Commercial Roofing Maintenance: Utilizing Infrared Moisture Surveys to Extend the Life of Your Roof
For many commercial building owners, one of the most pervasive and expensive threats to the integrity of their roof is the presence of water. Experienced commercial roofing maintenance companies will tell you that the vast majority of roofing systems that do not survive their estimated service life are damaged because of standing water, mold, mildew, or another form of water damage. Given the high cost of the roof replacement process and the importance of keeping your roof water free, it makes sense to embrace the latest technology to help you identify and address areas on your roof with high moisture levels.
Infrared Technology and Roofing
Infrared technology works by measuring the rate of radiation cooling that occurs on the surface of your roof and is rapidly being embraced by commercial roofing maintenance companies. Radiation cooling occurs after the hottest part of the day when the roof is able to release some of its stored heat back into the atmosphere. An infrared roofing tool is able to measure the rate of radiation cooling in various spots of the roof and, since wet spots tend to retain heat for a much longer period of time than dry spots, infrared sensors can help to identify warm or wet spots.
Infrared sensors are extremely accurate tools for identifying areas of a roof with high moisture content and can make a property manager’s job much easier by allowing them to accurately measure moisture content at a rapid pace, saving both time and money and significantly reducing long-term repair and maintenance costs associated with your existing roofing system.
When to Use this Technology
Infrared technology is typically compact, very user-friendly, and can be used by your maintenance staff with little additional training or knowledge required. Furthermore, it is best used in the days following a major rainstorm or snow melt, since this is the time when the highest amounts of water levels will be found on a roof with drainage problems. In addition, this technology is incredibly useful when planning a re-roofing project over an existing roof, before purchasing a new property, and prior to ending your contract with a commercial roofing maintenance company for a new roof replacement.
Lastly, infrared roofing technology is rapidly becoming a key tool in the arsenal of commercial roofing maintenance companies to assess not only the external portion of a roofing system, but to also assess the strength of the roof’s internal structures, such as the attic, underlying support structure, and wood support beams. Contact us today to learn more about how to utilize this technology in the maintenance of your building, and ultimately improve its lifespan.