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Large Projects need an in charge system – FP1200 is here!

Efficiency, productivity, and durability are a few words we use often in our line of work.  Your reputation is tied to every project and it’s important to use the best tools possible.  TDS found that in the FP1200 system with revolutionary design and prefabricated turns and tees to minimize install times. Sections are 12″ wide and are available in 4′ and 8′ lengths to help the customer have flexibility needed for commercial projects.

Have high volume flow?  No problem, with flow rates up to 6700 GPM that can be achieved over 120′ of continuous 1% slope.


Top off the channels with a wide range of grating options.  FP1200 boasts four American made grate options in three different weight classes, including a design that is rated for Load Class E and is ADA Compliant.  These heavy-duty grates can be used for highways, airports, military bases, and rail terminals.  This system is the total package with fiberglass walls that are 80% thicker than the competition.

Our estimators and engineers are eager to help with any future projects.  Want more information on the FP1200 series?  Give us a call today at 610-638-1221 or check out our website where you can download brochures and bid specifications.

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Rust on your Cast Iron

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 grates because they must be defective and you didn’t sign up for this abomination. “Why me? Why my grate?”

When exposed to moisture and air, a typical orange-brown hydrated oxide (limonite) forms. There is a natural process that a grate goes through that takes time to achieve the classic dark amber color that makes it beautiful again. The more tightly adhering oxide coating actually protects the grate from further corrosion.

How long will my grates be orange?

Depending on the climate, it can take anywhere from months to a year. The amount of traffic and weather the grates receive may speed up the process.

As a company we understand that some of you don’t want to wait so we offer the Baked on Oil Finish to get you the desired look without the hassle.  I too want instant gratification and don’t want to wait the allotted time it takes for an ugly duckling become a beautiful swan. With our special Baked on Oil Finish we put the grate through a process that promotes even coloring so when received you have the desired effect you’re looking for.

“Does the rust ruin my grate?”

This is a concern of most people but an unnecessary one, as the rust is and will remain superficial. The structural integrity of a ductile iron component will therefore not be impaired.

“Why not paint my grate?”

Powder coating is a great way to change the look of your grate when trying to achieve the color you desire. Depending on what material your grate is made of and what application it is being used, powder coating is an acceptable option.  Paint is not necessarily a long term option to keep your grating rust free with time paint can wear and crack causing water to get under the paint making it bubble and chip.  Paint is also used to hide defects, blow holes, and will need to be regularly maintained to keep it looking pristine.  Why not be environmentally friendly by letting nature take its course or allow us to give her a helping hand.

There are other materials available that won’t rust and may be better for your application while providing the look and feel that’s perfect for your design.

    • Bronze
    • Aluminum
    • Plastic
    • Stainless or Galvanized Steel
MCKS-IA-Aca-BF Ironage boof grate aca mini channel tds sand channel
MCKS-IA-Aca-BF Ironage boof grate – Acanthus pattern mini channel in TDS sand colored channel

Still not sure whether to embrace the orange or let your grates grow old gracefully? Contact our experienced experts who can help you weigh the options for your project.

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Elevate the Look of Your Shower


Nothing quite compares to the beauty and luxury of Infinity’s Wedge Wire Site Sizable® drainage kits. Infinity’s V-shaped wires run parallel to each other and are welded together with absolute precision making this grate a stylish option for any bathroom. Wedge Wire grating blends contemporary styling with durability. Every kit is made with marine grade 316 stainless steel and comes in several different finishes. Grate openings widen inwardly to serve as a primary strainer for debris while still allowing water to flow freely making this system not only beautiful but functional.

Wedge Wire stainless poolside / shower drain kit

Infinity offers Site Sizable® Kits
This Site Sizable® kit allows for an exact wall-to-wall installation that creates the seamless look that contractors are looking for. Channel and grate lengths can be cut on-site creating flexibility with your specialized project. Outlets can be located anywhere along the channel, making installation faster and saving contractors’ time and money. If you’re in design, plumbing, general contracting or just remodeling; this system is a perfect choice for your special project.
Want to learn more about linear drainage? Visit our Trench Drain Blog and read up on installing a linear shower drain:

Wedge Wire stainless poolside / shower drain kit

Click to watch an installation demonstration:

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Hey Business Owners! Show Your Customers What You Got!

