Imagine stepping into your brand-new bathroom. You're so excited to finally experience the fruits of your dream project. Joy and accomplishment fill you as you take in your surroundings: elegant, floor-to-ceiling, slate tiles; polished gold finishes; and striking geometric design. The shower is your favourite part, though, turning on the tap, a steady stream of water bursts forth. You smile as it effortlessly passes through the sleek, modern drain. Before long, though, water starts pooling. The frown on your face grows as the level of water continues to rise. By the time you realise your shower isn’t draining properly, your frown is now a huge grimace and all prior feelings of joy have vanished.
Whilst this story might sound extreme, it’s not unheard of. The humble shower drain is an integral but often-overlooked component of a bathroom’s design. Get it wrong and your whole bathroom will be impacted.
Let’s take a deep dive into shower drains so you can choose the best shower drain for your bathroom project – and avoid a bathroom flooding catastrophe.
What is a shower drain?
First of all, what is a shower drain? They are more than the slits you see at the bottom of your shower. Shower drains are a complex system that empties water whilst preventing the back-up of odours into the bathroom.
What are the different types of shower drains?
Shower drains come in all shapes and sizes but, by definition, there are only two types of drains: the linear drain and the point drain.
As the name suggests, a linear drain is simply a long and narrow drain in the shape of a “line”. It is often called a trench drain, channel drain, line drain, strip drain or slot drain.
Linear drains are readily installed as only one gradient is needed. The entire shower floor slopes gently and evenly toward the drain, preventing funnelling and reducing the chances of water pooling.
Because linear drains have a large surface area, they also manage water far more efficiently, keeping your floor dry. From a design perspective there is no need to cut up and disrupt the format of your tiles, either – unlike point drains, this drain slots seamlessly into your tile structure.
Developers often employ linear drains when building apartment blocks as this type of drain can reduce the service depth of the drainage, reducing the height between floors.
With all these features, and the fact that it is modern, sleek and virtually invisible, it’s no surprise that the linear drain is the option of choice for modernised homes and newly renovated bathrooms.
Mostly used in older construction, point drains are the geometric-shaped drain found in the middle or corner of a shower floor.
Point drains have fast drainage but less surface area for water to drain through. Which leads us to the next section.
Common shower drain problems
As the introductory story demonstrated, shower drainage problems are a real nuisance. Here are two potential issues to be aware of when selecting your shower drain.
For those who prefer a gentle stream to come from their shower, water discharge should not be a problem, regardless of the drain. Luxury shower users with multiple heads and sprays could run into water volume issues with a point drain, though. On the other hand, linear drains, which generally remove 15 to 60 litres of water per minute, comfortably handle the water flow from multiple shower heads.
Clogging is very common in shower drains. Soap and debris often have a hard time escaping through the small openings of a drain, resulting in build-up that clogs pipes and leaves shower users in an ankle-deep pool of soapy water. Whilst point drains more readily accumulate build-up, they are easier to clean than linear drains.
How to choose the best shower drain
When selecting your shower drain, consider both technology and aesthetics. It’s wise to opt for a drain that minimises problems but it’s just as wise to select one that is fresh and modern too. Following this protocol will ensure your drain will stay relevant for years.
That’s why we recommend the linear drain. It effectively drains water whilst making a stunning visual statement.
But what about maintenance? Some linear drains can be difficult to access, making tasks like cleaning a challenge.
The Aquabocci Blade shower drain offers the streamline and sleekness of a slot drain with the easy maintenance of a larger drain.
Not only that, the Blade is customisable product available in 4 standard colours, it ensures your bathroom tapware is matched (or contrasted) perfectly. Height adjustable spacers clip on the Blade to match any tile or stone thickness for a precise installation. There’s no need to cut up and disrupt the format of your tiles, either – unlike point drains, this drain slots seamlessly into your tile structure.
What’s more, you can attach 2 Vulcan Syphons in any location along the Blade to double flow rate and caters for the most vigilant of power showers. And if you don’t want an obtrusive shower door you can install a second Blade channel drain across the entry to the shower.
The Blade shower drain is the ultimate shower design accessory. With this cutting-edge drain in your dream bathroom, you can stop worrying about pooling water or messy tile cuts and start showering in style.