Commercial Roof Moisture Survey 101: What To Know In Advance

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If you are a commercial building owner, the sooner you can spot signs of roofing leaks and other problems, the sooner you can address them and save your business money on extensive, costly repairs. One of the single best resources out there for this is an infrared roof moisture survey. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to understand about these surveys and what they can do for your business and your commercial building.

The First Scan Provides A Starting Point

It's often best to schedule your building's first infrared scan before you have any reason to suspect a problem. By requesting an infrared scan when you believe your roof to still be strong and in good condition, you allow your roofing contractor to get a baseline image of the roof by which to compare all future imagery. This way, it's much easier to identify signs of deterioration or problems faster, because subtle changes will show up in comparison to the baseline image.

Results Aren't Taken Without Confirmation

You should also know that, when a roofing contractor conducts an infrared moisture survey, they don't just automatically take those results as accurate without some confirmation. A sampling of the roofing material is still taken from a variety of spots, including any areas that show up with increased moisture and some that show up as dry. These are core samples that the roofing company will evaluate for the accuracy of the scan.

You Receive A Full Report

Once the infrared scan is complete and the core sample testing is finished, you will receive a full, detailed report from the roofing contractor. This report will show you the scan itself, the results superimposed on an aerial image of your roof, and the details of any areas that have been identified as potential problems.

You'll get clear explanations of any trouble spots, including severity, risk level, and the recommended steps to correct the problem. This allows you to create a complete action plan if there are any areas that need to be addressed. The report will also let you know if your roofer recommends that you repair or replace the roof, so you'll know which solution is the best.

These are some of the things that you should know about your building's infrared moisture survey. The more you understand about the process and what it can tell you, the easier it is to understand why it's worth the investment. Talk with a local roofing contractor today about your building's roof moisture survey needs.

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