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Infrared Roof Inspection
We find and document areas of wet insulation and roof leaks
Infrared Roof Moisture Surveys
Infrared roof inspection for New York, NYC, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Infrared 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.
Watch this video of a roof moisture survey and see how Infrared imaging locates roof water problems:
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 above. 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.
Here’s how a infrared roof scan works...
During the day, the sun radiates energy onto the roof and into the roof substrate, and then at night, the roof radiates the heat back into outer space. This is called radiational cooling. Areas of the roof that are of a higher mass (wet) retain this heat longer than that of the lower mass (dry) areas. Infrared imagers can detect this heat and “see” the warmer, higher mass areas, during the “window” of uneven heat dissipation. Heat loss and other IR services can be performed at the same time.
By using the information generated by a RoofScanIR report, the owner's roofing professional can recommend cost-effective removal and replacement of wet components. Problem areas can now be corrected without the tremendous expense of replacing the entire roof.
We create detailed and professional Infrared reports documenting the entrained roof moisture. We designed the infrared reports so that Roof Professionals and building owners or property management companies will be able to use the information to verify the wet areas and write specifications to repair the roof. Our reports can be used to document roof conditions to ensure warranty coverage is maintained, to certify the roof substrate is dry prior to applying a roof coating material and for pre purchase inspections.
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Infrared Imaging Services LLC will scan an entire roof surface economically to reveal latent defects. If you are an investor, seller, roofing company, facilities or property manager, finding moisture or heat loss problems in a roof is an important aspect when considering maintenance requirements and building value. A roof must be dry proir to applying a new roof coating or it will blister. We specialize in working with building owners and coating vendors for performing pre coating inspections to ensure warranty coverage of the new coating.
Do you have BIG roofs like a large school campus, apartment complex, shopping center or mall? The best way to see trapped moisture on these big roofs is from the AIR!
Click on the link below to see what high resolution Aerial Infrared looks like!
Thinking of installing solar panels? A pre installation Infrared roof scan is required to detect moisture and other latent defects when the panel array is to be mounted on a flat roof, as is the case on most commercial buildings. The life expectancy of a PV solar panel array can be is 15-20 years, if the roof has a latent moisture problem it may require the removal of the array to repair the roof just a few years after installation or even sooner. Removing the solar panels to fix the roof will add significant cost to the roof repair, loss of power/revenues for the building owner and possible problems maintaining the panels’ warranty, if they aren’t damaged in the removal process.
An Infrared roof survey can help you to plan and forecast repair expenses on an existing building, or commission a roof prior to the roof warranty expiring.
Roofing companies use infrared to quickly find and document the location of reported leaks saving many man hours of searching. A roof scan can find leaks which haven’t yet penetrated the decking to cause damage within the occupied spaces. These future leaks can now be identified, documented and proposals for repair can be given to the building management.
Waterlogged insulation which adds dangerous excess weight and increases energy loss due to the reduction of the insulation’s “R” value is also visible during the infrared roof inspection. Knowing the location and quantity of saturated insulation prior to interior water penetration, creates the opportunity to pre-plan and budget these repairs, before any damage is done to property, people and equipment.
If you are responsible for the care and maintenance of a building roof, knowing the condition of your roof is important. Adding an annual or semi- annual Infrared roof inspection to your roof asset management program is one of the best and most cost effective things you can do to increase the life of the roof, minimize loss and maximize profits.
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