Traditional drainage designs are giving way to linear drainage systems in modern constructions. By delivering level-plane, zero-stepdown drainage for both indoor and outdoor applications, linear drain solutions eliminate the access and mobility constraints of traditional centralised drainage systems. Even from an aesthetic perspective, lineal drainage solutions represent a stunning architectural statement, especially in modern day open plan designs.
Here are six practical benefits of linear drainage systems:
Meeting the grade
Traditional drainage requires complex 4-way grading to maintain adequate drainage flow and water egression. However, linear drainage solutions are designed to work with a single gradient fall, eliminating dangerous trip hazards and simplifying installation.
Ponding (or undrained water pools) is a serious slip hazard in traditional drainage and also creates the perfect breeding ground for mould and pests. Linear drainage, on the other hand, extends the area of drainage and accommodates large-format tiles to promote consistent drainage flow and reduced incidence of ponding. Where centralised traps in traditional systems are easily clogged from hair or soap scum, the linear waste channel with its extended length resists both potential blockage and trapped water pools.
Shower hobs remain an essential provision for centralised drainage solutions: without them, water can easily breach the drainage area and seep into internal living spaces. However, hobs feature an elevated stepdown presenting a major accessibility barrier. Level-plane linear drainage sits flush with the floor surface, not only providing a natural water barrier with excellent drainage possibilities in and around the drainage area, but also removing the necessity of the raised hob, allowing seamless and self-sufficient access for all residents including those using mobility aids.
Open plan designs
Bathrooms with open plan layouts are specifically designed to eliminate traditional barriers such as doors, hobs or water protective walls, and also expand the area of drainage. Open plan designs allow residents more freedom in easily accessing the shower space with reduced need for carer assistance. Staff also benefit from the open design, which simplifies cleaning and offers greater accessibility for carers when required.
Being a modular system, linear drainage can be tailored for indoor or outdoor environments with minimal modification of the built area, significantly reducing construction time and costs. With the addition of vinyl clamps, linear drainage also offers seamless integration into vinyl floor surfaces, common in today’s care settings.
Linear drainage systems add a striking visual statement to any setting with the chic and ultra-modern look enhancing the appeal of any drainage space.
Stormtech: The proud pioneer of linear drainage solutions
Stormtech is recognised globally as an industry leader in design, consultation and manufacture of lineal drainage. As the pioneer of linear drainage systems, Stormtech is committed to delivering a cost-effective drainage solution that doesn’t compromise on quality. The modular design of the linear systems simplifies installation while Stormtech’s custom design options provide tailored solutions for all fit-outs as part of regular service.