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General information about plastics the use of plastic trench drains.

Plastic Trench Drain Comparison – Zurn Z886 vs. NDS Dura Slope

Zurn Z886 vs. NDS DuraSlope

Part 1.  Channel Body Comparison There are many plastic trench drain manufacturers in the marketplace. By far, the top two manufacturers are Zurn Industries and National Diversified Sales (NDS). Zurn is a world-class plumbing supply manufacturer headquartered in Erie, PA. One of the four business grouping, Zurn, has is Drainage Products. The Perma-Trench products represent […]

Common Plastic Terminology for Trench Drains

Zurn Trench Drain System

It’s time to discuss some plastic terminology! Disclaimer: I am not an organic chemist or a plastics engineer. I’m gathering this information from other sources and I may not be explaining it as accurately as I need to. Polyolefin — is a polymer produced from a simple olefin or alkene as a monomer. For example, […]

Plastic Trench Drain vs. Residential Trench Drain

Outdoor Kitchen-TDS Bronze Grates

Are most residential drainage projects solved by plastic trench drain? It’s starting to look that way. As society’s attention to stormwater runoff issues grows, so does our need to learn about water control products such as trench drains. Concrete and fiberglass trench drains dominated the commercial market for years. Polymer concrete or fiberglass-based drainage systems […]

Pro’s and Con’s of Plastic Trench Drain

NDS Mini Channel with TDS Bronze Grate

When I started my career with trench drain, I didn’t know the critical questions that determine whether a plastic trench drain is appropriate in a drainage project. At the time, I handled a polymer concrete product line. Polymer concrete is a mixture of an inert material (such as silica sand) and a two-part polyester resin […]