Linear vs Traditional Drainage

The Straighter Edge: Linear vs Traditional Drainage

Why choose linear drainage over traditional drainage?

Linear drainage is a cutting-edge drainage solution that delivers level-plane (i.e. flush with the ground surface), ‘zero stepdown’ drainage for both indoor and outdoor applications. Specially designed to eliminate the access and mobility constraints of traditional centralised drainage systems, lineal drainage solutions have evolved as a stunning architectural statement – the quintessence of today’s vaunted open-plan designs.

Meeting the Grade ›

Traditional drainage requires complex 4-way grading to maintain adequate drainage flow and water egression. Uniquely, linear drainage solutions are designed to work with only a single gradient fall, eliminating a dangerous trip hazard and offering easy installation possibilities.

Superior Drainage ›

Traditional drainage often suffers ponding (or undrained water pools) which pose a serious slip hazard, and offers fertile breeding ground for mould and pests. By extending the area of drainage and accommodating for large-format tiles, lineal drainage solutions promote consistent drainage flow and a reduced incidence of ponding. Centralised traps are easily clogged (e.g. from hair, bandages, clothes, towels, etc.), the extended length of the linear waste channel resists both potential blockage and trapped water pools.

Universal Access ›

Shower hobs remain an essential provision for centralised drainage solutions: without them, water can easily breach the drainage area and seep into internal living spaces. However, the elevated stepdown of the hob presents a major accessibility barrier. Level-plane linear drainage, which sits flush with the floor surface, provides not only a natural water barrier (offering excellent drainage possibilities in and around the drainage area), but removes the necessity of the raised hob, allowing seamless and self-sufficient access for all residents (particularly for those using wheelchairs, walkers and frames).

Open Plan Designs ›

Specifically designed to eliminate traditional barriers (e.g. doors, hobs, water protective walls/barriers) and expand the area of drainage and with less need for a carer to assist entry, residents are offered more personal access into the shower space. For staff, this open design aids with cleaning and offers greater accessibility for carers when required.

Seamless Integration ›

As a modular system, linear drainage can be tailored for any environment (inside or out), requiring little to no modification of the built area. This significantly reduces construction time and costs. With the addition of vinyl clamp (providing a screw down flange to mechanically clamp the vinyl beneath), linear drainage also offers seamless integration into vinyl floor surfaces (common throughout today’s care settings).

Aesthetic Appeal ›

A linear solution is a striking visual statement: a chic and ultra-modern look that can enhance the visual appeal of any drainage space.

Stormtech: The Proud Pioneer of Linear Drainage Solutions ›

As the creator and proud pioneer of this unique drainage system, Stormtech is recognised globally as an industry leader in design, consultation and manufacture of lineal drainage. Stormtech is committed to delivering a cost-effective drainage solution that makes no compromise on quality. Stormtech’s ingenious modular design translates to rapid and cost-efficient installation possibilities for today’s projects. Dedicated to quality tailored service, Stromtech offers custom design options on all fit-outs as part of regular service.


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Style and Function: Specifying linear drainage systems for the hospitality industry

For the past five years, the Australian hospitality industry enjoyed a sustained period of growth. Buoyed by high tourist numbers and plentiful investment, it moved from strength to strength - and naturally a strong foundation of hospitality-focused architectural projects accompanied the boom. However the global economic havoc caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the industry - both in real terms and in short-term growth potential. At the time of writing, in March 2020, businesses are closing, full rosters of employees being laid off and future investment in the sector has all but dried up as the world waits to see just how protracted the fallout will be.

Form and Function- Current Bathroom trends

Bathrooms may not be where the majority of anyone’s time is spent, but they do adopt a particularly important role within our homes with their baseline purposes of hygiene and waste management. This has been recognised by the industry, which has shifted its focus towards the development of products that place equal weighting on functionality and aesthetics. Form and Function: Current Trends in Bathroom Design examines a variety of the industry’s current concerns, and how they are reflected in the products currently being produced. These issues include sustainable design, healthy living, comfort and personalisation, digital and technological integration, as well as reducing maintenance requirements. By tackling these issues, current products are tapping into an area of development that moves past innovation for its own sake – instead creating long-term value for clients.

