Until recently, materials such as iron & plastic were the only options for grates used in hardscape designs. These materials can get the job done but may present problems to make them less ideal in a variety of situations.
However, stone grates open a whole new avenue of options. Reinforced stone grates are slip resistant, heat resistant, corrosion resistant and durable- making them ideal for a variety of applications. Reinforced stone grates offer a great material to use for decorative trench drain grates, tree grates, pool grates, and sump covers. The material itself is a great choice, but the options available when using it make it even better. This can help landscapers find new choices or discover more solutions for their next project.
Decorative Stone Grates
Reinforced stone works perfectly for decorative trench drain options. It’s easy to create the perfect look due to the range of designs available.
Practical Stone Grates
Many Jonite stone grates are disability compliant and heel proof, making them a practical choice for foot traffic areas. If vehicles needs to travel over the grate, it is important to choose a load class rating that will support the expected vehicle weights. This can be easily achieved with existing Jonite grates or by customizing to a specified load class. Shape & size of the trench grates can also be customized, meaning that they can fit curves and other non-standard shapes within the design.
Tree grate options are also growing. Like with trench grates, designers need to consider pedestrian needs for tree grates. They come in a variety of designs that are disability compliant & heel proof. Jonite also has them available in many colours, or customize them to match the landscapes aesthetic. Put the council logo in it or design the surround to match other grates in the area for a seamless look.
Tree grates are unique in that they hold a living plant that needs to stay alive- the heat resistant nature of reinforced stone helps with this. Some of Jonite tree grates have an expandable inner diameter to support the trees growth. Other options for tree grates also focus on the tree itself. Light ports and custom logos can be added to take advantage of the tree’s prominent position in a landscape. Meanwhile, lockable options can prevent theft of the grate itself.
Stone Pool Grate Options
Another popular type of stone grate is a pool grate. A pool is a place where safety and comfort are both essential elements of landscape design. Heat-resistant reinforced stone helps with this already, as less heat makes a grate safer and more comfortable to walk across, but additional options are available that help even more.
Choosing a slip-resistant option helps maintain traction in this area. Meanwhile, smaller slot designs, like the avant-garde rain slots available in Jonite’s drains, will help keep toes from getting caught in the slots. These help in making sure the environment around the pool is relaxing and stress-free. The options for these stone grates are not just limited to the practical, as there are plenty of visual advantages too. Reinforced stone works great for pools because it has a low water absorption rate compared to natural stone. Because of this, the grate’s colour will not fade over time.
Stone Sump Covers Options
Sump covers, sometimes also known as maintenance hole covers, need just as many practical options. Some covers are much larger than others and may need accommodations in order to make them cost-effective and sustainable. Metal sub-frames can also be used for multiple sump covers, making them very sturdy. Plus, as access may be a concern when it comes to sump covers, hinged and locking options are available. These options help make this type of grate useful in a variety of different situations. Unique slot designs can turn a typically drab sump cover into an artistic element of the landscape. Both grates also come in different colours and designs, which can be perfectly matched to other grates in a larger drainage system.
Jonite: The Complete Solution
As outlined, stone is a new, but great option for when you are choosing your trench grates, tree grates and more. Jonite is an amazing option as you can create everything you need for your landscape design in one colour and design for a seamless look.