Whether you own or are working on a residential or commercial property, regular roof inspections are a necessary safety precaution. However, conducting these inspections in person and/or with the help of a qualified professional can be risky. That’s where drones come in.
Advantages of using a drone to conduct a roof inspection
1. Safety, safety, safety
Sometimes contractors only realise the poor state of a roof once they are climbing on it, putting them in a dangerous position. Roofs can be damaged over time, by a lack of maintenance, or by dangerous weather conditions. A drone inspection can provide contractors with a better understanding of what to expect during a roof repair or replacement, cutting down on multiple (often risky) trips to the rooftop and back.
2. Save time, save money
From surveying to reporting, a quick and easy launch means that using a drone to conduct a roof inspection is much faster than conducting a manual inspection. Using a drone is a time-efficient process and reduces the need (potentially expensive) multiple site visits from a number of different parties and the gathered data can give all project members a better idea of what to expect before they tackle the roof. This allows them to plan ahead in terms of action steps, materials, and tools, removing the delays involved in getting up and down a roof multiple times to order and collect supplies and discuss the way forward.
3. Hard, cold facts
With no room for human error or bias, the latest drone hardware and software will ensure accurate data, delivered in an easy-to-manage report format, eliminating the need for guesswork and debate, and making the data easy to share and interpret.
4. Get the whole picture
A drone offers an aerial perspective that will cover the whole roof area, thoroughly and in detail. The resulting survey results will show the roof’s true condition, including roof dimensions, tile condition, and any materials or objects on the roof. Sophisticated drone technology using thermal imaging can even be employed to check for water leaks or damp spots. This kind of accuracy can help prevent further damage and the gathered data can be used to put together a plan of action for necessary repairs.
5. Take the promotional angle
While roof inspections are part of safety and compliance regulations, using a drone to capture the view means you have footage that could be used for promotional or marketing purposes, especially to show how a project has progressed over time.
The fact is that while roof inspections need to be carried out on a regular basis, many roofs are difficult to access or in a state of disrepair, making them potentially hazardous. UAVs (or drones) offer the opportunity to gather hi-resolution imagery and close-up video of an entire roof area, without any walking on the roof required. And, when it comes to drones, DC Geomatics are the supplier you’ve been looking for. Whatever the inspection, we can conduct a drone survey that will quickly and safely give you the data you need.