Roof repairs can be costly, and if those expensive repairs don't fix the problem. Well, that's just throwing money away. And who wants to throw away money?
The information you can get from a good moisture survey after a good rain or two will no undoubtedly save you money. We have the technology and the know-how to find water trapped in your roof and help you design and plan to fix the problem for good. There is no need to throw away good money unless you like leaking roofs and calling the roofer year after year?
A great example of why a moisture survey is so vital to the roofs service life is that Safeway fire we had a few years ago. The roof wasn't cleaned for who knows how many years, it had standing water issues and poor drainage. Over the years, the water slowly saturated the materials, damaging them and the decking until one particularly heavy monsoon season, all the right conditions came together, and the roof collapsed. A gas line broke and the building burnt down to the ground.
What is a moisture survey?
You cant always see a wet roof or even feel a wet roof. Water that is trapped under or between the roofing materials won't be available to our ordinary senses. Walking around a roof looking for wet spots is a guessing game at best without the right technology.
Step one: After a good rain or two, a trained professional should come out and take some thermal images of the roof and mark off any "hot spots." The thermal camera sees heat emissions, and since water holds more heat and lets it out slower than most roofing materials, just after the sun starts to go down, we can see the heat escaping and find the "hot spots." This helps us narrow it down for the next step.
Step two: The professional will scan your roof using a moisture meter. This incredible device sends an electronic signal into the materials and can find wet spots by reading the signal's return. We scan the entire roof making notices where the meter indicated moisture might be trapped and mark those areas for the next step.
Step three: Up to this point, the investigation has been none destructive for good reasons, I might add. The last thing you want is someone cutting holes all over the roof. By doing the fist to nondestructive test, we have narrowed it down to the exact places we need to make a core cut and verify the presence of water with our human eyes. Core cuts are made, photographed, and document, and then the roof is repaired.
Step four: The data collected is used to draw a map of the roof, showing the wet areas where the core cuts were made and exactly where and how much water was found. As you can imagine this map and the story it tells, will help us help you develop and plan of action that addresses the actual problem.
You can pay a roofer to do the RIGHT work and never thrown good money away again.
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Henry Staggs, RRO
Roof Consultant and Roofing Industry Advocate