Safe surface heating in social housing

One of the major considerations when specifying radiators for social housing is the risk of residents burning themselves on hot surfaces. Contour says it designs its products with safety in mind. Learn more about metal radiator covers for safety in commercial environments.

Safety first

Contour LST Radiators come with the following additional options to further optimise the safety benefits of installing them:

  • Pencil-proof grilles to stop fingers getting caught and small objects being pushed through the grille
  • Bullnose corners and radius edges to reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of a fall
  • BioCote antimicrobial technology to reduce the growth of harmful bacteria by 99.5%
    Robust build

Contour LST radiators are made with 1.5mm Zintec mild steel as standard, alternatively 2mm is available if required. This makes them more durable than others on the market. They are designed for locations where durability is primary such as hospitals where people are rushing past the radiators and schools where students are likely to bang bags against the covers as they pass.

This also makes the LST radiators extra resistant to corrosion and rust, according to Contour.

LST radiators are supplied as one-piece constructions. This is said to improve robustness because it removes screws or bolts that would fit together a multi-piece unit that is at risk of coming loose. With a single-piece unit, this isn’t a problem.

Exclusive Biocote protection
Traditional LST radiators can become dust traps, making them a risk for infection. Contour have counteracted this with its range of DeepClean LST Radiators. They come with BioCote anti-microbial technology to inhibit the growth of bacteria by up to 99.9%.

The LST radiators are painted using a dry powder coating process, which includes BioCote antimicrobial technology. This process is said to seal the paint to the surface of the LST and protect it against scratches and damage that could otherwise expose the metals.

In hygiene-conscious environments this can reduce the presence of potentially harmful microbes such as MRSA and E.coli which can affect school absenteeism and hygiene.
The LST radiators are coated with 60 microns thick powder coating as standard but this can also be as thick as 90 microns, giving an even and smooth coating across the entire surface.

Other considerations include cost and how long the product will last.

Contour says it understand that adding LST radiators to a setting is an investment and that knowing that they are long lasting is a huge reassurance.

The average life of a standard radiator is between 15 and 20 years. LST radiators have an expected lifespan of between 10 and 15 years, but with proper maintenance, it’s not uncommon for this to be as much as 20.

Contour LST radiators can be installed with Rotarad valves. These valves mean that there is much faster and easier access available to cleaning and maintenance staff.

A traditional LST radiator would typically take two people between 30-40 minutes to clean because of the nature of opening the radiator and getting behind it to clean out any dropped items and dust.

Using a Rotarad valve system, Contour LST radiators can be cleaned by just one person, rather than two. Not only this, but they can also be cleaned in 10 minutes, rather than 30.

This immediately begins to generate a cost saving. Less staff are required to carry out cleaning and less time is spent undertaking this task. The money saved means that more equipment can be purchased to improve the quality of the living space.

Learn more about how to clean behind LST radiators.
A second concern around the expense of LST radiators is their heat efficiency.

To ensure that our radiators give the best heat output while maintaining high safety standards, Contour’s LST radiators use an interior coating of Kingspan foam.

The foam works by reflecting the heat generated out into the room and stops it from being lost into the brickwork behind the LST.

This reportedly makes LST radiators both cost and heat efficient. This is because you won’t have to crank the temperature up to make up for lost heat! This results in lower heating bills which reduces the lifetime cost of your LST radiators.

Contour heating in social housing
Meallmore is one of the foremost providers of innovative and ethical health and social care, with premises located throughout Scotland and boasting the ISO 9001 International Accreditation for quality assurance each year for the past eight years.

Contour were chosen to supply almost one hundred of its DeepClean LST radiator guards to the latest addition in the Meallmore Group, Glencairn Lodge in Fraserburgh.

The guards were supplied over four phases, with deliveries staggered over a five-month time period.

Contour’s DeepClean LST radiator guard was specified because of the synergy between its features and the needs of care home clients.

The guard incorporates a unique, patented, full-access front door which can be lowered down to floor level by one cleaning operative – without assistance from estates.

This facilitates access to every internal surface for cleaning and maintenance, improving hygiene standards and raising efficiencies and reducing operating overheads.

After the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, specifiers and installers are more conscious than ever about the quality of the products that get installed into all properties not just social housing.

Cutting corners is not an option, that’s why Contour LST radiators are implemented in NHS hospitals, SEN schools, care homes and mental health units across the whole of the UK.
If you would like to find out more about Contour LST radiators, get in touch today and a heating expert will be more than happy to advise you on your project.