3 Types Of Bathroom Drains (Most Popular)
October 13, 2020

During the course of your bathroom selection process, you will be asked to pick which bathroom drains you would like. Below we will cover the two most common drain types you can select for your renovation.

Tile Insert Drains

The tiled insert drains we supply for our bathroom renovations are marine grade stainless steel tile insert frames designed to blend seamlessly with tiled floors. Either in a square or strip style, both are great looking drains almost seamless and does not take away from tiled pattern floors. The tile insert drains we use for our bathroom renovations are one of Australia leading manufactures of bathroom drains in Lauxes Grates who back up their product with a lifetime rustproof guarantee.

Pro’s For Bathroom Tile Insert Drains

  • Ideal for decorative floors or floors with a high degree of pattern
  • Has a wow factor look
  • If you have tapware beyond the standard chrome and black it can be a great way of not having to match into your brushed brass tapware.
  • Ideally makes a more seamless bathroom renovation look.

Con’s For Bathroom Tile Insert Drains

  • Often requires a little more prep work for the internal wider base it has in the floor
  • Drainage can suffer if stood on as it limits exposure of the surface to drain from.
  • Uses a little more grout depending on size.

Stainless Steel Chrome and Black Grates

The most common bathroom drain we have used throughout our Perth bathrooms in the last few decades is the open holed marine-grade stainless steel grate that is durable and long-lasting for any bathroom. Coming in a range of sizes the most common setup is the 80mm square size for bathrooms that have a contained shower (Not OPEN) the other is the 900mm Strip Drain for open showers or hobless showers with a higher drainage

Pro’s For Stainless Steel Bathroom Wastes

  • Amazing for drainage, the open hole nature of the drains they are great for walk-in showers
  • The drain comes in a matte black finish.
  • Simple Design

Con’s For Stainless Steel Bathroom Wastes

  • No real wow factor if you are going for that with your drain
  • Can’t find a lot of variety in finishes such as brushed brass (may change in the future)
  • The strip drains may be a little harder to take off the cage over time. (Always keep your hook tool)

So there you have a breakdown of the pros and cons of the two most popular drain choices for your upcoming bathroom renovation. If you are reading this for the purposes of picking your bathroom drain for an upcoming bathroom renovation with us you are always welcome to ask us what we think will work or if you need any further advice.

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It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at info@ontheballbathrooms.com.au.

This article was written by James Mcloughlin, one of the founders of On the Ball Bathrooms with over 15 years of bathroom renovation experience combined with knowledge of over a 2000+ completed renovation projects. We hope that we have helped you in any way with some helpful renovations tips or just at least some pretty renovation pictures to look at 🙂