisfy the heat loss. This can be done easily using our online heating calculator and selecting the options that best reflect your scenario. Your selections will generate a BTU value and present you with appropriate radiators that will heat the space. You will then be able to filter down the results to select the most appealing radiator for you.
The energy efficiency of radiators depends on various factors. Here are some common types of radiators and their energy efficiency characteristics:
1. Electric Radiators:
Electric radiators are often considered efficient because they allow for individual room control, preventing the need to heat the entire house. They also provide rapid heat and can be programmed for optimal energy usage.
2. Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs):
TRVs are not radiators themselves but are valves that can be added to radiators. They allow individual control of each radiator's temperature, promoting energy efficiency by adjusting the heat output according to the desired room temperature.
3. Aluminium Radiators:
Aluminium radiators are known for their quick heat transfer properties, resulting in faster warming of the room. They are generally considered efficient in terms of responsiveness and energy use.
4. Modern Panel Radiators:
Modern panel radiators often have features like convection fins and increased surface area, improving heat distribution and efficiency. They are designed to maximise heat output while using less water.
5. Infrared Radiators:
Infrared radiators emit heat in the form of infrared radiation, which warms objects and surfaces directly. They can be considered efficient as they avoid heating the air unnecessarily.
6. Double Panel Radiators:
Radiators with multiple panels increase the surface area for heat emission, making them more efficient at distributing warmth throughout the room.
It's essential to consider the specific needs of your space, insulation levels, and the overall heating system when determining the most energy-efficient radiator for your situation. Additionally, proper insulation, good thermostat control, and regular maintenance contribute significantly to overall energy efficiency. If you need more information, check our advice centre for valuble information or consult a heating engineer.
Bleeding a radiator is easier than you may think, and it only requires a few basic tools. We have written a comprehensive guide, 'How to Bleed a Radiator', that will give you all the information you need and show you how to go about it doing it yourself.
In short, the reason to bleed a radiator is to remove trapped air or gas from the heating system. This trapped air acts as an insulator, reducing the efficiency of the radiator and the overall heating system. As a result, you may notice cold spots at the top of the radiator, and the system may take longer to reach the desired temperature. Bleeding your radiator removes this air and ensures effective heat distribution.
Yes, you can paint your radiator to match your decor or simply refresh its appearance or we can do it for you, check our full range of custom colour radiators. However, it's worth noting that it may invalidate its guarantee, and it's also crucial to use the right type of paint to ensure a durable and safe finish.
We have compiled a complete guide on 'How to Paint a Radiator' to show you how to do it. This guide includes how to prepare the radiator before painting and the best type of radiator paint to use. Spoiler alert: it's heat-resistant paints, as these are designed to withstand the temperature fluctuations of the radiator. Whether you are looking to just paint behind a radiator or even get tips on how to remove paint from the radiator, it is all there.
The lifespan of a radiator can vary depending on factors such as its material, design, usage, and maintenance. Generally, radiators are durable components of a heating system and can last for several decades if properly cared for. Here are some estimates for the average lifespan of different types of radiators:
1. Cast iron radiators:
Cast-iron radiators are known for their robust construction and durability. With proper maintenance, including regular bleeding to prevent corrosion, topping up with correct levels of inhibitors, cast iron radiators can last for 50 years or more.
2. Stainless Steel Radiators:
Stainless Steel radiators are also durable but may have a slightly shorter lifespan compared to cast iron. With good care, they can last for 30 to 40 years or more.
3. Aluminium Radiators:
Aluminium radiators are lightweight and corrosion-resistant. They typically have a lifespan of 15 to 25 years.
4. Steel Panel Radiators:
The lifespan of panel radiators can vary based on factors such as the quality of materials and construction. On average, well-maintained panel radiators that we sell can last for 15 to 30 years.
We offer long guarantees on our products, as we know they are built to last. It's important to note, though, that the radiator's lifespan is influenced by factors including the boiler, pipes, and other components. Regular maintenance, such as bleeding the radiators, checking for leaks, and addressing any issues promptly, can significantly extend the lifespan of not only your radiators but the entire heating system.
Under normal circumstances it would be recomended to balance your radiators once every two years.
Balancing your radiators is an important step in ensuring that your heating system operates efficiently. It involves adjusting the flow of hot water to each radiator so that they all heat up evenly. If you find some rooms in your home warmer than others, this could be an indication that your central heating system is not balanced correctly. When a heating system is unbalanced, it can result in hot and cold spots throughout your home, which can be both uncomfortable, inefficient, and a strain on your boiler.
