Category Archives: Decorative Grating

Decorative grates, cast iron grating and iron grating finishes for residential trench drain systems

Plastic Driveway Drains Do Exist!

Ever since the rise of plastic trench drains, there have been 3 big misconceptions about plastic driveway drains. They’re not traffic rated (FALSE) They’re not sloped (FALSE) They’re not decorative (FALSE) Popular plastic channel drains only provide surface level view of your options. Based on a trip to their local chain store, a homeowner would […]

Assembling 9 & 12 Inch Landscaping Basins

Catch Basin Installation

Since we get a lot of questions about catch basins, we had John show you how to assemble a 9″ and 12″ landscaping basins. He runs through all basin components, including decorative grating and debris filters. Learn your basin’s outlet sizes and placement options.  Ready to shop? Visit our online store by clicking here. Big […]

Four Considerations when Choosing your Swimming Pool Deck Drain

Jonite Grates for Pools

When faced with the prospect of selecting a channel drain for your swimming pool deck, your task can seem overwhelming. Your contractor may only have a handful of the drain products available in his regional marketplace. Additionally, if you are looking for custom or design-specific grating options, you may have to spend many nights researching […]

“Cathedral” Grating for NDS Mini Channel

Chester Cathedral

Cathedral Trench Drain Systems expanded its decorative offering for NDS Mini Channel with a new pattern of bronze and aluminum grating. The design, borrowed from Chester Cathedral in Chester, England, is heel-proof, subdued and stylish. It adds a solemn aesthetic to the hardscape and hints of a yearning for the innocence of old. Bronze Age […]

Mini Channel Grating Expose’

All BA designs

Mini Channel and NDS National Diversified Sales (NDS) is a plastic trench drain and grate manufacturer. They have a broad selection of plastic trench drain systems that are used in a variety of applications. The 3 inch-wide Mini Channel is popular due to its lightweight honeycomb design, UV protected channels and a price point which […]

Decorative Plastic Trench Grates Exist!

NDS Decorative Grates

Ever since the first line of plastic trench drains emerged on the market, homeowners have welcomed the convenience of lightweight, affordable drainage systems. Easily purchased and installed, plastic drains bring patio and driveway drainage systems to an accessible level. But a lingering flaw in plastic drainage systems has been the same simplicity that made them […]

Made In America: Iron Age Designs

Iron Age Grates for NDS Mini Channel

Iron Age Designs is a Washington-based designer that embraces its Made in the U.S.A. identity as it sells decorative iron grates, tree grates and custom casting at prices homeowners can afford. Founded in 2005 by Mark Armstrong and Craig Diamond, industry professionals who had already worked together for years designing decorative castings for landscape projects, […]

Patio and Driveway Drainage Solutions (Part 2) – New Catch Basin Drain Grate Options

Iron Age Catch Basin Grates

Our previous blog  introduced standard grating options such as the plastic slotted grate and the painted black iron grate. The neat thing, though, is that multiple grates fit the 12″ x 12″ size profile adapters and catch basins. Three new grating options recently became available to the market, which open up the design possibilities for […]

The Next Generation Basin by NDS

NDS 1200NGB Catch Basin

Over the past couple years we have posted several articles discussing catch basins and catch basin installation. More specifically, we have found ourselves focusing on the broad selection of catch basin products for yard and downspoutdrainage manufactured by National Diversified Sales (NDS).   This article is devoted to one of my favorite NDS catch basin products called the Next […]

Product Comparison – Zurn Z880 vs. NDS Mini Channel

NDS Mini Channel vs. Zurn Z880

The Z880 Perma Trench is one of Zurn’s most popular residential trench drain product lines.  Its name may sound intimidating, but there’s nothing to fear from this plastic drain.  It was designed for pools, patios and landscape drainage much like its competitor, the NDS Mini Channel.  Both the NDS Mini Channel and the Z880 are […]