What is Infrared Thermal Roof Inspection?
Infrared Thermal Roof Inspection is a proven method for detecting trapped moisture problems in flat roofs. Infrared roof Thermography can prevent equipment down time, production losses and help building owners and property management companies find roof problems when apartments below have become compromised by roof leaks.
Due to the high cost of replacing a damaged roof, Thermographic roof inspections should be performed whenever a building is purchased, sold or leased.
Infrared roof surveys provide the diagnostic information necessary for developing an effective roof maintenance program, planning capital budgets and for making informed decisions when considering roof repairs, replacement or resurfacing with one of the popular new roof coatings.
Water enters a roof through defects in the waterproofing layer(s) due to deterioration, tears, cuts, poorly sealed penetrations, seams, failed flashings or caps causing the insulation to become laden with trapped moisture. The building experiences energy loss because wet insulation has a lower “R” value than dry material thus providing less thermal resistance.
Water intrudes into the building’s interior causing damage and loss of productivity. If left in disrepair, the concrete deck absorbs water, the wood deck rots or the metal decking components rust. Infrared roof inspection is the perfect tool for detecting moisture intrusion and directing repair efforts to only the areas, which need it, minimizing costs and maximizing repair dollars.
Our high-resolution Infrared thermal imaging cameras, find the trapped moisture as shown in the images below. Wet areas are identified and marked to show exactly where tactical repairs are to be made. By marking wet areas directly on the roof, they can be seen by building owners and roofing contractors after the survey is performed. Often, we find that the infrared survey shows is it is not necessary to replace an entire roof that only a few sections are “wet” and repairs can be made surgically to only these areas.