Mini Channel grates sample kit plastic slotted grating plastic deco grating

Want to have physical product for your clients to touch and see? Get the competitive edge with our new Mini Channel Sample Kits. We offer everything from bronze to plastic grating to help your customer see the potential of their projects with our decorative options.

Drainage with Style

The Mini Channel drainage system gives a classic style to any pool and spa with bronze or aluminum decorative grates. Mini Channel is a landscapers dream with it’s ease of installation and variety of styles to use for patios or walkway designs. Installation is easy in paver brick installations, too!

Deco grating Bronze Aluminum Mini Channel promotional grating cathedral rain slotted

We offer four different kits to help you showcase the many looks, finishes and color varieties that this system has to offer. NDS Polyethylene grates are designed for maximum durability for any drainage project. UV inhibitors in the grates and component parts prevent fading and cracking from the sun and are chemically resistant, rustproof, and maintenance free.

Have a larger project?

No problem our estimators and engineers are here to help with all types of applications and designs. Don’t let your drainage ruin the look of your landscape – let it add to the appeal of your design.

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Ductile Iron Grates for the Polycast 600/700 Systems is proud to be carrying Polycast 600 and 700 series kits as well as two popular ductile iron grates.

Hubbell makes a number of cast and ductile iron grates for their 6” wide, pre-sloped trench drain systems, Polycast 600 and 700.  The most common ductile iron gratings are the standard slotted grate (641D) and the heel-proof, transverse slotted (675HD).

polycast grates, replacement polycast grates

And, to celebrate the new addition of these products, we are offering the 641D slotted grate and the 675HD transverse slotted grate at an introductory sale price!

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The votes have been counted!

Thank you to all who contributed photos to our first Photo Contest! It was a difficult decision because of the great quality of all of the entries. Our home is our favorite place to relax in the warmer months . Whether you are enjoying a peaceful evening with a loved one or holding a neighborhood get together, outdoor spaces can be functional and decorative. Our contest winners display wonderful examples that will have you dreaming of your own ideas!
Announcing our Photo Contest Winners!

1st Place ~ Jon Ross

Decorative Aluminum drainage grates for NDS Mini Channel
Jon Ross used our aluminum grates in the Raindrop pattern for NDS Mini Channel to help transform his Virginia patio into a picturesque getaway to escape from the daily grind.

2nd Place ~ Jim Arnold

cast iron grates - Interlaken pattern by Iron Age
MEArin 100 channel with Iron Age Interlaken grates easily handles water and light vehicle traffic.  APEX’s Jim Arnold made the right choice to give the courtyard a rustic feel. This stone cottage on Catawba Island near Lake Erie is ready for summer rains.

3rd Place ~ Brandon Skinner

Decorative cast iron drainage grates for NDS Mini Channel
Brandon Skinner of Skinner Landscape Design chose the Iron Age decorative Interlaken grate (with our Baked on Oil Finish) to add a fashionable look to this Indiana patio project.  Brandon chose NDS Mini Channel and used bottom outlets so piping was not an issue when placing the stones.


Winners will receive a gift certificate to be used at
First Place $100, Second Place $50, Third Place $25.

Honorable Mentions include:

James Worden

Decorative cast iron drainage grates for NDS catch basins
James Worden’s new driveway looks great in this Massachusetts project. Featuring an NDS catch basin with an Iron Age grate in the Interlaken pattern, James is ready for any water runoff.

Ken Staggs

Drain by pool using NDS Mini Channel
Ken’s new pool is ready for fun. He can relax in his Florida home knowing that any water heading towards his house will be handled by the NDS Mini Channel drain outside his doors.

Thank you for all of the wonderful photos!

Drainage Solutions for your Home

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Now Available: 3″ Kits with Bronze & Aluminum Grates

aluminum trench grates, aluminum drainage grate, patio drain kit grates, now stocks 3 inch wide bronze and aluminum grates, sold individually and in patio drainage kits!

