Top 4 Advantages of an Infrared Roof Inspection

Infrared roof inspectionSince the 1970s, infrared thermography – or thermal imaging – has been used extensively to inspect flat and low-sloped roofs. Why? to find moisture entrapment, missing insulation, leaks and more.

Replacing a damaged roof can cost as much as $8-$12 per square foot and many Illinois roofs fail every year – often prematurely – simply due to moisture intrusion and wet insulation the homeowner never even knew was there.

1. Infrared Finds Moisture Fast

Thermal imaging makes apparent the temperature differences that are invisible to the naked eye. Employing an infrared camera is an excellent way to find moisture and damp insulation because the roof absorbs heat during the day and releases it as the temperatures fall later.

The wet areas release heat slower than the dry areas – and so the wet and dry areas are quickly found with an infrared camera.

2. Infrared is Thorough but Non-Invasive

If you suspect your roof is not working it’s best, but you’re not sure, the last thing you want is someone stomping around in the attic and guessing at the problem. You want facts, not guesswork – after all you can guess all by yourself.

Thermal imaging allows a home inspector to scan large areas of the roof – both from the inside and the outside quickly and without disturbing objects. The more traditional and time-consuming methods of roof inspections involve invasive testing and more and still it’s not conclusive. Thermal imaging can also be performed from an elevated point, which allows a greater area to be examined at one time and eliminates the need to haul equipment into your home and onto your roof.

3. Infrared Identifies Problems Before They Cause Damage

Every homeowner would prefer to fix a problem before it causes major damage, but when the problem is hidden – behind a wall, in a ceiling, between floors – the first indicator you have that a problem exists is when the damage is apparent.

Infrared inspections can identify problems – even hidden ones – before they cause damage to your home.

4. Infrared Home Inspections are Cost-Effective

By contacting an experienced infrared home inspector, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on high-end infrared camera equipment – your infrared-trained home inspector has handled that detail for you.

Infrared camera equipment is lightweight and portable, and it’s smaller than you expect, but it delivers a thorough assessment of compromised and damaged areas of your home without a lot of invasive testing or heavy equipment.

As a result of these advantages, infrared inspections can be used as part of a sale of a home or as regular home maintenance.

See what difference infrared can make with your home inspection and call Andrew MacDonald, an experienced infrared home inspector. Fill in our online form to request your infrared home inspection today.

One response to “Top 4 Advantages of an Infrared Roof Inspection

  1. In the article it states that infrared allows a professional to see large parts of your roof without having to be invasive. My mother wants to get her roof inspected, to insure that it is sturdy and going to keep doing its job properly. Since getting close to the roof can be difficult and there are a lot of obstacles in the way, infrared would be the perfect solution.

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