New Zealand Classic Car - - The Ultimate Garage Fit-Out -

In many cases, the ‘ best’ garages aren’t nec­es­sar­ily those that are the best equipped, but the ones that are the best de­signed. Of course, what’s best for you is to­tally de­pen­dent upon your needs or pref­er­ences — for some of us, tools and equip­ment will al­ways take pri­or­ity, while oth­ers pre­fer a de­gree of tidi­ness. But there is no rea­son you can’t have both, and a garage, where ef­forts have been made to achieve the best in both us­abil­ity and func­tion­al­ity, will al­ways stand out as an en­vi­ron­ment for man and ma­chine to co­ex­ist.

What are we talk­ing about? As clas­sic car own­ers, we all want the space we share with our cars to be as user-friendly as can be, and be­yond the ‘essentials’, like tools, mem­o­ra­bilia, and the ever-im­por­tant ‘man cave’ area, you reach the true essentials — things like light­ing, se­cu­rity, and even some­thing you may not have given a se­cond thought: drainage.

As global cli­mate change is gen­er­ally ac­cepted as caus­ing more fre­quent ex­treme rain­fall events, ACO’S in­no­va­tion has seen the de­vel­op­ment of prod­ucts and sys­tem so­lu­tions to man­age th­ese events. Ef­fec­tively deal­ing with storm-wa­ter run-off is cru­cial in any garage plan. The rea­sons are clear — just as ex­ces­sive ex­po­sure to mois­ture will take its toll on your car, it will also af­fect your garage. Not only can stand­ing wa­ter cause se­vere struc­tural dam­age, but it may also in­fil­trate the garage, lead­ing to wa­ter dam­age, for­ma­tion of mould, and fun­gal in­fec­tion.

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How­ever, ef­fec­tive sur­face-drainage man­age­ment can be ac­com­plished with­out ex­ces­sive has­sle through the use of ei­ther grated pits or grated trench drains, such as those man­u­fac­tured by ACO. Com­par­isons have shown mod­u­lar trench drains to have lower to­tal in­stalled costs.

Grated pits are one so­lu­tion, po­si­tioned in front of the garage door. How­ever, they may miss the sur­face run-off if the drive­way is not con­toured to­wards each pit. This is dif­fi­cult to do and not very aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. The al­ter­na­tive, grated trench drains, can work far bet­ter in such sit­u­a­tions.

A grated trench drain al­lows ef­fi­cient in­ter­cep­tion for a flat-level drive­way. The trench drain can be po­si­tioned par­al­lel to the garage en­trance, in­ter­cept­ing all wa­ter run- off that is di­rected to­wards the en­trance. Es­sen­tially, it’s eas­ier to set up, nicer to look at, more ef­fi­cient at sur­face drainage, and will even last longer, if in­stalled prop­erly.

ACO has an ex­ten­sive range of grates, suit­able for any drainage so­lu­tion re­quired. Con­tact ACO on 0800 448 080, or visit, if you’d like to learn more about how you can trans­form your garage from a space for stor­ing your car, into a place for shar­ing with your car.

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