Modern Radiator Designs and Materials

When central heating systems first began to be placed in domestic settings they were very much seen as functional applications that replaced other outdated methods of home heating. The benefits were all about the effects that resulted in the eradication of damp and condensation issues that blighted many homes at the time and the decorative aspects were not really something that was called into consideration all that much. After all, most people are understandably more concerned with the practical considerations of such a product than aesthetic points.

In fact, most early examples of radiators were of the classic ‘column’ construction, which was functional but almost ubiquitous, in so much as they were also the type of ‘rads’ to be found in public buildings and office spaces.

The streamlined versions that began to appear in later years really owed nothing to thoughts of fashion or décor, but were simply functional adaptations in order to make manufacturing costs cheaper by using different materials and designs.

Today, having a domestic central heating system is taken for granted by most of us, and even those who utilise other forms of fashionably retro heating such as open fireplaces and wood burning stoves will use a more conventional boiler-based system alongside any additional methods.

However, the main difference today is that many of us also pay attention to the way our radiators look and how they fit into an overall sense of decor and style in our homes. This has led to a wide range of designs and styles available in several different materials.

One of the stranger results is the re-emergence of the classic cast iron column construction as a popular choice. Perfect for most types of decor, they can give a classic feel when combined with integral feet and rolled sides to provide a Victorian touch or with slight modifications are a great fit for those looking for the finishing touches to an Art Deco based scheme.

A sectional classic design combined with simple block colours can also have a very retro-modern feel, and the wide choice of sizes and mountings taken together with their proven heat distribution functionality explains why they remain such a popular choice.

The lightweight steel material which is used to make Tubular radiators make them a perfect choice for a few different reasons, not only for creative designs but also where delivering a specific amount of heat is an important issue. Tailor-made combinations of factory-welded tubes taken along with polyester powder coating in many vibrant colours means that these types of radiators can blend discretely or stand out boldly, depending on your own preference.

Aluminium is another lightweight material that has perfect heat transference properties and can be used to make high rise styles and shapes with easy mounting fittings. As well as producing high heat output, aluminium radiators can work with low water content meaning thermostat changes offer an almost instantaneous response and rapid heat-up timings, which can have a positive impact on fuel consumption costs.