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Top 5 reasons why drones can be better for roofing inspections and surveys than traditional methods

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Drones have many uses both recreationally and professionally, a less obvious use for drones is conducting roof inspections and surveys, we list our top 5 reasons why drones are used for roof inspections and surveys.

1) SAFETY: the first and most important reason for using a drone for inspections is safety. This is important as we now do not have to put ourselves or our employees at risk when conducting these inspections as the drone operator does not require any access or even step off the ground.

The drone's biggest advantage for roof inspections and surveys is its easy access to places that are difficult, dangerous, expensive or impractical to reach by standard manned inspection teams, and can be used indoors, underground, onshore and offshore. Drones are able to hover above the roof safely capturing the required data faster and with photographic and video evidence, this saves you time and money while reducing the risk of injury.

2) IN-DEPTH DATA COLLECTION: Drones provide more accurate and detailed inspection than traditional methods. By using a drone you can gather a variety of rich data, including:

  • High-quality (4K) photos: all commercial-ready drones have high-resolution cameras ready to capture the data required. Drone photos offer a different perspective than you could get roof level and evidence of damage or for future planning.

  • High-quality video: Footage from drones during roof inspections or surveys is the next biggest benefit behind safety as will see the whole roof. You can inspect damage in crisp and clear detail without missing a single cracked tile, bulging roof, structural damage, or broken chimney. All without having to leave your office and the added luxury revisit the footage again. This footage helps you communicate with your customer about exactly what works are needed and why.

  • 3D Mapping: Drones are able to create a precise and accurate model of the roof and surrounding area, with the ability to zoom in, out and fully rotate. The roof can be viewed from any angle. This allows for a greater inspection and is a valuable resource for future reference.

  • Thermal imaging: This is a great tool for detecting and identifying weak spots in the structure and insulation problems. Thermal imaging is able to detect and highlight areas where heat is escaping, cold spots, and areas with poor insulation. The data can then be interlaced with the roof heat map to identify problems around chimneys, skylights, vents, etc.

  • Before and after: another feature of completing roof inspections with drones is they can be used to catalog images and video of the build as it processes, once completed you will have a professional video used to attract future business.

3) Time: In traditional roof inspections there is a lot of time and energy is required to plan and execute while mitigating associated risks. Drones save you time and money as they complete inspections faster than the traditional methods, they require far less planning to execute safely, no climbing or access will be required and can be completed from the ground. Data from the drone is then sent to where it is needed, direct to the team on the ground or via the cloud, decreasing the waiting time for the inspection report.

4) Cost: This factor is more important than ever given the current economic uncertainties, sustaining your business through generating profit is rightly your first priority. Using Drone services can reduce the cost of inspection significantly. There is no need for access so you can reduce money spent on scaffold hire, lifts, ladders or other climbing equipment and you require subsequently less staff on site. Further reducing labor and equipment costs.

By eliminating the hassle of staff and equipment hire you create the time efficiencies to conduct multiple inspections a day.

5) Insurance: Using drones for roof inspections can be a big cost saver for insurance companies. Drones can obtain detailed and more accurate perspectives of roofs compared to traditional methods. Drones can also identify the extent of damage and repairs required faster and more accurately, which can lead to reductions in cost and save the company from having to use expensive and time-consuming manual inspections.

If you are interested in having a roofing inspection or would like to find out more information feel free to contact us and we will help you.

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