Drainage is such an important feature of any building or construction, as it ensures a safe flow of water away from crucial structural elements that might otherwise be damaged. Even large, concrete buildings with thick foundations and sturdy supports will use grates because there is nothing more dangerous than a build-up of water. What you may not realise is that grates are one of the most varied parts of the construction industry, and there are so many different applications and uses for them that you will almost always need to have custom grates made for your project.
No two warehouses, industrial sites or manufacturing centres are the same, and each one is designed to complete a very strictly organised routine that needs to be well maintained to work effectively. Often some sort of liquid is used as either part of the production, as coolant or to wash the machines down, and that means you need to have a way to dispose of that liquid. It is very common to see grates run along the sides of a commercial site and these are almost without fail custom fitted for that individual building so they can make the most use out of the space and floorplan of that particular business.
Around a normal house, you can expect to find quite a few different types of grates, from those in your pool to those at the bottom of your shower. Unless you are getting a very common style of home, odds are the grates you will find in a household hardware store are going to be the wrong size. Custom grates can be fitted specifically for your pool so they match the design while also being a very functional part of your property. Or you might want more opulent, custom grates in your shower so that the water flows away in a more elegant fashion, rather than an open hole with bars across it.
Sometimes grates aren't used to funnel water or liquids you are using on the inside of your particular building, but rather to funnel rain away from it to keep it safe. Depending on the site, you may need quite large custom grates to ensure that the water flow does not overpower the drainage capacity. You may need to even have special grates made because of sharp angles and rounded corners that the path of the water follows. Custom grate manufacturing is the only way to ensure you get durable, well-fitting grates whether you need them inside, outside or on top of your building.
Reach out to a local professional who provides custom grates.