Plastic Trench Grates
Plastic trench drain grates are compression molded grates from thermoplastics. Thermoplastics are a category of plastic material that can be melted and shaped while in this plastic state. Once cooled a thermoplastic material becomes solid again. The nature of the thermoplastic material is a softer material that is heat sensitive. When used for trench drain grates there are several concerns that should be considered. Plastic trench grates should not be used in areas where there are large changes in temperature or used with very hot liquids. Heat can remelt a plastic trench grate. Also, large temperature changes will cause these plastic grates to grow and shrink eventually leading to problems.
A plastic grate can only be used in load class A applications. The soft base material just isn't strong enough for heavier loads. Plastic grates are often selected for residential driveways. They will hold this load for a time but eventually a plastic grate will fail with wheeled traffic.
Plastic grates can be cast in most any color. With a reasonable quantity and lead time Dura Trench can cast special trench grate colors. The standard plastic grate colors are gray, black, and tan.
Plastic trench drain grates have good chemical resistance and do not corrode. This is a major factor in their use. Plastic grates are the least expensive option when corrosion resistance is needed. If the application has fertilizers, pool chemicals, urine, or other corrosive materials but limited traffic a plastic trench grate can be a good solution.
While plastics do not corrode, they are susceptible to ultraviolet light degradation. Plastic trench drain grates should have a UV protection agent molded internally with the product.
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Plastic trench drain grates are compression molded on large presses with a two sided mold. Plastic trench grate tooling is expensive and takes considerable time to manufacture. This cost and timing means that custom plastic trench drain grates are generally impractical and expensive. Dura Trench is able and willing to manufacture custom grate patterns and designs in plastic with proper lead time allowance.
Despite the inherent down sides of plastic trench drain grates, there are many uses for plastic grates. Plastic grates are very common in areas where their low cost and chemical/corrosion resistance are needed. Common applications for plastic grates are swimming pools, kennels and veterinary clinics, landscape areas, running tracks, sport fields, around fountains, residential driveways, and other pedestrian areas.