Key Considerations for Your Balcony Drainage Project

Like their open-air counterparts, balconies straddle the weather-sensitive divide between indoor and outdoor spaces, offering comparable challenges for architects and designers. What’s more, the added constraints of balcony elevation and restricted surface areas present additional obstacles to the provision of effective drainage.

 To overcome the evident shortfalls of centralised balcony drainage, homeowners have been increasingly drawn to level threshold solutions. Threshold is specifically designed for restricted balcony spaces, offering excellent drainage possibilities and unique ‘no stepdown’ provisions to support universal access. 

Key Considerations ›

1. Depth of Profile

Careful consideration must be given to the depth of profile allowance within balcony spaces. A shallow depth profile will strictly limit the type of lineal drain solution that can be applied within the balcony space and will reduce overall flow capacity.

2. Drainage Placement & Downpipe Location

Precise placement of the lineal drain is crucial to the efficacy of the entire drainage system. Lineal systems are uniquely designed to sit parallel to walls or access points, or flush against the floor to ensure maximal surface coverage and superior water drainage.

To meet these requirements, waste outlets and connected downpipes can be positioned at the edge of the balcony area in order to connect with the threshold subsill; although multiple outlets spaced along the channel are more efficient.

While balcony piping and drainage outlets may be modified during the construction phase, the possibilities of major modification on existing constructions remains limited. In this case, a traditional central drainage solution is simplest.

Stormtech’s skilled specialists work closely with specifiers, architects and builders to offer tailored drainage solutions, including bespoke drawings and plans for customised drainage designs.

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The bathroom, and specifically the shower, is often thought of as the most important space to ensure good drainage. However, there are many other spaces that require consideration in relation to adequate drainage. This whitepaper addresses 15 different potential drainage application areas into clear sections, and highlights the importance of ensuring proper drainage in each area. In each section, potential safety hazards, installation shortfalls, and area-specific challenges are identified. The paper goes on to explain how in most cases, Stormtech’s linear drainage systems offer the best solution to these problems.


Compliance of Regulations and Why It Matters

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Specifying Balcony Drainage Systems

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