IRDRONEKC.COM Helping Commercial Property owners with Leaking Roofs.

Aerial Infrared Specialists

Analyzing Commercial Roof Damage  

While Protecting Your Biggest Investment 

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Equipment We Use

Non-Destructive Testing

Equipment We Use

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Our FLIR equipped sUAS features a Zenmuse XT 640×512 resolution infrared camera that is capable of producing the same high-resolution images and video that our clients are accustomed to seeing. Aerial sUAS thermal infrared roof inspections are ideal during due diligence of commercial or multi-family property acquisitions. This service does not require roof access or disruption to the occupants of the building.

We are FAA Authorized Commercial sUAS Remote Pilots with a specially equipped high-resolution camera systems. The FAA has also granted us a 14 CFR 107.29 Daylight Operation Waiver allowing us to perform nighttime aerial operations. This waiver will allow us to perform aerial infrared roof inspections throughout the United States. FLIR Systems, the world’s leader in thermal imaging equipment, developed a thermal imaging camera system that mounts to a commercial drone. This service is performed just after sunset and works on the premise that any trapped moisture under the roofing membrane will heat up during the daytime heating  of the roof’s surface also called solar loading. After the sun sets, the roof’s surface will begin to cool, but the trapped moisture will maintain its warmth making it easily detectable using sUAS aerial thermal imaging. 

How it works

Non-Destructive Testing

Equipment We Use

The sun radiates energy on the roof  then at night, the roof radiates heat back into outer space.

The Industry Standard 

ASTM 1153-10 (2015) thermal imaging

(Standard Practice for Location of Wet Insulation in Roofing Systems using Infrared Imaging.)

On a sunny day, a roof surface heats up uniformly. After the solar loading is off the roof, the roof surface begins to cool. Since wet insulation has a greater thermal capacity, those areas of the roof containing wet insulation cool off much more slowly than those areas of the roof with dry insulation. By utilizing an infrared drone during post sunset hours, areas of wet insulation are readily located based on their elevated temperature.

When an area of the roof with an elevated temperature is located, an invasive test is performed to verify the presence of moisture. This eliminates the possibility of false positive data as a result of variations in membrane materials, roof composition or other environmental factors. If moisture presence is confirmed, the perimeter of the moisture-damaged area is outlined with spray paint on the roof surface.

The infrared image is recorded, along with the size, location and details of each problem area. This information is incorporated into a comprehensive report that may be used to plan future repairs, record existing conditions, or provide legal documentation. 

Non-Destructive Testing

Non-Destructive Testing

FAA UAS “Remote Pilot” Licensed

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Infrared inspections are non-destructive, highly efficient and provide a visual qualification of damaged areas of a flat roof. A picture says a thousand words; infrared thermography is the only diagnostic technology that lets you instantly visualize and verify thermal performance. FLIR’s infrared cameras show you thermal problems, quantify them with precise non-contact temperature measurement, and document them automatically in seconds with professional easy-to-create IR reports. With the proper training and a quality camera, our staff can provide invaluable data that can save a building owner or insurance company many thousands of dollars.

Electric capacitance/impedance testing is a non-destructive testing technique used to quickly and accurately identify water entry pathways and areas of entrapped water within a roof construction.  This technique is based on the ability of a material to store electrical energy. 

It involves placing a moisture meter on the surface of the roof to send a safe electric current into the roof without penetrating the roof membrane. If the material is wet, the dielectric properties of the material would produce a higher meter reading than it would if the material were dry.

FAA UAS “Remote Pilot” Licensed

Trapped Moisture Underneath Membrane

FAA UAS “Remote Pilot” Licensed

We are FAA Authorized Commercial sUAS Remote Pilots equipped  high-resolution camera systems.

Compliance—Before aerial surveys are conducted, the requirements of regulatory bodies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must be met with regard to installed equipment, flight safety, security, and noise.

Execution—The findings of infrared imaging systems shall be viewed on a monitor in the aircraft during the flight to ensure that the roof has been surveyed properly. The findings are also recorded for detailed study after the flight. 

Visual—The roofs surveyed shall be inspected visually during daylight hours within two days of when the aerial infrared survey is conducted in order to provide a visual record of roof surface conditions which will affect the infrared survey. The visual inspection is to be accomplished by taking air photographs or by walking the roof. The condition of the roof surface shall not have changed appreciably in the period between the infrared roof moisture survey and the visual inspection.

However, drones can bridge this gap since it offers a very quick inspection at lower costs. This makes it easier for anyone to assess at any time without spending too much time and money.

Commercial Roof Maintenance

Trapped Moisture Underneath Membrane

Trapped Moisture Underneath Membrane

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Roof Maintenance in General

Waterproofing problems manifest themselves in two ways: leakage and entrained moisture contamination.

Leakage is pretty simple, although the leak inside the building rarely directly relates to the exact spot on the roof because the water flows down the slope of the roof to a spot that is not sealed and into the building at that point. 

IRDRONEKC is using some new technology to analyze flat to low-slope roofs and structures specifically of warehouses and other larger commercial buildings. With the use of drones (UAS) and cameras mounted under the drones to serve a large scale of roofs and shopping malls for any amount of moisture intrusion that may be coming through the surface as well as some moisture intrusion that may be a latent issue underneath. IRDRONEKC uses a combination of high definition photography as well as infrared technology to pinpoint areas of moisture intrusion that the naked eye otherwise cannot see. We use our photographic data to bounce off of our infrared evidence. The benefits the drone provide is huge, not only that we’re enabling property owners, property managers to be more proactive versus reactive, we’re finding things early helping them manage those things and attack them appropriately. 

Trapped Moisture Underneath Membrane

Trapped Moisture Underneath Membrane

Trapped Moisture Underneath Membrane

FLIR’s infrared cameras show you thermal problems

Water that enters the roof surface becomes absorbed and trapped. This very water becomes the catalyst that helps infrared thermal imaging equipment identify and locate problem areas. Water has the highest thermal density of any other building material including stone and concrete! This means it takes the longest time to heat up and cool down as compared to other building materials. But we need a source to provide this heat over such a large surface as a commercial flat roof... The best, most efficient, and most uniform source of this heat is the sun. An infrared roof inspection relies on the sun to heat the roof surface during the day. When the sun sets in the evening, the roof surface begins to cool rapidly... much faster than the trapped water beneath the flat roof surface. During this window of opportunity, an infrared roof inspection can quickly identify heat patterns in the roof surface using a non-invasive, non-intrusive infrared camera. Most building owners, insurance underwriters, maintenance companies, and marketers do not have the data about the status of the roofs due to the various limitations and high costs of traditional inspection methods.