So what is a linear drain exactly? By definition, it is an elongated rectangular exit for water, which maximizes the flow of water toward a single exit port achieving the most efficient removal of water from showers known to be possible.
Linear drains are the fastest growing market within the luxury plumbing industry, and are being requested more and more every year. But linear drains do more than just look cool; and a closer look reveals they are really more of an improvement than a luxury. They come in a number of sizes, drain cover patterns and finishes to easily gratify the architect, designer, homeowner and contractor. If you fit into any of these categories, chances are you’ve ordered a few in the last year; but here are some surprising facts about linear drains you may not know:
The decorative linear drain was introduced as a concept to North America in 2007; but they’ve been popular in Europe for decades. Europeans have an understanding that it is substantially more effective to gradually slope the shower floor in one direction, rather than four directions toward a center drain.
With a linear drain, a true curbless shower entrance is possible, which is especially great when designing for accessibility.
Designers love using linear drains in bathroom installations. The gradual, sloped floor used with a linear drain also makes it possible to use large tiles in the shower to match the rest of the bathroom, with no barriers between them; this means no tiles cut in funny angles to accommodate a circular drain in the shower!
Barrier-free installation of linear drains makes it possible to place a waterproofing membrane below the tile or stone finish, rather than the bottom of the mortar bed like traditional shower-pans. With the barrier-free method, water is shed from the surface through the linear drain with the help of a bonding lip. The slope in the shower assembly can therefore start from a much lower profile while maintaining a 1/4” per foot (6mm per 300mm) slope - a dramatic improvement compared to traditional, bulky, thick-bed mortar installations.
Decorative linear drains aren’t just for the bathroom! They can also be used on outdoor decks, patios and around fountains or pools. They blend into designs better than other drain options. Linear drain installations don’t have to cost more either!