There’s a lot to our product and we don’t expect you to know everything, so we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions and answered them below for you.
Lauxes Grates have received a number of enquiries relating to WaterMark Technical Specification “WMTS-040:2018 Waste pipe connection outlets and gratings, separate or integral”. The new specification released last year introduced specific limitations to the types of materials that can be used in the manufacture of grating for the purposes of certification, whereas previously under WMTS-40:2016 products simply and fairly needed to meet design and performance requirements, irrespective of the material used.
Specifically, WMTS-040:2018 limits the materials that may be used to plastics and certain steel products, despite the availability of other safe and affordable materials such as aluminium. It is Lauxes Grates opinion that this omission was a significant oversight in the 2018 review process.
Lauxes Grates has initiated an application to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) to correct the specification and the initial feedback is supportive. It is expected this matter will be rectified in the coming months. The amendment will remove the strict material requirements and return to a performance and dimensional based test. This will not only rightly allow suitable aluminium products, but also encourage innovation and competition in the market which will benefit all consumers.
Lauxes Grates have been advised that its products will continue to be certified under WMTS-40:2016 pending correction of the specification. Lauxes Grates remains committed to providing safe and affordable linear drainage products.
No, the grate has a lifetime rustproof guarantee.
The fall of the tiled area should fall towards the drain, the flow of the water will continue to push the water down the waste. As the water is turned off there’s a syphon like effect of the water pulling itself down the waste, leaving a maximum of 0.5mm of water in bottom of the tray, which is far less than what gets spilt on the floor when hopping out of shower.
Yes, the grates can easily be but joined together and secured with clear silicone. Position the top grate over the joint for a more continuous look.
What is commonly misunderstood is how water drains through the plumbed drain. Water in your bathroom or wet area will slowly seep through grout and screed and will travel under the tiles, over the membrane and into the drain.
In saying this, most water will actually drain through the grate, approximately 95%. The remaining 5% will drain via the process mentioned above.
Simply put, if you are installing shower grate for one shower head you will only need a 40mm pop waste and for a double shower (two shower heads) you will need a 50mm pop waste.
We recommend using a compound mitre saw fitted with a multi-material cutting blade 80 tooth or more. We also recommend using a Lauxes TCT hole saw to drill the hole for the waste outlet.
We recommend using a neutral cure silicone. A neutral cure silicone is a sealant which releases alcohol or another non-acidic substance whilst curing.
We recommend using a piece of timber cut to the same size as the grate. This will help decrease the risk in concrete spillage on your grate. Some mixes are quite acidic and could potentially be damaging to your grate.
All kits do come with enough end caps and wastes for each job, however you can purchase additional waste and end caps at any time.
Due to the size of the package, the safest and most efficient way is via road freight. These trucks can accommodate the lengths easily and ensure your delivery in received in pristine order. Whilst we can provide you with rough estimate of delivery times due to this method of transport, we are unable to ensure exact timeframes around your delivery. To alleviate this issue and potentially loss of sales, we advise on holding stock and replenishing it when sold.