Stone Trench Drain Covers



Landscape encompasses art and science to create a functional yet aesthetic pleasing extension from indoor living to outdoor space. The design of landscape looks at the interactions and actions between nature and people.

Hence, architects turn structural images and plans into a living reality through their expertise in the arts and science. Even though many architects desire to come up with the most aesthetically pleasing landscapes possible, there remains one main hurdle that could put a dent in this goal. That would be the construction of a drainage system – the foundation of every modern day structure.

The need for a drainage system usually poses a problem to the beauty of a landscape. This is due to the use of the unappealing utilitarian drainage gates such as drain covers, which can ruin the overall look of a development.

Trench Grate


A trench grate (also know as trench grilles or trench drain cover) is a removable lid which covers the opening of a drain or a sewage system. It prevents people or bigger objects from falling. The typical cast iron material ensures its durability and weight up to 300 lbs. However, by using conventional steel and cast iron grates, it can disrupt a supposed aesthetically pleasing environment.

While many overlook it, a good landscape architect understands the true value of trench covers and seize it as an opportunity when designing.

Think of the most accomplished entrepreneurs in the world – Omar Christidas, Bill Gates, Sergrey Brin, and Steve Jobs. Some of them are not entirely talented. Neither do they possess skills nor expertise to become successful. However, they all possess a similar trait – knowing when to seize golden opportunities at the right time. They know precisely when to capture precious moments and turn it into golden opportunities.

Similarly, a trench grate can help a landscape project look better.


No longer do architects need to be frustrated and concerned about the unpleasant sight of hideous-looking drain covers. Technology has proven itself to be indispensable by offering a wide array of choices and opportunities. The advancement of technology has allowed drain covers to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. With technology, there are no longer limitations with colors, textures or materials. Most importantly, a decorative drain cover can help to breathe life into a dull landscape.

Learn from Microsoft

Together with his childhood friend Paul Allen, Bill Gates founded the world’s most significant software business, Microsoft on April 4, 1975. Bill Gates became the world’s youngest billionaire at the age of 31. Over the years, Microsoft launched more versions of operating system. At its peak, Microsoft dominated up to 90% of the market share within the PC industry.

In 1975, IBM saw how lucrative the market is for personal computers, and they decided they wanted to sell personal computers to consumers. For IBM to get their products into the market, they had to outsource suppliers – a huge move which shocked a lot of people. After their negotiations with Digital Research fell through, IBM proceeded to approach Microsoft to design an operating system for their hardware in November 1980. The golden opportunity for Microsoft was knocking at the door, and this was the key for them to make it big.

In fact, Microsoft did not know how to design an operating system and approached their neighbouring software firm Seattle Computers. Microsoft then purchased over the rights of QDOS (Quick and Dirty Opening system) for $50,000 and renamed it as MS-DOS. Of course, Seattle Computers were kept in the dark of the partnership between IBM and Microsoft. Microsoft was eventually sued by Seattle Computers and had to compensate a hefty sum of money for keeping the partnership with IBM in the dark.

Gates was smart enough not to transfer any copyrights of the operating system to IBM. He believed that other hardware companies would clone IBM’s hardware system. He understood that the underlying hardware becomes less relevant when they can control the operating system. IBM, however, thought otherwise and felt that no one could copy what they were doing. He was right, and IBM was wrong.

Microsoft seized the opportunities and gained full copyrights to the operating system. Little did IBM foresee that any companies would duplicate their hardware and Microsoft would become the bigger player in the PC industry. For every microcomputer sold, Microsoft collected a royalty for their operating system. Soon, other companies started to duplicate IBM’s hardware. Microsoft successfully won over these companies like Compaq. With the surge in PC market, Microsoft ended IBM’s control over the PC industry.

Their lack of foresight allowed Microsoft to sell their operating system under Microsoft’s name. Should IBM have seized the opportunity back then, they would not have lost their market dominance over a platform they created.

There have been countless recounts and versions of this story. But it all showed how Bill Gates and his company Microsoft seized the opportunity and made it big. As of 2018, Bill Gates’ real-time net worth as remains at $91.2 billion. If he did not sell his stakes in Microsoft, his net worth would have been a lot higher. Currently, he chairs the world’s largest private charitable foundation together with his wife, Melinda.

Till this date, Microsoft is still seizing opportunities and gaining competitive advantages. Forbes released an article on Why Amazon Won’t Catch #1 Microsoft in the Cloud, suggesting how Microsoft is the top-rated cloud vendors. True enough, Microsoft has racked in approximately 12% of revenue contributed mainly by its intelligent cloud platform.

