Thermal Imaging Capabilities in Roofing

When most people think of the term “thermal imaging,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably how the technology is depicted in movies like Predator. Although some movie magic and special effects may have popularized the technology, the truth is that thermal imaging capabilities can save your commercial roof by uncovering issues impossible to see with the naked eye. A roofing contractor in Tampa will explain more. 

What is Thermal Imaging Technology?

On the surface, your commercial roof may look perfectly fine. However, many building owners will be surprised to learn that their great looking roof actually has some minor leaks. Of course, leaks lead to mold and eventually structural damage. Fortunately, with the right technology at their fingertips, a commercial roofing contractor can utilize thermal imaging to inspect the entire roof system, including what’s underneath the surface. 


There’s a common misconception that thermal imaging is the process of taking temperature readings. According to, the helpful tool actually “detects infrared energy and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor and perform temperature calculations.” In layman’s terms, heat gives off infrared light and the more heat that collects in an area, the brighter the area will appear on the video screen. Roofing contractors can utilize this technology to determine the difference between wet and dry areas of roofing material.

The Benefits of Thermal Imaging in Roofing

Thermal imaging capabilities allow commercial roofers to inspect roofing conditions more accurately and detect moisture under the roof system. This technology is noninvasive, allowing roofing contractors to detect moisture without a need to cut into the roof membrane. Thermal imaging can be used during all phases of a roof’s lifespan too. The technology can be utilized at the end of the construction phase to ensure that no water entered the roof system during the building process, or it can be used during inspections to pinpoint the location of a leak or wet insulation. 


Although the technology has been around for some time, it’s become easily accessible today with a variety of state-of-the-art camera models that can detect infrared radiation. For example, aerial photography using drones can capture the entire roof system in one shot as the bird’s eye view allows the contractor to see the entire roof’s surface. 


There are many benefits to investing in a commercial roofer that utilizes thermal imaging. The technology can save the owner thousands of dollars when hidden issues are detected and quickly repaired before the roof experiences significant damage. The inspection process also provides the owner with a clear picture of what exactly needs to be repaired on a roof system. 


If you are interested in learning more about this extremely valuable tool and our inspection process, or if you are looking for a company that can maintain and repair your commercial roof system in Tampa, contact the commercial roofing professionals at Aderhold Roofing today. 


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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counsel.

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