Pool drains contain water within the pool area while providing a safe play area for children and bare feet. Pool drains are more concerned with the presence of barefoot people and less worried about protecting the house from water issues.
A major factor for deciding which pool drain to choose is determining your balance between safety and aesthetics. We all want to have a safe pool environment. For pool decks that get a lot of bare foot traffic, safety and economy may be a higher priority.
- Bare feet - Perforated or slotted drain covers are safe on bare feet
- Heat - Outdoor pools are exposed to intense sunlight. Choose a grate that does not hold in heat.
- Loading - Think about what will be going over the grates. Lawn chairs can poke through a lesser grate.
- Size - Large pools decks demand a drain that can handle higher spill water and more rainwater than a 1-3" strip drain.
- Corners - Opt for a channel drain that offers corners and t-sections.
Plastic perforated or tightly slotted covers will be safe on the little feet and will be less costly than metal grating. Metal grating also has the characteristic of being a good conductor of solar heat, which can be hot to the touch when walking over bare foot. Plastic channel drain products come in an assortment of sizes and colors to help match your outside décor.
For applications where the drain completely surrounds the pool, select a system that has prefabricated corner sections which will make installation easier. However, if you are tiling your pool deck or plan on using the area for dinner parties, you may want to lean toward selecting ornamental aluminum, bronze, or iron grating to better match the environment you want to provide. Stainless steel may also be a great option.
Recommendations for Pool Area Drainage Systems
Mini Channel (by NDS)
Choose an affordable and effective channel drain with the 3” NDS Mini Channel. The Mini Channel offers accessories to fit any intersection, corner or angle on your project. Featuring slotted plastic grates as well as decorative plastic, bronze, aluminum, and cast iron grates, the NDS Mini Channel guarantees a stylish finish to your pool deck drain.
Bronze & Aluminum Pool Deck Grates
byTrench Drain Systems
Blend art and utility with our cast aluminum or cast bronze grates made for the NDS Mini Channel system. Available in three patterns - Slotted, Rain Drop or Cathedral, these grates are sure meet the aesthetic requirements around your pool deck.
Dura Slope (by NDS)
4" Round Point Drain Grates (by TDS)
Quickly install a point drain where needed with our 4" diameter grates. Featuring heel friendly bronze and aluminum in 3 different patterns.
Select a pattern that matches our grates made for the NDS Mini Channel system. Create a coordinated finish with your patio drains.
Z884 w/Perforated Stainless grate (by Zurn)
The Zurn Z884 4.75" wide system is designed for light traffic drainage systems with depth restrictions and a high water flow rate. The Z884 system’s smooth HDPE finish guarantees efficient drainage and weather resistance.
S(PVC) Series (by Infinity Drain)
Infinity Drain’s site-sizable channel drains feature a removable stainless steel grate inside an economically priced PVC channel. Site-sizable channel drains include corner pieces and custom outlets, allowing you to take control of your project.