No one would argue that roof drains are important. No one would argue that potted plants are pretty. But that doesn’t mean roof drains that look like potted plants are a good thing.
It’s been a very rainy Spring and no one would argue that either. Now those weeds are getting a full dose of hot sun. It’s the reason we’re seeing so many roof drains that look like potted plants this year and it’s real problem.
Any vegetation growing in a roof drain will make it harder for water to drain, or totally block water from draining. We all know roof drainage is key in preventing leaks.
But vegetation causes another more serious problem and that’s because of it’s roots. If you know how fast weeds grow and spread their roots, you know this is something you’d have to act fast on.
We never know how much damage the roots have done until we remove them.
Roots are tough and determined. They will do whatever they have to for water. Even if it means piercing a roof membrane.
Add that pierced membrane and the water build-up caused by the caused drain and you’ve got yourself a leak.
Here are a few more roof drains that look like potted plants.
The Roof Fern
“Small but Hearty”
“The Hanging Basket”
“Young and Tough”