3 Linear Drain Installation Tips You Should Know

If you are considering a linear shower drain installation, there are a few drain installation tips that will make the whole project a little easier (and potentially cheaper) than a regular centre shower drain installation.

Tip # 1 - Linear Drain Sizes

Unlike regular shower drains that are usually located in the centre of the shower, linear shower drains can be offest. That is, linear drains can be installed in various locations:

  • Along the wall at the back of the shower
  • Across the front of the shower entrance
  • Or along either side of the shower wall

For more information, see Dix Systems’ PDF file on Linear Shower Drain Installation Guide .

Before you decide on where your offset linear shower drain should be installed there are a couple things you should determine first including:

  • The flow rate of your water
  • And how many shower heads (including hand shower heads) and body sprays you intend to install

Your building code will identify your gallon per hour flow rate. The linear drain size you need will depend upon the water evacuation volume from your shower.

Tip # 2 - Install Linear Drain Shower Pan

Consider installing a pre-made linear shower pan kit that will make your linear drain installation a lot easier. A linear shower pan is pre-sloped in only one direction and will channel the water directly toward the linear drain flange. Pre-made shower pans are available in a variety of sizes.

Your linear drain shower base installation will require conscientious measurement and precise placement to guarantee that it will align properly with the shower pan and drain flange, and provide the desired slope for water flow.

Tip # 3 - Linear Shower Drain Grates for Tile Showers

Because linear shower drains receive water from one slope (instead of four, as in a standard shower), the floor grade isn’t as great. This means larger tile and stone can be installed on your shower floor. Your linear shower drain grate can be chosen to match the tile or stone, adding to the overall aesthetic appeal of the bathroom.

Or, you can install an electro-polished linear drain grate, which is available in a variety of styles from Dix Systems including Flag, Hawaii, Mixed, Pixel, Quadrato, or Wave drain grate.

Careful planning is required to measure correctly and prepare for a linear drain channel. Channels come in six different lengths, and your installation span must end close to adjacent walls on either side to assure that no water is left standing on the shower floor.

Linear Drain Costs

Linear shower drain vs. standard drain costs could surprise you. Because linear shower drains are easier to install than standard round drains, the costs for linear drain installation could be more affordable than you think.

If you have questions about linear drain pricing or what size channel you might need, or if you need more linear drain shower installation tips, contact the shower drain experts at Dix Systems toll free at 1.888.450.0112or send us an email .

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