Baseboard Heater Covers
Hard Wood – Maple, Hickory, Oak, Beech
Electric and Hydronic baseboard heaters are frequently an eye sore or a décor issue to deal with. Baseboard heaters are limited on options. Painting them in place, is a difficult task and the final product is a visible make over. Painting them tends to only tarnish and may become vulnerable to scratch abuse. Painting the inside can be next to impossible without painting the heating element. Most installed baseboard heaters come finished with a baked enamel finish from the factory. A very good way to make them more appealing is to have a wood case cover made for them.
Electric base heaters are not recommended for covering with anything as they become a fire hazard. It is best to change them to a new electric baseboard if they are showing of age, or if you are looking for a newer look.
Hydronic baseboard heater, can be covered with a wood cover without a potential fire hazard. With the installation this does reduce the heaters efficiency. May restrict the air floor over the heating element. Does not eliminate heating the unit, they will still heat just may take longer for the room to reach its heating set point.
- There is no stock size base heater cover, each location has its own size that reflects the openings on the vertical and top side openings.
- Wood specie to be used varies, usually we take the wood specie of the current wood décor in the residence and reflect that, to include the color and or glaze if needed.
- If the baseboard heater is in front of a traffic area (hallway or patio door) suggested to use a hard wood to take traffic abuse. Majority of wood species used are alder, beech, maple, hickory and cvg fir.
- This is all of solid wood stock that is then milled to various widths from ¾ by ¼, ½, 1 ¼, 1 ½, 3 inch, in random lengths. Have the wood at 6-8 % or less of moisture content to help eliminate shrinkage.
- Material is cut in proper lengths for ventilation, locations of zone valve, access of patio door then glued and nailed together with end to end as a biscuit joint.
- Spacing for venting and weight bearing points vary on lengths of fabrication.
- If there is a zone valve this area is fabricated with a hinge type top door. This only allows for a quick maintenance check. If the zone valve needs to be replace the entire cover may need to be removed.