Who We Serve
Spectrum IR Services provides for a host of industries and professions, including :
Property and Facility Management
Education, Schools and Universities
Government and Public Entities
Commercial Property Owners
*plus any relevant fields
With each scan or inspection, we produce individualized reports that include :
Analysis of all collected data and for each anomaly
Schematics of the roof or building, pinpointing issues and anomalies
Images of each anomaly : visible light pictures and thermal images [both greyscale and colorized]
Comparison images of healthy areas of the roof/masonry/etc.
Detailed notes on the building condition [deterioration, potential hazards, etc.]
Findings from additional ordered tests [test cuts, core samples, electronic moisture metering]
The report is formatted and written to be understandable to anyone, but actionable to the specialists. They are designed to make your next course of action immediately clear by providing more attentive analysis than can be found anywhere else.
We are always looking to create long term business partnerships that enhance your own business. For companies looking to apply thermographic inspections to multiple projects, Spectrum IR Services will generate reports with your business' name and logo.
Reports are delivered within two weeks after completion of each inspection or test. If a project must fit within a narrow timetable, delivery can always be expedited.
Daylight Roof Inspections and Assessment
As an important addition to a property's year-over-year upkeep, daylight assessments are often added to an established maintenance program to form a more complete picture of a roof's integrity. Assessments are usually done prior to a thermal scan while the sun is still up.
Visual inspections catch potential problems before they become definite headaches, cataloguing various concerns such as:
nails, debris and other puncture threats left on the roof
membrane tears before the underlying insulation becomes saturated
broken, failing, or scavenged rooftop units
separating or detached areas of membrane, coping, or panels
confirming the quality of roofing work and installations
general observations (clogged drains, ponding water, deterioration in flashings/seams)
Detailed notes, photographs and a map of issues found are added to your report.
Minor Roof Repair Work
While Spectrum IR does not conduct large scale or invasive repair work, we do offer to patch minor damage such as cuts and punctures in your roof.
Patchable roof systems include:
Single Ply (TPO, PVC)
Built Up Roof (including smooth surface and gravell)
Modified Bitumen (smooth and mineral coated)
Patches are cheap and quick, usually done at the same time as daylight inspections as damage is discovered. Both by catching problems early and reducing the need to contract more work for repairs, this simple service has enormous value and cost-saving effect.
Capacitance Metering and Resistance Probing for Moisture
Another nondestructive method to detect and evaluate moisture within the roof is with a capacitance meter and resistance probe. These devices use an electronic current to confirm the presence of moisture within a given area.
While Spectrum IR routinely uses these tools to spot-check anomalies to guarantee accuracy in thermal scans, they do not rely on thermal imaging. Metering can be conducted during the daytime independently or in conjunction with other services.
For example, if a roof or roof section is known to be completely saturated then capacitance metering is used to determine the severity across the entire area to inform the following course of action. This is also useful if absolute certainty of a particular wet spot or area is needed.
Metering is done along a grid pattern, and added to the report is a map of the roof with each point showing the percent-saturation.
Core Samples, Test Cuts, and Asbestos Testing
Core samples are the only destructive service Spectrum IR offers, since a hole must be cut to confirm the roof's composition. Of course, all cuts are immediately refilled and sealed.
Cores are taken to confirm the roof's anatomy, noting the types and thicknesses of insulation and of multiple roofs if present. Cores are another information gathering tool, often ordered:
before reroofing or replacement
upon acquiring a new property
when filling information gaps regarding the building
to evaluate a structure's energy retention
Test cuts entail removing a sample of the membrane or coating for various lab testing purposes. These tests can determine whether a SPUF/foam roof needs to be recoated or if a membrane has been compromised.
Spectrum IR also tests insulation materials for asbestos.
Along with taking a core of the roof, a sample of insulation material is taken and lab tested. Results of the test are expedited to you and are later included in the fully report.
Exclusive Access to Our Professional Network
The next step forward after evaluating your property is not always clear. Hiring contractors and consultants with the right experience, skill, and for the right price can be a difficult and time consuming process.
That is why Spectrum IR has built a deep network of professionals over the years, people we work with who have earned our trust to uphold the same excellent standards to which we adhere. For the sake of our values and reputation as a company, we would never recommend anyone who could not deliver an extremely high level of quality and fairness in their work, and so Spectrum IR certifies every member of our network. We refer multiple companies or professionals for a job so you can make the choice that is right for you.
Access to our network is included at no cost every time you use Spectrum IR for your property maintenance needs.
