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Aerial Infrared Roof Moisture Surveys Infrared thermography a very popular means of testing electrical and mechanical systems. Almost everyone in maintenance has seen an article about how infrared (IR) thermography has saved a piece of electrical switchgear from an imminent destruction and the resulting downtime. Infrared thermographers look at the thermal energy that is emitted from an object or group of objects, explain what is normal, see abnormalities and report them so that maintainers can act to repair the problem. This method works well on heat emissions from most objects, including building roofs. A well-prepared, graphic and accurate map of the infrared signatures of a roof can significantly benefit the building owner at all stages of that roof’s service life. This type of testing is commonly referred to as an infrared roof moisture survey. Infrared thermography is not leak management, it is predictive maintenance. No matter how the water got into the substrate, the purpose of this type of survey is simply to find and document where the water is so repairs can be accomplished.
Fly-By Roof Inspections? Flat roofs or roofs with a low slope are especially prone to moisture contamination, since the lack of space under the roof retards proper air flow and ventilation
Qualitative Infrared Roof Moisture Surveys-Who Performs Them, Who Buys Them, and Why Qualitative infrared thermography is performed on roofs to quantify the extent of roof moisture (water) that is in the roof system. Infrared thermography is not leak management. No matter how the water got into the substrate, the purpose of this type of survey is simply to find and document where the water is located. This information is then used to manage roof assets more effectively. By knowing where and how much water is in the roof, the owner can make an informed decision regarding maintenance activities that need to take place.
Well-Trained Roofing Crews Help Energy Efficiency Energy efficient roofing is no longer a trend, and has moved fully into the mainstream of facilities management in the United States. But the financial benefits and sustainability of energy efficient roofs can be compromised if repairs and coatings applications are done poorly.


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