Probably the most advanced equipment in the field of robotics, aeronautics and electronics, drones, or “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” (UAVs), have been game changing for many industries. For the first time, we can now carry out tasks in which manned flight is considered to be too risky.
But it may be surprising that drones are also used in many industries simply to make life easier. One such industry is roofing. Now instead of climbing on top of a roof to estimate damage, some contractors are simply flying a drone over.
And it’s a trend that looks like it is going to catch on. According to Rick Damato of Roofing Contractor magazine, “I believe we will be using drones for roof estimating and inspections sooner rather than later.”
Here are three ways Damato suggests drones could be used:
Aerial measurements available in real time data. While aerial measurement services already provide reports extremely accurate measurements, with drones they can be available in real time. Now, aerial measurements can be offered at the time of estimate – without ever climbing a ladder.
Drones could measure and document roof deck conditions before launching roof construction. Any contractor will attest that the more that can be known about a construction job before the job begins, the better. What drones offer are is great intelligence prior to beginning roofing work. Not only is this useful in real time but many years down the road when the roof must be replaced.
On structures with steep-slope roofs. Any roofer knows some structures are simply hard to get too. With drones, a roofer may now be able to generate perhaps even more accurate data on roof dimensions and condition without ever setting foot on a ladder.
While the roofing industry is no stronger to exciting technology, drones may just be one of the best game-changers yet. Not only do they make the process of performing a roof estimate more comprehensive, but a whole lot safer.
News report of contractor using a drone to conduct roof inspections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iaw5x931WNA–
Roof inspections with drones:
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