Drainage Grate Installation is an art in itself. If you are installing channel drains for the first time there are certain things to consider that can make the whole process easier and the whole project a lot less expensive in the long run. Channel drains are designed to perform two different jobs. Firstly they intercept stormwater runoff and convey it away from the property to a safer location or down to a ground drain.
Secondly, they must be able to maintain the slope of the land, so that water can continue its path to the outlet pipe or down to the sewer system. How does this affect the drainage grate installation? If you have a transverse slope you will need to be even more precise with the depth of the channel and the width of the slot cut out to intercept the stormwater flow. A good rule of thumb is to ensure you are at least 5mm down from the drainage obstruction. This will ensure that you are keeping even a constant stream of water moving off your property without any issues.
In addition to the need for accurate angle and width measurements, there is another important consideration that goes hand in hand with drainage installation on industrial steel grates. You would also need to check the quality of the stainless steel material used in the installation. Unfortunately, like many commercial products, stainless steel grates can get very cheaply made. The problem here is that even “real” stainless grates can corrode after some time and then the installation is no longer safe.
Most drainage material is aluminium but these can corrode over time. Stainless steel is a much better choice for a fully functional drainage channel, as it will not corrode. The only real option left is to go for a magnesium channel which will not corrode either.
Another factor to consider when looking at drainage material is the aesthetics of the drainage channel. Remember that the purpose of the drainage system is to drain water off your property and not to aesthetically enhance the area around the building. If you install something ugly it will have the opposite effect. It will make your property look disorganised and chaotic. So make sure that you don’t install anything too ugly or you will end up with a drainage system that looks bad, and works badly too.
So if you are wondering what material to use there are two main options you have. Firstly there is the aluminium channel type, which is the most common and used by the majority of people. It is available in a variety of different colours and is easy to maintain. Just cover it when it gets dirty and it will look great. Aluminium drainage is also very light, which makes it easy to install on most structures including commercial buildings.
If you want something that will look good as well as work efficiently then stainless steel is a great option. However, stainless grates are very heavy so you need to ensure that you can support them before installing them. The good news is that stainless grates are now available in various sizes. This means that you can go down to the smallest size to support any drainage system.
Grate installation has been made a lot easier over recent years. Most DIY enthusiasts will know about the various DIY products such as pipe fittings and drainage systems. A lot of people don’t think about the professional side of things though. There is a whole industry based around providing this kind of help for DIY enthusiasts. If you want to find out more then why not take a look online. There are loads of websites dedicated to helping people with DIY plumbing and drainage systems.