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It would seem to me that baseboard heaters were never designed to be visually appealing. This is why I developed the easy slip-on baseboard heater cover back in 2007. Our company is now the world’s largest manufacturer of slip-on baseboard heater covers. This first blog post is an opportunity to share my experience from six years ago trying to figure out what to do with a house full of hydronic baseboard heaters that were an eyesore yet perfectly functional (and greatly appreciated in winter). I was aware that replacement covers were available, but they required the old covers to be completely removed – yuk! I wanted a quick solution that would transform my plain old baseboard heaters into something of an architectural feature. Painting seemed like a good idea, except it would only buy time before the rust inevitably showed up again. I knew there had to be a better mouse trap out there somewhere, yet my research found nothing.
The idea of installing something completely new over top of the existing old back plate that was already nailed securely to the wall was starting to show potential as a possible alternative. I knew a better solution had to:
We fabricated a good number of prototypes in our Vancouver sheet metal manufacturing facility during the fall of 2007. To ensure a proper fit on the hundreds of different models of baseboard heaters that are currently in use throughout North America, an extensive amount of research was done to identify geometries from heaters going back all the way to the late 1940’s.
By the spring of 2008 we had come up with the one-size-fits-most easy slip-on baseboard heater cover. The product line complete with every kind of accessory possible was made commercially available through our website baseboardheatercovers.com.
And it was at this time when I realized it wasn’t just me looking for a better way to rejuvenate ugly baseboard heaters.