Three Things to Think About Before Installing a Drainage Grate

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Drainage grates are needed so that water on a pavement or other surface can run off and enter the drainage system. There are many designs of grate, and you may be confused as to which type you need to install. Here are some of the things you should consider before installing drainage grates.


As grates are primarily intended to let water through, it is easy to miss the fact that they also need to be weight-bearing. This is because they are set in paths or roads and have to bear the load of people walking on them or vehicles driving over them. Grates that will suffer the heaviest loads have to be made of the strongest materials. You should therefore think about how much and what type of traffic will be passing over the grate. The last thing you need is a grate collapsing when someone is walking or driving over it, so make sure you have a clear idea of the type of weight it will have to carry before choosing a drainage grate.


Next, you will have to work out how large the grate will need to be. Drains are usually standard sizes, but this is not always the case and you may need to have a grate custom-made. Fortunately, there are many options to do this if you need your grate to cover a drain of unusual size or shape. If your drain is a standard size you may be able to buy a standard grate, but you should be aware that even small differences in size can lead to a grate not fitting. You are much better off getting your drain measured and the grate made to order so that you can be sure it is a secure fit and will not come loose.


Finally, you should not forget about the appearance of the grate. Drain grates can be highly visible and are intended to stay in place for a long time. You should therefore think about the materials and the particular pattern of slots and bars, and choose a design that you will be happy to see every day. Again, you should remember that grates can be custom-made to your own preferences.

These are just some of the things you will need to consider when installing a drainage grate. If you want any further advice, just talk to your supplier who will be happy to recommend a design that will be best for your property.


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