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Three things to ask your plumber

July 23rd, 2020

So, you’ve decided on the style of Bisque radiator you’d like; you’ve painstakingly picked out a colour and finish; and you’ve also double (and triple) checked your measurements. What’s next?

Since we know that a beautiful radiator is an investment, we understand how important it is to get it right. Which is why we advise getting in touch with your plumber ahead of installation and asking them three key questions.

Where is the best place for the radiator?

The first thing to run by your plumber is whether the spot you have chosen for your radiator is fit for purpose. If you are looking to install a replacement, then you need to consider whether you want to match your existing radiator size and positioning or go for something different. Additionally, if you are looking to place a new model elsewhere, then you will need to consider reconfiguring the pipework which could involve removing floorboards as well as plaster in some cases. This is quite common for a full room refurb but may be more involved if you are simply looking to replace your rads.

Traditionally, radiators were placed under windows, as this helped to counteract any cold downdraughts and prevent condensation – plus, this position is often fairly unobtrusive. However, with double glazing and modern levels of insulation it is easily possible to locate your radiators away from the window in the position you decide is most aesthetically pleasing to your overall design.

Tall slim radiators can be installed in areas which are otherwise unusable and can also make for a great feature like our Copper Etched Arteplano. For large areas of glazing, which may be prone to condensation, consider using low level radiators such as our Flow Form.

Where will the pipework go?

A common problem with either towel radiators or tall vertical radiators is when you are looking to connect the radiator with the pipework that lies underneath the floor. Since tall, wall mounted radiators look best when positioned to line up with the top of a door, window or archway, there can tend to be a gap towards the bottom. The obvious way round this is to feed the pipes vertically down through the floorboards, but this results in unsightly looking lengths of pipework. What we are after is a seamless and effortless finish.

A more attractive alternative is to sink the pipework into the wall behind the plasterboard or cut away the plaster and brickwork just as you would with electric cables which are also hidden from view. This is a more costly and timely route, but you will be left with much cleaner and stylish results.

What valves should I choose?

Picking out valves is not only a design decision, but the choice will also be determined by the pipework layout you discuss with your plumber. As some rads are designed to sit close to the wall, it may be that the pipe connections come in from the wall behind, meaning that not every valve will fit. At Bisque we have a wide range of valves to ensure that at least one valve will be suitable for this type of installation. And if not, we’re able to provide longer brackets where necessary to make sure you have the best possible installation.

Manufactured to the highest quality, many of our valve sets are available in multiple finishes so you can choose to either get a pair to match or complement your new radiator.

Make sure you take the time to carefully choose the position of your radiator, plan out the pipework prior to installation and make sure you pick out suitable valves. Our experienced showroom and technical teams are always on hand to provide advice.

For further questions please contact our technical team


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