Radiator Covers

Oak Radiator Covers

Introduction to Oak Radiator Covers

When creating or choosing a radiator cover, many factors should be taken into consideration. Since usually the purpose of the cover is an aesthetic one (covering a practical object so that it becomes a decorative object), the first characteristics

 

that need to be taken into consideration are the ones relating to it such as the shape, size and colour. But since radiator covers also fill in practical purposes like the protection of the radiator and the people who come into contact with it, with most companies you'll also have a choice in regards to the material that the cover will be created of.

Oak versus other Cover Materials

Metal radiator covers radiate the heat outside the radiator and prevent the radiator from over-heating. However it has the strong disadvantage of becoming very hot itself in the process, endangering you or any person in the cover's vicinity, possibly causing burns after touching. Metal also requires cleaning and lubrication over the years, making it more difficult to maintain over time. Metal radiator covers are usually ordered by industrial and commercial clients – residential ones usually go for wood.

Radiator covers

Plywood is usually most commonly used due to cost reasoning, but also because it's easily flexible, therefore making it more adaptable to whatever needs have to be fulfilled. Plywood can be locally manufactured – it's available – and it also helps Mother Nature by being recyclable. It can also be made out of different materials – based on the required product. Plywood made from oak wood is used commonly in the case of decorative purposes.

Oak wood in particular is used because it is a very strong and hard material, allowing the radiator cover to provide more than just aesthetics, but also protection to the radiator. Another advantage is in terms of durability: increased resistance to insects and fungi will ensure that you will not have to worry about changing the cover anytime soon. While the oak wood will require the occasional polish, it will be no more complicated than usual furniture maintenance and should be much more convenient.

Types of Radiator Covers

Radiator covers can be classified based on design, into modern or traditional. The modern ones are usually simpler; they have a clean line and use a flush either on the top or on the sides. While the traditional are oriented more towards decorative models with crown pieces placed at the top and/or at the radiator sides. Most custom designed radiator covers have multiple purposes, allowing you to mix the practical and the decorative.

Some radiator covers are adapted from old fireplace covers. Fireplace covers have a different design, but can be used to cover up radiators, especially in the case of outdoor fireplaces – which usually have covers that are made up of softer materials. If you have recently replaced fireplace warmth with its more modern version, the radiator, and you would like it to completely fit in with the background, you can use a former complete fireplace covering – especially if the size of the radiator is comparable to that of the fireplace.