A reliable drainage system is indispensable in good bathroom design. Knowing which system will fit your needs best will provide you with long-term time- and cost-saving benefits. Moreover, it will provide key provisions for the safety and health of everyone using it. With that said, taking a look at all the different shower drainage options available for your bathroom and making the right choice is essential. But in order to do so, you need to get familiar with the types of shower drainage. The two main types of shower drainage are linear and point drains. While different in design, both types have the same purpose – to eliminate waste from the shower.
A linear drain, also known as a slot, strip, line or a channel drain is ideal for walk-in showers, as they can be placed against a wall. However, this type of shower drainage also excels in separating the dry from the wet areas in your bathroom. These drains can look great and are readily installed, simply because only one gradient is necessary, so there’s less chance of water pooling. Point drains, on the other hand, are typically used in older construction, and they’re the drains you see in the middle of the shower or bathroom floor.
There are various different types of drains within these two types, such as a shower waste grate and tile inserts. A shower waste grate is just that – a stainless steel drainage solution which is usually made of stainless steel and is incredibly durable and low maintenance. Shower grates come in a wide range of styles including printed grates, coloured grates, standard wedge wire grates, and perforated pattern grates.
Tile inserts, on the other hand, are a frame system that provides a seamless finish to your wet area. Furthermore, they enable the use of rock like marble or tiles when you want to maintain the design and texture of your shower floor. This drainage system provides an elegant way of maintaining the lines of your bathroom where the textures and colour schemes are not broken.
Regardless of what type of shower drain system you end up choosing, it’s important to consider the flow rate. The most effective shower drainage solutions can usually take away 8 to 10 gallons of water per minute. However, you need to be realistic in your choices and pick a product with the right flow rate. With that said, consider the pressure of the water in your shower – if you’re using a showerhead with several sprays, you’ll need a drain with a higher flow rate.