In the past few years, there has been continuous growth in the use of aerial drones in a variety of fields that include fun, search, photography and rescue. Drone technology brings several benefits to the roof maintenance industry as it offers the best way to perform roof inspection.
The process of roof inspection in the past involved sending an inspector up to examine and determine the damage visually. This is not only a risky job, but it also poses a danger of clambering around loose tiles and broken shingles, which will aggravate any existing issues. Besides, manual roof inspection keeps you at the mercy of the schedule of your customer as it involves doing many things like erecting ladders and scaffolding to access the roof. This mainly leads to inconveniences, as it requires weeks of planning.
Apart from the problem of manually accessing the roof, there is also a challenge of reaching some tight angles that are un-viewable or completely off limits. However, with drone roof inspection, all these problems can be addressed adequately, and the process is done on time and at significantly less cost.
Sending a drone up for inspection minimises the danger, and the cost as manual inspection requires a guarantee of safety to the human inspector, which means purchasing expensive equipment. In addition, drones can inspect tight places that human workers cannot make to examine the damage. Drone technology has made the endless safety and health measures outdated. Moreover, with drone inspection, you will also be able to get a better view of any potential repair as compared to human inspectors with cameras. This is because the modern HD image and video technology enables you to pinpoint specific points with a higher level of accuracy as compared to the past.
The aerial drone inspections are more reliable as compared to human workers balancing a ladder with one hand while taking shots with the other. Besides, the videos and photography recorded by drones can be examined on a laptop from the comfort of your desk, and you can share with your client as a visual reference for the job.
In conclusion, drone technology has significantly improved roof inspection by making it easier, affordable and more efficient. However, there some situations that may render drone inspection less convenient as particular damages may require physical inspection by hand. These include cases that involve low-level roofing inspection and some adverse weather conditions that make flying a drone impossible. Some of the obstacles include severe winds, heavy rains and the presence of trees and power lines around the areas of inspection.