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.


Choose from our collection of White Papers produced for Stormtech products and services.


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.  

pacific bondi case study

The Pacific Bondi Case study

In December 2015 Bondi’s newest development, Pacific Bondi, was completed, taking the areas luxury living to a whole new level. To meet the requirements of the hostile beachfront environment, as well as the expected high-traffic hotel and public areas, Stormtech supplied 316 marine grade stainless steel linear drainage for the bathrooms, balconies and panoramic atrium areas.  

Guide to specify surface water management systems for pools and spa applications

Specification Guide To Pool Area Drainage

A review of specification of drainage products for architects, landscape architects and garden designers to sustainably design for high capacity water flow.

Stormtech Whitepaper

The Experts Guide to Waterproofing

The Stormtech guide to ensuring your linear drainage waterproofing is installed correctly.

Stormtech Whitepaper

Meet the Threshold

A Seamless Solution for Your Drainage Project

Stormtech Whitepaper

Grate Expectations

The Essential Guide for the Modern Drainage Project

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