What is a Linear Drain?
Think of a linear drain as a gully. It drains water from open shower spaces and shower cubicles. This is a much more efficient and natural way of draining than a standard centre drain. The shape also makes these shower drains less prone to build-up of hair and debris. As part of a modern wet room or walk-in shower set up, they make the most functional sense. New bathroom designs are trending towards minimalism. These linear drainage systems really compliment with the fashion for recessed flush plates and shower sets. New bathroom designs are all about that clean and simple feel. Linear shower drains are fitted into the floor. Unlike point drains, linear drains must be laid out along solid or partition walls, at the edges of the shower area.
Benefits of a Wet-Room Equipped with a Linear Shower Drain
Traditional shower drains are great for shower trays but if you’re looking for a flat, walk-in shower you need a different option. Barrier-free is the latest design style. Considering how hygienic and easy to clean they are, it’s no wonder they’re what everybody wants. Linear drains are easily opened when they need to be cleaned. All linear drain designs tend to fit a universal standard. Meaning most drain designs can be easily fitted to a standard waste pipe and come with a reducer. These shower floors work best with a linear shower drain. This is because traditional drains require a four-sided slope that drains towards a point in the centre. So, these drains are better suited for shower trays and less suited for barrier-free bathroom solutions. This also gives you the chance to use a much bigger tile on your bathroom floor. A one-sided slope will suffice directed towards a linear drain. People are drawn to linear shower drains because of the freedom they offer when designing your sophisticated, modern bathroom.
Linear Drain Installation
As we’ve mentioned, old-style shower drains must sit in the centre of the shower so that all four points; north, south, east, and west can slope towards a central point. Creating a four-sided descent can only be done with small floor tiles and is much more time-consuming. Alternatively, linear shower drains require only a single slope towards the drain. This makes construction much easier, more adaptable, and is also more hygienic. Let’s take a look at the steps involved in installing a linear shower drain: Choose your flooring Different types of flooring will require different linear drains. If you consult with us at the Bathroom Store we should be able to advise you on what’s most suitable. Choose your grate material When you’ve chosen your bathroom's design, visit us at the Bathroom Store, and we can help you choose from a wide selection of grate designs and materials. Choose your placement You have more freedom to place a linear shower drain where you want. Either free-in-the-floor or against the wall. One-sided sloping, wall installations are probably slightly easier as there are fewer tiles to cut, and you have more drainage capacity.
Linear shower drains and barrier-free showers are no longer the domain of fancy hotels or swimming pools and gyms. They’re growing ever more popular in domestic settings for good reason. They are assuredly stylish and sophisticated. They are low-maintenance and best of all, they make your bathroom work better. What’s not to love?