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Modern Radiators


Whether you're upgrading a dated bathroom, or simply looking to add a stylish new addition to your home, a modern radiator could be exactly what you need. In this guide we'll be looking at the reasons why you'll benefit from installing one, and identifying key things you need to be aware of before making a decision.

Why should I choose a modern radiator?

There are plenty of advantages that fitting a modern radiator can bring. Firstly, and most obviously, is the warmth they'll give to a room. Nobody is a fan of those bitterly cold winter mornings that make it unpleasant to stand in the bathroom, but a radiator can change all that by making things much more comfortable and inviting - they're a luxury you'll really appreciate when the temperature drops!

Besides the functional side of things, modern radiators also happen to look fantastic, with a huge variety of designs available to choose from. This makes them ideal for adding an extra touch of style to your bathroom, creating an eye-catching focal point that will effortlessly complement its surroundings.

Victorian Plumbing also supplies an array of top industry brands such as Hudson Reed and Bauhaus, allowing you to achieve a sleek, designer look. These radiators are also manufactured to the highest standards so you know you'll be getting a product that will last for many years to come.

How do single and double panel radiators differ?

You'll notice that some of our modern radiators are listed as 'single panel' and others as 'double panel'. In a nutshell what this means is that double panel radiators feature a second row of metal (usually column based) behind the initial row, whereas single panel radiators just have the one.

This means that double panel designs are ideal for larger bathrooms as they'll provide greater heat output, however single panel options are ideal for small bathrooms and en-suites as they won't project as much from the wall. It's best to do a little research here to decide what will ultimately benefit you the most.

Do I need to purchase valves separately?

You'll usually need to buy your radiator valves separately so do keep this in mind when planning your budget.

A quick word about BTU

BTU (which stands for British Thermal Unit) is a rating that lets you know how much heat a particular radiator will produce. It displays how much energy is used to heat one pound of water by one degree. The higher the BTU rating is, the more heat a radiator will be able to emit.

Can I install the radiator myself?

If you've undertaken this particular kind of DIY yourself before then you shouldn't run into any difficulties. If you're a complete novice however, we fully recommend hiring a professional to carry out the installation for you.