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Common questions and pre-conceptions about trench grates.

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

A trench grate, otherwise known as a channel grate or trench drain, is a particular form of floor drain that contains a prominent trough or channel-shaped body. It assists in the rapid evacuation of surface water or chemical spills. Trench grates are omnipresent. They can be found anywhere from roadsides to public toilets and parks, right up to the comfort of your own home.

A common question asked by many, “Why do I need a channel grate in my house?” There are three popular responses to these queries. Firstly, trench grates are designed to fit the perimeter of the flooring. This greatly reduces the discomfort of stepping on a shower grate while showering. Secondly, since the drain is fixed at the end of a base tilting in one direction, large tiles or stones can be used in place of unsightly grout joints to improve the aesthetic appeal of the landscape. Thirdly, a trough drain system is appropriate for use in less costly showering facilities where the base is raised from the floor in comparison to more expensive bases, which are typically set below the sub-floor. Trench grates are not only used in residential homes but can also be commonly found in hotels, schools hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Some frequently asked questions are related to the length and size of trench drains and the material these drains are made of. Sizes and dimensions can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer although there are a few standard sizes, namely, 26 inches, 30 inches, 36 inches, 40 inches, 44 inches, 46 inches, 52 inches and 68 inches. Custom sized shower drains, 10 inches by 10 inches long can also be made. In terms of materials, gratings are usually made of heavy gauge stainless steel although alternative options like stone gratings are available.

Another common enquiry is whether decorative designs and options are available for strainer grates. The answer to this is yes. In fact, specially customised trench drains are not limited to strainer grates. Stone trench grates are installed across a wide variety of platforms including for use as floor traps, sump covers and tree grates. Unlike the conventional utilitarian trench covers, stone gratings can have any design of your choice carved into them. Cool, sleek, industrial, retro or traditional, you can design the stone grates to your style preference.