Protecting your investment from the unseen is easier, more accurate, and more cost effective than ever before.

Planet Inhouse offers a complete solution for commercial roofing inspections and evaluations. We are leading the industry when it comes to aerial IR roof scans. Providing better, faster and more precise results at a fraction of the cost, our team can help. Our UAS THERMALS Roof scan is the best solution for protecting your manufacturer warranty, locating leak sources, and targeting problem areas with precision.


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Benefits Of Thermal Services


Quickly Target
Leak Sources

Locate Moisture Below the Surface

Save Time & Money by Seeing the Unseen

Bid More Efficiently With The Competitive Edge

Our aerial infrared moisture scans are completed using state of the art sUAS technology and high resolution FLIR infrared cameras. Our thermal reports will provide you with the insight needed to better plan and budget short-term and long-term repairs. This will assist you in implementing a precision-based maintenance plan that will save you money in the process.

Our thermal reports provide an entire roof survey annotating visually and by text any potentially damaged or water saturated areas. Our level 3 certified thermographers will thoroughly analyze your roof’s infrared images and provide the data needed to make more informed and important financial decisions regarding the integrity and longevity of your roofing system.

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Money Saving Benefits Of An Infrared Roof Moisture Scan

Reduce Building
Energy Costs

Any moisture trapped within a roofing system can significantly reduce insulation R-value that often leads to increased energy costs

Improved Budget &
Financial Planning

Our aerial infrared scans and thermal reporting will guide you in making informed decisions to better plan for any immediate or long-term repairs, as well as assist in the maintenance on your roofing system

Roof Warranty &
Insurance Protection

Document the condition and integrity of your roof with yearly visible and thermal imaging. Contact us regarding yearly inspection plans for insurance and manufacturer warranty documentation.

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How Does Infrared Thermography Work On A Low Slope Roof?

A low slope roof IR scan is a long established and proven scientific method to non-destructively assess your building’s roof system. The infrared thermal report will help you locate and target critical problem areas often without stepping foot on the roof.

During daytime hours the sun heats the roof as well as the underlying roof insulation. This is called “solar gain.” After sun set, the roof components begin to cool. During this cooling period any areas containing moisture will cool at a much slower rate than areas of dry roofing materials. This creates a temperature difference (Delta) that infrared cameras can easily detect.

The Infrared Roof Inspection Process

When looking for moisture, infrared roof inspections are performed in the early evening and during the night. By capturing thermal images after sundown, we can take advantage of a physical property called thermal capacitance.  ​Thermal capacitance is the physical property of a material’s ability to store heat. The materials in roof systems have a relatively low thermal capacitance compared to water. Water requires quite a bit of energy to raise its temperature and likewise must release quite a bit of energy to cool.

As the roof radiates energy back to the night sky, the dry areas of the roof will cool quicker and the wet areas will cool slower creating a thermal contrast. We call these areas of contrast thermal anomalies and will mark them in thermal reports indicating this area requires physical investigation

Why Leaks Happen

Water can penetrate a roof through defects in the waterproofing layer due to deterioration, tears, cuts, poorly sealed penetrations, seams, failed flashing, which will cause the insulation to become saturated with the trapped moisture. The building then can experience energy loss due to the wet insulation, lowering a buildings “R” value.

Water penetration into the building’s interior can cause costly damage and maybe even loss of productivity or occupancy. If left unnoticed and not repaired, the moisture in a concrete deck will absorb water affecting its integrity, a wood deck will begin rot, or metal decking components will start to rust and then deteriorate.

A UAS THERMALS Infrared roof inspection is a critical first step in detecting most moisture intrusion and targeting the un-seen damage before it worsens. Use the thermal report data to quickly and precisely direct contractor repair efforts to the problem areas, minimizing costs and maximizing your repair dollars

Sample Thermal Imaging Reports

Our qualitative roof reports can be used by a roofing contractor of your choice for a more accurate and precise core cut location to physically verify moisture penetration.

Wet roofs waste energy and eventually lead to structural problems. Infrared imaging can allow you to see these compromised and damaged areas. If required, the thermal data and IR report can guide a post IR inspection with precision to locations with anomalies. Clients can use the thermal reports to verify workmanship, quality, and validate materials warranties.

An Infrared scan of your building can save you time and money by targeting roof replacement locations, if necessary, versus a complete roof tear off and replacement. By using infrared technology, you can determine if you are a candidate for a repair, a silicon-based coating, or if your building’s roof requires a full tear off and replacement. Be sure to get an infrared roof scan before making any decision on roof repairs and/or replacement.

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sUAS IR Inspections vs. Traditional IR Inspections

With small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) and infrared technology, Planet Inhouse, Inc. can perform accurate and more precise roof inspections and evaluations than ever before.  Our unmanned thermal inspections are safer, quicker, more efficient, more affordable, and provide better data than traditional handheld and manned aircraft methods used in the past. 

Traditional inspection methods that involve walking a roof with a handheld thermal camera present many safety concerns. Thermal scans need to be done after sunset. Walking a roof in the daytime presents enough safety hazards that making nighttime roof walks only creates an even greater liability and risk to the individual performing the inspection.  In addition, the camera’s proximity to the roof surface doesn’t allow for the thermographer to capture the entire roof in a single image. A bird’s eye view of the building can often provide better context when trying to determine compromised areas and locate any leaks and the source. Roof-walk IR inspections are more expensive on large-scale projects and with projects consisting of multiple roofs and buildings. 

Aerial-based inspections using traditional manned aircraft can often be used to efficiently to inspect several roofs at a large-scale project and providing the correct perspective capture an entire roof image.  However, these manned aircraft aerial operations and services lack the flexibility to intimately inspect roofs one-at-a-time like an inspector would and are not cost-efficient for roof scans in small numbers.  The manned aircraft is also restricted to height requirements controlled by the FAA and cannot in close proximity inspect the roof like an sUAS equipped with visible and IR camera can.

Our sUAS based inspections will provide an aerial perspective that better captures both visible and thermal data so property owners, roofing contractors, or facility managers can better evaluate and manage any issue or area of concern. Our infrared inspections are approved by the FAA for commercial operations.  Planet Inhouse, Inc. is fully insured UAV operator. Our thermal scans are performed by FAA part 107 pilots and every thermal report generated is completed by a level 3 certified thermographer.

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