Thermal Roof Inspections and Moisture Mapping

Thermal Imaging | Moisture Meter Testing | Moisture Probe Testing | Detailed Visible Imaging

Providing Drone Based Infrared Thermographic Roof Inspections

Infrared thermal imaging is a proven inspection method for identifying moisture within commercial low sloped and flat roof structures. Internal moisture damage is not easily observed from traditional inspection methods. Moisture intrusion is often extensive compared to the size of an opening. Getting a good visual understanding of the extent of moisture damage gives you the data you need to make educated decisions on completely repairing damage, trace the area moisture is likely coming from, calculate whether a roof is a good candidate for repair or replacement based on the numbers and help assess conditions for processing insurance claims.

While the use of thermal imaging is highly effective, the results are considered to be suspect until further tested and validated. Our process includes deploying FLIR and TRAMEX moisture meters to further test the roof for internal moisture content without destroying the membrane. If destructive testing is required, we can perform moisture probe testing and recommend core sample locations on the roof. Once the field testing is completed, we process our findings into a detailed report that highlights and calculates how much moisture is present in the roof deducted from the collected evidence. The best part about thermal imaging is that it provides an excellent visual that clearly portrays the condition unbiased.

We regularly provide thermal imaging and moisture testing services inspection Built-Up Roofs, Modified Bitumen, TPO, EPDM, and PVC roof structures. Roof with gravel aggregate is acceptable as long as the gravel is smaller than 1″ in diameter. Residential structures typically produce unreliable results. The success of thermal imaging is based on many factors, but construction is a big one. If you have insulation directly underneath a membrane or exterior surface, we are likely to find success in surveying that structure.

Call Today To Learn More About How Thermographic Imaging and Moisture Testing Can Benefit Your Business at (888) 408-3242

Our Process

Visible (RGB) Imaging

The first thing we do is capture high-resolution visible (RGB) images of the entire roof from various angles. We stitch those various images together to create a map of the roof that clearly shows where ponding water is present, mechanical equipment, piping, debris, dips or low spots on the roof, discoloration of the roof membrane, any other signs that indicate deterioration of the condition of the membrane, observe patterns from stretching or wrinkling of the membrane due to uplift and more.

Thermal (Infrared) Imaging

Next, we capture our thermal images of the roof. This is completed just after sunset or sunrise depending on the weather conditions. These images will produce temperature readings of the surface of the roof and structures. With an understanding of the roof’s known construction and age being inspected, we can then study the thermal and visible images together to identify which anomalies we suspect to be moisture in the roof.

Physical Moisture Testing

Now that we have highlighted the areas we suspect to be wet or dry, further testing needs to be completed to validate those observations. Looking at the map and studying those areas, depending on how we are going to be involved in the case moving forward, we select various locations throughout the roof based on the temperature patterns to perform moisture meter testing, moisture probe testing and gather core samples.

Detailed Moisture Mapping Report

Once all the field data has been collected, it’s time to process a detailed report that reviews all our findings. The test results from each step of the process will conclude where we determine moisture to be present in the roof. Those areas will be highlighted and calculations on the size of each wet spot will be reported. We provide a roof measurement report on the size of the whole roof and compare it with the amount of moisture identified. For example, if you have a 100,000 sqm roof with roughly 30,000 sqm of moisture damage, you can deduce that 30% of the roof structure is compromised by water intrusion. This number can help prove roof conditions to insurance companies, helping show a client how much it cost to repair the damages rather than replace the whole roof and ensure all wet material is removed from the roof before installing a roof over to get the highest warranty possible from the manufacturer.

Learn how others in the roofing industry are using thermal imaging and moisture mapping services to hold a competitive advantage over their competition.  

Where We Work

We have offices in Lakeland, FL, and Dallas, TX. We regularly work throughout the country with the bulk of our work being in Texas and Florida. We currently service Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Myers, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, and more.

Services We Provide

  • High-resolution aerial imaging for documenting the exterior condition of both residential and commercial roof structures.
  • Process reports that highlight damages from our visual observations.
  • Thermal Imaging: Utilizing the DJI Matrice 210 paired with the Zenmuse XT 640R and X4S, we can capture high-resolution aerial thermal and visible images for inspection purposes.  We capture thermal images at 640x 512 and visible images are 20mp. We capture both types of images from directly overhead at a high elevation and zoomed in on different sections of the roof. We also capture obliques from every side and corner of the building to ensure you can review every angle of the roof from the image captures.
  • Moisture Meter testing using Flir and Tramex moisture meters.
  • Moisture probing using Flir moisture test.
  • Process detailed reports that calculate how much moisture is present in a commercial roof.
  • Roof Measurement Reports: No matter how simple or complex your roof is, we can process a detailed measurement and annotations report providing you with total square footage,  coping cap lengths, eaves, rakes, ridges, hips, pitches, and much more. This data and information can help you consider replacement costs in correlation with the tangible evidence provided in our detailed reporting.

How You Can Benefit From This Service

  • Get detailed high-resolution documentation of property damage immediately after a storm for insurance claims.
  • See what your eyes cannot and get a good visual representation of the extent of damages while identifying where moisture is present in a roof system.
  • Get good visual data on roof conditions for determining the best methods for repairing damaged roofs.
  • Run estimates based on the present damages.
  • Reduce liability by getting a good understanding of a roof’s condition before ever stepping foot on the roof, especially on dangerous roofs.
  • Save time and operate much more efficiently by knowing where you need to spend your time on the roof from reviewing the detailed images taken on a roof before ever stepping foot on the roof.
  • We rarely recommend using a drone as a stand along with an inspection tool, but do feel confident in its ability to help streamline your roof inspection process drastically cutting costs.


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