At Civilcast we specialise in precast and steel solutions for civil construction projects. We understand that stormwater management is key to getting any project right. Along with all aspects of managing the elements, stormwater grates and frames form an essential part of building or landscaping design. Well-working drains and stormwater grates and frames ensure consistent flow of water to reduce the risk of flood and damage your property. In order to ensure the longevity and saleability of your property, you need to invest in a good stormwater management system. But firstly, there are a number of factors to consider in order to choose the right product.
Things to Consider:
From driveways, to rooftops, to landscaped gardens, all building projects require storm water drainage. Varied levels and grading can contribute to the build-up of storm water and its many ensuing hazards. It is important to note that grading alone is never adequate for the management of stormwater after a big downpour. Water must pool somewhere, and many areas on your property will unexpectedly become water reservoirs if suitable drainage systems are not put in place.
Stormwater drain grates help remove water from oversaturated areas across your property. While a graded surface can direct water flow somewhat, it is important to remember that flattened areas, such as for buildings, car parks and lawns, are of vital importance in almost all landscape design. This means that soil grading alone can only protect your property so much.
Considerations such as aesthetics, cost, total load and weather patterns all play a part in choosing the right stormwater drains for your site. It is also important to consider whether your drains will be channelling water alone, or whether or not you can expect debris, salt, chlorine and other acidic liquids to pass through your grates and frames.
The size and structure of your grates also requires some thought. What kind of debris will you need to filter out of your drain system? What safety regulations cover your property type? What kind of traffic will be going over your drain system? Will cars, pedestrians or even high heels come in contact with your grates? How important is aesthetics to the overall success of your project? Perhaps most importantly, how long do your grates need to last?
When you have answered these essential questions, a great deal will depend on your drain system materials. When it comes to stormwater grates and structures, there are several key materials that are commonly used: plastic and plastic composites, cast iron, aluminium, bronze, stainless steel and galvanised mild steel.
Why We Rely on Galvanised Mild Steel to Make Superior Stormwater Solutions?
Each material has its own unique properties and manufacturing process. Some of them may already be familiar to you from places such as swimming pools (plastic, stainless steel) or sculptural and historic sites (bronze). However, on a purely functional site, where high impact drainage is the biggest priority, you are more likely to encounter galvanised mild steel stormwater components. Here’s why:
Galvanised mild steel has a small carbon content. This means that galvanised mild steel has greater hardness and resistance.
Steel is galvanised through a process of coating your steel products in zinc. This layer protects the steel from corrosion and results in a stronger, more durable product.
Steel also has hygiene benefits, which may be of particular benefit in managing sites during after the coronavirus crisis. Galvanised mild steel is non-porous, which on top of making your stormwater system especially durable, reduces bacteria and other contaminants. Ease of cleaning has also made galvanised mild steel the most popular choice in all major public facilities.
Steel also has the benefit of being able to be fabricated into aesthetically pleasing products with flexible design applications.
In civil applications, galvanised mild steel is safe and durable providing hazard free grates for many stormwater applications. Moreover, with resistance to extreme high and low temperatures, galvanised mild steel provides an ideal solution for both indoor and outdoor uses.
Finally, it should be pointed out that in the long term galvanised mild steel saves you money. Our galvanised mild steel grates are built to withstand many years of high-volume use.
At Civilcast we provide precast steel solutions for all civil landscaping and design applications. We have a wide range of advanced stormwater solutions, from sump grates, drop-in grates, drop-in hinged grate & frames, trench grates, kerb entry gully grates, heel guard grates and other subdivision products. We can provide standard and custom products to cover most specifications.
Addition to the durability, strength, safety and resistance of galvanised mild steel, all of our stormwater grates are made using this superior product, welded expertly to meet the highest safety standards.
So next time you think about your construction or civil project, think about stormwater. From design to functionality, stormwater grates and frames should form an integral part of your project. When your stormwater management is designed using the best product, you guarantee the security of your project. At Civilcast we specialise in stormwater grates and frames to reduce maintenance and enhance the longevity and saleability of your site. Call today to discuss your project requirements. One of our friendly team members will be available to discuss our range of quality products with you.