How to Choose the Right Trench Grille for Your Project

7 March 2023 Trench Grilles

When it comes to choosing a trench grille heating, there are a huge range of options available. However, the most suitable options vary depending on the requirements of your project, and we are here to help you choose the right trench grille for your project. First of all, let’s take a look at the purpose of trench heating grilles.

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Understanding the purpose of trench grilles

Trench heating is an alternative form of heating to standard radiators or underfloor heating. A trench is dug into the floor, into which a straightforward convector unit is installed that will heat the room evenly from floor to ceiling. The trench is then covered with a grille, which is the only part of the heating system that is visible above floor level. This is one of the reasons why choosing the correct grille for your trench heating system is so important – everyone can see it!

Often, you may think your entire trench heating system needs replacing, when in fact it’s just the trench grille cover that has seen better days. This is where we come in, with a range of trench grille options to choose from in order to upgrade your heating system and give your home a sleek, stylish touch.

How does a trench heating system work?

Trench heating systems operate by sending heated water or air through a narrow trench installed along the floor of the room. A trench is installed below floor level with either an electrical or water-based heating element within it. Then, a decorative ‘trench grille’ is installed to cover the trench. Cool air is drawn into the trench through the grilles, warmed, and then convected around the room.

The amount of heat produced by the trench heater depends on how large the trench is and the ‘convector unit’ within it. A more efficient airflow can be achieved by installing a fan-assisted trench heating system. Regardless of whether or not your trench heater has a fan, the natural convection produced by the trench grilles means that the room will be warmed evenly from top to bottom, eliminating cold spots and window condensation.

Trench heating is an excellent choice if you are looking for an alternative or addition to central heating installation. It is highly energy-efficient and cost-effective, as well as being discrete, sleek, and modern. Trench grilles aren’t just a one-type-fits-all solution, there is a wide range of options available to choose from. There are also a number of factors you’ll need to take into consideration when selecting the perfect trench grille for your heating system.

Factors to consider when selecting a trench grille

Commercial vs Domestic uses

The first factor to consider when choosing a trench heating grille is what sort of building it is being installed in. If it’s a domestic building, such as a house or flat, your trench grille will need to be selected in a size and material that gives a comfortable and domestic feel. On the other hand, if you are installing a trench heating system in industrial or commercial premises, it is likely to be a much larger project, and we’d suggest choosing a grille material that is more substance than style.

Load capacity

When planning your trench heating installation at home, take a moment to consider how much weight you will need the trench grille to support on a daily basis. Most trench grilles are located around the perimeter of the room in order to counteract cold drafts without making the room feel stuffy. As a result of this, it’s likely that you’ll need to carry things over them from time to time. Trench grilles are particularly popular in rooms with lots of windows or French doors. This means that people are more likely to be putting their body weight onto the grilles in order to open the doors or windows in warmer weather.

Alternatively, you may be installing trench heating in your business premises in order to save space, so it’s worth considering how often you will be carrying heavy goods or stock over the grilles.


One of the added bonuses of a trench heating system is that it doesn’t take as much space in a room as a standard radiator does, and the grille itself can add to the aesthetic of the space rather than looking clunky and out of place. We offer a wide range of sleek trench grilles so that there is something to fit in with your home no matter what your interior design style is. You can choose between a range of colours and materials, and we have trench grilles that work for both modern and traditional settings. We also offer both roll-up and ridged trench heating grilles depending on the style you prefer.

Size and dimensions

Your trench heating grille should be proportional to the size of the room it’s heating. If the grill is too large, it may emit too much heat, while a grille that is too small won’t heat up the room sufficiently. If you are just replacing an old grille rather than installing a whole new trench heating system, we will need the internal dimensions of the frame that your current grille is sitting in. If you’re not sure about the best size for your trench grille, simply get in touch – our team will be more than happy to help.


When choosing which type of trench grille is the best for your space, think about where the trench is located and how easily a grille can be installed. If you are installing the trench grille at home, you will need to be able to remove the grille with ease in order to clean the inside of the trench and prevent dust from building up in your house. On the other hand, a trench grille in a warehouse, airport, or other commercial premises may not need to be cleaned quite as regularly.


When choosing a new trench grille, it’s important to consider how much daily wear and tear it will need to withstand. Our trench grilles come in a wide variety of materials such as steel, aluminium, wood, and even gold. Aluminium grilles are durable, lightweight, and conduct heat well. Steel is another durable option, although it can rust if not properly cared for. Similarly, wood is a very popular choice but needs to be cleaned and maintained regularly to prevent cracking or other damage. If you are planning to install your trench heating system in an area of high foot traffic, ridged grilles are better suited to this than roll-up grilles.

It’s also important to note that painted grilles aren’t as durable as something like wood or aluminium as the paint is more prone to chipping off.

Environmental factors

It’s essential to bear in mind any environmental factors that may come into play in the space that your trench grille fits into. Will the grille ever be exposed to cleaning chemicals or harsh weather conditions? Do you have young children who are prone to spilling food and drinks? If so, a material that is sturdy and easy to clean, such as stainless steel, might be your most suitable option.


Trench heating systems are found in a huge variety of buildings such as offices, shopping centres, warehouses, museums, galleries, and residential homes. This is because it is a highly efficient way of heating the entire building without wasting space. Think about whether there are any safety considerations that you’ll need to take into account when choosing a grille material, such as slip resistance if people are regularly walking over the grilles, or edge protection if there will be children around.


It goes without saying that one of the big concerns when shopping around for heating installation is the cost. There are trench grilles available at a wide range of price points. Our trench heating grilles start from £250 for wooden or aluminium depending on the size of your unit. However, if you are looking for something at a higher price point to really stand out, we have premium grilles in materials such as satin stainless steel and anodized gold. When considering the price of your trench grille, don’t forget to factor in the costs saved by using such an energy-efficient heating system.

