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Sometimes, old style is the best style, and that is often the case when it comes to radiators. With a chunky, old fashioned appeal, the traditional radiator looks fabulous in a period home, but will also fit in a modern, contemporary setting.
Victorian radiators and towel rails fall into 2 general categories style wise, larger cast iron and column radiators, and period feature style towel warming radiators for bathrooms. Developments on these in modern times mean there are smaller versions available, such as cloakroom radiators which are compact and efficient retain their traditional looks. One of the most popular towel warmers in a traditional style is the Burlington Strand which features a top shelf for stacking clean towels and 2 bottom rails for drying wet towels or holding a clean towel ready for use. This is particularly popular as the entire rail area is heated, keeping all of your towels dry and warm.
The video above shows installation of a Zehnder Charleston radiator
A traditional radiator valve for example a crosshead shape style is a great way to add period features to a more classic towel rail and make the overall look more Victorian. The Burlington traditional Radiator valve does just this and can transform a plain straight chrome towel warmer into a traditional looking towel warmer in an instant. Brands such as Bisque also produce their radiator valves in different colour finishes, allowing you to match the valves to a colour finish for example Bisque Valve Set L is available in Copper, Nickel and Brass.
We have a wide selection of chrome Victorian and traditional style radiators for you to choose from, from leading brands such as Imperial bathrooms, Zehnder and Burlington. For example the Burlington Berkeley Towel drying radiator, which is a very popular choice, has lovely polished chrome rails with curving ball joint shapes echoing traditional radiator manufacturing techniques that developed this form. These details are offset wonderfully with the Burlington Traditional Radiator valves.
The video above shows radiator manufacturer Zehnders customer experience centre
There is no reason you can’t have the modern convenience of an electric towel rail with the traditional period features of Victorian style. Zehnder and Burlington produce Victorian electric bathroom radiators, a heating element is purchased in addition to convert the rail to an electric only model, your fitter will install the heating element and a qualified electrician would be required to wire it in safely. These products are ideal for loft conversions or extensions where the central heating isn’t easily connectable, they offer an additional heating options for all around the home, for smaller bathrooms and ensuite too.
Speaking of smaller bathrooms and cloakrooms, Zehnder have brought out a range of specially developed cloakroom radiators in a traditional Victorian style, the Zehnder Charleston Bar Cloakroom Radiator does this job wonderfully, retaining its column shape and with a handy towel rail to hang a neat hand towel next to your cloakroom bathroom basin. Neat little floor standing radiators like the Burlington Bloomsbury Towel Warming Radiator blend chrome pipes and ceramic columns wonderfully for the best of both, the white ceramic areas giving out more heat and the chrome pipes being suitable for hanging a towel.
The video above shows radiator manufacturer Bisque's processes