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Hi, I'm Mandy. If you're looking for tips on pool construction, you've come to the right place. We've just had a new pool installed and I'm full of advice! When I started on our pool I thought it would be an easy build. Boy, was I wrong. I didn't know anything about building a pool apart from the fact I wanted one. Luckily, our construction company set me straight. They helped me work out how big the pool could be and they showed me which shape would suit our yard space. They sorted out permits and even gave me advice on fencing. To find out what I learned, read through my blog. Hope it helps!


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Upgrading Trench Grates for Curb Appeal

by Bessie Beck

Working on your landscaping means you focus on grass, garden beds, and the exterior of your home. Areas that can be overlooked during landscaping upgrades are drainage areas and trench grates. When these areas are overlooked, it can take an amazing landscaping design and lower the curb appeal quickly. If you need to focus on your trench grates and irrigation, here are some upgrades that may benefit your curb appeal.

Stamped Concrete Grates

If you have a stamped concrete pattern, you can match that to your trench grates. The same pattern that is in your stamped concrete can appear in your grate. The easiest way to do this is to go to a concrete contractor with an image of the design. Tell them the length and width you need for the grate. They can pour and create the look you want. The finished product will give you a seamless look between the stamped concrete of the walkway or borders and the trench grate.

Copper Trench Grates

If you are looking for a functional accent to copper you already have in the landscape, consider copper trench grates. These trench grates, though plain in many of the designs, can update the curb appeal and draw the entire landscape together. They can be used alongside copper post tops for fencing as well as copper accents on doors and other areas of the landscape. The colour is also a warm option during colder months of the year to add appeal year round.

Iron Designs

Iron is a common option for trench grate materials. You can upgrade the iron by adding designs in classic vintage patterns. This gives the look of an upscale trench design that may be older than it is. In fact, if you have a vintage home with Victorian accents, an iron trench grate with vintage design can give the optimal curb appeal you are looking for. The iron can also be used in accents on the side of the irrigation and drainage area and in other areas throughout the landscape such as around trees and at the end of downspouts from guttering. 

These are just a few of the upgrades you can make with your current trench grates. These options will help upgrade your curb appeal and create an inviting landscape. If you want to see the other options available to you, contact your local irrigation grate and concrete dealer. They can help with options, pricing and upgrades.