You know what – in the summer, the thrust of this article wasn’t a bother, wasn’t any insect in any ointment: now it’s not so much a fly in there as a raven. I’m talking about heating, and more to the point, bathroom heating.
Now, I rise fairly early in the morning, I’d say, and yet even before the sun breaks its hot spherical head above the horizon in summer, the bathroom in the morning is a great place to be. Perhaps you’ve had a close, warm night, and can thus slough yourself clean and fresh ready to face the day. Either way, you won’t come out of your bath or shower like we do now in the depths of December and immediately form a human icicle, like some instant cryogenic experiment, if the heating isn’t up the snuff.
(Yes, I’m bitter. My bathroom radiators have given me gyp recently.)
Anyway, let’s get away from my puling, as that is not actually the purpose of this piece. I want to talk to you about the two discernible radiator shapes and looks, and how they fit in to fairly separate, only slightly overlapping designs.
This is your traditional, standard way of fitting radiators, and arguably the one you will be most familiar with. Arranged parallel with skirting boards, this fitting is the best for sliding a radiator beneath a window, an ideal position – despite it seeming counterintuitive – experts insist. Thing is, horizontal designer radiators have been coming more and more to the fore in recent times, as this staid look has been enlivened. This has mainly been achieved through exciting new finishes, such as dark black glosses and anthracite, as well as tweaking the panel shapes.
The column radiator has not exactly been rare, but has never really seen the prominence horizontal radiators enjoy. For me, these designs are very modern, and not just because of their unorthodox positioning on your wall, which catches the eye immediately. It is also because they seem very minimal, creeping away toward the ceiling; this minimalism is only enhanced by flat panels, which cut down the silhouette even further. Again, as above, attention-seeking finishes ensure that the look remains resonantly contemporary.
Whatever shape you go for, there is one other factor that has become salient in the past decade or so. Materials technology has really come on and the research process manufacturers now undertake are more stringent and rigorous than ever. This is a serious bonus for you, as without too much effort at all you are getting the very best – after all, healthy competition only helps us, the consumer.
Now, you’re probably wondering about all that preamble and yet I’ve really done a number of circumlocutions around that metaphorical shrubbery. Well, here’s my conclusion anyway – always go for high grade low carbon steel. This metal has been proved to be seriously resistant to corrosion, and its makeup also means it makes for strong weld joints, too.