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Choosing grates for trench drains

A grate’s primary function is to ensure all the surface runoff on a pavement enters the drainage system efficiently. Grates also need to be strong enough to withstand traffic without breaking.

Design criteria for grates

  • Liquid intake
  • Material durability
  • Loading
  • Locking
  • Slot style and aesthetics
  • Legal and user requirements for: – Slip resistance –  Wheelchairs and walking canes –  Bicycle safety – Heel protection
Choosing Grates For Trench Drains

Visual Considerations

In recent years, the visual design of grates and drainage systems has become more important.

ACO has an extensive range of grates with a variety of slot sizes, patterns and construction materials.

ACO’s Heelsafe® Anti-Slip grates is a dedicated range specifically designed for pavements where a balance between pedestrian safety and surface liquid collection is required.

To visit ACO’s wide range of pedestrian safe grates, click here

With a range of standard removable grates, permeable pavers and discreet slotted tops, ACO’s designer grate range offers the widest range of grates in the industry, with a product for every application.

With a bespoke range of Signature wedgewire grates made to suit any size and a customisable ductile iron grate, you can bring your designs to life.

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