Maintaining and cleaning your trench grille

Trench heating systems need to be cleaned regularly as the shape and location of the trench means they tend to collect dust. This isn’t as problematic as it sounds as you can simply remove the grille and clean the inside with a vacuum cleaner. To clean the trench grille itself, all you’ll need to do is wipe it down with a damp cloth.

Different types of trench heating systems

If you are starting from scratch it is essential to think about the type of trench heating system itself that would be best suited for your needs, before deciding on the perfect grille.

Here are some common types of trench heating:

  1. Hydrostatic Trench Heating: This type of trench heating uses hot water to heat the space. A hydronic system typically consists of a network of pipes carrying hot water that is embedded in a metal casing or a trench in the floor. The heat is radiated from the metal casing or through grilles on the floor.
  2. Electric Trench Heating: Electric trench heating systems use electric heating elements to generate heat. These systems are often used in situations where it’s not practical to install a hydronic system or when there is a preference for individual zone control.
  3. Natural Convection Trench Heating: Natural convection trench heaters rely on the principle that warm air rises and cool air sinks. They are designed with a larger opening at the top and a smaller one at the bottom. As the air near the heater is warmed, it rises and circulates throughout the room.
  4. Fan-Assisted Trench Heating: Fan-assisted trench heating combines natural convection with a fan system to enhance heat distribution. The fan helps bring warm air into the room, which makes it better at heating big rooms or rooms with high ceilings.
  5. Radiant Trench Heating: Radiant trench heating systems work by radiating heat from the floor or heating elements. They can be powered by either hydronic or electric heating technology. Radiant heating systems are well-known for generating even and comforting heat.
  6. In-Floor Trench Heating: In-floor trench heating is integrated into the floor structure. It is often used in new construction or major renovations. These systems are hidden from view and provide an unobtrusive heating solution.
  7. Surface-Mount Trench Heating: Surface-mount trench heaters are installed on top of the floor, creating a raised profile. They are often used when retrofitting heating into an existing space or when an in-floor installation is not feasible.
  8. Custom Trench Heating: Trench heating systems can be customised to fit specific design and architectural requirements. They can be made of various materials, sizes, and finishes to match the aesthetic of the space.

You can find out more about your trench heating options here.

Selecting a trench grille supplier

When browsing through different trench grilles to find the one that fits your needs, it’s important to look for a trustworthy company that provides a long guarantee. All our trench grilles have a manufacturer’s guarantee, and while it varies for each supplier, it is usually a minimum of 5 years. We have been supplying radiators, trench heating systems, and trench grilles for over a decade, and we work with a wide range of trusted suppliers to offer the best solution for all our customers.

Our core values as a business are transparency, communication, and support. We want our customers to know all the details about our products in order to make an informed decision about what’s best for them. We also want you to know that you can give us a call at any time to discuss the options available.

Tips for making the right trench grille choice

When selecting the perfect trench grille for your home or business, there are multiple factors to take into consideration. It’s important to think about the size and dimensions of the grille, the durability needed, and how much load the grille will be bearing, as well as thinking about health and safety, and of course, cost.

On top of these practical considerations, the grille will be a prominent feature in your home or workplace, and you want it to look as aesthetically pleasing as possible, ensuring that the grille material and colour fit in with the style of the room. Choose a trustworthy trench grille supplier with good reviews and a strong guarantee. Lastly, think about how you want to power your trench heating system, and whether or not you would prefer to have a fan-assisted heater. This may affect the size of the trench needed, and therefore the size of the trench grille.

If you are still unsure about which trench heating grille is the right one for you, why not get in touch for support from one of our experts?

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What is trench heating, and why is choosing the right grille important?

Trench heating involves installing heating units below floor level with grilles covering them. Choosing the right grille is important for both operation and aesthetics since it’s the most apparent heating system portion.

How does a trench heating system work?

Trench heating systems work by circulating heated water or air through a trench below the floor. Grilles on top allow cool air to be drawn in, warmed, and convectioned into the room.

What factors should I consider when selecting a trench grille for my project?

Factors to consider include the type of building (domestic vs. commercial), load capacity, aesthetics, size, installation ease, durability, environmental factors, safety, and cost.

What are the common types of trench heating systems available?

Hydrostatic, electric, natural convection, fan-assisted, radiant, in-floor, surface-mount, and specialised trench heating systems are among the most common, each having its own set of features and applications.

How do I maintain and clean my trench grille?

Trench grilles need regular cleaning to prevent dust buildup. They can be removed easily for cleaning with a vacuum cleaner, and the grille itself can be wiped down with a damp cloth.

What should I look for in a trench grille supplier?

Look for a trustworthy company with a long guarantee on their products, good customer reviews, and transparent communication. Ensure they offer support and guidance in selecting the right grille for your needs.

What are some tips for selecting the perfect trench grille?

Consider factors like size, durability, load capacity, aesthetics, safety, and cost. Choose a supplier with a strong guarantee and good reviews, and think about the power source for your heating system.

Can trench grilles be customised to fit specific design requirements?

Yes, trench heating systems can be customised in terms of materials, sizes, and finishes to match the aesthetic of the space they’re installed in.

What are the benefits of trench heating compared to traditional heating systems?

Trench heating is energy-efficient, cost-effective, and space-saving. It provides even heat distribution and can be a sleek, modern addition to any space.

How can I get support in selecting the right trench grille for my project?

You can reach out to our experts for personalised support and guidance in choosing the perfect trench grille for your home or business. Call us at: 01727840344 or send an email:


Perfect for every space

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