Nowadays, this is probably the commonest material used to manufacture radiators. Aluminium radiators are especially popular.
- Advantages: they are highly responsive. This means that they get to temperature quickly; usually around 10 minutes if you have a decent boiler and you set the radiators to the highest temperature. They are also relatively environmentally friendly to produce, so they are less polluting than other radiators.
- Disadvantages: because they heat up fast, they cool down fast. This means that they lose heat fast once you have switched them off. Some people prefer radiators that keep their heat longer.
Cast Iron Radiators
These are the most traditional radiators that you can find. For this reasons, you tend to find them in older properties, such as thatched cottages and Victorian houses.
- Advantages: these traditional radiators look amazing. They are by far the most stylish of radiators, in our option – although you can find some awesome modern designs too. They are extremely durable, and should last a lifetime, at least. They also tend to have 10 year guarantees to reflect this durability. They retain heat well and release it slowly.
- Disadvantages: they are heavy, you cannot mount them on the wall, they must stand on the floor. They take a while to heat up and are much less responsive than other types of material.
These are relatively popular, but tend to be used for designer radiators, rather than standard radiators.
- Advantages: they are easy to mould, and so you can find some very cool and unusual designs. They are also cheap, so good if money is an issue.
- Disadvantages: they don’t last as long as the other two types of radiator. However, they’ll still last 10+ years.
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