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Thermal Imaging For Roof Repair

October 13, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 120

It is vital to find leaks and problem areas in roofs before they become extensive. Thermal imaging is a technique to help spot leaks early in order to save money on repairs. This article will give an brief overview of what thermal imaging is and its benefits.

What is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal Imaging is using infrared technology to detect moisture. When inspecting roofing, the infrared light identifies temperature differences as a guide to indicate excessive moisture or air leaks. Thermographic images are formed which can quickly pinpoint areas of saturation or airflow. The method is completely noninvasive.

How does it work?

If you've ever watched a spy movie where thermal technology is used to determine if someone was in a building, you've seen the concept used for roofing! With a special "camera" pointed at the ceiling and walls and a computer to receive the data, the technology measures temperatures, displaying the variations with color. Warmer temperatures show up on a spectrum as yellow to red. Cooler temperatures will be displayed as green to purple. The cooler temperatures indicate seepage of moisture, so the green to purple colors will tell the repair specialist where leakage problems may be occurring. However, this is just a guide. A moisture meter will be used at the cool sites to verify the imaging is, indeed, indicating a leak. In some cases, the warmer colors indicate a breakdown in insulation where heat is getting in and needs to be repaired to prevent energy loss.


Thermal imaging is considered a green friendly way to repair roofing for several reasons. First of all, the precise pinpointing of troubled areas allows the roofing repair specialist to only remove and patch the actual problems. Before the technology, common practice involved full removal of vast areas of the roof, tossing perfectly good materials into landfills.

Second, since the technology indicates where energy efficiency is breaking down, repairs made before a major issue occurs preserves proper heating and cooling of buildings which, in turn, keeps the building's occupants healthy.

The environmentally green benefits are also financially green benefits. Being able to focus repairs precisely where the damage is located cuts costs. Plus, the repair estimate can be more specific to allow business owners to budget appropriately without surprises as the repairs are underway. Also, by finding problems before they become extensive, large repairs are avoided, and money does not need to be wasted on energy lost.

To take advantage of thermal imaging, find a commercial roofing repair specialist near you.

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