Case Study: Drone Thermal Roof Scan – Plano, TX

Partnering with a roofing company here in the DFW metroplex, we helped document the present condition of a small commercial roof for a church in Plano, TX. The insurance company approved the replacement of the shingled portion of the roof but was fighting the replacement of the flat roof area. The roofing company involved found numerous leaks from the roof covered by the flat roof system and had strong suspicion the roof was holding heavy moisture. This was an old Mod Bit roof system that we suspected to be over 20 years old.

Our Involvement 

Our job was to come in and capture visible and thermal images with the drone, documenting the present condition of both the interior and exterior of the roof. All of our findings were to be processed into a detailed report to help show the insurance company the damage that needs to be replaced. We always deliver all the images captured in the field to give you more perspectives and high resolution imagery for more detailed review and inspection outside of what our report provides.

About the Roof

Two sections of this roof were shingled construction while the lower two roof sections were ballasted (gravel) built up roof approximately 20 years old. There were many reported leaks throughout this small roof. The roof was comprised of a wood deck and had very little insulation.

Our Findings

After performing our thermal roof scan, we identified roughly 38% of the roofs structure contained suspected moisture. In many insurance policies, this amount of moisture intrusion would be enough to deem this roof a total loss and would be a candidate for a full replacement. Much of the suspected moisture was around the walls and parapet walls, both common places for failed seams or flashings to allow for moisture intrusion.
We await the insurance companies response to know how our involvement benefitted the property owner. To learn more about how drone thermal imaging could benefit your property, give us a call at (214) 842-6000 today!
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