The use of Infrared Thermal Imaging for roof inspection has become an economical and proven method of maintaining commercial flat roofs so commonly found in commercial, industrial, institutional, and office building structures. Roof leaks develop due to factors associated with installation, design, and neglected maintenance. Damage caused by a flat roof leak can be quite substantial and costly. A leak in a low sloped flat roof will often go unnoticed as the insulation between the roof deck and the flat roof covering absorbs much of the moisture. When moisture and water enters a commercial flat roof system, it often becomes trapped and can remain beneath the commercial roof covering for years. This causes the roof materials (including decking, insulation, and covering) to degrade rapidly and ultimately fail prematurely, resulting in enormous replacement expenditures. Infrared Thermal Inspections of commercial flat roofs can help!
Why is a Flat Roof Infrared Inspection important?
Thermal imaging can assist in determining the extent of affected/damaged materials, and help to identify the source of leaks. Roof leaks are unique in that when water damage is observed inside the building, the leak source rarely occurs directly above the interior location. Water trapped beneath a flat roof can travel great distances along roof decking, structural building components, and mechanical systems such as pipes and HVAC ducts. Blindly patching suspect areas is often performed and results in failed attempts, frustration, and wasted time and money. The longer a commercial flat roof continues to leak, the more likely damage, revenue loss, and equipment failure are likely to occur. It's understandable how facility and commercial building owners can become overburdened with repairs. With average flat roof replacement costs at $18.00 per square foot or more depending on the materials and extent of repairs needed, it's important to ensure your flat roof is sound year after year.
An undeniably proven method for determining your commercial flat roof condition is through the use of Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspections. The industry average life expectancy for flat (low sloped) roof systems is ten to fifteen years! These published statistics also indicate many flat roof systems will develop leaks within the first two years of service! For each year a building owner can extend their flat roof useful service life beyond the industry average, literally hundreds of thousands of dollars can be recouped into budgets for other expenditures and future expansions! BC Warner Inspections and Thermal Imaging Services has saved our clients enormous replacement expenses through infrared inspections of flat roof surfaces!
Frequently Asked Questions:
The building owner suspected a roof leak that was impacting is back office space and warehouse area. Infrared inspection provided negative findings for latent moisture beneath the roof surface; however, visual inspection of the roof top HVAC revealed careless workmanship which permitted water to enter the RTU and find its way to the interior areas through the ducts. A simple fix and enormous cost savings to the client!
The client continued to have roof leaks even after roofing contractors had repaired a small portion of the facility roof. An infrared inspection was performed, and found that insulation surrounding the repair area was also saturated with water. While the repaired areas were readily apparent, additional compromised areas of the roof covering remained. Further surgical repairs were needed to restore the roof and insulation panels to good condition. The client was able to obtain the information needed to fully understand the actual condition of the insulation materials below the roof surface.
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The potential savings reaped from Infrared Roof Inspection and Moisture Surveys provided by BC Warner Inspections can be enormous! Through proper maintenance and infrared roof inspections, our clients can extend the service life of their flat roof exponentially. Entire roof replacements can turn into smaller "surgical" repairs saving clients hundreds of thousands of dollars. The incentive to repair and maintain roofs, rather than replace them becomes even greater during these tough economic times. Additionally, as waste disposal costs continue to increase, our use of landfills can be significantly reduced to protect our environment for future generations! Infrared Roof Inspections and Moisture Surveys will help to pinpoint and focus your maintenance personnel or contractors on the precise areas needing repair. Roof maintenance using the information and details provided by an infrared roof inspection is one of the best investments businesses and facility owners can make.