You may have been thinking of some new ways to add a fresh look to your home this New Year. For many homeowners, the bathroom often leaves a lot to be desired in terms of its design. Much of the design in a bathroom has to do with water removal through a drain system. Other aspects of materials that can be used as well as the look of the room tend to revolve around the drainage system that is used. In a bathtub or a traditional shower stall, a round shower drain is used, which also requires the construction of a rounded slope to the floor of the shower or tub so that the water flows into the drain properly. This is a fairly complex procedure, taking lots of construction time and money. There are easier options that not only work well but are less expensive and can offer you a wider range of design selections for materials used, and that is to perform a tub to shower conversion utilizing trench drain systems.
Instead of being round, trench drain systems utilize a channel drain, also called a linear drain, which is long and rectangular in shape. The advantage that comes from using a trench shower drain in your tub to shower conversion is that this type of linear drain only requires a one-way slope to be constructed in the shower floor, saving much in the time needed by construction crews, and therefore less in labor costs.
If you use a round drain in your shower, you are limited to only one possible location for that drain, which is in the center of the shower floor. This in turn affects the type of tiles that you can use in the shower, because tiles over four inches square cannot be used around a round drain because they do not fit properly. This limitation of your design options is completely eliminated when a channel drain is used instead. With a linear drain, because of the single slope to the floor needed, you can use large tiles or even slabs of flooring materials with no problem.
A shower trough drain is put in place in the following way. A trench is created in the subflooring of the shower. Into this trench goes the shower trough drain with a waste water outlet in either the center of the trench shower drain or off to one side. Flexible flange waterproofing material surrounds the drain, and a strainer drain cover, which is quite decorative, is placed on the top.
For more information on how to use these amazing drains in your tub to shower conversion, you can visit an online drain manufacturer.