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3 Drainage Solutions For Flat Roofs

Three Drainage Solutions For Your Flat Roofs

People, since then have been using flat roofs, especially for commercial construction. However flat roofs need the use of proper drainage system for rain and snow to preserve its integrity. Without it, pooling water can occur and cause leaks, deterioration in the roof membrane and ice formation during winter. These are the three types of drainage systems that work best for flat roofs.


These are outlets placed on the edges of the roof. This scupper drains the water away from the building. They keep the walls of the building dry and prevent the foundation from being destabilized by too much exposure to water. Scuppers are more cost effective than inner drains, but they work best when all of the water is directed to them using a tapered insulation system or a sloped structure. They are a good solution for areas that frequently get heavy rains, but are not ideal for dealing with snow melt. If you need help installing scuppers roofers Stoke on Trent can help you accomplish the job


Gutters are open pipes attached to the edges of the roof. Water runs through them and drains it from the roof and carry away from the building. They are generally the most cost effective drainage solution since they can be attached to a finished roof without any modification to the roof itself. They are also good at dealing with variable levels of rain and snow. As with drains and scuppers, gutters do regularly need to be cleared of debris and cleaned in order to continue functioning properly.

Interior Drains

This is a drainage system with drains placed at intervals near the center of the roof and an internal network of gutters are placed and pipes that move the water to the exterior of the building. The drains are often topped by a strainer that prevents leaves and debris from getting into the pipes. These are often a good solution for large roofs on which water tends to collect in the center. They are aesthetically pleasing because all of the components are located inside the roof and invisible to someone looking at it from the outside. However, roofers Stafford says that these tend to be more costly to install than exterior drainage systems and represent a significant investment.

Deciding what type of drainage is best for your facility should be determined by your engineer or building design team. In addition, you should always make sure that the roofing contractor you hire is experienced in installing all three of these drainage systems. While a proper drainage system design is essential for the overall reliability of the roof, a quality installation ensuring the design is implemented properly is key.

If you are ready to install your roof and drainage system, please call Roofers In Stoke On Trent today to schedule an appointment and get a free quote!