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Cast Iron Radiators - Traditional, Ornate or School House - A Basic Guide

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

What is the difference between the styles of Cast Iron radiators?

All our cast iron radiators are new castings, with a minimum 10 year warranty. Cast iron radiators work proficiently in older properties due to the characteristics of the cast iron and are in keeping with period designs. As cast iron is excellent for heat retention this works in properties where insulation can be an issue. In newer builds or renovations, they are also a popular choice due to their thermal properties.

Each radiator can be built to our customer's requirements, or to any size and finish. Each cast iron radiator has a number of sections, also called Fins, and each section outputs a certain amount of heat. A section is a single piece of the radiator. Each cast iron radiator requires 2 end sections (usually with legs, unless wall mounted) and mid-section pieces.

The size of the radiator is based on what heating requirements are needed or to fit a certain space, see our Design Service if you need any assistance to measure your space or to work out what radiators you might need.

When trying to decide the style there are a variety of reasons to have a bespoke radiator. Our radiators are not refurbished. There has been a recent revival in cast iron and many of the designs can be more in keeping with Victorian buildings than pressed steel. We also have a versatile range of bespoke steel and aluminum radiators. We supply for a variety of projects including Heritage and listed buildings. If you're ever in Brighton Dome, part of the Royal Pavillion Estate, The Churchill radiators can be seen in the entrances.


Traditionally styled radiators can have 2 to 8 columns. They have a more simple design and shape that works in a variety of spaces, such as bay windows.


These come in a range of intricate styles, emblems, the natural world and decorative motifs. Some people assume that an ornate cast iron radiator may not fit into their modern home, but with many styled like art pieces, this option allows the radiators to become a feature in a hallway or a room and change the focus of a space.


From narrow to four columns, this style brings back lots of memories of sitting on huge radiators in school. Here they are styled in contemporary homes.

Our showroom in Steyning, West Sussex has the majority of castings and finishes available to see in person. The cast iron radiator brands we work with are Arroll, Carron, Castrads, Paladin, MHS. There are thousands of finishes options including RAL colours, Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Mylands, Paint & Paper Library, aged effects, highlighting and polished living finishes.

We also have a range of freestanding cast iron baths in the showroom to try. The cast iron bath companies we work with are Arroll, Heritage & Hurlingham.



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