Considerations When Buying Trench Grates

Trench grates… Not many people think much about their functionality or look when buying them. Trench grates lead stormwater and general runoff to drainage points for evacuation. In many instances, trench grates are used in paved areas such as parking lots, sidewalks, driveways and even garages. But what should you consider when shopping for trench grates? While price plays an important role, many of the features of the grates will be important in the functionality and eventual outlook of the entire place you use the grates in. Here are some of the things to consider when buying trench grates.


Trench grates come in a variety of designs. From the longitudinal and transverse bars to the various streaks used on the grates, design is an important feature to consider when buying trench grates. Depending on where the trench grates are to be used, the design should convey both beauty and functionality. When trench grates are used in public places, for instance, simplistic designs are preferable. When using trench grates at your home, on the other hand, choose designs that compliment your walls and the home's facade.

Remember, with some manufacturers, you can get the option of imprinting your logo, or icon in the trench grates to give the design some character and membership. This can be used for advertisement as well.


Trench grates are made using various materials.  From steel to custom cast iron, you can ideally find trench grates of a variety of materials. Material considerations should begin with examining the longevity of the material used. Since trench grates are exposed to the elements constantly, you would ideally want trench grates that will not begin rusting immediately or cracking due to prolonged exposure to the sun. Depending on your taste, the material you choose should be durable, as well as treated for things like salt exposure, humidity and heat resistance.


The functionality of trench grates largely depends on the location they are to be used. This should be guided by the amount of water and debris you expect to go down the grates. Foremost, a downslope terrain should be fitted with widely paneled trench grates. This is because the volume of water expected to run through the terrain would be massive and fast. Equally, you should consider the space between the grate lines when dealing with an area with a lot of loose debris. In such areas, smaller spacing of the grates can lead to quicker clogging of the trench grates.