Problematic as it can be, winter is a time where you don’t have to think much about your roof. There’s nothing much you can do if you’re suffering from roof leaks ice dams cause except to clean the excess snow on your roof and place buckets underneath your attic to prevent water damage. However, once spring arrives (and before autumn ends) you’ll want to have a roof leak inspection and repair as soon as possible.
If you’ve been seeing stains on your attic and internal ceiling, then it’s definitely a sign that during winter, your roof has started to leak. True enough, actual leaking begins as the snow interacts with the internal temperature in your room. When it does this, the melted snow will absorb into your underlayment and start leaking into your attic.
Roofs may stop leaking after you clean out the ice dams on your roof. Once it does, it’s definitely the snow that’s causing the leaks. In the middle of winter, you’ll be powerless to do anything about it. However, once spring arrives, contact your roofing company immediately for proper snow removal and roof leak inspection and repairs.
Roof leak inspections begin with your reliable Calgary AB roofing contractor running a hose on your roof. Next, they would inspect your attic to mark the sources of leaks. Lastly, they’ll advise you on the repairs they’ll need to make to restore your roof to its full functionality.
Infrared inspections, which are an advanced form of inspections, guarantee all micro-leaks get repaired by proper identification. The Spruce has a great explanation on how this works. Read more about it below.
The science of infrared scanning and technology behind it can be complex to understand. Simply put, infrared scanning is the practice of using infrared equipment to measure the heat being emitted from the surface of an object. The patterns being emitted from the surface of an object are measured and captured by infrared cameras which form the data being collected into images. These images can then be analyzed by a trained professional to determine if there are areas which are anomalies. Anomalies may indicate areas that require further review.
Infrared scans are most often done during the early evening hours after the sun has begun to set. In order for an infrared scan to be completed, the roof surface must be dry as moisture interferes with the camera’s ability to measure surface temperatures. It is also preferable that the surface of the roof system receive exposure to substantial sunlight to allow the surface of the roof system to heat up as much as possible. This heat absorption allows the moisture trapped in the roof system to increase in temperature and create a temperature difference that can be measured by the camera.
How is Infrared Used to Locate a Roof Leak?
Leak investigation is not an exact science. Most professional contractors would agree that it is, in fact, more of an art form. And if most contractors are honest, they will admit that there have been leaks that have been difficult if not impossible to solve. Many of these hard-to-solve leak issues have been resolved through the use of infrared scanning and technology. (Continued)
We may not offer advanced infrared scanning, but we have in-depth experience to know all about roof leaks and identifying every single one on your roof. Remember, a job well done is one that professional roofers with in-depth experience and knowledge from Calgary AB can provide. If you have yet to find one, allow us from No Payne Roofing to help you with all your post-winter roof leak inspections and repairs. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.