The Best Drainage Options for New Construction Projects

March 23, 2021

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When it comes to construction projects a lot of things go overlooked until they are a problem or the primary focus of the project. Drains are no exception. When is the last time you thought about the drains at your own home? Let’s face it probably never. However, this doesn’t mean that the various drainage options available to install during a new construction project should receive any attention. 

The primary task of a drain is to control the flow of water and elevate pools that may form in areas where water is common. On a construction project, drains may be used in kitchens and bathrooms where sinks and showers are commonplace and in landscaping efforts where pools, koi ponds, and sprinklers may produce excess water. Below the three best drainage options commonly used on new construction projects are discussed and explored.

Traditional Drains

Traditionally drains were quite standard. Typically, your standard drain utilizes curbs or another type of barrier to separate wet and dry areas. These barriers work alongside a primitive style drain. These drains are great in showers, sinks, and bathtubs where curbs and other barriers are present. However, for several reasons, it is more and more common for showers these days to lake curbs or another type of barrier. These barriers make getting in and out of the shower more difficult, and sometimes individuals with mobility issues are not able to utilize a shower with a curb. When working on a construction project where a curb or basin less shower is being installed, a traditional drain just won’t cut it. 

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Linear Drains

If you are on a construction site where you are installing a curbless shower or another barrier-free element that requires a drain, then you may want to look into installing a linear drain. Unlike traditional drains, a linear drain possesses a shallow channel and less invasive design that will allow you to lower the floor height around the shower or other elements. Linear drains are also a great drain option that is compatible with a slew of modern tanking techniques. Tanking, or waterproofing a bathroom or other element, is done differently across the United States. In most areas, rubber liners are the most common. However, in some regions copper and additional styles of liners are utilized to meet style and aesthetic standards. A linear drain is compatible with most PVC, rubber, copper, and other modern tanking techniques.

Pre-sloped Trench Drains 

In order for in-floor drain systems to work, the floor has to be slightly sloped. Unlike traditional in-floor drains, a pre sloped trench drain does not require standard four-sloped floors to be installed. Compatible with two-sloped floors, a pre-sloped trench drain is a great choice to minimize the different levels a floor of a property possesses. In addition, a pre-sloped trench drain is easier to install than a standard floor drain and requires virtually no additional maintenance after installation. If you are looking to install an in-floor drain in your newest construction project you will probably want to go with a pre-sloped trench drain!

Right Drain For Your Project

All types and styles of drains that are currently on the market were created for a reason. A certain drain may be designed to perform better in a particular situation or when installed for use on a certain project. However, the best way to find the right drain for your current project is to do some research on the various different drains on the market. A traditional drain may be perfect for your new sink installation, but that new walk-in shower may require a linear drain.

Skylar Ross is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Skylar is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.

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Modern Shower Drains For Your Home’s Bathroom

October 2, 2020

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Bathroom remodels are one of the more popular and exciting renovations that a homeowner can undertake. Creating that beautiful walk-in shower; elegant, two-person vanity; and luxurious tile floor is the subject of many homeowners’ fantasies.

However, despite the enthusiasm with which many people approach most bathroom remodeling projects, one of the most important aspects of a quality bathroom often gets overlooked: the shower drain.

A good shower drain will serve a variety of purposes, including the following:

  • Provide a complementary aspect to the overall decor of your bathroom
  • Prevent any puddling in the shower bed that can lead to unsightly residue
  • Effectively catch any debris that may lead to plumbing issues

To this effect, not all shower drains are created equal. While there are a number of solid options available on the market, the Serene Drains offered by the Flooring Supply Shop offer industry-leading features in their modern drain products.

Serene Square Drains

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Serene Square Drains are a type of point drain, which is generally the most common type of drain found in residential showers.

For those showers using a point drain system, the shower floor is designed into a sort of funnel, in which the floor is gently sloped from the outside into a “point” in the center of the shower, where the drain then allows the used water to flow from the shower and into the pipe system.

When looking through the Serene Square Drain catalog, there are a few important points to consider when choosing a point drain system:

  • Point drains are typically the most economical drain choice, making them a strong option for modest bathroom and shower designs or sizes
  • When using this type of drain, smaller floor tiles must be used on your shower bed in order to create the funnel-like effect that is characteristic of a point drain
  • If a Serene Square Drain is chosen, you will likely want to use square tiles on your shower floor as well. It is a bit awkward to combine a square drain with flooring tile of different shapes

Serene Linear Shower Drains

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Although not quite as popular as point shower drains, linear shower drains are becoming an increasingly trendy choice in home showers.

Unlike a point drain system that slopes gently toward the center, a linear drain system slopes gently toward a specified edge of the shower, where the water escapes via a long, straight, bar-like drain.

If a Serene Linear Shower Drain piques your interest, consider the following points:

  • Linear shower drains range in size from as short as 16 inches to as long as 60 inches. They can also be fabricated in a dual drain structure. As such, linear drains tend to be a bit more expensive than point drains
  • Because they are located on the side of the shower, linear drains can be used with large, single-piece flooring tiles, making for a smoother transition between the shower floor and bathroom floor
  • Linear shower drains are becoming a preferred option in luxury bathroom remodels

Decorative Drains vs. Invisible Drains

Thanks to the industry-leading features offered when choosing Serene Drains, homeowners can decide if they want their shower drain to be used for decorative purposes or be largely invisible.

For bathrooms that have an industrial feel, with exposed pipes and prominent fixtures, it would be recommended to feature your shower drain as an important piece of this ambiance.

On the other hand, modern bathrooms that want their quartz countertops and luxury tile to take center stage may prefer a hidden shower drain, with tileable grates over the drain offering an aspect that is very hard to distinguish from the shower floor itself.


Although it may not be the first point that comes to mind when speaking of a bathroom remodel, choosing the appropriate shower drain is an important component in making your bathroom complete. Whether you want a point, linear, decorative, or invisible drain, the Serene Drain options offered by Flooring Supply Shop have a sleek and modern option sure to meet your needs.

Skylar Ross is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. He is a blogger and content writer for the residential and commercial flooring industry. Skylar is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and manufacturers discover materials and methods of installation that increase property value, improve durability, and discover innovative flooring options for their home or commercial space.

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