At All American Roofing, we understand how important it is for every part of your roof to be in good working order, especially its drainage system. In this post, we help you understand how roofing drainage systems work to keep your property safe from water damage all year round.
Roof Drainage Basics
Whether flat or sloped, commercial or residential, all types of roofing systems need drainage systems that can perform their work unimpeded at all times. Every roof is designed to keep a structure free from any sort of water damage and this can only be done if water is prevented from accumulating on the roof itself.
There are two ways by which a roof can be properly drained. One is with the use of external gutters and downspouts. The other is through the installation of scuppers and internal drains.
Gutters and Downspouts
Residential roofing systems are usually fitted with gutters and downspouts to facilitate proper water drainage. During a heavy downpour, for instance, water should simply run down the slopes of the roof, over the drip edge and into the gutters. The water is then led through downspouts and drained onto the ground.
To keep this system working perfectly, gutters and downspouts have to be kept clear at all times. At All American Roofing, we encourage our customers to constantly have their gutters checked and cleared of debris to ensure the smooth uninterrupted flow of water.
Scuppers and Inner Roof Drains
Mostly found in commercial structures are internal roof drains and scuppers. Internal drains, as their name suggests, are concealed from view. Water flows into the drain, as is usually seen on flat roofs, and goes down hidden pipes that take the water, possibly all the way underground.
Scupper drains work in a similar manner. Water goes through scuppers or open holes on the roof edges and into downspouts or pipes, which are installed on the exterior of a building.
Throughout the past 30 years, our team at All American Roofing has provided various services for residential and commercial property owners who need help with anything from simple roof repairs and installation to drainage systems maintenance. We also do work as a roof insurance claims specialist for our customers who need help in dealing with their insurance companies. Call us at (405) 787-0400 or (918) 583-0100 to find out more. We provide free consultations for all OKC property owners, including those in Edmond and Norman, OK.