Catching leaks and other damages in the early stages can save you a ton of money in repairs and prevent any massive surprise expenses. For this reason, our inspectors are trained to be as thorough as possible during these inspections. However, even the best inspectors can miss things that the naked eye can’t catch, which is why we utilize thermal imaging to make sure nothing goes unnoticed.
How Thermal Imaging Works
Thermal imaging is capturing an image of an object that allows you to see its heat radiating off of it via colors assigned to the level of heat. These colors are typically displayed using a yellow to red spectrum indicating heat and a green to purple spectrum indicating cooler temperatures. There are several ways that this is implemented when conducting a commercial roof inspection.
When your roof leaks, the insulation begins to get saturated by the intruding moisture. Wet roofing insulation soaks up more heat throughout the day releases that heat slowly during the night. The longer this goes on, the more heat this section of your roof will maintain. Unfortunately, many leaks do not have any visual indicators until major damage has been done to the insulation and foundation of the roof. However, if a thermal imaging inspection is done, this spot on your roof will stand out due to the heat it is retaining.
The ability to do this is essential for protecting your commercial roof both in the short and long term. Making thermal imaging inspections part of your inspection cycle allows us to identify moisture infiltration spots and address them immediately. It also allows your project manager to map out potential problem areas on your property’s roof to keep a close eye on throughout your roof’s life cycle.
Conditions for a Thermal Roofing Inspection For Your Commercial Building
Due to the technology’s dependence on varying temperatures for proper identification of hotspots, certain climate conditions must be met to properly conduct a thermal imaging inspection. Our project managers advise only conducting these inspections when temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher. This is due to the fact that your property’s roof will likely absorb enough heat to create varying temperatures in areas where there are leaks. Additionally, we do not recommend performing a thermal imaging inspection after recent rain, as it will make it difficult to differentiate moisture from the rainfall and retained moisture from a leak.
Demonstrating Product Effectiveness
Another way A-Line Contractors implements our thermal imaging technology is to both demonstrate the effects and observe the condition of cool roof coatings. Cool roof coatings, such as Castagra’s Ecodur coating, are becoming increasingly popular as a green roof solution due to their sustainability, waterproof sealing, and UV reflective properties. These UV reflective properties significantly cut down on the amount of heat your roof absorbs, thusly lowering the energy costs associated with keeping it cool. To demonstrate this, we will often show property owners a before and after of the heat, their roof is radiating after applying the coating.
All property owners can benefit from a thermal imaging inspection being performed on their commercial property’s roof. It can help establish a baseline thermal signature that allows our project managers to create a customized long-term maintenance plan that can target potential problem areas that may be at risk for leaks in the future. Performing these inspections regularly also allows us to identify leaks in their early stages before the interior of your property becomes collateral damage.
Contact us today to schedule a thermal imaging inspection on your property.