The importance of drainage in any build or landscaping project cannot be overstated. The absence of adequate drainage can cause damage to property and pose a threat to public safety, among other things. If you are limited to off-the-shelf drainage products, you may find yourself compromising your building aspirations over something that only accounts for a small fraction of uses.
Our team is well aware of the importance of custom drain grates for a variety of projects. Ferum will give you the freedom to create something that matches your personal style and design while remaining as discrete as possible. For high traffic areas that require water drainages, such as swimming pools and outdoor entertainment areas, custom drain grates are frequently the best option.
Looking Over the History of Custom Drain Grates
We, human beings are the ones who have studied and adapted this natural model in order to improve our current living conditions and quality of life in the city. Drain grates have their roots in the natural world. In this context, "drain grates" refer to natural drains that appear in limestone and serve to filter the water that is gradually absorbed by underground rivers as they move downward. Underground rivers serve as a source of water for aquifers, so their function is critical.
From approximately 1914 to the present, a floor drain consisted of a cast-iron hub that was flush with the floor and connected to the sanitary drainage system below it. It was common practice to cover the hub opening with either a steel screen or a cast iron grate. Because the majority of the installations were at grade level, there was no need for a waterproofing membrane, or weep holes as we know them today. The Josam Company was founded in 1914 with the goal of manufacturing floor drains for multi-story buildings that included flange and weep holes as standard features. In this case, the design was referred to as double drainage because it provided both primary drainage through the floor drain grate and secondary drainage through weep holes that collected water that seeped onto the floor drain flange from around the perimeter of the floor drain top.
In response to the high demand for these products created by the building architects of the day, Josam built on his initial success and expanded his product line to include a wide variety of floor drains, roof drains, cleanouts, and other drainage specialties.
Innovations that have paved their way in the world of drain grates:
1. The Clamp Ring – Enabled the water-proofing membrane to be secured to the drain.
2. Tractor Grate – This design avoided grates jumping out of the top of the drain when wheel traffic ran over them.
3. Adjustable Top Assemblies – This became complicated for contractors in terms of ensuring that the drain's top was installed at a low point in the floor to ensure proper drainage. The adjustable top design was critical in "two pour" floors where the thickness of the secondary finished pour could vary.
4. Membrane clamp equipped with a top thread for strainer attachment and a reversible feature. As a result of World War II, casting manufacturing became more automated, and a design that required a manual core setting was developed. As a result, the industry adopted a body design without cores in the late 1950s and early 1960s, requiring a ring with a female thread to receive the various adjustable strainers.
Uncovering the Importance of Galvanised Channel Grate
The first, and perhaps most important, consideration of custom drain grates is the issue of hygiene and sanitary conditions. Due to the way galvanised steel is manufactured, it is a nonporous material, which results in custom grates that are smooth and easy to clean. For this, cleaning a custom grate is much easier, and there is no risk of waste becoming trapped in pores or ridges.
Aside from that, its ability to resist the growth of bacteria and other potentially harmful contaminants is another benefit. For places like hospitals and food service facilities, such as restaurants, commercial kitchens, and food processing plants. Galvanised channel grates are also significantly safer than grates made of other materials such as plastic. Galvanised channel grates have a lower profile than steel trench grates, which means there is less of a lip that people can trip over. The slots are also thinner, which reduces the likelihood that heels or walking aids will become entangled, which could result in an injury.
Finally, grates are much less expensive in the long run. Galvanised steel is already a cost-effective material, but the fact that it is also extremely durable means that the grates will not break as frequently as those made of other materials. As a result, you will not have to replace them as frequently, saving you thousands of dollars over the course of time.
Since it is a nonporous material, you will also save money in the long run because you will not have to spend as much time cleaning it. In general, galvanised channel grates are a much more cost-effective option in every sense of the word than other materials.
Galvanised steel is also a much stronger and longer-lasting material than other metals. It has the ability to withstand greater amounts of pressure and weight without cracking or splitting. The likelihood of someone being injured due to a broken grate decreasing as the number of breakages decreases is a result of fewer breaks.
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If you are looking for custom drain grates, please take a look at our online website. If you require any additional information about drain grates or have any other type of inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact us. Ferrum’s knowledgeable team of drain building experts looks forward to working with you on the design and building of your next custom grate.