Trench grates are relatively thin grates positioned over drains. They come in a range of designs, and they can be placed in a variety of positions. Wondering if you need a trench grate near your driveway? Here are four signs you may want one.

1. There's Sitting Water Near the End of Your Driveway

Ideally, when it rains the water should rush down your driveway, through the gutters near the end of your driveway and into the storm drain. In some cases, you may see water sitting for a bit after a rainstorm until it washes away. However, water shouldn't be sitting there for extended periods of time.

If you see a lot of water sitting on or near your driveway, that may be a sign that you need to improve drainage in that area. A trench grate may help.

2. You Want to Smooth Out the Slope at the End of Your Driveway

To encourage drainage, driveways need to be sloped. However, if your driveway is overly sloped, there may end up being a large bump between the edge of the driveway and the road. If your car can't comfortably maneuver that bump, a grate may help.

A professional can position the grate so that it sits like a ramp between the edge of your driveway and the street. However, because the grate has holes, it still allows the drainage to work as usual.

3. You Want Extra Decoration

You don't necessarily need to put in a trench grate to work as a ramp and smooth out that bump as described above. Instead, you can just put one in because you like the look. Grates can come in a range of metallic patterns, or you can even choose a trench grate that looks like a cluster of rocks but still allows water through it.

4. You Need to Add Channel Drainage Alongside Your Driveway

Trench grates don't have to go at the base of your driveway. You can also put in grates that go next to your driveway. This can be especially helpful if the water tends to pool in the grass next to the driveway. Essentially, you dig a small trench running vertically along the side of your driveway, and then you position the trench grate on top of it.

Want to get more ideas about trench grates? Need other help dealing with drainage issues around your driveway? Then, contact a professional today.