If a leak occurs on a flat roof, damage often goes unnoticed for a considerable time as water penetrates and soaks the decking and underlying insulation. This can lead to expensive damage from the rot which often develops and if left can weaken the roof structure. Roofing professionals have been using thermal imaging cameras for years to pinpoint water intrusion, find moisture beneath the surface, and document dryness with accuracy and confidence.
However, for roofs of industrial buildings, thermal inspections can be a very time-consuming and physical job, when done with a handheld thermal camera. Thanks to this advanced drone equipped with a FLIR thermal imaging camera core, thermal inspections of industrial roofs are a walk in the park.
Although flat roofs have many advantages construction-wise, their installation is often complex, due to the composition of the many roof layers. Many places on flat roofs can be the source of defects. Water leaks might be the result of unprofessional installation, neglected maintenance or degradation of the surface due to insufficient protection of the surface layers against climatic influences. Additionally, water collected on the damaged roof construction can have a negative effect on the durability of the roof clad. Mostly, water leaking under the surface of the roof over a long period will destroy the foundation layers.
Finding water leaks with the naked eye is not as straightforward as it might seem. In most cases, water trails do not directly lead to the leak source and thus the entire flat roof needs to be examined in detail. Regular maintenance roof inspections, however, can lead to the timely discovery of leaks and as a result prevent damage to escalate into more serious, permanent damage. Unfortunately, in industrial applications, a detailed survey of an entire roof is very difficult due to the sheer size of the task. For an inspection professional, it can be a time-consuming and physically demanding task and, therefore, in most cases, the inspector only focuses on risky areas and defects that can be overseen.
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