Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit/Replace a Heated Towel Rail (Plumber's Rates)
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/Replace a Heated Towel Rail?
What’s wrong with just hanging them over the radiator? What happened to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? If I’m not mistaken, there’s a daft little frame you can hook over a rad. to hang 2 towels at once isn’t there? There you are then, job done.
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These prices are based on an electricians or plumbers rate of £200 per day and a labourer if required at £100 per day. They include 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)
Fitting an electric towel rail will take one man a day. Ideally he will route his cables under the floor but if not he will hide them in trunking at skirting level.
I days labour…£200, rail about…£160, materials inc timer …£60, total…. £420.00
Fitting a water filled towel rail, connected to either the radiator or hot water circuits, assuming the floor boards are accessible (no floating wooden floors present).
This will take 2 men a day…..£300, rail….£60, materials……£40, total……£400.00
If you want a rail with a decent heat output……. add.. £300.00
Fitting a combined electric and water filled rail. This will need an electrician and a plumber (with his mate) and they won’t turn up together!
Each “man” will take a day to do “his” little bit and make sure one of them knows it’s his job to hang the rail on the wall.
So that’s labour …..£500, rail…..£325, materials….£75, total…..£900.00
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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Replacing and Installing a Heated Towel Rail
The electric ones require that most scary of fittings, an electrical “socket” in the bathroom. For peace of mind and to satisfy the lawmakers, get this done properly! Once the sockets in, the rail is just hung on the wall next to it. Get a timer installed as well.
Water filled ones run off your central heating system. Assuming you already have a radiator in the bathroom, you are either substituting this for a towel rail or adding a towel rail.
Substituting is relatively easy, there’s just a bit of pipe reconfiguration to attend to either above, or preferably below, the floor. But why would you want to do that?
If you want a towel rail run from the heating system and there’s already a radiator in the bathroom, have the new rail connected to the hot water circuit, that way you can dry your towels in summer, when the rest of the system is off. If there’s no radiator at the moment, connect the new rail to the radiator circuit and make sure you get one big enough to heat the whole room, not just the towels.
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