Channel Drainage Explained
What Is Channel Drainage?
Channel drainage, also known as linear drainage, is a popular choice for many buildings projects due to the fact it’s simple to design and easy to install.
Linear drainage is also a cheaper option for surface water drainage than a typical point water drainage system and aesthetically, can be discreet, or a design statement – the choice is yours.
Types of channel drains
Metal (a good choice for wet rooms, showers etc.)
Types of Grating
These grates can be:
These grates can be:
Heel guard (to prevent shoe heels from becoming stuck in the grate)
One other type of channel drain is the slot drain. This is the most discrete form of channel drain, great for paved-over areas.
What Is The Purpose Of Channel Drainage?
By using a channel rather than a mosaic of strategic point drains, you reduce or even eliminate ponding and deal with heavy run-off such as flash flooding and heavy downpours more effectively. Linear drainage allows for increased area cover in a more discreet way as the drain channels can be longer, and they’re efficient at controlling water flow, by decreasing the pressure put on the system drainage.
Easy to Design
When laying channel drainage, no complicated layouts and couplers etc are needed. Conflicts with underground service pipes/cables are more easily avoided. Using a channel system means that the channel can act as both a multiple point drain and a carrier pipe.
Access and Maintenance of Channel Drains
Grates are easy to remove with keys, bolts or locking systems giving you full access to the channel below. Sumps (if needed), have easy to remove buckets and slot drains have access units, easily accessed with lifting keys.
Channel drainage can be discrete or part of the design – it’s up to you. Multiple removable grate designs mean that linear drainage can become a feature of the building project if desired. Grates range from floral designs and geometric patterns through to modern minimalistic designs and of course your standard grate designs. Linear drainage provides more choice than other types of drainage when it comes to visual appeal.
How to Choose Channel Drainage
Three key things will determine the type of channel drainage you need:
- Capacity – how much water does your channel drain system need to cope with?
- Loading – how much weight will be placed on your channel drains?
- Aesthetics – what do you want your channel drainage to look like?
1. Choose the depth of channel you require for the expected flow of drainage water. Depths range from 50mm (34cm² hydraul.section) to 650mm (1,380cm² hydraul. section).
2. Choose your load class rating.
3. Choose your grating (loading will play a part in what is available).
ULMA Channel Drainage – A Perfect Solution
ULMA provides a superior system that suits any aspect of your channel drainage needs. With a vast range of sizes and load classes, Drainfast is proud to be a major UK stockist of the complete ULMA catalogue.
- Vast range of polymer concrete channel drains; the best range of EN-1433 certified channel drain on the market
- Best of class Superior Locking System available on most ranges
- Near zero water absorption and super-fast flow rate
- Chemical resistant and unaffected by freezing/thawing cycles
- Excellent pricing and technical backup
- Huge stockholding in strategic Depots available for super-quick delivery
- Rely on Drainfast’s excellent customer service to help your project run smoothly.