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Drone Infrared

Drone Infrared

DRONE INFRARED IMAGING It is truly amazing that a flying machine can hover over a building and take an infrared picture!  Drone Infrared Imaging has been doing this time and time again.  The results are pretty Phenomenal.  Even in the midst of some conditions which are less than perfect, the infrared seems to be true to form. I have had roofing contractors test my infrared pictures to see if they are accurate.  Overwhelmingly the answer has been yes.  You have heard it said, "a picture is worth a thousand words".  Well a drone infrared picture is worth thousands upon thousands of dollars.  Contractors have been able to replace wet insulation and install new to give a secure option for owners, knowing they have a dry roof system.  It has also served to send to a manufacturer a proof of dry insulation for reroof purposes or to indicate the areas of wet insulation replaced.
Drone Infrared
All blues are sporadic aluminum coating. Darker reds and white are wet insulation.  
The Below picture on this post was a roof that had wet insulation.  The contractor replaced the wet insulation and roofing and installed a GACO S20 100% Silicone Roof Coating with a 15-year warranty.  This saved the owners over $100,000 from other contractors.  These are some amazing pictures taken by Drone Infrared Imaging.  No matter what your need is we are here to help.

This picture allowed the roofing contract to tear out the wet areas and replace and coat the roof.

GACO Roof Coating
Finished product as a result of Drone Infrared which allows owner to install GACO Coating to save thousands.
Roof Infrared Required


Roof Infrared Required Building Owners, Condominium boards, Apartment complexes or any owner of a flat roof need to require an infrared scan of their roofs.  A simple clause in the quote requirements which states "ROOF INFRARED REQUIRED".  Infrared cameras mounted onto a drone make the process very economical for the information that one will receive.  Heat losses, higher radiant heat, roof emissivity, ponding water or different colors of roofing material all play a part in proper determination of what is going on under your roof system. Core samples Yes a core sample of your roof can tell how many roof layers are installed over the deck.  It can also tell where there is moisture within the core sample.  However it is only giving a microcosm  of the roof system's moisture trapped under the roof system.  Core samples can help the roofing contractor determine how many layers, how thick the roof is, whether there is insulation and possibly how difficult it is to tear off the roof system.  The best scenario and the most economical is to find out the existing roof can be roofed over.
Roof Infrared Required
The radiant heat from this roof is proving there is very little or no wet insulation. This proved to be true and was confirmed by the roofing contractor.
Reroof vs Tear Off There should always be an infrared scan if the existing roof is going to be re-roofed.  Roof infrared required should be inserted into every roof proposal with the option of a reroof.  Larger buildings can have a roof infrared performed quickly and efficiently.  This will tell the contractor as well as the owner just how much wet insulation will need to be removed during the reroof process.  Tearing off an existing roof is a different story.  All the roofing and insulation will be removed and disposed of.  A roof infrared should be brought in on the front end to determine the roof's need to be tore off.
Drone Infrared


Drone Infrared Imaging provides quick assessments We used to have a saying in my many years of roofing, "If it looks good, it is good".  Let's not take the saying to far and let's only apply it to roofing.  Is it always true, no.  Most of the time, however, it is. Where should you start to assess your roof?  Drones provide a quick overview of properties.  You can tell a lot from a different perspective.  Pictures, video and infrared scans can reveal a lot about your roof.  A trained professional can recognize damage and or irregularities in the roof system immediately by sending a drone with an HD camera in the air.  An owner or a manager should start with a quick assessment to determine if they need to go deeper in the inspection process. One of two things will happen.  Repairs are detected through looking at the in flight screen or photographs taken.  This could mean further inspection is needed.  Or no further inspection is needed because the roofs look good.  Talk about money savings! Infrared Roof Photographs The above is also true of infrared imaging.  The featured picture shows the buildings in the foreground which need to be replaced.  The buildings in the background have been replaced.  Therefore not all roofs are in need of further inspection.  The radiant heat being emitted from the front roofs is significant, as seen below.  The larger dark blue areas are actually areas of ponding water on the roof.  Insulation saturated with water collapses over time.  As a result, areas of ponding water become more numerous.  Allow Drone Infrared Imaging the opportunity to provide you with the information you need to make smart educated decisions. Drone Infrared
Roof Inspection


Have a roof inspection done today! A roof inspection is good to do every year.  A commercial roof is a very large expense.  If you wait until your roof leaks through the ceiling to start caring for your roof, you've waited far to long.  At Drone Infrared Imaging one of our specialties in roof inspections.  Roofs of all ages need to have inspections.  I don't know what it is about flat roofs but things happen up there.  Anything from people vandalizing to bullets puncturing the roof from people shooting in the air.  What goes up must come down.  Yes I have seen it.  Animals can cause havoc on a roof.  People storing things on the roof can also damage a roof.  And lastly one of the biggest causes of a commercial flat roof being damaged is neglect.
Roof Inspection, Drone
Core sample of a flat roof
One of the most important part of an inspection is to do a core sample to know what is going on.  The above pictures reveals a poured concrete deck with multiple layers of felt and tar.  It also have a modified bitumen cap sheet.  We know from this that a leak would take a lot of time to penetrate all the way through the concrete.  As a result, inspections for this type of roof should be performed often.  By that I mean once or twice a year. A roof inspection is not an expensive proposition.  They range anywhere from $450-$1200 per building.  They could cost a little more depending on the circumstances.  Or they could cost less depending on how many buildings.  At Drone Infrared Imaging we can also provide an aerial picture and or an infrared picture of you roof.  This would all depend on what service you would prefer for your roof.  Thanks for checking out my blog.  We look forward to hear from you.  Drone Infrared Imaging.