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When it comes to renovating certain parts of your home, no matter how small they may seem, it’s natural that you’d only want the best. This is particularly true when you’re looking to find a new cover for your baseboard heater. After all, there’s more to the replacement process than accessing their designs and ease of installation. With several cover materials to choose from, it’s also common for homeowners to wonder what the differences are between them and which are the most effective. This is a guide to baseboard radiator cover materials and how each of them could be of use in your home.
Though it might seem counterintuitive to place a large chunk of wood around a heating element, this material is actually very good at absorbing heat. This is what makes it one of the better choices for upgrading the cover over your hydronic baseboard heater. However, it’s important to note that while wooden covers are safe, they aren’t considered the most efficient. They may be thermal insulative enough to absorb heat, but they more often retain that energy rather than freely distribute it throughout a room. Plus, the natural moisture of wood also makes the cover likely to crack when exposed to heat for long periods. This is why they’re more generally used as decorative pieces to create a more natural home design.
With a slightly higher thermal conductivity rate than wood, plastic is the second-best choice when looking to replace your heater cover. These covers can better distribute heat, making them a decent option for those wanting to get more for their money. Unfortunately, though, what they gain in efficiency, they lose in appearance. Plastic heater covers are a common find in older, unrenovated homes, and they demonstrate as much with an outdated and deteriorating style. Additionally, though plastic can better radiate heat than wood, it’s still enough of an insulator that there’s a risk of it melting when the heat is too high.
Baseboard heater covers made with steel are the number one choice for many homeowners, and even professionals. This is because they have very high thermal conductivity levels as well as a sleek and modern appearance that goes well with various home designs. Since steel can freely pass heat, they’re also a lot better at pushing the heat farther into the room and getting more use out of a smaller amount of energy. So they can help save you money along with updating your room. Galvanized steel, in particular, is a good choice as well because the material has been treated to withstand things such as rust.
At EZ Snap™ Covers, we have a commitment to only providing our customers with the highest quality, most efficient baseboard covers possible. Our cheap baseboard heater covers make it easy to make your heater more effective and to quickly upgrade the look of a room. Better yet, with a range of different cover sizes to choose from, you can find the perfect fit for your home heater without any additional work.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.