Drones first came on the scene for use in the military, but have since become a useful tool and fun toy for the masses. Drones are essentially small flying machines controlled by a remote. Most drones now have high definition cameras that can take aerial videos and photos. They can store the data and images to be transferred to other software programs for analysis. Roofers are starting to use drones for inspection and design purposes because of their many benefits.
Eliminates the Need for Risky Roof Inspection
Roof inspectors can use drone technology to get a good look at the condition of a roof without ever leaving the ground. They simply fly the drone above the house, take photos or video of the situation, and then fly the drone back down. Using a drone is a safe way to inspect a roof and it only takes a few minutes. Using drone technology reduces liability and the possibility of a lawsuit for homeowners and roofers alike.
When roofers come to inspect a roof, they typically arrive in small teams or alone. Setting up a ladder on unstable ground to inspect a tricky nook is unsafe. Even skilled roofing veterans are at risk for falling, and without a proper team to spot them the potential for danger is increased.
In many cases, roofs that require inspection are in rough shape from either a torrential storm or years of erosion. Using drones to inspect before anyone attempts to go on the roof allows roofers to identify weak spots without jeopardizing their safety.
Inspect Where the Ladder Can’t Reach
Many homes have roofs with sharp corners and angled window ledges that are inaccessible with typical inspection equipment. By using a drone, inspectors can work around problematic areas to get a good look at the work that needs to be done.
The need for guesswork and tiresome re-measuring is practically eliminated with software available for drone data assessment. When necessary, diagrams can be created using the aerial photos taken with a drone, and estimates and bids are calculated based on the design. Highly detailed blueprints can be created in a fraction of the time it used to take, giving customers a higher level of confidence and satisfaction.
The drone technology software is not merely a 2D scan. It can also be used to examine other factors of the roofing system, such as peaks, ridges, valleys and pitch for an exact measurement of the total square footage. Oftentimes, these areas are hard to reach and difficult to measure accurately. Information about other roofing elements such as gutters, walls and windows can be collected as well.
Helps the Homeowner See the Roof
The roof is a fundamental component of a house. It shelters inhabitants and valuables from the outside elements for protection and safety. Roofs can be extremely costly to replace, and homeowners want to know as much as they can about where their money is going.
Before drones came into the picture, homeowners had to rely on the descriptions and photos provided by roofing contractors. to comprehend the current situation of the roof. Now, drones can take pictures and video from above so homeowners can see the whole roof and exactly what needs to be done. This gives homeowners a better understanding of the necessity of the roofing work. With a better understanding homeowners can feel confident that their money is being spent in the right place.
The software available to roofing contractors also allows for the creation of detailed blueprints of what the new roof will look like. This helps homeowners see the changes that will be made so they know exactly what they are paying for.
Saves Time and Money
Traditional methods of roof inspection and design require workers to set up ladders to tediously take measurements and assess roof conditions. The measurements often need to be taken more than once to check for accuracy. The information taken from the measurements is then used to draft an estimate for the customer.
With drone technology, roofers can use the images gained from the drone to create a more accurate estimate in less time. The time and resources saved means lower costs for both the roofing company and the homeowner.
The Future of Drones in Home Improvement
More roofing companies are starting to use drones for the risk reduction, accurate assessments, and time-saving benefits. Other home improvement companies in the construction industry like painters, contractors and siding installers are starting to use drones for the same reasons. Although the work itself still needs to be completed using traditional methods, drones are being recognized for their increased estimate accuracy and time-saving qualities.
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