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Infrared imaging is a proven method for identifying and defining moisture problems in your roof. A professional Infrared Roof Inspection Roof Moisture Survey enables you to make informed decisions and will help develop your asset management program. Early detection helps to correct problem areas without the tremendous expense of replacing the entire roof. Infrared thermography will spot areas of wet insulation and heat loss associated with roof moisture.
As water enters your roof through the waterproofing layer(s) by tears, cuts, poorly sealed penetrations, failed flashings and caps, the insulation below can become laden with water and trapped in the roof substrate. If left in disrepair, the concrete deck absorbs or traps water, the wood deck rots. The metal deck rusts, and water intrudes into the building’s interior. Infrared thermography is useful in locating these moisture intrusions.
Roof Maintenance in General
Waterproofing problems manifest themselves in two ways: leakage and entrained moisture contamination.
Leakage is pretty simple, although the leak inside the building rarely directly relates to the exact spot on the roof because the water flows down the slope of the roof to a spot that is not sealed and into the building at that point. Most leaks occur where the waterproofing termination is sealed or where there is a penetration of the roof. Since most types of roofing systems absorb some amount of water, it is harder to find the exact spot of water contamination in the insulation because it may not leak into the building until the insulation has absorbed all the water it can hold.
There are three types of surveys that are used to find water in a roof. Nuclear gauges – which count neutrons, capacitance meters – which measure resistance, and infrared – which measures heat. Nuclear and Capacitance surveys are very labor-intensive and therefore expensive. The Infrared Roof Inspection Roof Moisture Survey is very cost effective and any commercial roofer can easily see the wet areas that need repair.
With the average lifespan of the typical commercial or industrial roof being seven years, regular inspections and a proper roof maintenance program are required if the owner wishes to properly maintain the roof. The lifespan can be increased by as much as 300%, resulting in significant savings for the roof owner.