What is a thermography used for?
Thermography is a type of imaging technology that uses heat-sensing cameras to capture and measure the temperature of objects or surfaces. It is commonly used in a variety of applications, including thermal surveys during building inspections.
In thermography, a special camera equipped with a thermal imaging sensor is used to detect and measure the temperature of a roof or surfaces within its field of view. The temperature data is then converted into a visual image, called a thermogram. The thermogram shows the temperature distribution of the roof and home, with warmer areas appearing as lighter colors like red and yellow and cooler areas appearing as darker colors like green and blue.
What is a thermal survey and why is it important?
Infrared Thermal Surveys are nondestructive inspections of a building’s thermal performance, which is the building envelope’s (walls, roof, windows, doors, etc.) ability to keep heat in or out. Thermal cameras are used, to measure the temperature of different areas of the building and identify any areas where heat is being lost or gained. This information can be used to identify ways to improve the building’s thermal performance.
Conducting a thermal survey is important for several reasons. First, a thermal survey can help identify areas of the building where heat is being lost or gained, which can lead to higher heating and cooling costs. By identifying and addressing these areas, a thermal survey can help reduce energy consumption and save money on utility bills.
It is also a technique used to detect potential health and safety issues, such as moisture buildup or mold growth, which can be caused by poor thermal performance.
What kind of roofs need thermal surveys?
- Polyurethane Closed Cell Foam and some TPO substrates
What kind of roofs do not need thermal surveys?
- Tar and Gravel
What conditions can be diagnosed using infrared thermography?
The information gathered during a thermal survey can be used to create thermal images or videos that show the temperature distribution of the object or surface. This can be used to diagnose a wide range of conditions, including:
- Leaks and moisture damage in buildings.
- Electrical problems, such as overheating components or faulty connections.
- Mechanical problems, such as bearing failures or overheated equipment.
- Structural problems, such as insulation deficiencies or air infiltration.
What are other practical uses for Infrared Thermal Surveys?
Infrared surveys of homes or structures can reveal structural anomalies in a non-invasive or destructive process. Common issues have been found through the thermography method such as:
- insulation deficiencies
- identifying cooling or heat loss
- furnace tubes and burners effectiveness
- loose tiles
- solar cell connection issues
- corrosion or degradation in piping systems
- connection issues in cables, panels, transformers, breakers, or fuses
Schedule a free roof inspection and ask about our thermography services to catch any of these issues before it becomes a bigger issue.
Thermography Services at Fiddler Roofing
Fiddler roofing offers infrared roof inspections across New Mexico. Each of our inspectors is certified through the Infrared Training Center, specializing in state of the art Flir & Fluke Imagers. They are seasoned in detecting moisture and poor thermal performance in roofing systems, as well as in home and facility roof inspections.
All of our Infrared Thermal Surveys always comply with ASTM C1153- Standard Practice for Location of Wet Insulation in Roofing Systems Using Infrared Imaging.
The only way to know if your roof needs repairing is to call Jack and our team of experts come out and do a free roof inspection and/or a thermal survey.