Is Threshold Right for Your Drainage Needs?

Three Key Benefits and Considerations of Threshold Drainage

Poor surface drainage is a persistent problem for architects and builders. Property owners know that prolonged water exposure (or “ponding”) can result in property damage. While traditional stepdown doorways merely repel water from indoor surfaces, a quality threshold drain acts as both barrier and active water conduit, providing superior drainage around the doorsill area.  So could threshold offer the best solution for your unique drainage fit-out?

These Three Key Benefits and Considerations will help guide you in making the right decision.

1. Equitable Access Design.

The threshold’s ingenious level-plane design overcomes a major obstacle for universal doorway access: step-barrier water containment. By integrating drains into the door-track, threshold provides an unbroken path between internal and external surfaces, allowing uninhibited movement between the doorway.  

2. Is Your Threshold Waterproof Compliant?

Due to its proximity to indoor areas, any breach of the sub- sill could see water penetrate wall and floor finishes, causing extensive damage to moisture-sensitive materials and structural foundations.4

It is therefore imperative that your threshold solution can guarantee adequate waterproofing as well as structural integrity. To ensure you meet the highest standards of Australia’s Waterproofing code, make certain your threshold drain

  • is manufactured with 316 marine grade (corrosion- resistant) stainless steel that withstands high water flows, harsh chemicals and suspended solids;
  • can resist shrinkage and expansion of substrate materials, framing and finishes, and temperature variations from -5°C to +50°C;
  • your substrate area is supported by waterproof membranes that meet strict requirements of AS/NZS 4858 (Wet Area Membranes).

 3. ‘Bring the Outdoors in’: Threshold as a Style Choice 

The increasing popularity of open-plan living is dissolving the traditional barriers between indoor and outdoor spaces. In the push to harmonise these once discrete environments, designers must find creative ways to integrate practical building elements seamlessly into the design fabric

Threshold’s narrow-profile stainless steel design marries the traditional with the contemporary, and is versatile enough to meet any doorway shape. 


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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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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.  

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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.

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The Experts Guide to Waterproofing

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

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