Roofs

Rainscaping Solutions For Roofs

View the detailed information for each RainScaping solution suited for Roofs including how to design, install and maintain your solution. Be sure to first Evaluate Your Site to make sure a solution will work for your property and to check for potential permit requirements.  


Drip-Line Protection

Dripline Image Opens in new windowDetails in RainScaping GuideAdd plants, mulch or rocks below decks or roofs with no gutters. Solutions for: 
- Reducing erosion 
- Preventing basement & crawl space flooding

Effort: Low to Moderate

Cost: $ - $$

MaintenanceLow



Drainage outlet protection

Drainage Outlet Image Opens in new windowDetails in RainScaping GuideInstall at the outlet of downspouts, pipes or berms to slow runoff and spread it out. Solution for: 
- Reducing erosion 
- Preventing basement & crawl space flooding

Effort: Low 

Cost: $

MaintenanceLow



Gutters & Downspouts

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Add to a roof to direct rainwater to the yard where it can soak in. Solution for: 
- Reducing erosion 
- Helping prevent basement & crawl space flooding

Effort: Low to Moderate

Cost: $ - $$

MaintenanceLow



Rain Gardens

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Direct runoff into a landscape area designed with special soils and plants allowing water to pond and slowly soak in. Solution for:
- Adding visual interest
- Reducing compaction and erosion in heavy-traffic areas
- Helping rainwater soak in

Effort: High

Cost: $$$

Maintenance: Moderate (Highest highest in first 2-3 years as plants establish. Regular mulch application can reduce maintenance) 



Rainwater Collection Systems (Cistern)

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Capture and store large amounts of rainwater from your roof to repurpose for watering. Solution for: 
- Slowing down rainwater
- Storing rain for later use
- Reducing your water bill 

Effort: Moderate

Cost: $$

MaintenanceModerate



Rainwater Collection Systems (Rain Barrel)

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Capture and store small amounts of rainwater from your roof to repurpose for watering. Solution for: 
- Slowing down rainwater
- Storing rain for later use
- Reducing your water bill 

Effort: Moderate

Cost: $$

MaintenanceModerate



Underground Infiltration Systems (may require permits)

Underground Infiltration ImageComing soonDirect runoff into an underground trench, pit (dry well) or chamber where the water slowly soaks into the ground. Solution for: 
- Helping rainwater soak in

Effort: High

Cost: $$

Maintenance: Low


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