Aerial Roof Surveys
Aerial imaging affords us a complete look at the “bigger” picture – of your roof. On larger commercial and industrial projects this form of inspection is a more cost effective and a more thorough examination than a walk-on roof inspection.
A Proven Approach
This proven approach is highly accurate in detecting moisture at its earliest stages so issues can be addressed before there are visible signs, structural damage or business interruptions. By using infrared scan technology, a building owner or property manager can significantly extend the life of their roof while reducing overall maintenance expenditures. Traditional roof inspection methods require a time-consuming grid type contact search (capacitance testing) that can involve drilling holes for core samples in the roof membrane. This inspection method is not usually recommended because of how intrusive it can be.
Your Roof Should Be Inspected Annually
Far too often…the cause of a roof failure is the absence of proper maintenance and inspection. Periodic roof inspections and maintenance to correct deficient conditions can significantly increase the service life of any roof system. A regularly scheduled maintenance program will avoid expensive emergency costs that can occur without maintenance. Some Houston roofing contractors offer a
free annual inspection program to help keep your roof in top condition and avoid failure and unnecessary roof repairs. Commercial flat roofs can last up to twenty years if correctly installed and properly maintained but even experienced roofing companies may fall short on seeing what is underneath the top layer.
Why Have An Aerial Infrared Flat Roof Survey?
- Documented savings through early detection of moisture issues
- Reduces on-the-roof survey time by several nights
- Accurately forecast and prioritize funding allocation saving thousands in unplanned repairs
- Entire roof surface is surveyed at the same time, allowing for unique imaging for benchmarking overall conditions
- Infrared images and daytime photos are coordinated for easy identification of roof areas.
- Unscheduled downtime, equipment damage, and product losses can be avoided.
- Insurance premium savings may be available.
- Roof areas needing design improvements can be addressed.
- Roof life can be extended by as much as 100%.
- Damage to structural roof components can be prevented.
- Energy Savings can be achieved by finding damaged insulation and air leaks.
When Is An Aerial Roof Inspection Not A Good Idea?
An aerial roof survey will be less effective if your roof is a standing seam metal roof or a roof that has highly reflective coatings applied to it. If you have a smaller commercial roof, a walk-on infrared scan is a better use of finances and will be just as effective due to the smaller surface area.
Some People Are Just Too Smart
I don’t know why some people are so adamant about getting basements in areas with a high water table. Honestly, it is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. When I lived back in Los Angeles, I had a neighbor who desperately wanted to build a basement in her new home. And, surprisingly enough, even when the engineers and construction workers told her the potential issues with a basement so close to the ocean, she just threw money at them and told them to do their job. (Yeah, this woman was a real piece of work).
And Then The Rains Came
So, as the rest of the neighbors watched her build this huge house with a basement, I was shaking my head and just waiting for the rainy season to come. Unsurprisingly, when the rainy season came, my neighbor’s basement was flooded. So, she had to call a water damage restoration company to “waterproof” her home for the second time. And by “waterproofing” I mean that she had to seal up the windows that were remotely close to the ground because that is how all of the water got in. She has so much water in the basement that I didn’t think it was even worth having such a small basement. Her basement is literally only five and a half feet tall and it is probably only about one hundred and twenty square feet. Really, lady? You paid a huge amount of money for a basement that people cannot stand up in? Ugh, some people.
Storing Your Things In A Basement
When you are thinking about where to store your stuff, plan for the worst. You need to think about all of the potential water damage that you could sustain in the areas where you are storing your stuff. Think about where you are storing things and what could happen. Lots of people use their basement for storage. I know some people who use their basements purely for storage. This makes a bit of sense. When you’re planning this you best consider a basement flood. There could be some problems that go along with that. You need to be aware that (hole in the ground) the basement is the first place to get flooded. You need to know that everything you store in the basement will get soaked in a flood. That means you need to think about what you are store in the basement. If it is an album full of old and valuable family photos, important documents or electronics, you may want to consider the attic. There are other places where you can store those types of things where they are less likely to be damaged by water. But if you are storing your weight set or your fishing gear, who cares if it gets wet? Go ahead and store all of your stuff like that in the basement. It is a great place to put things that are able to get wet. But do not store stuff that can be damaged by water.
More Property Damage Is Caused By Hail Storms than By Tornados
Most think about tornadoes being the generally destructive part of a thunderstorm; however, tornadoes usually only destroy a couple dozen properties prior to dissipating. A hail storm normally attacks several thousand homes while it passes over a metropolitan area. If your residence has been hit by a hail storm you need to set up a preliminary free roofing inspection, find a good River Oaks roofing contractor to do the necessary work.
Hail Damages Your River Oaks Roof
There is an excellent possibility you will require an examination for roof hail damage at some point if you live in or around Houston, TX. Heavy thunderstorms can be a common event in this area of Texas. These types of severe storms are often violent and result in massive property damage from wind and hail. The roof on a beautiful River Oaks home can be battered to shambles.
Roof Damage by Hail Storms
When hail strikes an asphalt shingle roof, it usually loosens the shielding granules and exposes a fragile spot the proportions of the hail stone. There is a fiberglass strengthening mat within the shingle. Typically the soft spot happens when the mat is crushed at that particular place. The impaired site is submerged in similar to a crater. These sunken locations are sometimes referred to as “bruises.”
Hail Damage Can Be Hard To Spot Even From The Roof
If the hail had been sizable, the damaged areas might be apparent from the rooftop level. The bruises could be significantly less observable generally if the hail appeared to be smaller in dimension. Smaller hail can still lead to soft spots that will deteriorate the shingles even when they are not noticeable from ground level. Hail damaged shingles don’t always leak initially since they’re double coursed and also have felt under-layer. The affected areas will, however, cause the roof to degrade faster and over time start to leak. You’ll need to have a free roofing inspection and evaluation to determine the magnitude of the damage. It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected any time you’ve been hit with a serious hail storm. Your River Oaks Roofing Contractor will tell you if the damage is serious enough to file a homeowners insurance claim. You need to call the homeowner’s insurance representative if the damage was affirmed by your roofing contractor. They’ll give you a claim number, and an insurance adjuster will be appointed to the claim. Remember hail damage can accumulate over time causing more expensive repairs or even full roof replacement.
A Water Damage Incident
Water damage is a serious problem that can affect your property at any time. Most people think of water damage as caused by forces of nature like heavy rain, storms, flooding or even snow. However, there are other sources as well – backed up or overflowing appliances in the kitchen or bathroom, burst pipes for fresh water or sewage, and outdated plumbing which is causing leaks can all result in serious damage to your home and belongings. Never ignore any of these dangerous problems. Water inside a building will almost always spread, and as the problem gets worse, more damage and expense mount up.
Professional water damage technicians can get started immediately with an evaluation of the cause of the water problem and an assessment of what has been damaged. The first step is eliminating the source of the water penetration. After that, they will treat all of your possessions that are salvageable, using state of the art water extraction process, and store them safely while we move ahead with work on the building. They will remove any contaminated materials out of harm’s way. Professionals have the equipment and the skills to perform expert water extraction, thorough drying, mold removal and treatment of the air quality. Once the site is completely dry and disinfected, free of any trace of moisture, mold or germs, we will start on the structural repair work.
Restoration and Repair
A professional water damage restoration team excels at water damage repair and restoration of the premises to their pre-damaged condition. Any damage to the building’s plumbing and electrical systems can be completely repaired, to the highest standards of safety. They will repair and remove all signs of water damage. Once your building is completely strong and sound, they apply the crowning touch – a professional paint job, using mold resistant paint. Now your property is as good as new.