Roof System Components: Drainage

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Your roof is the first line of defense to protect your home against whatever Mother Nature throws at it–snow, rain, or even hail. Unfortunately, this water doesn’t sit on your roof. It needs to go somewhere. That’s where the roof drainage system comes in. Next, let’s look at what it is and determine what you can do to make sure yours is correct.


It consists of different roof parts designed to direct water, debris, and any other type of precipitation off of the roof and into appropriate areas.


The drainage system starts with the design of the home. A roof contains different ridges, valleys, and other areas using gravity to direct water. Firstly, in a sloped home, each component relys on gravity to move the water. Secondly, with a flat roof a system of drainage pipes, scuppers, and other components are set up. Does your home have the ridges or drainage pipes?

On top of the roof structure, many components work with the drainage system. It is the flashing, gutters, and downspouts that direct the water into appropriate areas instead of having water and debris drain off all over your property or driveway. Therefore, if water is sitting where it should not be, it is time to consult with a roofer to remedy the excess drainage issue.

The gutter and downspout system is not just bolted onto the roof system. It is actually engineered in a way that moves the water and debris off of your roof with efficiency. As a result, it prevents gutters from getting backed up with material and allows them to move large amounts of water efficiently.


If you regularly deal with backed up or standing water, have your drainage system checked up on. Don’t wait! Get a certified roofing contractor out to your home. He makes recommendations to give you the best roof drainage possible. Schedule a consultation and hear back from us within 24 hours.

In conclusion, to learn more about the right drainage solution for your home, call Highland Residential & Commercial Roofing at 1 (888) 55-ROOFER. Our roofing company serves all of North Carolina. We look forward to working with you!