A Quick Guide to Low Profile Drainage Channel

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A low profile drainage channel is an effective way to get rid of standing water while the height of the channel allows it to sit nice and comfortable within the area it is placed. The low channel profile means that there is nothing that could cause an unnecessary obstruction to vehicles or present a safety hazard to the people in the area, which is key if you have a busy driveway! The load rating of our low profile channel drains are A15, which means they are specifically designed for pedestrian heavy areas such as; patios, driveways and gardens. It’s known as a domestic drain channel for this reason. Furthermore the material used is polypropylene which means it is extremely resistant to moisture and is resistant to common chemicals that it may come into contact with. Not to forget the polypropylene material used means that the low profile drainage channels have a high flexibility strength.

Where would you use a low profile drainage channel?

Low profile channels are primarily used in places such as driveways and paved areas in gardens. The reason they are used for projects such as these comes down to the fact that, often the amount of excavation needed to fit regular drain channels in is not ideal for a small area. In this case the lower depths needed for the slim channel drain becomes the better option for most jobs like this. We also have a blog on everything you need to know about driveway drainage for more on this.

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Channel drainage profiles and features.

Below are some of the main features of the low profile channel drain:

  • The lengths fix together with ease so that the low profile channel drainage can be assembled on the job with no hassle.
  • Our drains come with a unique clip feature which does not block with dirt, muck or silt.
  • The grate can be clipped down or screwed in depending on what works best for your job.
  • The gratings are block slot, Which basically means high heel friendly.
  • It has the ability to be cut to your desired length with ease and has reusable clips along the base.
  • The drain channel has multiple pro-water exit points with a diameter of 4 inches.
  • Comes with the option of a silver or black grate.
  • The external dimensions are 1000(L) by 120 (W) by 88 (D).

What are the differences between our lowest profile channel drain and our tougher channel drain?

At EasyMerchant we offer a variety of channel drainage solutions. From our low drain solutions such as the one spoken about in this blog, and drains with a larger channel profile to go into domestic areas such as airports and car parks. However it can get confusing when knowing the differences between the different kinds.

Our Premium channel drain is a heavier and more robust option in comparison to the low profile drainage channel. If you anticipate heavy loads traveling over the drain and bumps etc then this is a more suited item. Whereas if you are having a driveway done and need a new drainage solution you would seek to use a low profile drainage channel.

The different ranges offer different sizes with the premium channel drain having a length of 1 meter, a width of 120mm and depth of 130mm. There is a difference in sizes between these drainage channels to suit whatever project you may be undertaking. The channels are in place to accommodate the amount of water flow in said area. So for use in a garden or patio there would be no need to have larger channel profiles because there is not enough water flow to overwhelm a shallow drain. However in an area such as a busy loading park a more premium drain would be needed to accommodate both the weight of the vehicles and extreme water flow.

So in order to know if factors like channel height and widths will be right, you need to understand the size of the project you are dealing with. The best way to go about this is to look at the range of external factors surrounding your job. If it is a quick and easy installation for a small domestic area, then the shallow drain will be perfect. It gives you the peace of mind that nobody will get injured through tripping on an extruding lip because of its snug fit to the low profile trench that it fits into, which makes it discreet but effective. Furthermore it is more than capable of dealing with daily life, in terms of vehicles and the capacity of water it will have to deal with. However, if the area you need to fit drainage into requires a bigger flow capacity to offload the amount of standing water, then a more premium option like the Kalsi drain would be best.

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If you’re looking for tips on how to install channel drainage, then check out our how to install channel drainage blog post here. If you have further questions surrounding low profile drainage channel then you can contact us and we will be more than happy to help you out.

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2 thoughts on “A Quick Guide to Low Profile Drainage Channel

  1. avatar of rob diment
    Rob Diment says:

    Do the shallow drainage 1mtr sections fit into standard 110mm underground drainage pipes .many thanks Rob .

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