The Shower Drainage Guide | All the Grate Options by Auswave!

Shower Drainage Solutions Guide

Auswave are the shower drainage people with the answers! Servicing the architectural industry, whether you need something with design style or a functional area for those with special needs, we have the drainage solutions. No more stepping over a hob or raised edge into a wet area when a linear drain seamlessly keeps the water out of your bath room while quickly draining your shower area!

Want it invisible to maintain the pattern in that marble? Then a tile insert built to your needs is right here.

Auswave supply the largest range and style of drainage designed and built to last, made right here in Australia using 312 and 316 grade stainless steel – custom is our specialty and we have the experience and showcase to prove it! So, we created a small guide to help you understand the differences in the terminology and applications of shower and wet area drainage.

We have been in this industry for a long time (over 20 years!) and are considered to be the guys with the answers when it comes to drainage having produced some amazing work for architects, builders and designers when it comes to drainage solutions. We thought it would be a great idea to help demystify the options when it comes to shower drainage and some of the questions we get asked include such things as:

  • Which shower drain to install or buy?
  • What size shower drain do I need?
  • What do the shower drains look like?
  • What is a shower drain cover?
  • What are shower drainage grates?

SO… Here is our simple shower drainage guide to help you understand and find the right solution…

Shower Drains – What You Need to Know!

Firstly, there are only 2 types of drainage when it comes to shower drainage, while they come in a myriad of styles there is only a linear or a point drain and they both do the same thing: eliminate shower waste.

1.)  Linear Drains

Simply a long drain, often called a trench drain, channel drain, line drain, slot drain, or strip drain.  These are handy for walk in showers, they can be against the wall, but excel when used to separate the wet and dry areas of your bath room. Often seen in walk in showers they go really well under shower doors too.  They can look amazing and are readily installed as only one gradient is needed so there is less chance of water pooling and because they are long they manage waste more efficiently, keeping your floor dry.  For the larger space with dual walk in style showers, you can be sure our grates will comfortably handle the water flow multiple shower heads produce. They can also reduce service depth when it comes to installing drainage which can be a great opportunity for developers when building apartment blocks as the ability to add extra units without gaining height can come into play.

NOTE : These are handy as a drain outside of the shower or bath in case of overflow. A floor drain can run the length of the shower, bath or even the room. In Australia they are often called a floor waste gully, and they link in to the other drainage points, like the sink drain, so your floor drain can run the length of the bath or even the room. Touching on regulations, it is worth noting in some states like QLD “Floor wastes are only required in Class 2 or 3 buildings or Class 4 parts, where the floor of a bathroom or laundry is located at any level above another sole-occupancy unit or public space” (www.hpw.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/170.pdf).  More information about the typical construction and history can be found here on wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trench_drain)

AND… They can utilise either a grate or a tile insert.

Here are examples of a linear drainage system – we have included both a grate and tile insert so you can see the difference:

2.)  Point Drains

Mostly used in older construction, it is simply the drain you see in the middle of your shower floor.

Again, these are now available in both grate or tile insert, see below for examples:

As you can see both types of drainage are available with grates or inserts, now come the options!

1). Shower Grates

Are just that – we only deal in stainless steel for its enduring looks and low maintenance. They come in a range of styles, some of which can be seen here:

Linear shower grates can also be customised in a range of ways, some of which can be seen throughout our site, even with multi coloured LED strip lights (waterproof of course) in the channel to create an interesting light effect through the pattern of the drain grate itself. For more on this check out our grate lights page for linear shower grate lights here.

2.) Tile Inserts

Are a frame system that allows for a seamless finish to your wet area, enabling the use of tiles or even rock – like marble, when you want to maintain the texture or design of your shower floor. This can be an elegant way of maintaining the lines in a bathroom where colour schemes and textures are unbroken.

Our shower drainage solutions are 100% Australian designed and manufactured, far exceeding the quality of imports. And, because we sell custom shower solutions for any application, any length, width or shape, as each one is hand crafted to suit your custom drain and grate requirements. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions!

Shower Drain Guide Gallery

Shower Drain – Standard Size Range:

Outside of all the custom variables that we cater for, visible on our bathroom drainage page, our standard range consists of:

  • 100mm wide x 900mm long x 25mm deep (Perfect choice for the renovator as they are a fairly standard dimension for existing showers)
  • 100mm wide x 1200mm long x 25mm deep
  • 100mm wide x 1500mm long x 25mm deep
  • 75mm wide x 900mm long x 25mm deep
  • 75mm wide x 1200mm long x 25mm deep
  • 75mm wide x 1500mm long x 25mm deep

Our shower drainage solutions are 100% Australian designed and manufactured, far exceeding the quality of imports. And, because we sell custom shower solutions for any application, any length, width or shape, as each one is hand crafted to suit your custom drain and grate requirements. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions!

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