We are asked quite frequently for specific details of the main materials we use in our manufacture processes so here we have some data sheets to explain.
The main materials used in our Radiator cover manufacture is 18mm MDF (medium density fibre) we only use the premium version of this product as this is a lighter slightly denser material which does not produce as much dust during manufacture and sanding and has a smooth solid finish for us as a base product.
This denser material structure does also give a better resistance towards distortion with heat, however any material placed near a heat source may distort slightly this is un avoidable, we have designed a cabinet structure with internal fixing methods to create a strong secure unit when assembled and we also provide internal angle brackets to keep the structure solid.
The Oak Veneer boards are 19mm, this is a 18mm MDF core with a 0.5mm laminate of oak on both sides, this comes with an ‘A’ side (good quality) and a ‘B’ side which is slightly less quality, again the B side is not usually seen, we also do not use any edging on our profiled ends or decorative edges of our boards, we profile (decorative edge) the open ends of the boards which are seen and then sand and treat the material with sealers, Our finished product profiled edges are then a very similar colour to the veneer and provide a smooth decorative profile.
We often get asked why we do not use solid wood material, mainly oak? we do not use solid wood material’s like oak as there structure is more prone to distortion with heat and can also cup or crack, we have used our oak veneered boards for a long time and these real wood problems do not occur with veneered boards. .
Our grille materials vary widely, the pattern white grilles are produced from 3mm MDF sheets and the pattern is pressed out this leaves a satin white faced, the rear of the boards are bare MDF and also in the open fret work.
The horizontal or vertical bar designs are manufactured from 9mm MDF and 6mm oak veneer, we use these larger materials than most manufacturers to avoid the slatts from distortion with heat however again this is unavoidable but the denser material does show good resistance.
The Alloy grilles are 0.3mm in thickness and are again pressed out patterns, this leaves a good side ‘A’ side and a slightly rough side due to the pressing process leaving a ‘B’ side, the B side is usually not facing into a room and will not be noticed.
The Oak Veneer grilles are 4mm, this is a 3mm MDF core with a 0.5mm oak veneer on both sides, again these have an ‘A’ & ‘B’ side due to the pressing process.
We also use premium MDF Laminate boards for our Wood Veneer radiator covers also in 18mm the data sheet explains the main points of this material.