Choosing the right designer radiator
Gone are the
days of installing a standard radiator because it was the only choice
available. Today the variety of radiators on the market is staggering,
with the emphasis as much on aesthetic beauty as on practicality and
functionality. Enter the designer radiator, a modern twist on a
traditional product that will complete any home improvement project and
finish off a room in style.
But how to go about
choosing a designer radiator? There are two strategies to employ, namely
by visiting a specialist showroom or by viewing a choice of designer
radiators online, such as the selection at http://www.smrbathrooms.co.uk/acatalog/Designer_Radiators.html .
Each method has its benefits. While the former has the advantage of
being able to touch the products and visualise them first-hand, the
latter provides the most possible choice and allows the easy comparison
from one to the next.
In truth each method of viewing
designer radiators is advantageous, and if there is a chance to do both
then it should be grasped with both hands – literally. However, the
world is increasingly becoming a marketplace driven by internet
purchases and there is no reason why a designer radiator should not be
bought this way.
Chief to consider is the existing
décor of your home. Your radiator should reflect and continue your
themes from a design perspective, while retaining the capability of a
functional product. You should think of the radiator as an extension of
all your other design efforts throughout the house, and as designer
radiators are often completely bespoke the potential is boundless.
choice of material is also paramount. Stainless steel and aluminium are
excellent heat-conductors, so heat up and cool down quickly. Cast-iron
takes longer to warm and cool, and so lets out a more gradual, low-level
heat that will last longer. These considerations depend on the house
and your heating needs, but also on your budget – both short- and
long-term. Because aluminium heats up so quickly it requires less water
to attain optimum temperature, and so is cheaper to run. Aluminium also
often costs less to install as it is a lighter material, and many heated
towel rails are sold as easy-to-install because they are made from this
lightweight material. In contrast, cast-iron is particularly heavy and
so more costly to transport and install. These factors must all be
evaluated when considering your choice of material.
the design settled the next problem to solve is that of placement. It
is more than likely that there is a position in mind when considering
the initial purchase, but some designs may alter these initial plans.
Ensure that your ideal installation point is unaffected by your choice
of design, for one cannot live without the other. From a financial
perspective it makes sense to utilise existing pipework rather than
create new piping, which would drive up the cost of installation.
course, the nature of your radiator may well determine where you place
it, which in turn could be decided by your preferred design. The
installation of a designer radiator is a process that involves much
consideration, aided throughout by the specialist advice from designer
showrooms on and offline.