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Fix My Roof’s Infrared Survey services offers infrared roof inspections for flat or low sloped commercial and residential roofs across New Mexico. Each of our inspectors is certified through the Infrared Training Center, specializing in state of the art Flir & Fluke Imagers, are seasoned in detecting moisture in roofing systems, as well as in home & facility inspections.

Infrared Thermography Surveys are a nondestructive technique applied to detect moisture in a roof’s substrate, and FMR’s surveys always comply with ASTM C1153- Standard Practice for Location of Wet Insulation in Roofing Systems Using Infrared Imaging.

FMR understands the issues homeowners and facility managers face with low sloped roofs. Thermography surveys provide valuable insights to building managers and homeowners by identifying moisture trapped within their roof’s insulation. Having this information allows our clients to make informed decisions when it comes to maintaining their roof’s structure.

Knowing how much moisture is contained within a roof’s substrate helps determine the magnitude of the damage. Traditionally, if more than 20% of the roof contains moisture, experts recommend tearing off the roof down to the original decking and replacing the whole roof. If less than 20% is saturated, it is recommended to replace only the damaged areas, and invest in a new roof coating to prolong the roof’s life. Silicone is the only product and roof restoration system Fix My Roof trusts, practices and warranties. Our research shows silicone is the most cost effective and reliable

How It Works:

First, if any gravel or rock exists on the roof, it must be removed at least two days prior to survey date. The gravel will absorb the sun’s UV rays throughout the day, preventing what moisture may be present from heating. Our thermographers ask that the survey take place 3 or more days after the most recent rainfall, and that the survey be conducted at dusk. As the roof absorbs the sun’s UV rays throughout the day, the water present in the roof will also heat. As the sun goes down, the roof will cool off very quickly, where more dense areas, such as areas that contain moisture, will retain its heat longer, allowing the thermographer to detect the radiation more efficiently.

If any moisture is detected, your thermographer will verify the sections that indicate a difference in temperature with a Moisture Meter. FMR uses a Delmhorst Moisture Meter with extended electrodes, able to penetrate up to 6” and capable of penetrating all roof substrates, including cement. If both tests indicate moisture is present, your thermographer will mark the sections on your roof using marking paint, allowing any contractors to visibly see the saturated areas before surgically penetrating the roofing system.

What kind of roofs need thermal surveys?

  • Polyurethane Closed Cell Foam and some TPO substrates

What kind of roofs do not need thermal surveys?

  • Tar & Gravel
  • Rolled
  • Metal

What are other practical uses for Infrared Thermography?

Infrared surveys of homes or structures can reveal structural anomalies in a non-invasive or destructive process. Common issues such as insulation deficiencies, identifying cooling or heat loss, furnace tubes and burners effectiveness, loose tiles, solar cell connection issues, blockages, corrosion or degradation in piping systems, connection issues in cables, panels, transformers, breakers, or fuses among many more preemptive maintenance inspections.

Want to learn more about infrared thermography in roofing systems? Click here for research from Gregory R. Stockton, a Level III Thermographer and leading expert in the infrared industry.

Not convinced you should have an infrared inspection on your roof? Read how ChevronTexaco saved $5.6 Million using Infrared Thermography to troubleshoot a growing array of systems and components.
Technology@Work: Infrared Thermography – July 2010

Want to learn more about the benefits of having an infrared survey on your commercial facility? Take a look at how the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability at the Smithsonian Institute uses infrared to schedule preventative and preemptive maintenance repairs in 27 galleries, museums, laboratories, and institutions from Washington D.C to New York City, New York.
Smithsonian IR Technology