Benefits of Drones in Commercial Roof Inspections

We can draw a parallel between the benefits of drones in commercial roof inspections and how drones are changing the roof industry in general.  Drones are capable of visualizing the full picture from an aerial perspective to pinpoint specific areas of interest with great accuracy.  This precision-level detail lets a contractor focus exactly where to inspect the roof, with a handheld moisture meter, to fully diagnose the situation.  By quickly identifying problem areas you not only save time and money on inspection, but keep your facilities running efficiently.

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Infrared (IR) inspections are non-destructive, very effective in identifying damaged areas, and provide a visual qualification of your roof integrity. Drones equipped with thermal imaging is the next level diagnostic technology that lets you instantly visualize and verify the thermal performance of your facility.  Infrared cameras show you thermal problems that may otherwise not be visible, and quantify them with precise non-contact temperature measurement. The aerial thermal imaging services we offer at 360 Thermal Horizons, provide valuable data that can actualize cost-savings for building owners or insurance companies.

Our professional aerial thermal imaging services can reduce your commercial roof repair and replacement costs by:

  • Targeting water damaged roof areas and wet insulation for effective repair
  • Identifying sound roof sections for conservation
  • Locating small concentrations of moisture before it causes serious damage
  • Prevent costly roof replacements that are not officially warranted
  • Improving specifications for more competitive bidding
  • Providing independent, objective information about the actual condition of your roof system to help you make sound decisions based on fact, not opinions.
  • Prolong the life of your roof with effective routine maintenance

Prevent Problems Before They Get Worse

Easily assess the condition of your commercial roof with aerial thermal imaging services from 360 Thermal Horizons.  Our drones will fly over your commercial roof, capturing infrared high-resolution photos and videos.  We help you identify anomalies, water damage, heat leakage, or other potential problems before they become major issues.  Our services are conducted from the ground, reducing your risk exposure to employees, assets and property.  By incorporating a drone in your regular maintenance program, you be eligible for insurance premium reductions as part of a comprehensive safety procedure.  Performing commercial roof inspections with drones is a faster, safer, and more time-efficient way to gather the valuable data you need.

Infrared Moisture Surveys

Aerial infrared roof inspection is a proven method for detecting trapped moisture problems in flat roofs that may not be visible by traditional methods.  Aerial thermal imaging can compliment your existing preventative maintenance program by; avoiding production losses and help building owners and property management companies detect compromised areas before they become costly problems.

Damaged roofs are very costly to replace therefore, aerial thermal imaging should be performed whenever a building is purchased, sold, or leased.  Infrared roof surveys provide the detailed information necessary for developing an effective roof maintenance program, planning capital budgets and for making informed decisions when considering roof repairs, replacement or resurfacing.

Defects in waterproofing (i.e. deterioration, poorly sealed penetrations, failed clashing, etc.) allows water to enter a roof and saturate the insulation (see ‘Consequences of Wet Insulation’).  The building experiences energy loss as a result of the wet insulation, which has a lower “R” value than dry material.  Wet insulation becomes a conductor of energy rather than a resister, resulting in increased energy bills.  Our high-resolution cameras find the trapped moisture beneath the roof using thermal imaging.  Wet areas can be identified and marked to show exactly where strategic repairs are to be made.  Often, the infrared survey shows it is not necessary to replace an entire roof, as only a few sections are “wet” and repairs can be made these specific areas.

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Changing the Future of Building Inspections

The ability to safely, quickly and cost effectively fly a drone and camera around your building is dramatically changing the future of building assessment and inspection.  Buildings take environmental abuse from all angles and at all altitudes, and sometimes you need to perform side panel inspections along with rooftop inspections.  At 360 Thermal Horizons, our pilots will fly to your area of interest and provide detail-rich information.  High-resolution photos and video provide an up-close look at the current building or side panel condition, while optical sensors allow the drone to operate at a safe distance from the building.

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Manual inspection methods put your employees at risk.  Traditional systems of ropes, pulleys and scaffolding are inherently dangerous, timely, and costly.  Incorporating a drone as part of your building inspection process, you will realize cost-effective benefits at the same time as providing a safer work environment to your employees.

Professional roof and building consultants are using drones to provide different services and benefits to customers.  Drones in commercial roof inspections improve quality in two major ways. First, we make it simple to access all areas of the building.  Second, we improve the reliability of the inspection data.  After our drone inspection, your engineers will be given photos and videos from the drone as documentation of the inspection.

Using Thermal Imaging for Building Envelope Inspections

Inspecting buildings using a drone and thermal imaging camera is a powerful and non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of the building.  A thermal imaging camera can identify problems early, allowing them to be documented and corrected before becoming more serious and more costly to repair.  Professionals use both infrared video cameras and infrared still cameras to evaluate the surface temperature of a building envelope.  When it comes to energy efficiency, thermal imaging can determine the areas where insulation has been compromised and where improvements have to be made in order to rectify the problem.

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If you are a building surveyor, an energy or sustainability manager in a local authority or housing association, you may want to contact 360 Thermal Horizons to arrange an infrared survey for a variety reasons.  Your objective may be to discover and diagnose energy inefficiencies or to detect and inspect property defects.  As part of preventative diagnostics, thermal imaging can be used to detect energy losses in all types of buildings (commercial, industrial) and even cultural heritage sites.

This method of envelope testing is essential to recommissioning and redevelopment projects because it allows you to analyze the performance of the structure that has been renovated.  If you’re a real estate developer or an engineer, our services will be useful to you.  Infrared thermography for building diagnostics can help you meet LEED certification requirements, check the workmanship quality, ensure the integrity of the envelope system, and more.