Floor gratings are made using metal in a grid pattern to provide traction and allow for water drainage over an opening. The grid pattern can be formed by metal bars, small openings, or holes punched into a larger piece of metal.
Gratings are common in industrial and commercial facilities and are used in production plants and on sidewalks where liquid or debris may be present. The increased tread of a floor grating helps to improve safety by preventing water buildup or allowing a walking surface to become slippery.
Floor grating can also be used in general applications as barriers or building material. Because grating is strong and lightweight, it’s popular for many different uses. It’s not uncommon for municipal and federal laws to require different types of facilities to use floor grating on walkways or in areas where there is a potential for fluid leakage.
To allow for airflow in a building, grating may be integrated into the ventilation system. Beyond functions such as these, grating can be used to provide shade, be a handrail support, act as decoration, or function as an ornamental screen.
Depending on the application, floor grating can be made in many different thicknesses, dimensions and patterns. The pattern that is used helps to determine how the liquid will flow and how much traction the grating will offer. Ovals, diamonds, and squares are common patterns.
Floor grates are usually made using strong metals like steel, aluminum, iron, or stainless steel. These can be galvanized to offer further protection against corrosion and chemicals that may be present in the environment. To galvanize grating, manufacturers hot-dip pieces in a layer of protective zinc oxide.Read More…
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