Costly and even disastrous conditions can be brought about from an undetected roof leaks. One of the many uses of thermal imaging is preventive maintenance inspections. Especially with many of the more modern flat industrial roofing systems. Moreover, this can be accomplished through the use of thermal images taken on a regular basis to monitor the condition and use for time comparison.
[image type=”thumbnail” src=”https://thermograpros.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IR0014451-300×225.jpg” alt=”Los Angeles Infrared Water Intrusion”][clear] [custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]Roof Inspections Using Infrared Thermography[/custom_headline] Thermograpros of Los Angeles performs roof inspections on many types of roof systems. With flat roofs moisture which enters the roofs membrane is trapped. Once the moisture is trapped within the insulation, it can be subject to solar loading. Solar loading is essentially the “heating-up” of the moisture saturated insulation.
Once the sun goes down and the roofs surface cools down it creates a noticeable differential. This is the different temperature between the moisture which is trapped within the roofs membrane. Specifically the insulation and the roofs cooler outer surface. The wet insulation will show up in your thermal imager as a noticeably cooler condition.[image type=”thumbnail” src=”https://thermograpros.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IR001443-300×225.jpg” alt=”Los Angeles Infrared Water Intrusion”][clear] As a thermography company, we’ve inspected over two million square feet of flat roof a year. This is to say…we understand the methods, the material and the protocol when it comes to roof inspections.
Once we locate moisture within the roofing material we then test the area with a special moisture metering device. This moisture meter is designed especially for commercial roofs. We then mark the area so a qualified roofing contractor can provide additional testing such as core sampling.
We have the ability to inspect many other roofing systems as well. However, many of those systems require the use of another device which is called a spray rack. It’s a device which we place in sections of the roof in order to “map” the moisture within the roof system. Thermograpros is the leader in thermal imaging roofing inspections.