What A Waste
I know what you are thinking what a hilarious title! But where is he going with this, firstly thank you I do try but leading to the point of this post is an important decision to make in your bathroom renovation selection. Below I will describe the pros and cons of the three most common types of drains that we use in all our bathroom renovations. As always my advice makes your decisions on what you truly want to archive not just trying to show off to the sibling you’re always competing with.
First, we have the bread and butter of bathroom drains, they are the classic Chrome Squares. Coming in 50mm and 80mm the chrome finish not only looks like a brand new car they are the most practical by far. The 80mm comes with a round centre able to be taken out if any blockage occurs. In terms of access and drainage, they are some of the best options. Note – Always get the drain in a square finish even if the inside is rounded the reason being it’s really hard to get a great finish cutting a circle with an angle grinder so keep in mind that it will be something you see every day.
Drainage – 9/10
WOW Factor – 4/10
Second is called Bermuda, not the mysterious island the Bermuda drain. Commonly known as the Tile Insert it’s a larger than normal size drain that allows for you to cut a floor tile in the middle with the drain almost invisible except the edges. It has a real wow factor but one thing you have to note is the drainage is not great on them. It’s less than you would want for a shower drain so be cautious in selection of looks over drainage
Drainage – 5/10
WOW Factor – 8/10
The last but opposite of least is the Stainless Steel Strip Drain. This long drain (900mm to 2000mm) is the most technical of all the drains in terms of installation. The method of the prep work required to install is one of moving the central floor waste in the shower to the edge of the wall. The purpose of the drain is to create maximum drainage for larger tiles. Some clients want the biggest tiles on the floor but especially in the shower, it will increase the chance of pooling of water as you can’t get an adequate fall around the normal central drain. When I say large tiles I am talking about the 300 x 600 or bigger as most times one tile will already be at the drain but I shall explain this in a later post.
Drainage – 10/10
WOW Factor – 9/10
In concluding remember it comes down to the bathroom that you have and the design your trying to achieve. If it’s a rental or a quick fix go the chrome grates they are inexpensive, look great and have little to no post care. The Bermuda drain is perfect for that wow factor seamless style that people love in travertine style bathrooms. The strip drain is perfect for the impractical designs with they are the most expensive and the most amount of work but the best of the best.
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Owner – Shane Ball