Aluminum deco Rain Drop grates 3inch for NDS Mini Channel
Aluminum deco Rain Drop grates 3inch for NDS Mini Channel

Bronze and aluminum grates by Trench Drain Systems fit perfectly into the 3 inch Mini Channel plastic trench drain. This new decorative grate enhances patios, decks and pools.

With ornamental metal grates available in slotted and decorative patterns, you can drain your patio in style. A step above our decorative plastic offering, aluminum grates are lightweight yet enduring. Sturdier bronze grates give your project a new air of sophistication.

Learn about Mini Channel Kits

We started offering complete Mini Channel kits because the system is so customizable and easy to work with. Why wouldn’t homeowners and landscapers love it?

Mini Channel Kit w/Bronze grates - slotted - natural finish
Mini Channel Kit w/Bronze grates – slotted – natural finish

Mini Channel kits feature straight walls with a hollow, honeycomb architecture. Channels join to one another via couplers, which ensures a smooth connection that promotes drainage without catching debris.

Over time we expanded grating options that fit the 3 inch channel drain. Now you can purchase a landscaping drain kit with decorative plastic, cast iron, aluminum or bronze grates. For bigger projects, give our partners, Trench Drain Systems, a call (610-638-1221).

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Pro Series Kits: Quick and Easy Patio Drains

NDS Pro Series 5 light traffic replacement grates

Looking for an affordable drainage kit that’s stronger than your standard patio channel drain?

NDS 764 Pro Series 3 drainage kit
Pro Series 3 Kit

Try the 3 inch Pro Series kit by NDS. With a deeper channel than the Mini Channel system, the 3 inch Pro Series captures more water. Each kit is 1 meter (40″) long with end caps and outlet included. Every channel features an optional bottom knockout for outlet pipe placement.

NDS Pro Series 5

Or, upgrade your patio drain to a 5 inch Pro Series kit. This larger channel drain will catch higher water volume than other patio drains. 90-degree and 45-degree angles extend the run and allow a wider ranger of possibilities for channel design.

One of the perks of choosing Pro Series channel kits is the gripping ribs located every 4 inches along channels. The extra surface area helps hold the drain in the concrete long after installation.

Just need a replacement grate for an existing 5 inch Pro Series drain? also offers 5 in. slotted plastic grates in all six colors: white, gray, black, green, sand and brick red. If you need a decorative upgrade, you can find it here.

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Z884: A Stylish Patio Solution

Channels couple together for easy installation
Zurn Z884 channel w/cast iron grate
Zurn Z884 channel w/cast iron grate now offers the Zurn Z884, a 4.75 inch wide low profile channel drain, with cast iron or stainless steel top covers. It’s your simple, stylish solution to everyday patio drainage problems.

Why pick a Z884 Patio Kit?

  • It’s made from HDPE, so it’s lightweight an non-absorbent.
  • Channels fit together with a tongue-and-groove mechanism. Simple!
  • It’s wide enough to catch all your water and shallow enough for no-hassle installations.
  • You choose between a sleek perforated steel or the sturdy slotted iron cover.
Zurn Z884 channel w/perforated-stainless steel grate
Zurn Z884 channel w/perforated-stainless steel grate

The perforations on the stainless steel cover help prevent leafy debris from entering the channel drain. Meanwhile, the properties of the stainless steel grate prevent rust and corrosion. Weather exposure and pool treatments won’t bring this channel drain down.

Installation is a cinch. Just follow the instructions we send with the kit!

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Try Our New Landscaping Pipe Grates!

NDS 970 9inch black square grate is excited to offer a growing selection of NDS landscaping pipe grates for lawns and gardens … just in time for Spring!

Eliminate standing water with 8” or 9” square grates that connect directly to PVC piping. Or, keep your pipe grates protected from rogue lawnmowers by installing an NDS atrium grate on top of your piping.

NDS 420 Pop-Up Drainage Emitter
NDS 420 Pop-Up Drainage Emitter

Pipe grates help turn harmful lawn runoff into a water source. Use standing water to hydrate the yard where it needs it most by connecting to a Pop-Up Emitter. Pop-Up Emitters open with hydrostatic pressure and close once the flow lessens, preventing grass clippings and leafy debris from entering the drainage pipes. It’s a low-key drainage solution your lawn will thank you for.