Infrared Imaging

Serving Oklahoma and Dallas / Ft-Worth Metro Area

Alpine Thermal Imaging Systems with office locations in Dallas Texas and Oklahoma do Infrared Imaging inspections on commercial flat and low slope properties. Thermal imaging is non-invasive and allows us to scan your entire roof quickly.  More traditional methods require a grid-type contact search, which is very time-consuming for inspectors who choose to walk a roof for inspections.   Using our drone and a FLIR infrared camera to locate areas of moisture intrusion and wet insulation is quick, accurate and inexpensive compared to other methods.  Since IR imaging allows problem areas to be located before severe symptoms appear, significant damage can be avoided by catching and addressing issues as they develop.
Thermal Imaging Advantages:
  • Thermal Imaging is fast and accurate.
  • We can identify small problem areas before they become larger and with our years of roofing experience can recommend the best way to resolve any issues..
  • We provide a thorough assessment of and roofing damage or issues.
  • IR equipment is lightweight and can be carried by our drone.
  • It provides visual documentation of problems.
  • It is non-invasive.
Infrared Imaging

There are a few disadvantages to using thermal imaging for inspecting a roof these can be mitigated by our experienced operators.  The main things to be aware of are the roof’s composition and the weather conditions.  Both of these factors can influence the ability of infrared technology to provide accurate and useful information.

Infrared Imaging
The best weather conditions for conducting an infrared roof inspection include:
  • winds of less than 15 mph;
  • sunny and clear conditions on the day prior to the inspection; and
  • a quick decrease in the ambient temperature right before collecting images.

Best Weather Conditions For Thermal Imaging

Though the principles involved are the same, detecting moisture intrusion using an IR camera is different for inspecting a roof compared to detecting moisture intrusion at the interior because exterior environmental factors play a larger role in determining whether the data can be accurately collected.  We will work with each of our clients to ensure we do a roofing survey at the optimal time in relation to the weather.

There are four weather-related factors that can influence exterior surface temperatures over a roof’s wet areas compared to dry areas.  They are:
  • the difference between interior and exterior temperatures;
  • the rate of temperature change in the hours before viewing the thermal images;
  • the amount of solar loading; and
  • wind speed.

An infrared imaging inspection during warm weather relies on solar loading to create the apparent temperature difference between wet and dry. For this reason, a thermal imaging inspection in summer months is often performed around dusk or dawn. We will work with our clients to choose the best time of day to perform the inspection. Thermal  Imaging during cold months is made possible by creating a large inside-to-outside temperature difference in the building, which is another way to allow the wet and dry spots to be viewed.

Thermal Imaging Different Roofing Materials

It is important for inspectors to know the composition of the roof to be inspected with a Flir, IR camera because the roof-covering materials affect how well thermal imaging can detect moisture.  Most common materials pose no problems.  Any commercially available rigid insulation board, as well as composite boards and tapered systems made from the same materials, can be “read” through thermal imaging.  This includes organic fibers, perlite, cork, fiberglass, cellular glass, polystyrene, polyurethane, isocyanurate and phenolic insulation materials.

Infrared Imaging

Inverted roof membrane assemblies with extruded polystyrene insulation between the ballast and protective membrane are poor candidates for thermal imaging inspection, although they are not common.  Some other construction types that can pose problems include roofs with concrete pavers, roofs with lightweight concrete or gypsum, and highly reflective metal roofs.  Infrared imaging can still be used in many of these cases, though it may be more difficult to read the images.

In Texas proudly serving, Dallas / Fort Worth / Southlake / Keller / Trophy Club / Grapevine / Irving / Arlington / Cedar Hill / Duncanville / Plano / Frisco / The Colony / Addison / McKinney / Richardson / Garland / Mesquite / Allen / Carrollton / Wylie / Azle / Flower Mound / Richland Hills / North Richland Hills / Rowlett / Rockwall / Highland Park / University Park / Denton / Sherman / Denison / Gainesville / Greenville / Waxahachie / Cleburne

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