Microsoft foresees how digital disruption can be turned into an advantage for businesses and then proceeded to build an intelligent cloud platform for companies to remain competitive and responsive to changes. This intelligent cloud platform helps businesses to thrive.


Many people are struggling to find their foothold in a fast-changing market because they failed to recognise the opportunities occurring before their eyes. There are plenty of changes taking place today. It makes one bold, ambitious and forward-looking soul to seize the right opportunity.


The advancement of technology has ensured that drainage system no longer poses a problem to the beauty of the landscape. It is possible to use nice looking drainage grates to enhance the whole landscape design. The unpleasant sight of hideous-looking drain covers no longer have to be frustrating or a concern.

By using plain-looking conventional steel and cast iron stone grates for clients, architects are missing out on a great opportunity to express their creativity. Technology has allowed creative vision not to go down the drain. Everyone should be allowed to express his or her creative vision even through hardscape products. One can articulate their creativity through custom-made drains that will beautify a landscape.

Considering how ugly looking drain covers can get, it is imperative for architects to look out for pleasant looking drain covers to enhance their landscape. Not only does it ensures customers’ satisfaction but it also boosts their confidence and return with another project. Beautiful looking drain covers can also impress clients. After all, what would have thought that it is possible to have drain covers which fit into the surroundings.

Don’t let creative juice go down to drain. Seize this excellent opportunity to impress clients by using decorative drain covers. It is a thing of yesterday to be using conventional steel and cast iron drain grates. Think of how drain covers can blend in well with its surroundings in any landscaping design projects.

Changing The Notion Of Using Steel Grates, One Stone Grate At A Time

At Jonite, we refuse to let our creative vision go to waste. We imagine things, which “never were” and then ask ourselves “why not.” It is with this spirit that we were able to conceptualize the idea of “grates reinvented.”

Jonite is credited with being the first to bring the notion of “grates reinvented” to life by pioneering the world’s first reinforced decorative stone grating. We challenged the status quo of metal as the central composite in the creation of trench grate covers. Today, we are known for producing drain covers made predominantly out of natural stone. This was made possible through the embodiment of Kennedy’s famous quote by our team of dedicated and passionate people who refused to abide by the idea that drain covers and gratings could be made up of metallic properties. They chose to reject the status quo and were instead motivated towards a creative vision that has led to the creation of is known today as stone grates.

Jonite pride on being perfectionists that never settle for less than the best hence producing top-notch trench grates that come with both beauty and quality. More than a grating manufacturer, Jonite put on the hat of a landscape architect and reinvented the idea of gratings as a mere functional element of the drainage system found in a modern cityscape.

Jonite can provide an alternative to the conventional steel and cast iron grates and casting. Over two decades of experience, Jonite has built trench drain covers from stone (reinforced materials). Not only are Jonite hardscape products functional but they are aesthetically pleasing and aims to add beauty to its surroundings.

More than just a durable product, the use of stone grates in constructing trench drain covers breathes life into a dull landscape. The rustic appeal of natural stone provides an element of nature to an otherwise lifeless image of a stretch of the road whose dullness is only exacerbated by the appearance of the soulless looking cast iron and concrete grates situated by its side. Jonite trench grates can be crafted to suit a myriad of themes and designs that give off a sense of liveliness that uplifts its surroundings. Likewise, it provides an added level of comfort to living spaces through uniquely crafted stone grates. These unique material properties prevent rust and corrosion.

The Jonite Stone (reinforced) Channel Grates, in particular, are built to withstand heavy loads from pedestrians and vehicles to other heavy machinery. The comfortable feel and texture of our gratings also make it perfect for installation in an indoor setting. For one, they boast high mechanical properties such as high flexural, compressive and impact strength, making them well suited for holding heavy weight load.

Moving away from quality alone, the creative grates allow for customer customization based on four main categories – pattern, nature, modern and avant-garde. Landscape architects have the freedom of working with architects to create a variety of themes and designs available within each and any of the four collections. Furthermore, Jonite offers a wide range of both standard and specialized colors for clients hence allowing trench grate products to be adjusted to any hue or shade of clients’ choice.

The use of stone over metal materials in Jonite’s products make it less vulnerable to scrap theft. This saves the cost and trouble of replacing stolen trench grates. Compared with steel and cast iron, much less carbon emission is also produced in the manufacture of stone grates. These factors have led to products being certified as MR Credit 4: Recycled Content under LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The LEED® Green Building Rating System is a widely used criterion when it comes to assessing the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green building in the United States of America (USA).

Also, Jonite USA preserves the environment by incorporating 30% recycled content into their products. The use of Jonite does not contribute to increasing carbon emission, as compared to cast iron and steel works.