If you recently read this post on getting aluminium doors and windows in your home, you might be wondering what else is worth getting some aluminium treatment. You might have lofty ambitions of aluminium for fittings, or even for your tables and chairs. While that all has to do with aesthetics, there is one functional element in every home that could benefit massively when aluminium is used; your radiators.
Aluminium radiators are something of a dark horse when we talk about home heating. After all, radiators tend to be something we only give second thoughts to when they are broken or look and feel like they have had better days. On the off chance you are in the middle of researching radiators and wondering what to shop for, here are some reasons why you might want to have an aluminium radiator as your next radiator.
Aluminium Is Top Gun
Aluminium radiators have the need…the need for speed. If you didn’t know, aluminium is a highly conductive metal. This can work in your favour when we have a problematic space in the home which takes longer, or has trouble, heating up. Common areas for this would be conservatories and kitchens, as they can be the rooms hot water moving through pipes get to last.
Any aluminium radiator will help turn that misfortune around by getting up to temperature and heating faster. It is typical for aluminium radiators to heat around 25-35% faster than steel counterparts. Conversely, aluminium will also cool down quicker. If you have a room which feels stuffy after heating has been on for a while, aluminium will help balance heat out accordingly, especially if you opt for thermostatic valves on the radiator.
Aluminium Hates to Corrode
When you have very old radiators at home, you might notice some rusting or corrosion at the bottom or near the valves. While there is no knocking a traditional steel radiator, aluminium radiators have higher corrosion resistance. Why would this be important?
Well, you may be surprised to learn that the average radiator only has a guarantee of 10 years on the product. While a radiator could (and should) last a lifetime, manufacturers cannot guarantee that your heating system and external elements won’t reduce lifespan and efficiency. So while steel can corrode easily, aluminium doesn’t.
Aluminium Is Lighter
Radiators are heavy even before you fill them with water. This can limit where you place them on your wall. Aluminium radiators are much lighter and give you some leeway to play around with placement. It also means that they’re easier for stores to ship and deliver. And speaking of deliveries, I highly recommend giving https://www.traderadiators.com/ a quick visit. As an online-only radiator shop, there is no middle man or physical shopfront, so savings are passed on to customers in the form of cheaper aluminium radiators.
Aluminium Gives You Unique Designs
As it is lighter, aluminium affords radiator designers a little more leeway with how the finished product looks. Suppose you were trying to find a designer style radiator with a unique design or shape. In that case, your best bet is to start with aluminium models and work from there.
Aluminium Is a Material, Not a Finish
One last piece of advice which I want you to take as a word of warning. When a radiator is advertised as having an “aluminium finish”, it means that you are not looking at an aluminium radiator. Some brands will name a specific colour aluminium, just like they would with brass, chrome and bronze. When shopping for aluminium radiators, always double-check that it is the material which is aluminium and not the finish.
Find the Right Look for Your Home
I hope you found this interesting and know everything you would ever need to about aluminium radiators. For anyone in the middle of redecorating their home, make sure you know how to renovate in style by reading some of our great DIY & home articles.