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Scuppers on flat roofs are best if correctly placed

Scuppers are drain outlets on the edge of a roof.

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A scupper drain outlet can be just a low channel with a spout or through a wall section. Most of the times a scupper will lead water into a leader header. The best drain system is to have a wide scupper and water free fall to the ground.

Scuppers are roof drains on the edge of the roof. The best draining system for a flat roof.

The best draining system is to have scuppers along the edge of the roof that let the water free fall to the ground.

Benefits of a scupper:

  • If it is wide enough, the scupper will not get clogged with leaves.
  • With a rainstorm, debris and leaves get washed off the roof
  • Low maintenance
  • Inexpensive
  • Roof will not get flooded as in a drain or gutter

When a scupper is connected with a downpipe, the chances are it will freeze during winter and not drain any water.

These type of scuppers are not very practical because they get clogged with leaves and debris easily.

Some scuppers are tied into a downpipe like this one in the picture. This type is not very effective because they clog easily with debris. It has a hole instead of an open mouth.

Some scuppers are tied into a down pipe like this one in the picture.

The copper scupper on this small flat roof is very efficient  It is wide, and water shoots over the edge of the roof.

Flat roofs that are designed to have scuppers as a drainage system are almost maintenance free. Open end scuppers allow for debris to be washed off the roof, unlike a drain or gutter that get full of debris.

Small flat roof with a wide mouth scupper. This scupper will never clog up with leaves. This is the best type of scuppers because it has a wide opening to allow debris to wash off during a good rain.

Small flat roof with a wide mouth scupper.

Small flat roof with a wide mouth scupper

This type of roof drain system will never clog up with leaves. This is the best type of scuppers because it has a wide opening to allow debris to wash off during a good rain. Wide mouth scuppers are the best for draining water off a flat roof. Debris and small objects will not get stuck.

Wide mouth scuppers are the best for draining water

Decorative Scuppers

Some architects wants to show off and request coppersmiths to make decorative scuppers

Decorative scuppers may have some appeal but are not always practical.

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