Understanding how to properly specify a linear drain is crucial in ensuring a proper fit. Designers or engineers may consider:
● Other material thickness. It’s important to keep in mind the tile and other materials being used in the space along with their thickness, and to understand the difference between nominal size and actual size. For example, a designer or engineer may specify a 38-inch drain, but once the wallboard, tile and mortar are installed, that 38-inch gap closes down to 36 inches.
● Keep in mind the standard or fixed sizes linear drains that you can find on the market but also consider options that come in custom sizes. Many times, restrictions and boundaries are encountered in the field, necessitating a custom approach. For example, a location may require a 34.5-inch drain with the outlet 3 inches off center. In cases such as this, a designer or engineer can draw the drain and then it can be created to spec.
● Adjustable or site sizable linear drains feature a variable outlet position for flexible installation in the shower area, and can be sized onsite (site adjustable) and then cut to the desired length. Two or more kits can be joined for longer drain runs.
● With standard linear drains, the outlet is centered on the drain. In contrast, adjustable linear drain and Supreme drain allow for flexible placement of the drain outlet. Let’s say, for example, the spec is for a 33-inch drain with the drain outlet 6 inches off center. With a 30 or 40-inch supreme drain, it you might just need to cut the cover, it is ready to install; and with a 36-inch adjustable drain, the field engineer can cut the channel to size to place the outlet where needed and then glue the components together with a stainless-steel adhesive. Both supreme and adjustable linear drain solutions provide significant design flexibility, which is especially advantageous in hospitality and healthcare settings.
● One size fits all design: Supreme Tile-in+ linear drain is universal, one size fits all design. It reduces decision fatigue and completely eliminates the possibility of ordering the wrong size. Instead of choosing from various sizes, having just one adjustable size makes for an improved product selection, experience, and an easier assembly process.