The Benefits of Drone Roof Inspections

Technology is a fast-moving industry. What seemed like science-fiction yesterday, can become science-fact tomorrow. No aspect of modern life is immune from it; the biggest companies in the world and business sectors you might not necessarily think about are feeling the impact.

When it comes to looking after your roof at home, a ladder and a good head for heights is probably all you’ll need to ensure it’s in good repair, but when it comes to commercial properties, you need to think a little higher.

Advances in technology have seen a huge increase in the manufacture and sales of drones. From deceptively simple pieces of kit, the kids can fly safely around the garden, to those sophisticated drones fitted with ultra-high-definition cameras, these remote control titans of the sky have revolutionised a number of industries.

If you need to inspect the roof of your commercial building, then hiring professionals to capture the information you need from the air with a drone is exactly the way to go. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits you will see from doing so.

A drone surrounded by the blue sky, being used for roof inspections.

What are the Benefits of Using Drones for Roof Inspections?

The most obvious benefit of using drones for your roof inspection is that it helps to keep you, your employees, and your roofing contractor safe. Working on any commercial roof is risky, especially if it’s an older roof. The risk of it collapsing, people falling from ladders or scaffolding, not to mention insect bites all play a part in the life of those working at heights. Letting a drone with a camera fitted do the hard work means you can minimise the risk to everyone involved, but you can also spend time paying closer attention to the hard to reach and difficult to see areas of your roof.

With the team safe, another fantastic benefit of drone roof inspections is the cost. In these difficult economic times, anything that helps to reduce expenses can only be a good thing. With a drone you don’t need scaffolding, lifts, cherry-pickers, ladders or any other expensive pieces of climbing equipment. Drones also require fewer people to carry out the inspection, saving even more money. If you have a number of buildings to check, then a drone can mean you can do all those jobs in much less time. The savings don’t end there. Because of the reduction in risk, your insurance premiums can also be reduced significantly.

As we mentioned earlier, technology moves at such a rate that the advances in drone specifications mean that many roof inspections can be done with fewer people. The technology has probably advanced enormously while you’ve been reading this. Most drone inspections will still require an operator to be present on-site, but many of them now can be viewed remotely from your, or the drone operators, premises.

The images captured can be viewed on-site, but can also be stored and viewed through internet cloud services, allowing for a whole new way of inspecting your roof. Need your own engineer to see what might be needed? This isn’t a problem thanks to the crystal-clear images you can get from drones and captures that can be seen from anywhere.

Using drones to inspect commercial roofs continues to transform the industry. In just a few short years, erecting a scaffold, climbing ladders and training staff already seems like something from the dark ages. If you want to go sky high and keep costs down low, using a drone for your roof inspection is the only way to go.

If you would like to find out more about commercial drone roof inspections, please feel free to get in touch today. Our friendly team here at RUAS will be happy to assist with any questions or queries you may have. Give us a call on 01633 746170 or please feel free to fill in the enquiry form on our contact page today where you can pop us an email!

Tim Harris

February 01

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