Drains, including clean outs, trench drains and grease traps must be specified correctly to ensure long term flooring performance.
So much of what effects the floor covering installation at the end of a build happens in the early stages when slabs are poured. One example that leads to a common problem is the installation of drains in wet areas such as shower stalls and kitchens. Drains, including clean outs, trench drains and grease traps must be specified correctly to ensure long term flooring performance. Once installed, these mechanical components are not easy to replace as they are set into concrete. Therefore, specifying the right drain detail is critical to avoid delays and expensive replacement costs. Too often this is overlooked and not discussed until the floor covering installer arrives on site…too late. Correct drain design allows proper termination of flooring at finished edges so that water, soaps, detergents and dirt do not penetrate beneath (i.e., when non-clamping drains are installed, cutting the flooring around the collar and using silicone to seal is often the band aid solution). The problem - silicone won’t stand the test of time, prevent adhesive bond failure, lifting and curling, trip hazards, dirt and germ traps, voided warranties and ongoing expensive. repairs. www.nfca.ca
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