Fear not; we have a complete guide, 'How to Balance a Radiator', that will show you step by step how to do this, including handy video tutorials and a list of tools you might need.
Yes, that is the simple answer, but there are many ways in which a radiator can be an eco-friendly. We define an eco-friendly radiator as being designed with features that prioritise energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmentally conscious practices.
1. Energy Efficiency
Eco-friendly radiators are designed to operate efficiently, converting a high percentage of energy into heat. Panel radiators with double convector fins are very effective at this process.
2. Smart Heating Controls:
Programmable thermostats and timers allow users to set heating schedules, adjust temperatures remotely, and optimise energy usage.
3. Zoning Capabilities:
Electric radiators from DQ Heating allow users to control the heating of individual rooms or zones separately and will even turn off automatically if they detect an open window. This helps avoid unnecessary heating in unoccupied spaces, contributing to energy savings.
4. Use of Sustainable Materials:
Eco-friendly radiators such as the Ruvo are constructed using 100% recycled aluminium, which lowers their environmental impact.
Did you know aluminium radiators are recyclable? Not only are they compatible with low-temperature systems, but by being recyclable, they reduce the environmental impact when they are eventually replaced.
6. Innovative Heating Technologies:
Eco-friendly radiators can also incorporate innovative heating technologies, such as infrared heating. These technologies can contribute to energy savings and more sustainable heating practices.
7. Long Lifespan:
Radiators manufactured from materials such as cast iron are designed for durability and longevity and are inherently more eco-friendly. Products that withstand the test of time reduce the need for frequent replacements, minimising their overall environmental impact.
8. Energy Source Compatibility:
Eco-friendly radiators such as aluminium and panel radiators are compatible with low-temperature systems such as heat pumps. These systems operate at a much lower temperature and, therefore, have a much lower carbon footprint.
Installing a radiator involves working with heating systems and pipes, and it's crucial to ensure the installation is safe and complies with building codes. We have lots of information available in our advice centre to help guide you; however, we would always recommend consulting with a professional initially. They can provide guidance, ensure your plans align with local regulations, and offer tips to make the process smoother.
If your radiator isn't heating up properly, there are several troubleshooting steps you can take to identify and address the issue. Here's a step-by-step guide:
1. Check for air in the radiator:
Air trapped in the radiator can prevent proper heating. Bleed the radiator to release any trapped air.
2. Examine the Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV):
With older valves, the valve pin can often get stuck, preventing any flow into the radiator. This can be rectified by removing the TRV head and giving the pin a tap with a hammer.
3. Verify the room thermostat.
Ensure that the room thermostat is set to the desired temperature. If the room temperature is set too low, it may prevent the heating system from activating.
4. Check the central heating system pressure.
Low system pressure can affect the performance of radiators. Consult your boiler's manual to check and adjust the pressure if necessary. Most boilers have a pressure gauge that should read within the recommended range.
5. Check for cold spots:
Feel the surface of the radiator for cold spots. If there are cold areas, it may indicate a buildup of sludge or an unbalanced system.
6. Balancing the Radiator System:
Check if the other radiators in your home are heating up properly. If some radiators are much hotter than others, the system may need balancing. Adjust the lockshield valve on the radiator to balance the heat distribution.
7. Perform a system power flush (if needed):
Over time, sludge and debris can accumulate in the central heating system, affecting radiator performance. Consider having a professional perform a power flush to clean the system.
8. Inspect the boiler.
Ensure that the boiler is functioning correctly. Check for error codes or unusual sounds. If you're unfamiliar with boiler maintenance, it's recommended to consult a professional.
Always remember to turn off the heating system before attempting any maintenance, and if you are unsure, seek professional help from a qualified heating engineer or plumber.
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We recommend the following when looking for the perfect radiator:
- Consider the size of the room, as larger spaces will likely require radiators with a higher heat output or maybe even multiple radiators in some cases. If unsure, try our heating calculator, which will help narrow down your search.
- If the available wall space is minimal, consider a vertical radiator to maximise this, or even look at the spaces under windows if that is an option.
- If you're looking for a specific aesthetic, there are various styles and colours available that will match in with your interior.
- Efficiency is also a key factor, especially when it comes to keeping a handle on heating bills, so look for energy-efficient models that save both energy and money; these are often aluminium, low-water-content radiators.
- Additionally, explore practical features such as smart heating options or dual-fuel towel radiators for bathrooms, so you can dry towels through the summer without having to turn the heating on.
- With consideration for the above, you can confidently make a selection that best utilises space, complements your decor, and meets your heating requirements.