Planning a roof repair? Why you should always start the process with a drone!

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

First, what is an aerial inspection?

In basic terms, an aerial inspection is a process of generating media which can then be analysed to determine a decision. The key difference here is the word 'aerial', meaning structures at a height that are not accessible from the ground. An easy example would be a church roof. Final formats include photos, video, and thermal.

The two current methods ...

Traditional ...

Normally when a building is suffering from external damage a report/analysis needs conducting, this will outline the main areas of concern. Jump this stage, and it becomes impossible for a contractor to give a quote. The traditional method would be scaffolding and ladders to reach the areas of concern. Scaffolding works but is very time-consuming with permissions and it can prove expensive if it's sitting around for weeks, and let's not begin on the local residents' complaining. The scaffolding could have been pre-planned, which brings this topic nicely onto the second method.

Drones ...

With a high specification drone and a competent approved Pilot, detailed aerial shots in the form of photos, video, and thermal can be captured in less than one hour. This means immediate access to all relevant data and information to plan, plan, plan!! With a full report on the extent of the damages, receiving a quotation is now easy. Let's say a two week period is projected to complete repairs, the scaffolding is up for two weeks, the end, no hassle. With traditional methods, it's assembled for reviewing and then normally left for weeks until a contractor can complete the work or taken away and reassembled just before the work is due to begin. Structures at height, require a drone, no questions asked, there really is no argument against, but with more drone Pilots now commercially available and the rapid development of smaller and safer drones, it's now a very wise decision to use a drone on a residential building too.

Verdict ...

Save time, hassle, and cost. These are the main advantages of using a drone. Traditional methods still have their place, scaffolding is going to be required for the actual repair procedure, however, to be more efficient in determining time frames, total repair costs, and where to assemble the scaffolding, start the process with a drone.

Hope you enjoyed the read! Check out these photos we took on a recent residential roof survey ...

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