Choosing compliant and conforming products in bathroom designs is critical for its required functionality – but what about how it all looks?
22 August 2017
Text by Andrew McDonald
Bathroom drainage can often feature far down on the list of priorities when designing a space, and while cutting corners can be tempting, shaving margins off by buying cheaper, low-quality products will end up costing more in the long run – and not just in a monetary sense.
Products demonstrating reduced flexibility often signal low overall quality, as they are only relevant for general applications. Cheaper solutions also suggest general lack of testing, or a short research and development period, which could lead to problems later down the line.
Unfortunately, the lasting impact of cheap alternatives may be completely unforeseen by those who have invested in them. Reduced flexibility, for example, could lead to the need to rework existing plumbing. Like cheap products from any sector in design, less costly drainage systems simply result in shorter lifespan for the user. If drainage systems are not suitable for the job required, it may result in damage, not only to the system, but also to the building it is incorporated in. In the worst-case scenario, if a drainage system is found to be non-conforming and non-compliant, it may need to be replaced entirely – a nightmare for design, but also reputation damaging in the extreme.
Stormtech provides a range of choices to suit a myriad of drainage possibilities – fulfilling function but also seamlessly fitting into any aesthetic. From linear shower drains to threshold drains, Stormtech can even design products to suit specific situations. In the case of drainage, sometimes the corrosion resistance needs to be higher in some project than others. This comes into play in areas such as chlorine environments and sea-front buildings. Stormtech’s use of Grade 316 marine grade stainless steel illustrates its dedication to a higher quality of material. Stormtech offers Global GreenTag certification to help with GreenStar credits and works with regulators, legislators, end users, trades and distributors to develop problem-solving products.
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