Why Choose Metal Surface Drains?
Metal Surface drains are used in a variety of residential applications to drain and control the buildup of excess water. Metal surface drains are used to control water runoff and prevent flooding on and in driveways, garages, plants and factories which use large amounts of water, such as breweries, car washes, gas stations, parking lots, sidewalks, roads and patios and in many other areas where controlling water buildup is necessary for safety and convenience.
Metal surface drains are a type of trench drain. As their name implies, trench drains are designed as long narrow trenches into which water can drain from a large surface area, such as a parking lot. Trench drains are typically designed to rapidly remove or redirect water flow to prevent flooding or impede water from collecting in lower lying areas, such as a garage at the bottom of a sloped driveway. Trench drains are equipped with a grate that is flush with the surrounding surface. The grating serves two purposes. It keeps large debris from clogging the drain and allows people and cars to safely walk or drive over the drain.
Benefits of Metal Surface Drains
While many surface drains are constructed of plastic or a poly composite, metal surface drains provide a number of design benefits that plastic or poly drains do not. Plastic and poly composite drains are highly susceptible to the damaging effects of the suns UV radiation and begin to deteriorate due to these effects almost immediately after installation. Even the oxygen in the surrounding air begins to break down the plastic or poly material shortly after installation. Many areas, such as the areas around Lake Tahoe, where LTEC metal surface drains were first used, experience rapidly changing temperatures which cause materials to expand and contract. With the corrosive effects of both the oxygen in the air and UV radiation weakening plastic and poly drains almost immediately, they become more susceptible to breakage and fractures due to rapid changes in temperature. Check out these pictures of a plastic or poly drain just a few years after installation. By comparison, the metal surface drains from LTEC Surface Drains are specified by the manufacturer to last 20-30 years!
Another benefit of metal surface drains is their resistance to damage caused by heavy loads and repeated use. In combination with the corrosive effects of UV radiation, oxygen, and temperature variations, plastic and poly drains are also more susceptible to damage than metal drains when used in locations like roads and driveways where cars frequently pass over them. LTEC metal surface drains are rated to bear a load of 35 tons, or 70,000 pounds, making them ideal for applications with heavy car traffic.
Why LTEC Metal Surface Drains?
In addition to all the benefits described above, LTEC metal surface drains feature a grate design that allows only the smallest debris to get in, reducing the need for costly and time consuming maintenance. Designed originally to reduce the amount of contaminated water entering Lake Tahoe, LTEC surface drains are proven tough in all environments and are widely recognized for their durability and longevity. LTEC drains are also an Americans with Disabilities Act approved drain and are ideal for use in projects that require ADA specific standards. Whatever the intended use, with a metal surface drain from LTEC, you can be confident that you are installing a reliable, effective, hazard and maintenance free surface drain on your property.