Infrared Thermography


LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE

The product of technology still in development, infrared thermography is an inspection method termed ''non-destructive'', used to visualized the differences in surface temperature of most types of roof and all types of vertical facades. The technique is used to accurately locate areas affected by uncontrolled air exchange, thermal bridges or the presence of water of all forms.
 

BENEFITS

This investigation method is arguably the fastest and most accurate when conducted according to a strict protocol. Besides offering an overview of areas of thermal deficiency, the infrared thermography scan remains the least expensive inspection method.

When humid roof zones are accurately located, complete replacement of the roof is no longer necessary as only affected areas can be replaced.

Infrared thermography is especially useful for :
 
    Quality Control
  • Verification of air barrier systemcontinuity (walls)
  • Verification of water penetration
    Thermal Performance Evaluation
  • Verification of wall insulation and thermal bridge location
    Problem of Discomfort

    Evaluation of Abnormally High Moisture Content in Porous Materials



Due to the accuracy offered by this technique, infrared thermography allows for the identification or areas affected by :
  • Air infiltration / exfiltration
  • Infiltration of water or excessive moisture
  • Inadequate insulation (improper installation, settlement or lack of insulation)
  • Loss due to conduction (thermal bridges)
  • The presence of water that can lead to the growth of mold*
*In order for mold to grow, the presence of three elements is required, namely the presence of water, a material subject to putrefaction such as cellulose and high temperature. Mold cannot be present if any of the three elements is missing. However, it is important to note that the only way to determine if a dark stain contains mold is to test a sample in a laboratory.