Most commercial buildings utilize flat roofs for a number of reasons. They are durable, perform well, and tend to complement the look of a commercial building. One thing that you have to keep in mind; however, is that all buildings, particularly flat roof buildings, need effective drainage systems. Here are three popular drainage options for your roof.
Most people understand the importance of gutters. Gutters are one of the most cost-efficient and popular options. Gutters move water into a downspout so that the water does not touch the walls or the foundation of the building. Gutters will accumulate debris, so they must be cleaned regularly in order to function properly.
Interior drains are especially common in commercial buildings. You place these systems in the areas that have the most water to collect. The water travels through pipes until it runs through the downspout or gutter. These systems are customizable so that you can focus on your individual needs. If you do experience clogs due to an interior drain system, you usually have a strainer that will help keep the debris from entering the pipes. Routine inspections can remedy any clogs also.
Scuppers are large openings made along the edge of the roof. These square openings drain water from the side of the building. If you want to, you can install downspouts below to help drain water away from the building. If you have large scuppers, you can usually avoid clogs that gutters and interior drain systems experience. On the other hand, the downspouts themselves may suffer clogs.
When it comes to your flat roof, there are a lot of ways that you can keep water from accumulating or damaging the side of your building. Scuppers, drain systems, and gutters are three ways that you can deal with water accumulation. To consider your options with a professional, consult with Rain Man Roofing by calling 623-888-8740 or emailing us today!