Category Archives: Patios

6 Reasons to Consider Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic is perfect for water parks

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) is becoming a common building material, but while some areas have been quick to embrace fiber-reinforced polymers, other contractors and plant managers still aren’t convinced. Why should they use fiberglass grating for their railings, walkways and trench drains? First, some basic information about fiberglass grates. FRP material is a composite made […]

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What’s Bigger Than A She Shed? A Granny Pod

Tiny House Drainage Solutions

If we learned nothing else from the now infamous State Farm® commercial, it’s that people like to have their own space. Guys have a man cave, ladies like Cheryl have their she sheds, kids have a kid cabin or tree house and now there’s such a thing as a Granny Pod. The idea of having […]

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MAX Mini: Landscape Drainage with Style and Purpose

MAX Mini Decorative Drainage Systems for Patios

Trench Drain Systems (TDS) has taken residential drainage elegance to a new level. Whether it’s a spa, pool, landscape, or back yard hardscape, the new “MAX Mini” adds a touch of class to your light duty drainage application. This 3” wide linear drain system, features attractive decorative metal grating in a metal edged channel, perfect […]

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Outdoor kitchen drainage solution

Outdoor Kitchen Drainage Solutions

Do you have an outdoor kitchen plagued with stormwater runoff? We helped a customer find the perfect drainage solution. Need advice now? Call 610-638-1221

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Learning the Basics of Z884: Zurn’s 4″ Deck Drain

Zurn Z884 for 4" Channel Drains

TRANSCRIPT: Hi, this is John with trench drain systems today we’re here to talk about the Zurn Z884 system. This handy four-inch system is good for residential and small commercial applications such as pools, driveways and kitchens. The channel has design features built right into it which help with installations such as the rebar clips […]

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TDS Presents: NDS Pro Series 5 Trench Drain System

NDS Pro Series 5 Grates

Trench Drain Systems gets a lot of questions about the 5 inch NDS Pro-Series product line.  Our expert, John, went over some standard product features to help you know a bit more about the drains. NDS designed the channels to join together without couplers. They fit together tongue-and-groove. That’s already an improvement. Most residential drains […]

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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 […]

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Q&A: Retrofitting Plastic Patio Drains

Drainage retrofit

Last week we had a reader email us with a patio drain question. Namely, how could he replace the worn plastic channels of his patio drain, which was separating from the concrete floor? Curiosity about the drain itself aside, I am more concerned with the installation’s integrity. As you see in the photo, he pulled […]

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Mini Channel Grating Expose’

NDS Mini Channel Grate Options

Mini Channel is a popular 3 inch wide profile channel drain manufactured by NDS. It is produced in Fresno, CA and stored in one of the four company warehouses and multiple distributors across America. It is arguably the most versatile channel drain in its class on the market today. Here’s why: The extruded, PVC cell-core […]

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Mini Channel Plastic Grates are Prettier, Sturdier than Ever!

NDS Plastic Mini Channel Grates

Mini Channel, the 3” plastic channel drain that has long been one of NDS’ most popular systems, now offers slotted plastic grates with a smoother, more decorative appeal. NDS overhauled the design of slotted Mini Channel plastic grates following the release of decorative plastic grating for the 3” channel drain in 2013. The new design […]

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