If you are designing landscaping for a home, a commercial building, a public property or anywhere else, you have to think about stormwater drainage, and if you are integrating linear drainage, a trench grate is essential. If you've never bought one of these linear drain covers, you may be wondering what you need.
Here are five questions you should consider before making your final purchase.
1. What Was the Trench Gate's Past Life?
If environmentalism is important to you, you may want to consider what the materials in the grate were doing in their 'past lives'. Rather than choosing new metals, you may want to work with a supplier who can offer you fully recycled steel or aluminium. Note that with metal, using recycled materials doesn't degrade quality.
2. Is the Metal Right for Your Environment?
If you live in a wet environment, you need a grate that can withstand rust. Steel is ideal for that as it's incredibly weather resistant. On top of that, you may want to consider a rust-proof coating.
3. What Design Do You Like?
The beautiful thing about trench grates is that they can come in all kinds of designs and patterns. You can go for a very utilitarian look featuring a simple grid of lines. Alternatively, you can opt for something a bit more decorative.
Whether you like pattern that mimics bricks, lace, waves or geometric art, you can find that. Some companies even customise trench grates to match your sense of style.
4. Do You Want a Colourful Trench Grate?
Once you've honed in on a style, think about colours. While you can go with a basic metallic look, you can also add a powder finish or a coat of liquid paint. Depending on the company, you may have to choose from preset options, or you may be able to customise your own colours.
You can also add brushed or polished finishes in brass, bronze, nickel or other popular metals.
5. Is the Grate Safe for Your Community?
All trench grates are made with key safety standards in mind, but you may also want to think about any unique safety needs in your area. For instance, if you are putting the trench gates around a splash park, you may want to ensure that the grates are slip resistant so running children don't slip and fall on them. If you are putting the trench gates near a dog park, you may want to make sure that the holes are too small for a dog's paws to slip into.