Tips to avoid a Tiling Disaster

While tiles are one of the main visual elements of any bathroom or outdoor area, understanding their role in a much larger system is imperative in order to avoid a tiling disaster. Rather than being an isolated product, tiling from a practical perspective makes up only one portion of drainage and waterproofing, complementary to substrates, waterproofing membranes, sanitary ware, tap ware and the drainage itself. A failure to address all of these components as a system can lead to the leakage of water into floor spaces or wall cavities, causing incredible amounts of damage before any physical evidence of such reveals itself.

Grate Cares

Faced with a rapidly aging population, Australia’s care facilities are experiencing overwhelming demand for their services. With increased demand comes the inevitable push to expand, upgrade or re-furbish facilities: critical to ensuring the ongoing health, wellbeing and autonomy of residents. Accessibility and ease-of-mobility remain key focus points in the design and construction of today’s aged care facilities. After all, a misplaced step or sharp gradient fall could put frail residents at risk of a serious fall injury – the leading cause of death from injury for those aged 65 and over. Frequently overlooked, traditional drainage solutions present one of the most insidious and prohibitive barriers to universal access within the aged care setting. Step-downs, uneven floor surfaces, and high gradient falls are among the most dangerous and pervasive hazards for vulnerable residents; yet with the right design solution, these hazards can be mitigated or eliminated entirely. Specifically designed to eliminate the access hazards of conventional ‘step-down’ barrier drainage, lineal drainage is a cutting-edge ‘zero stepdown’ drainage solution for both indoor and outdoor applications. Unlike conventional drainage, this level-plane (i.e. flush with the ground surface) drainage solution requires no hob and only a single gradient fall, providing seamless access possibilities for residents and staff. Lineal designs conform to the strict accessibility requirements of AS1428 (Access and Mobility), while ensuring superior water conveyance and egression.  

Getting on the Green

Stormwater runoff is a major contributor to the degradation of Australia’s water catchments. The impact of unchecked urban sprawl has raised the stakes for architects, specifiers, builders and legislators to collectively improve the quality of urban drainage. A high-quality drainage solution can greatly reduce one’s negative impact on our waterways. Consistent drain flow will ensure material debris and pollutants are not collected, absorbed and conveyed during heavy downpours. Nevertheless, drainage positioning, installation and build quality all significantly impact on the quality of outflows.

How Proper Planning can stop your project going down the drain

Drains are a vital element of any residential or commercial project. When properly installed, they are effectively out of sight and out of mind, and ensure that important everyday activities including bathing, cooking, and washing can be done safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, drain planning is an often-overlooked element of the construction process. In this whitepaper, How Proper Planning Can Stop Your Project Going Down the Drain, we take a closer look at the importance of planning drain installations. The whitepaper outlines the main factors that must be taken into account when planning a drain: location, drainage style, timing of construction, and regulatory compliance and details the complex regulatory framework surrounding drainage products in Australia.

Drainage Selection Guide: 15 Common Applications Areas

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

The issue of non-conforming and non-compliant products affects every stakeholder in the building industry. By ignoring regulations, building professionals endanger, not only their own reputation, but also the status of the entire industry. The plumbing industry has a number of regulations that are important to adhere to. Aspects like minimum size requirements, load restrictions and accessibility are vital for the success of plumbing and drainage systems. In this white paper, we examine why it is important that everyone plays by the rules.

The Pitfalls of Investing in Low Grade Drainage

The importance of choosing compliant and conforming products in construction is regularly discussed in the media and within the industry. The most dramatic examples of the failure of substandard products – such as the Melbourne Docklands fire and the Infinity cable recall – are widely broadcast, yet the range of implications involved in choosing cheaper products remain largely underreported. For building professionals, it is important that the hallmarks of sub-standard drainage systems are easily identified so informed decisions can be made. Products demonstrating reduced flexibility can signal low quality, as they are only relevant for general applications. A cheap solution also suggests a lack of testing, or a short research and development period, which could lead to problems later down the line.    

Specifying Balcony Drainage Systems

Balcony design, and in particular drainage systems are a critical design consideration for multi-residential developments. Balconies are an external element of the building that must be properly integrated to work with the internal elements of the building. Balconies require appropriate drainage and isolation from the internal elements of the building.  

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