Stainless steel flor wastes are an essential part of the design of your shower. They allow for your shower floor to remain largely non-slippery, dispose of wastewater and catch hair which would otherwise clog up your drainage system. However, the issue of positioning your drainage grates and wastes is still hotly debated amongst consultants and designers. Some prefer having it centrally located while others prefer it to be along the wall. Here is a simple rundown of the pros and cons of each option so you can make an informed decision.
Stainless steel floor wastes that are positioned in the middle of your shower floor have several distinct advantages. For smaller showers, centrally located stainless steel drainage grates are much easier to install and link to the drainage system below far more fluidly. If you are moving into an older house, then it is likely that the drain is located in the middle of the shower, and it would require a bit of renovation to move. In these cases, you would be best advised to leave the stainless steel floor wastes as it is and simply upgrade the grate as older shower wastes are less efficient.
A more modern interpretation of the humble shower drain is that it should be placed at the far end of your shower. This design has a few advantages that primarily benefit people building their house from scratch. Every shower has a slight angle built into it that allows water to flow towards the drain rather than sit in the corners. For centrally located stainless steel floor wastes, this angle is concave and quite hard to do well. For a shower waste placed at the end of your shower, the angle is gradual and consistent. Many people also prefer the more minimal aesthetic of a shower waste at the end of the shower.
So Which One Should You Get?
The currents of building design seem to be indicating that shower drains located at the end are increasing in popularity and could have staying power. Time will tell if it is a fad, but because it genuinely does allow for easier installation and relies on a simpler drainage system, it would appear to be able to last the distance. On the other hand, many people prefer the traditional look of centrally located stainless steel drainage grates and their familiarity and availability make them an option for nearly every house.
For more information about stainless steel floor wastes, contact a professional.