Flat Roof Drainage

Flat roofs are more common than most people think, especially when you are talking about commercial buildings. Flat roof drainage is the most important part of the construction and repair process in order to prevent water from pooling (or ponding).

Flat roofs are not necessarily flat in the sense that they usually slope towards one edge or may run to the center if the structure uses an internal drainage system.

Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are one of the most common types used in both commercial and residential structures. One of the reasons for this is that they can be retrofitted or even rerouting to a different drainage area. They come in a variety of colors and natural metal. Having this you can seamlessly blend gutters into the curb appeal of your home or business.

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Flat Roof Interior Drainage

Flat roof drainage using an interior consists of several drainage pipes placed at different levels towards the center of the roof. Then the water is transferred within the roof (usually just beneath) to the outer edges of the structure.

 

The biggest benefit of this type of system is that a very minor amount of the flat roof drainage system is visible to public leaving something that has a very aesthetic appeal. The downside to this is that it is a costly system compared to others, but sometimes this is the only option for large flat roofs.

Scuppers

Most people do not know what scuppers are until they see them. These are the types of flat roof drainage that shoots the water off and past the side of the structure. They are designed so that the water cannot cause structure damage to the foundation. These are ineffective in areas, like ours, due to the snow. The snow takes long to melt and therefore lets the melting snow just drip around the foundation.

When you are looking for a flat roof repair contractor, you should find a contractor that not only do you trust, but is knowledgeable. Davis Roofing & Construction has qualified teams to get the job done right. Call for a free estimate and let us show you why you should choose the right team for your job.