Using the dimensions of your room, establish the heat output required for the room. This can be done by using Bisque’s Heat loss calculator, by asking your plumber or by contacting the team at our London showroom.
Use our Gallery section to find the radiator style that you prefer. Have a think about the location of the radiator(s) as that will help to focus your selection – see our Hot Tips below. Choose a design from our collection and select a model to match the output required. In a larger space you may need to have two or more radiators.
Click on the model you are interested in which take you to our exclusive colour selector where you see the radiator in all the Bisque colour options. Most of our radiators are available in stock in at least two finishes but there is a wide choice of others available to order. And if you want something special, we also offer a unique colour matching service. For more advice on colour selection see our Colours & Finishes section.
Once you have selected the radiator you want, you will need some valves to connect the radiator to the central heating system. Standard radiator valves are often ugly and obtrusive, so we have chosen a range of discreet, well designed, top quality valves from Europe’s leading manufacturers to complement our radiators.
There are two types of valves Manual valves and Thermostatic valves – see our Hot Tips section below for more details on the differences. As with the colour selector, by clicking on the radiator model you want, you can see all the different valve options available with your radiator selection.
Once you have made your final selection(s), consult the Where To Buy section to find your nearest showroom or local supplier. You can send them a direct link of your preference or save and send via pdf.
Prior to ordering the radiators we recommend discussing the installation in detail with your installer. Poor installation can mar the final look but can easily be avoided by checking off some simple points – see out Hot Tips section below. All product fitting sheets are downloadable from this website and our experienced team in our London Showroom are on hand to answer any queries you might have.
The first thing to consider is whether you want to match your existing radiator size and position or to place new models elsewhere. Moving them will require reconfiguring pipework, which could involve removing floorboards and/or plaster – this is quite common for whole room refurbishments but may be more involved if you are just replacing the radiators. Our range of stock models has been carefully selected to accommodate both requirements.
Traditionally radiators were placed under windows as this helps to counteract any cold downdraughts and prevent condensation, plus which this position is often 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 pleasing aesthetically. Tall slim radiators can be installed in areas which are otherwise unusable and can also make a great feature. Removing radiators from under windows also allows for floor length curtains to be used.
For large areas of glazing, which may be prone to condensation, consider using low level radiators such as our Flow Form.
Manual valves: these have no labelled settings. Simply turn the valve head until the radiator is giving out the amount of heat desired. They are most suitable for use in rooms where your heating needs will be fairly constant e.g. for towel radiators in bathrooms, or where the preference is for a more subtle and discreet appearance.
Thermostatic valves: these come with an inbuilt temperature sensor and have a range of temperature settings. The thermostatic valve will maintain the room at the temperature you have selected,by automatically adjusting the heat output from the radiator. This helps to save energy as it means that you can take advantage of any "free" heat the room receives, such as from the sun or electrical items. Thermostatic valves are especially useful for rooms that may have large changes in occupancy or use e.g. open plan kitchen/diners.
When deciding which valve set to use with which radiator, you will need to consider where the heating pipes are coming from i.e. the wall or the floor.
Poor pipework installation can spoil the final look of your lovely new radiator. However this can be easily avoided by planning the pipework with your plumber beforehand. Some solutions may cost a little more but are well worth it in the long run.
If you’re placing the new radiators in the same position as old ones then chose a length which is as close as possible to your existing ones so that the pipe connections are the same. If this isn’t possible, then discuss with your installer how the pipework can be made to look as neat as possible (this can be simple as careful readjustment of floorboards). Or consider ordering a bespoke size that will fit exactly - delivery times will be longer but the lasting appearance will be much improved.
Often central heating pipes come from the floor and connecting these to a tall, vertical radiator, which is positioned higher up the wall, can result in unattractive lengths of pipework. One alternative is to sink the pipework into the wall as you would with electric cables. Your plumber may charge you a bit more for this but the end result should be worth it. For shorter lengths (under 300mm) consider using our chromed pipe and shroud kit.
For more detailed installation tips see our blog http://www.bisque.co.uk/blog-and-press/Top-Tips-for-Radiator-Installation. Further information on heating systems is given under the Technical Data section of this website.