Vertical radiators are a great way to free up wall space in your home and can be placed on narrow sections of wall which would otherwise not be well utilised.
The most common height available is 1800mm (6ft) high as this height allows the top of the radiator to be lined up with the top of doorways and windows, increasing the aesthetics of the installation. For those looking to maximise the heat output of the radiator while keeping the width at a minimum, we would suggest the 2000mm (6'6"ft) height option.
Much like conventional radiators, vertical radiators are available in single or double panels depending on the level of heat output you require. Oftentimes the same bracket is used for both the single or double version, so may not always mean the projection from the wall is any less for a single than a double panel. In these instances, we feel it is better to go for a double over a single, and reduce the overall width or height of the radiator.
Vertical radiators are made from either steel, aluminium or stainless steel. Its not possible to have a cast iron vertical radiator but a popular alternative is a steel column radiator, such as our Fitzrovia or Cornel, which look very similar to the old cast iron radiators.
As with all types of radiator, some designs of vertical radiator give a higher heat output than others. Typically an oval or round tube design will give more heat than a flat panel design. Some of our highest output vertical radiators are the Vulcano and Cubed, which have incredible outputs up to 12,000 BTUs!
When shopping for a new radiator, it's very important that you understand a term called 'Delta T', as its the single biggest factor in determining if a radiator will sufficiently heat your room. Delta T500C is the industry standard for domestic homes and is the European recognized standard for calculating heat outputs to EN442. This typically assumes a boiler flow temperature of 750C, a return of 650C and a room temperature of 200C. All of our radiator heat outputs are listed at Delta T500C.
Some retailers will advertise their radiator heat outputs at Delta T600C (and sometimes even higher!) which typically assumes a boiler flow temperature of 850C, a return of 750C and a room temperature of 200C. This is simply not achievable for most domestic boilers and will therefore result in the radiator being undersized for your room. A heat output listed at Delta T600C needs to be multiplied by 0.79 to convert it to Delta T500C, so as to make the heat output that can be achieved more accurate.
Colours & Finishes
We have a huge range of colours and finishes available on our radiators, including over 200 RAL colours, textured finishes, matt finishes, tinted lacquers and much more.
All of these can be viewed at our Newtownards showroom, allowing you to see first hand what your new radiator would look like.
Most vertical radiators come with 'side' valve connections as standard, which means the valves are located at the left & right side of the radiator (like a standard panel radiator). Some also have the option of 'underneath' valve connections which means that the valves are located below the radiator, making for a neater installation while saving yet more wall space. Examples of 'underneath' connections can be found on our Sofi, Tilbrook and Waterlily radiators, to name just a few.
All valve connections our our radiators are standard 1/2" BSP fitment. We can supply some of our radiators with larger 3/4" connections if required, for instance on commercial projects when a higher output and flow rate is required.