Volume Considerations and Service Packaging
For those who use Spectrum IR to help manage a high volume of properties, we are happpy to extend our Prefered Client Pricing and Service Packaging options.
Service packaging allows you to choose a variety of our services and consolidate the costs into a more competetive package. Spectrum IR has basic packages, the most common combines daylight inspections and thermal moisture surveys, but individualized plans are a valuable asset to your work.
For example, a growing company comes to own/manage a number of new properties each year and needs comprehensive assessments of each one. A suitable package may include:
infrared roof moisture surveys
building envelope scans
to instantly gain full familiarity with the new properties.
All special considerations depend on the volume of services to be rendered, although we can be flexible.
While Spectrum IR is frequently hired to help solve problems as they arise, the best strategy is always to prevent issues in the first place. That is why good property management requires a well thought out maintenance schedule of evaluations and repairs.
Whenever employing our services, ask about establishing such a schedule. Spectrum IR will sit down with you and help determine an effective routine of preventative measures tailored to your individual needs and requirements.
Maintenance scheduling is always offered at no extra cost.
Fixed Travel-Fee Schedule
Based out of the New York Metro area, Spectrum IR does not charge any travels fees or expenses for projects within 250 miles of the city. That's Washington DC to Boston and everywhere in between for no extra charge. Beyond the 250 mile range, the only extra cost to you is travel expenses: hotel rooms if necessary and a plane ticket.
Flat Roof Moisture Survey
Infrared moisture surveys reveal issues such as areas of water permeation, potential structural damage, and missing insulation. Pinpointing leaks avoids overestimation of cost or inaccurate repairs while diminishing time and work. Revealing and then solving these problems also minimizes energy loss from buildings and prevents structural damage from growing. Overall, these surveys save thousands of dollars per property where the industry loses billions each year.
It is advisable to have a roof scanned before repair work, being bought, sold, leased, insured, or to enforce warranties.
The process includes images of each anomaly, the marking of all moisture with paint on the roof, and redundant thermal images of the roof from beneath when possible to assure accuracy, plus all analysis inherent to the report.
Scans must be conducted at a time when sunlight cannot obfuscate the thermal image, usually at night or in heavy cloud cover, as well as when neither snow nor rain water is present on the roof. Scans can be completed year-round. Winter scans require more sunlight through the day or for the building interior to be heated.
While not all thermographers choose to scan every type of roof system, Spectrum IR has developed the knowledge and practices that make traditionally difficult or impossible scans equally accurate to others. These roof systems include aluminum coated built up, ballasted, and standing seam or other metal roofs. Metal roofs must be insulated.
Below is the written list of scannable roof systems. Each PDF includes example images, both thermal and visible light.
Built Up Roof
Aluminum Coated Built Up Roof
Gravel Built Up Roof
Standing Seam / Metal Roof
Single Ply (TPO, PVC) Roof
Smooth Modified Bitumen Roof
Mineral Surfaced Mod. Bit. Roof
SPUF (Foam) Roof
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Masonry / Wall Scan
Similar to the roof moisture survey, scans of masonry and walls detect latent moisture in the building. Left unchecked, these issues lead to leaks, structural deterioration, and energy loss.
Focusing on exact problem areas makes repointing, resealing, or other repairs highly surgical and avoids cost overruns and unnecessary expenses.
Like roof surveys, direct sunlight and rain obfuscate the thermal image, so masonry/wall scans are weather dependent. However, the can be completed during the day if in the shade or indirect light.
Electrical Equipment Scan
When electrical components or connections are improperly wired, poorly grounded, deteriorated, or failing for any other reason, the increased electrical resistance causes excess heat. Thermal scans can pick out exactly where these problems are and prevent severe failures that can damage equipment, electrical outages, and cause serious down-time.
Other mechanical and industrial equipment can be surveyed for similar failures.
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Building Envelope / Energy Audit
A leading cause of excess carbon emission as well as property expense is energy loss. Faulty windows, poor sealing, missing/insufficient insulation, and water damage can all lead to hundreds or thousands of dollars in wasted heating/cooling costs.
Focused or general scans of the building envelope find exactly where energy loss is occurring. Simple but targeted improvements, such as replacing window panes or adding insulation, save money and help preserve the environment as well.
Energy audits require structural details to estimate excess energy costs.
Refrigerated Units / Buildings
Thermography is easily applied to caring for refrigerated units and buildings.
Walk-in freezers at a hotel or refrigerated warehouses storing medical supplies can be expensive to run if leaking cold air, or in severe cases have their contents spoil.
Like with building envelope scans, these surveys illuminate where there are gaps, missing insulation, and other causes of climate-control failures.
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