Though you can protect many parts of your home from environmental damage, it is almost impossible to protect your roof from moisture exposure and damage. Unfortunately, moisture, whether in the form of vapor or water, can take a nasty toll on every component of your roof system, including:
- Weakening the structural integrity of your roof.
- Promoting rust on metal decks.
- Loss of thermal integrity of your insulation system. This is caused by water in your insulation system, which reduces its thermal resistance.
- A full-blown leak with water dripping through your roof surface to your home interior.
The water damage is even worse and happens faster if your roof experiences a lot of foot traffic. Therefore, having a routine expert roof surveyis almost as important as having your home insulated.
DO YOU REALLY NEED A ROOF MOISTURE SURVEY?
The famous saying “prevention is better than cure” is absolutely true when it comes to the status of your roof. Especially because fixing a leak, damaged insulation system, among other moisture damages, is very expensive and so time-consuming!
However, a roof moisture survey report can give you an accurate picture of the current condition of your capital investment. It can help you detect any moisture penetration before it turns into a full-blown leak or gets into your insulation system. This will save you a lot of money, stress, and time in the long run. This is why you cannot underestimate the need for routine expert inspection of your roof, especially for moisture damages.
WHY YOU DO NOT WANT MOISTURE IN YOUR INSULATION SYSTEM.
The insulation system is an essential element of your roof system. Beyond helping to keep your home interior warm, it also provides structural support for the entire roof system. Once water gets into your insulation system, it loses its thermal and structural integrity no matter the material it’s made of or its construction style.
Moisture penetration into your insulation system cannot be detected through visual inspection, no matter how thorough the visual inspection is. Therefore, you need to routinely have your roof professionally inspected for moisture penetration. The assessment should also check for the slope of the insulation system to ensure that it encourages proper drainage.
HOW THE SURVEY REPORT BENEFITS YOU
While a visual inspection can help you identify some damaged areas,the damages this inspection can detect are limited. But a detailed roof survey will help you see even the slightest moisture penetration/damage that is not visible to your naked eye. You can use the survey report in several ways:
- Save money on repair costs because you can now catch any water penetration and stop it before entering the roof system and becoming a full-blown leak.
- Helps you save money on repairs as the detailed and accurate roof moisture maphighlights the wet areas that need fixing. So, you don’t have to repair the entire roof.
- Lets you know if your roof is dry enough for a restoration costing.
- Lets you know if a second roof can be installed over your existing roof system.
- Creates a tracking system for your roof as you now have an annual record of its condition. So, you can quickly assess the damage done per time, for example, after storm damage.
- Helps you decide if your roof only needs repair or should be replaced as the report will inform you about the percentage of “wet” areas in your roof system.
WHY CHOOSE OPTAMISS FOR YOUR ROOF MOISTURE SURVEY?
Excellent Reputation with advanced equipment.
Our reputation precedes us as we are a Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida licensed testing lab that uses state-of-the-art equipment. We will also give you a reliable survey report every single time!
Low Cost Like no Other
The moisture survey process may come across as an intense and costly one. But best believe that it’s not! We use technologically advanced moisture-detecting equipment and testing methods that are not only effective but also very economical.
Guaranteed Customer Satisfaction
OptaMiss has served many home/condo owners like yourself, and they all have nothing but great things to say about our services. Our professionalism, prompt delivery, and non-destructive surveys.
OUR TEST METHODS
We usually evaluate the condition of your roof (and insulation)system using the following methods:
- Non-destructive testing equipment.
- Test cut sample, also known as core sample or core cut.
NON-DESTRUCTIVE SURVEY METHODS
Worried those inspection devices may further damage your roof? Well, with us, you don’t have to worry. At OptaMiss Engineering Services and Construction Management, we use various non-destructive, state-of-the-artequipment to examine your roof for moisture damage.So, you can rest assured that we will not leave your roof worse than we met it. In fact, our goal is to help make your entire roof system better. So, we’ve got you!
This survey technology is done using thermal imaging of your roof. It is based on the theory that wet insulation contributes to heat loss from your home. We will do the infrared scan using a state-of-the-art drone with a Forward-Looking InfraRed (FLIR) camera. This camera can read the temperature throughout your entire roof surface. It detects wet roof areas by identifying heat loss from your building.
The resulting thermograph shows the contrasting tones of the roof area at the different temperature variations.
Dry areas typically have lower temperatures because heat is not being lost from inside your home. These areas of lower temperatures show up as dark tones on the thermograph. On the other hand, heat from your home interior radiates to the outside through wet areas. So wet areas have higher temperatures and show up as lighter areas on the thermograph.
The scan is best done late at night after a preceding day with little cloud cover to get the best result or image. But the survey can be done at any time of the year in any geographic region, provided there’s little moisture on the roof surface.
This inspection is so easy to do that we don’t need to physically get on your roof. Our technologically advanced drone just needs to fly over your roof surface, and that’s it! So, you have zero worries about us causing any damage to your roof with foot traffic. We will also be out of your hair in no time!
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TEST CUTS AND LABORATORY TESTING
A visual inspection can help identify some defects and problems. But there is a limit to what you can detect through visual inspections. So, a visual inspection will not show the actual status of your roof system.
Even after all non-destructive tests have been done to detect moisture or other abnormalities in your roof system, test cuts are required to correctly assess your roof system’s state. In fact, roof science can be considered incomplete without test cuts.
At OptaMiss, we are very thorough. This is why we take the survey further by carrying out Test Cuts to help give you a complete picture of how your roof system is currently doing.
We do these test cuts by extracting a test sample from specific roof areas using a 2-inch round core cutter. In accordance with the Florida Building Code, we then measure the samples. We also label, bag, and weigh them before conducting a gravimetric test on them.
In the gravimetric test, we place the samples in the oven. Weigh and analyze the samples again when they are out of the oven. Finally, we will use the values obtained to determine the moisture percentage throughout your roof system.
Test cuts not only give a true reflection of how your roof system is doing. But they also help confirm the results of other surveys – whether visual or thermal scans.
WHAT YOUR REPORT LOOKS LIKE.
After the survey, we will provide you with a report consisting of:
- An AutoCAD sketch of your roof with a graphic interpretation of the wet area, rooftop equipment, and core sample location.
- The result of the gravimetric analysis on a spreadsheet. This spreadsheet documents the moisture percentage, core sample composition, and a written summary of the results.
- Expert recommendations on the next step.
YOU DON’T NEED TO WAIT. BE THE BOSS OF YOUR ROOF STARTING TODAY!
Imagine being able to call the shots on your roof matters. Having detailed information about how every square meter is doing. And being able to call the shots on what and what not to do.
Well, you can have that. Simply reach out to us via phone call or email to request a consultation. We’re here for you.
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… Here to help you make excellent roof decisions.