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Traditional Drain vs Linear Drain

Linear drainage is an advanced drainage system, which delivers level-plane or zero-stepdown drainage, for both outdoor and indoor applications. It is specifically designed to eliminate the mobility and access challenges of traditional drainage systems. Linear drainage systems have since become the preferred choice by many homeowners and property managers, due to the following reasons.

Meeting the Grade

Traditional drainage systems require extensive 4-way grading, in order to maintain sufficient water egression and drainage flow. On the other hand, linear drainage systems are designed to only work with a single gradient fall. This helps to eliminate dangerous trip hazards while offering simple installation possibilities. Linear drains work perfectly in threshold locations, such as pool or deck edging as they blend easily with the flow of your design. check out our previous post on threshold drainage and how it works for more info.

Superior Drainage

Traditional DrainageWith traditional drainage, there is always the issue of undrained water pools, which are a serious health hazard. It also provides a fertile breeding ground for pests and mould. With the extension of the drainage area and utilising large format tiles, this drainage system promotes consistent drainage flow, while reducing incidences of ponding. Furthermore, centralised taps are prone to clogging from various materials such as hair, clothes, towels, and bandages, among others. However, with the extended length of this drainage system, it is able to resist trapped water pools and potential blockages.


Shower hobs are an important feature when it comes to centralized drainage systems. When they are not present, water can breach the drainage area easily and then leak to interior living spaces. However, with the elevated step-down design, the hob creates a major accessibility barrier. On the other hand, level-plane linear drainage systems, which straddle the floor surface, provide a natural water barrier, while eliminating the necessity of the raised shower hob. It provides an excellent drainage possibility, around the drainage area thus eliminating ponding. This allows self-sufficient and seamless access to all users, especially those on walkers, frames and wheelchairs.

Open Plan Designs

Linear Balcony DrainLinear drainage systems are specifically designed to remove traditional barriers such as hobs, doors and water protective barriers. They also expand the drainage area, minimising the need for the carer to help entry. This gives residents a personalised and smooth access to the shower space. Furthermore, this design helps with cleaning while providing greater accessibility when needed.

Seamless Integration

Thanks to their modular design, channel grating systems can be customised to suit any environment, whether it is indoors or outdoors. This is achieved with little or no modification to the drainage area. This reduces construction times and costs significantly. It also provides smooth integration into vinyl floors, which are common in modern care settings.

Aesthetic Appeal

There is also the benefit of beauty and aesthetics. A linear drainage solution is a stunning visual statement. This ultra-modern and chic look, can improve the visual appeal of drainage spaces in different settings.

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