Category Archives: Decorative Grating

Plastic and cast iron decorative grate options for drainage systems

How to Replace 1 Inch Thick Grates

1 in Thick Bar Grate

Let’s just say it: 1” thick grates aren’t considered heavy duty anymore. Standards change. Architects once specified one inch thick iron grates for loading docks, warehouses and industrial areas. Typically, contractors installed them in an angle iron frame using the old wooden box form method. Why can’t I replace my 1” iron grates? Increased traffic […]

4 Places To Install Trench Drain Around The House

Driveway drainage

Residential trench drain is a large market that fluctuates with the construction season. Homeowners and private drainage projects often extend the market well into winter months when the commercial sectors slow. The most common residential applications are pool/patio, driveway drains, downspout drainage and shower drains.  This article discusses these four main drainage applications and some […]

Stemler Corporation – Best Service, Best Products

outdoor decorative drains

  It’s refreshing to find a company that really knows its customer. Stemler Corporation takes their service to heart and makes it their mission to outperform the competition with the best service and the best products. Since 1925, this family-run business has been providing services throughout the Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana area for professional […]

Why are my grates orange? – FAQ’s on Rust

Cast Iron Sun Grate

You received your raw cast iron grate with its silver hue and flawless appearance only to walk outside two weeks later to find a grate with orange spots of rust starting to form. The first thought you have is to return the grate because they must be defective an you didn’t sign up for this […]

Contractor Builds Stairs out of Cast Iron Grating

cast iron grates, cast iron drain grates, trench drain grates, iron drain grates, cast iron trench grating

Check out this beautiful south Hollywood stairwell constructed by Agave Designs, a creative construction company based in Los Angeles, California that primarily works with design firms. After speaking with the project designers, project manager Chris Walters and his boss constructed this South Hollywood nightclub stairwell using leather belts and 6” wide cast iron grates to […]

Decorative Grating Options for Polycast 600

polycast iron grates, dg0675hd, heavy duty drains

Hubbell improved its Polycast trench drains with 4 new ornamental cast iron grates. The new grates fit Polycast 500 deck drains and Polycast 600 pre-sloped trench drains.  In addition to these, they have also begun offering a heavy duty ADA compliant ductile iron grate that can be used with their 00 Series product line to achieve a class […]

Planter Stand made from Iron Age Stair Step

painted iron grates, decorative painted grates,

Meet the 12” x 20” Locust grate by Iron Age Designs.  This grate is made for custom Iron Age frames and is typically used in suspended walkways and stairs. We had a sample available and brainstormed about innovative ways to use trench drain grates. Ultimately, we decided to custom paint the grate and use it as […]

Decorative Cast Iron Grating Options for the Meadrain EN2000 Polymer Channel

EN2000 grates, 8 inch drain grates, decorative 8 inch grates

The MEA EN2000 is used in applications where heavy wheel loads will be frequent and where occasional large volumes of run-off water can occur. Food processing plants, maintenance facilities and fire stations are a few of the locations where a slotted ductile iron grate is commonly used as a trench cover in these conditions. MEA’s polymer […]

Ornamental Grating for ACO, Mea-Josam and Polydrain Trench Drain

5in deco grate, plastic trench drain w deco grate, ornamental grates

If you’re using trench drain, it might as well look nice. There are a growing number of trench drain installations being made using decorative or ornamental grating. While a number of companies in the marketplace supply truly top-shelf ornamental grating, Iron Age Designs has the most versatile product line at the most affordable pricing. In this […]

Dura Slope Trench Drain and Decorative Grating

If you want off-the-shelf channel drains with decorative grates, you have a few choices. Dura Slope™ is one of them. Decorative grating is the newest trend in residential and commercial trench drain design. Conventional slotted cast iron grates are giving way to decorative trench grating in high profile applications as homeowners, commercial architects and city […]