Average Labour Cost/Price to Build, Make or Fit Radiator Covers

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does it Cost To Fit a Radiator Cover?

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Job 1
I’m assuming the covers are painted, off the peg, lattice work, MDF jobs with a lovely fluted top edge and pretty decorative feet and plenty of room on top to put those grey intertwined pottery dancers you ladies love so much?

They each cost about £50.00 and half a day is his minimum charge to let’s say
to fit 1 will cost
to fit 2 will cost
to fit 3 will cost

Now we get past the half day mark, so you will now pay £150.00 total labour charge plus £55.00 for each of them he fits past these 3. I’m confusing myself!

To fit 4 would therefore cost
……£370.00 and so on.

Job 2
To fit a Bespoke Radiator Cover

To get a carpenter in to make one up will take a day - a dry day -as he will be cutting and routing outside. He will have to get the mdf and lattice and mouldings which will cost about £80.00 for a 1.8m radiator.

He will charge about £150.00 for a day's labour on his own.


Cost for Bespoke Radiator Cover inc. materials is

Job 3

To get a painter in to prime, undercoat and top coat the radiator cover will cost £180.00 (inc. paint)

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Radiator Covers

You can get the ones in huge cardboard boxes from your local DIY store, but they just approximate the size of you radiator. You might get lucky - the radiator cover may fit like one that has been made-to-measure, but this is unlikely. Usually the problem is with the valves. Either the cover sits over them (not ideal) or you have to do a bit of jigging to get it to fit neatly.

One plus point is that these are made of primed MDF, so the painting of the daft little grill bit won't take a lifetime - it will just feel that way.

Bespoke Radiator Covers

Getting a man in to make one?

Here, the plus point is that you get what you pay for - a cover that will look good, sit neatly over the radiator valves and can be made exactly to your requirements, mouldings, lattice work etc. This option is more expensive, but as I said earlier, you get what you pay for!

He won't want to paint it though!

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