Drain grates are a crucial component of your home’s drainage system. Drainage systems are composed of a collection pan, a collection basin, a drain and finally a storm drain. In addition to being a vital part of your drainage system, these drain fixtures also play a vital role in protecting your home’s interior as well.
Drain design plays a major role in helping to protect the integrity of the roof, foundation and surrounding structures. Storm drain grates are a critical component in combination with your driveway to capture excess rainwater runoff from your driveway, to prevent erosion and pooling in your driveway. Proper driveway drain design is an important aesthetic feature for all residential and commercial driveways to avoid damage to your home and damage to surrounding areas. Drain design includes the combination of structural components including, rock excavations, base courses, coping surface, lintels, concrete and steel drains.
Hiring a Contractor
When selecting a drain grate contractor, make sure they are licensed and insured, and that they have experience in designing drainage systems. It is recommended that you choose a professional that uses traditional stone construction to ensure your drain grates last a lifetime. Drainage systems constructed with heavy pressure stone are the most durable. Stone construction is also the most cost-effective, which is why so many contractors use it when constructing floor drain fixtures.
Some drains made with concrete and steel can crack with repeated use. Concrete and steel drains are very expensive to install, and replacement can be costly. However, several companies make custom designed, low cost, stormwater detention systems. These custom designed stormwater detention grates are made to last a lifetime, are the lowest cost option and require the least amount of maintenance.
Materials and Design
There are several things to keep in mind when it comes to drain grate design. Different materials have different performance characteristics. For example, if you are looking for a great design that will work in a hot, humid environment, then it might be best to choose a material that has natural colours, like granite or marble.
If you need to use a larger diameter pipe, then you will want to look at the various trench drain and driveway drain grate designs. These drainage systems can be installed in a variety of different locations, so it is important to have a design that is made for multiple uses. For example, if you have a sewer line that is backed up by your house, then a trench drain might be the ideal solution.