Flat roofing systems often make it more difficult to detect moisture issues, which can have a negative effect on the rest of the structure. This makes getting an infrared roof moisture survey, using infrared thermography, a necessity before you replace the roof or even before you choose to purchase a building. Armed with this information, you will be able to choose whether you need to go through the expensive process of replacing this type of roof.
What Happens to Your Roof?
Over time, the waterproofing layers installed on the roof can grow thin or may develop cracks that let moisture in. This can create a vast number of issues with the rest of your structure, many of which will be difficult to notice until the damage is extreme. Some of the issues these moisture leaks can cause include:
- Interior damage to the building
- Hazardous conditions for occupants
- Mold growth
- Corrosion of metal components
- Degradation of the building
- Added weight to the structure
Many of these issues may not be evident in their early stages, which makes infrared inspection services a necessity, especially before you purchase a building.
When you get an infrared roof moisture survey, you will learn where moisture exists in a roof and whether the issue requires repairs or a full replacement of the roof. This non-invasive test uses infrared technology to measure the temperature of the roof to map it out thermally. Areas with higher temperatures are more likely to contain moisture than cooler spots. This is because higher density materials retain the heat from the sun for longer.
Identify Trouble Areas
The best part about using infrared thermography to inspect a flat commercial roof for damage is it can quickly and easily determine the exact locations of issues. Because a full roof replacement is such a costly job, it’s best for businesses to get repairs done first, if possible. Infrared inspection services can provide a clear map of where the problem areas lie and how large they are so roofing contractors can evaluate the condition of the roof and determine if repair is the best option. This ensures businesses don’t spend unnecessary funds on a replacement.
If you’re considering buying a commercial building with a flat roof or you already own one, an infrared roof moisture survey is an absolute necessity. These surveys will use the latest in infrared thermography to identify areas of the roof that may contain excess moisture that can lead to structural issues if not resolved. When you can clearly identify problem areas, you will be able to make the right decision regarding whether a replacement is necessary or a repair will provide the changes needed to protect the structure of your building.
If you’re interested in infrared inspection services, contact us. Our experienced team of professionals can inspect your roof and supply a thorough report to help you make the right decisions.