Cast iron radiators
Welcome to Radiator Renovator
Radiator Renovator are specialists in cast iron radiators. Based in Yorkshire, Radiator Renovator is a family run business that supplies antique, vintage and new cast iron radiators to homes and businesses across the UK (…more about us).
Cast iron radiators; we love ’em
We love cast iron radiators. A fusion of beauty and function, both new and vintage radiators can be an asset in almost any setting. If you’re not sure what might suit you best (or what the differences are!), take a look at our post comparing new and vintage radiators
…sourced and then lovingly restored by us, these beautiful pieces bring a sense of individuality, quality and the patina of history into any setting: period to contemporary, domestic to industrial.
…if you’re after the gorgeous feel and style of cast iron and new radiators suit you better, we have a select range of styles available from high quality, European manufacturers who are approved by us.
…if you have existing cast iron radiators that have seen better days, we offer a professional renovation service: anything from repainting and pressure testing, to completely stripping down and rebuilding your cherished radiator.
Design, building and heritage professionals
Radiator Renovator has a proven track record of working alongside professionals of various disciplines to supply and renovate all types of cast iron radiators. We have worked on high profile, prestigious restoration and new build programs on various sites ranging from important national heritage buildings through to commercial and conference facilities …find out more.
Cast Iron Radiators, those sturdy and timeless space heaters, have been a feature in homes, offices and schools across the UK for many years bringing a level of old school class along with outstanding quality and efficiency. Cast Iron Radiators have long been the radiator of choice especially for heating period properties and large open areas. Below we list some common FAQ’s regarding these nostalgic, heating units which will help you be more informed when buying your Cast Iron Radiators.
Why are Cast Iron Radiators so good?
The biggest advantage of heating a room with a Cast Iron Radiator is that they cool down slowly meaning they retain their heat for longer and therefore do not demand any more heat from your boiler, which helps fuel bills and improves overall efficiency. They are aesthetically pleasing adding a touch of period quality to traditional properties, which tend to need slow and steady heat throughout most of the day and night.
Can I replace a modern radiator with a cast iron radiator?
Whether you have a cheap standard pressed steel radiator or another more modern type, the same pipework can be used to fit a Cast Iron Radiator.
Will I need a new boiler?
If you are replacing your existing radiators and your boiler is working properly, then you will not need to replace your boiler when installing Cast Iron Radiators.
Can thermostatic valves be used on cast iron radiators?
Even though cast iron radiators might be viewed as ‘old fashioned’, they can be installed with the same thermostatic valve control that you would find on any other radiator, so the answer is “yes” – plus there is a large selection of both traditional and contemporary valve styles available that are designed to specifically enhance the look of your Cast Iron Radiator.
Cast iron radiators are big and heavy – will i need a new floor?
Cast Iron Radiators are safe to stand on standard floorboards without any issues at all.
Will i need to fix my cast iron radiator to the wall?
It is good practice to install at least one retaining stay to the wall to prevent any potential accidents in the unlikely event of them being pulled over. Any reputable supplier of Cast Iron radiators will supply two wall stays as standard with every radiator.
What’s the difference between cast iron radiator columns and sections?
When it comes to choosing and specifying your Cast Iron Radiator, knowing the difference between sections and columns is very important.
A cast iron radiator section is the full casted piece of Cast Iron that, when joined up to another section, makes up the radiator. A column is the number of vertical columns (water ways) within the cast of each section. So, for example, a large radiator might typically be 21 sections in length with each section being 4 columns in depth.
Before you can decide how many sections of your preferred Cast Iron radiator is required to heat your room it is best to use the aforementioned easy to our BTU calculator. This will show you the output required for your room so you can easily work out the amount of sections you require of your own feature Cast Iron Radiator.