Architects and Gratings
When it comes to architecture, grating can be a vital part. Architectural grates are made of metal or fiberglass reinforced plastic lattice that is incorporated into buildings. This are installed to provide not only functional purposes, but aesthetic ones as well. They are also constructed with texture that is able to provide additional traction. One easy example that most have experienced are the stairs that are used on the outside of apartment buildings. These stairs are constructed with structural steel bar grating in most cases.
When these architectural grates are constructed, they must be able to support the weight of people and equipment. At the same time, they must be designed in a way that it is easy for air, gasses, grease, liquids and small debris to pass through. For architects, it is important to make sure that the grates used are able to meet the correct standards. To find out which standards are necessary for applications, they typically refer to the “Metal Bar Grating Manual 531”. These standards are set by the National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers and are shared by the American National Standards Institute.
Architects can use gratings for a vast array of applications such as louvers, ventilated partitions, sunshades, drains, fencing, ornamental screens, tree grates, building facades, handicap accessible walkways and even signage. Industries including water intake, food processing, fabrication, petrochemical, paper, pulp, mining, utility and construction all are able to find countless ways in which drains can make everyday tasks much easier, and safer.
In general, gratings are used for their functionality, and therefore used to simply come in the basic forms. However, now there are many decorative options available that are able to bring aesthetics in as well and function. There are so many grates available, it is simply a matter taking the time to find the right one that will be able to meet your specifications and requirements.