Have you heard about the Spanish company ULMA?
Ulma Architectural Solutions have manufactured architectural products for the construction industry for over 50 years. And though, relatively unknown in the United States, ULMA has been providing drainage solutions around the globe for 15 years. Their trench drain products are being distributed stateside by Trench Drain Systems, in Fremont, OH. ULMA provides superior drainage systems that complement the extensive products currently being offered by TDS.
ULMA Drainage Systems Benefits
You can see that Coca-Cola is an international brand. This was captured just outside of the ULMA Architectural Solutions HQ building.
One big draw of the ULMA products is their corporate investment into product research and development. This allows them to offer a highly competitive range of drainage systems at a competitive price. Like other manufacturers, ULMA uses polymer concrete (a mixture of silica and quartz aggregates that are bound by stable polyester resins) to manufacture their drain channels. Polymer concrete increases the impact resistance of the channel while also providing a smooth low porosity channel surface which helps in the rapid flow rate. Compare this to traditional concrete channels that have a 5-10% absorption rate. Additionally, the ULMA polymer concrete channels are resistant to nearly 60 chemicals including citric acid, diesel fuel, gasoline, hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid; just to name a few. These drainage systems also tolerate seasonal ground freeze/thaw and can withstand a maximum temperature of 75C / 167F.
There are several other benefits to using the ULMA drainage channels. For one, they are chemically inert which makes them recyclable and earth-friendly. ULMA also offers some of the broadest selection of channel sizes and slopes in the industry. Last, but not least, product pricing stands out as one of the top benefits. ULMA’s pricing is less than its closest competitors.
A Quick Look at Two ULMA Products
ULMA U100KX with Iron Age Interlaken Grate
When you look closely at their popular light/medium duty channels (U100K, M100K), you can see how versatile the systems are. All of these models have an internal nominal width of 4” (5” external) and feature integrated stainless steel or galvanized steel edge that increases the stability of the drain. It also provides a sleek appearance especially when adjacent to lawns or areas with loose landscape finishes such as gravel and mulch. This is something that most manufacturers sell separately for an additional cost. The U100K and U100KX systems have a built-in 0.5% slope. Neutral and half channels are available as well. The M100 and M100KX are shallow, non-sloped systems with a nominal depth of 1 ½”. Both of these drainage systems are typically used in residential areas, public areas, walkways and other locations with light vehicular traffic.
Topping Off ULMA Channels
ULMA channels look great next to all types of surfaces including natural stone.
A broad range of grating options are available for the U100K and M100K channels. Load class, material type and opening style are some of the grating options available. Choose grates made from ductile iron, stainless steel, galvanized steel or polyethylene. They range from load class A to C and are offered in variations that allow for ADA compliance for wheelchairs, bicycle traffic, domestic vehicles and/or heel proof for safety. For decorative options, Iron Age Designs offers grates that are compatible with the U100K and M100K channels for a high-end appearance.
The systems reviewed are just two of ULMA’s wide range of drainage solutions. Whether it’s a football stadium, a Costco, a food processing center or a residential project, ULMA has a drainage solution for every industry challenge. Would you like to know more about ULMA’s line of drainage products? Trench Drain Systems in Ohio is the largest stocking distributor with a quick turn-around for shipping. Visit them at trenchdrain.com or call 610-638-1221 and ask about contractor pricing.