Roof inspections have historically required observation either at the ground level, from a ladder, or from physically walking the roof. These observations not only involve steep angles, but also expansive and even inaccessible areas. The amount of time required for these antiquated methods is costly, not to mention the liability risks. Because of these time requirements and physical restrictions, observing every inch of roofs is extremely unlikely, and the quality of these inspections is highly limited.
However, when utilizing a drone to capture high quality photos and videos, not only of the roof, but of the entire structure and property, these inspections can be performed within just a few hours. This allows us to observe the results of the inspection from the ground and prepare a detailed analysis of the data in less time and with virtually no risk of injury.
Another amazing advantage of drone technology is the use of thermographic imaging, which is used to detect water infiltration in both roofs and facades. Piloting a drone equipped with a thermal camera allows us to detect otherwise unobservable areas of water damage, which is a culprit of leaks, mold and rot. Previously, the primary method for detecting water damage required costly and inefficient “guess and check” methods, sometimes requiring the removal of the building’s exterior in order to get an accurate assessment. Utilizing aerial thermal technology, we can determine exactly which areas of a roof contain water with a quick fly over.
Drone roof inspections are accomplished through piloting a drone equipped with a high-resolution camera into the air and capturing images which are compiled into detailed aerial maps of the inspection subject. This method is common with large buildings and properties with multiple buildings. The result is an incredibly detailed model of the property and its structures which clearly reveals the condition of each roof and can be used to create accurate plans for repair and replacement.
Drones can also fly extremely close to structures, making the inspection of roofs with complicated designs and hard to reach areas such as skylights much more efficient and accurate.